Monthly Archives: November 2014

Are You Called?

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.     Isaiah 45:3

It’s common, as we begin to feel God’s tug on our hearts toward adoption or foster care that we start to think about all the reasons why we can’t do it.  It’s too expensive, my house is too small, I already have kids, those kids have issues, I don’t have enough patience, etc.  When we surrender our lives to the Lord, however, all of our excuses fade away, because when He calls – He equips.  When He has a plan – He accomplishes it.  After all, adoption is God’s heart.  He adopted us;  Jesus modeled self-sacrifice as He gave His life so that we could be adopted into God’s family.  Knowing all of this positions us in a place of trust and faith as we obediently walk out God’s call on our lives.  The Twietmeyer family is a perfect example of this.

Kiel and Carolyn Twietmeyer had 7 biological children between them when God led them to international adoption.  In 2007 when they stepped out in faith they thought they’d be adopting 1 child but they brought  home 3 children from Ethiopia:  Rachel, Samuel, and Seth.  What the Twietmeyer’s didn’t know is how big the plan was that God had for their family.  God has a way of taking our willing vessel and multiplying it.  As a result, Kiel and Carolyn were instrumental in getting the immigration process improved for adoptable children who are HIV+.  While Carolyn was in Ethiopia for their first adoption, she met a young girl named Selah in the orphanage who was also HIV+.  Carolyn’s heart ached for Selah who had just been separated from her siblings as a result of her diagnosis.  A year later the Twietmeyer’s adopted Selah.  Not long after that the they brought home Selah’s 2 older siblings, Andarge and Sarah.  In the span of 3 years the Twietmeyer’s adopted 6 children from Ethiopia, but God wasn’t done yet.  In 2011, God called upon them again to welcome a baby girl with Down Syndrome into their family.  This step of obedience led them to Ukraine in 2013 where they adopted a little boy also with Down Syndrome.  In case you weren’t counting, that makes a total of 8 children in 6 years!

All the while the Twietmeyer’s were adopting children they were also advocating for other overlooked children.  They established Project HOPEFUL a ministry dedicated to bringing hope to over looked children and vulnerable mothers around the world.  Project HOPEFUL has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Ukraine, and Guatemala.  The Twietmeyer’s recently returned from 10 months on the mission field in Guatemala with 11 of their kids and plan to return there in the near future full time with Project HOPEFUL.

Kiel and Carolyn Twietmeyer are just one example of what God can do with a family willing to trust Him by obediently walking out what He calls them to do.  The Twietmeyer’s admit that on their own they have nothing special to offer, but with God – all things are possible.  He may not call you to adopt 8 kids and move to the mission field, but maybe He will call you to adopt or foster 1 child.  When we step out in faith He will reveal hidden treasures and riches in secret places, all for His glory.

To hear our radio interviews with Carolyn Twietmeyer go to our Events page and click on “Radio Show” – look for 2 shows dated 11/21/14 & 11/28/14.

Submitted by Sandra Flach, Executive Director of Justice For Orphans  sandraflachjfo@gmail.com

 

 

Adoption & Foster Care: God’s Calling

In honor of National Adoption month we recently welcomed Bishop W.C. Martin back to Albany, NY.  Bishop Martin hails from a tiny community in the backwoods of Texas.  You won’t find Possum Trot on the map, but you will find their mark in Heaven.  This small town is part of a big miracle:  the adoption of 77 children out of the Texas foster care system.  Bishop Martin brought his message to Albany to inspire the Church in the Capital Region to do something on behalf of the 20,000+ NY children in foster care.  His powerful message was a challenge to the local Church.

As a pastor himself, the Bishop spoke directly to pastors, “Pastors are not talking enough about adoption.  How did we miss what pure religion is?  How did we let this get by us so that there are 400,000+ kids in a system nationwide?”

The Bishop also pointed out that , “We are predestined to adoption.  We had no way into God’s family until Jesus gave His life so we could be adopted.  How can we fail in carrying out this legacy?”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost, but we, His disciples, have not embraced what He modeled for us.  Why?  Is it because kids in foster care come with issues?  Come from messed up families?  Come without anything to put in our offering plates?  Bishop Martin’s answer to that mentality is this,”  Don’t expect doing the will of God is going to be all peaches ‘n cream.  Adoption is messy.  Look what Jesus went through to adopt us!”

To be Christ-like means we must be willing to sacrifice.  There’s a child right here in the Capital Region crying out for help.  When we cry out for help God answers us.  Are we going to be the Good Samaritan and stop for one of the least of these or are we going to be the priest who just passes by letting someone else do it.

Bishop Martin stated that the government can’t do it – the Church can!.  Jesus did great works and told the Church that we would be empowered to do greater works.  What are we doing?

To learn how you can help a local child in need, contact one of the following  agencies or your county office:

Albany County Dept. for Children Youth & Families

Northeast Parent & Child Society

Parsons Child & Family Center

Sandra Flach, Executive Director of Justice For Orphans – sandraflachjfo@gmail.com