Saturday, September 19, 2009

In Ukraine again...  

First of all... be sure to read Mary's post below this one. Yes...Mary posted to the blog. It's a great look at how pretty much every day is at Malone central.

Many of you have emailed asking what I am doing back in Ukraine so quickly? Are we adopting again? Are we moving to Ukraine? The answer to both of those questions is no...for now. :-)

Several years ago, God began calling our hearts to "mission work" in Ukraine. We began following that call in whatever form it took. Obviously, last year, God led us in a brand new direction and before we knew it, we had two more little Malones in our home.

While it has been such an amazing journey, we knew it was only PART of the journey...maybe just the beginning of the journey.

Over these last 6 months, we knew that God was not finished with us in regard to orphans and adoption. God's passion is righting the injustices against the oppressed and afflicted. Psalm 9 and 10 talks a great deal about His value of the fatherless. We knew that God was calling us to action. Last year, I met a believer that assisted with adoptions and had contact with several orphanage directors who had special needs orphans in their orphanages as well as contacts with directors who had older orphans (aged 13 and up). You could classify these older orphans as "at risk" because in 0 - 3 years, they will be put out into the world with a couple of bucks and the clothes on their backs with NO life experience and no emotional and social maturity at all. These kids (in most cases) have lived only in orphanages and for the most part end up in jail and prostitution and an early death. So two groups of the most unwanted of the unwanted.

I'm digressing...
Why I'm here... to make personal contact with these orphanage directors, get information about finding families for the fatherless.

I was met with very cooperative spirits for the most part. These are orphanages that do not currently have nationals who are adoption facilitators working with them. There was one we visited that has working with them already and we moved on. There are SO MANY children here who are desperate for a family.

So when I return, Mary and I and another family will begin/continue the process of connection the unwanted with families who not only want them, but will be willing to sacrifice their lives for them. The picture on earth of the sacrifice that Christ made for us so the Father, who wanted us, could rescue us.

That's all for now, I have a full day of appointments and need to get back to work...


Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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2 comments: to “ In Ukraine again...

  • Tracie
    September 19, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

    We're praying and we can't wait for a full report. I want to help in whatever way I can. We need to get together SOON!!!

  • thedickinsonfamily
    September 19, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

    I am so glad you had the oppurtunity through UMO to return so quickly. Oh how I wish we could have joined you. Thank You for going and laying the ground work for what's next. Wayne and I are anxiously waiting for our assignments. Those poor babies are depending on us. We are looking forward to serving them and finding them Forever Families just like our 4 M's. What a priveledge that will be.
    Hurry Home!