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Margret’s surgery and medical recovery care…FULLY FUNDED!

This is a break in our regularly scheduled family Sunday before our small group gets here and just after meeting with the precious Chinese lady who is in country for just a week…who will actually match us with our little girl…YES–just another crazy day in the Young family’s life…to INFORM you of the God news!!! […]

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Jenni - October 23, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Praise God!! This precious girl has been on my heart since I first read about her. I hope that she will know the story of all the people that have been praying for her.

Rachel - October 23, 2011 - 8:22 pm

I tried to donate but it refused my (Australian) credit card. Do you only accept US credit cards?
Rachel in Sydney, Australia

admin - October 23, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Rachel–I think it’s through Paypal or connected to it–so not sure why it wouldn’t process. Thank you so much for trying friend!! Please feel free to contact me next time or if there is future need for this sweet one!!!! I’m so sorry it wouldn’t process your Australian card!!!! If you would like to still send Margret a message–please contact me as we’d love to have your involvement in encouraging her!

kim - October 23, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Ohhh, I have chills!! That is just AMAZING!!! God is SO GOOD!!

Lori - October 23, 2011 - 9:33 pm

Wonderful news! In awe of God’s provisions and faithfulness.

Sandi Herring - October 24, 2011 - 3:29 am

Ok, so it’s 2am and I just couldn’t sleep because this little one has been so heavily on my heart. I have been praying day & night for God to surprise everyone who thinks that there may be no hope in this situation by providing everything she needs for surgery. Just happened to check your blog & surprise, once again God makes the impossible possible!!! Praying for amazing surgeons and a miraculous recovery! God is going to use this little one to speak to the hearts of many!

Nina Shields - October 24, 2011 - 11:44 am

Andrea, thank you for letting all of us know of this great need. Praying for Margaret’s surgery, well being, for her peace, reassurance and future! Lord, take care of this precious child.

Rory - October 24, 2011 - 11:50 am

Awesome!! Wow, what a fast response! I am just bummed I didn’t get in on it in time! God bless that little Margret, and God bless your family as you keep expanding your borders. Oh, and P.S. I love the blog background update.

CJB - October 24, 2011 - 1:17 pm

WOW! WOW! WOW! I haven’t done any blog-reading or much Facebooking in the past week or so so totally missed this project! Margret has been on my heart for months. Praising God for a diagnosis and funding for surgery! Praying for wise doctors, complete healing, and JOY and HOPE for precious Margret.

half way there!!! {and a few fun pictures from our day}

We are hoping to raise $2,000 for Margret’s surgery by next week–and just after posting the need yesterday…we are HALF WAY THERE! (Yes!!! Can you believe it??!!! $1,000 has been raised in ONE night!) Sooooo exciting! One of my Zambia trip teammates just sent me this precious picture of Margret. She is just so precious…and […]

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angie - October 23, 2011 - 10:22 am

LOVE IT!! happy 1 year african fellowship 🙂 you all have been such a blessing to our family and we can’t wait for the years to come. we are SO incredibly blessed!!

Rachel - October 24, 2011 - 11:52 am

Had SO much fun! I have to say the “SMOREing” it up was definitely the highlight for me 🙂 xoxo. And WOW- cant believe its been a year!

When It Takes a Village {A chance of a lifetime…to save someone else’s}

The easy thing would be to look away…say “that’s so sad”…and I’ll pray for her. Part of my heart was tempted to just do that. After all, in a world full of problems–some times it feels like that is the only thing I can do. But this time…it’s different. It was just minutes before class […]

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Elle J - October 21, 2011 - 10:33 pm

Literally … tears. Thank you, Andrea. xoxo

Sandi Herring - October 22, 2011 - 1:27 am

If 50 families sacrifice eating out ONE night & donate instead then her surgery will be covered! Praying for hearts to open and for blessings on everyone who lives out their faith by helping Margret. This is a situation where it is impossible to say no. Praying for the chance of a new life, for love, acceptance & healing for this child of God. Luke 8:50 Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Wanna be a part of a God story???

Alright–I have an AMAZING, CRAZY…blow your socks off God story…BUT–I can’t share it YET. It’s still in the works–and the really, super, duper, cool thing IS…YOU can be a part of it. Right. Now. As most of you know–Richard and I are in the process of adopting from China. The Lord has provided for our […]

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kelly - October 18, 2011 - 11:28 pm

Sweet, sweet Sarah! Praying for her and her children.

Kathy Geurink - October 18, 2011 - 11:56 pm

I dont know u personally yet..but God is using you via your blog to do some Mountain moving in my heart, Thank you

Amy S - October 19, 2011 - 12:07 am

Hi Andrea, I’ve been reading your blog since the CTC retreat last year but have never commented before. We have 3 kiddos (2 bio, 1through adoption) and are in the process of adopting again, this time from china (our son is at MBHOH)… So of course just LOVE the shirt and the story that goes along with it! Our hearts are there too. Had to order one for me and one for my hubby 🙂

Christy - October 19, 2011 - 6:22 am

ooooooooh what a blog post full of teasers! I can’t wait to hear what God’s been up to this time for you guys! 🙂 I plan to buy a tshirt after payday this weekend.

Brittany - October 19, 2011 - 9:27 am

My family is praying right along side you for these precious families! Thanks for sharing.

Robin Chalk - October 19, 2011 - 10:35 am

I just bought a t shirt because how could I not when my own son and daughter-in-law are also waiting to adopt, and a part of my heart is in Ethiopia praying for the baby(s) God has planned for our family? Thank you for giving us a way to be part of this other family’s miracle, and I can’t wait to hear the story you have promised us!

Kimberly - October 19, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Love the shirt – Love the opportunity to give – thanks for connecting us to so many needs/ways to help!

Kimberly - October 19, 2011 - 4:36 pm

PS – I bought one! 🙂

Wendy Jackson - October 19, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Thanks for sharing the story and allowing us to help this little miracle happen! Your blog is one of the highlights of my day!


Kim - October 19, 2011 - 11:21 pm

Count me in! As you know, I left a piece of my heart in Hong Kong. Heading over to buy my tshirt now. Cannot wait to hear what God is up to!
Love & Blessings,

Deena Marquis - October 20, 2011 - 9:40 am

I’ve been hoping to buy some cookbooks for gifts! Are they going to be available on the Wiphan website? Thanks!!!

Robin Chalk - October 20, 2011 - 10:51 am

Praying for Sarah and her children. That’s so horrible to lose all their possessions in addition to Labstone. How that must hurt the heart of God to have widows and orphans treated so unjustly!

robyn - October 20, 2011 - 5:01 pm

Just ordered a shirt… love helping others bring their children home from China with us!

the plight of the widow in Zambia…

In the last week or so, I’ve been in lots of communication with Labstone’s wife…a dear friend of mine…by the name of Sarah. It’s hard for me to grasp what she is going through…losing a husband–having 3 small children left at home to care for…and as IF that wasn’t hard enough…the culture in Zambia makes […]

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Courtney - October 17, 2011 - 10:22 pm

Andrea, I have been so convicted lately to care for the orphan AS WELL AS the widow. So often we leave out the latter, when God doesn’t! Thanks for sharing and compelling me to do more.

Jessie - October 17, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Thanks for once again opening my eyes! I am in tears for this sweet woman and her children. What a blessing you are to so many! I would live to travel to Zambia one day!

Rory - October 17, 2011 - 10:54 pm I am sitting here stunned. I knew it was hard. I thought I understood…but this just leaves me floored. Makes me so mad that the law allows for family to treat family that way. It is just unfathomable. Well, even though I’ve never met the Chanda’s, they are part of my eternal family. We can do more. My two year old does not need a new Halloween costume this year when she could honestly care less and just wear one of her older sisters’ and that money can go to something far more valuable. Consider it done.

Christy - October 18, 2011 - 6:23 am

Oh, I am praying for Sarah and her children. Sounds like she is a very strong and wise woman and the Lord is showing her His care for her already. Will continue to pray that He will make beauty rise from this pain.

Arlene Jennings - October 18, 2011 - 6:59 am

Andrea, i’m heartbroken to hear of the travesty of your friend..i’m unable to donate, because i live on a limited income of disability, but if there is anything, anything i can do to be of service, please fill me in…my schedule is pretty much free due to my back injury…but i can go places and do things, so let me know if i can be of any good service…love you bunches and miss you dear…arlene jennings

Christy - October 18, 2011 - 7:46 am

Just realized how the verses I’m currently memorizing I can pray over Sarah! God is always amazing me in how He constantly ties things in together like that. “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Ps. 30:11-12

megan - October 18, 2011 - 8:41 am

This is just unbelievable…my heart is hurting for Sarah and all widows in Zambia. Thank you for shedding light on the unjust reality. Praying for Sarah. I love her idea about the restaurant!

ashley - October 18, 2011 - 9:04 am

Thank you so much for posting this. My heart breaks for Sarah and her sweet children and all the other widows. I am hopeful that your post will encourage some to donate to the Chanda Fund!

CJB - October 18, 2011 - 10:00 am

I heard this story time and time again when we visited the widows in the compounds, and in visiting with Kunda. So, so sad. Thanks for articulating it in a way that helps people to understand it–and calls them to action. Praying for Sarah and those precious kiddos. Inspired by Sarah’s desire to not only find a way to support herself and her family, but to find a way to do it while serving and changing the lives of other widows.

Sandi - October 18, 2011 - 10:07 am

It just breaks my heart that such cultural horrors continue to occur in this beautiful land to oppress and abuse widows & their children. There should be an organization to store a few valuable posessions 1 month after husband’s death to thwart this unjust system. Wishing organizations would apply pressure to the government for this law to be changed. He will look after the orphans & widows in their distress. We will be praying for many, many to come to her aid! We will donate more!

kim - October 18, 2011 - 10:25 am

thank you so much for sharing this and opening my eyes even more.

Wendy Jackson - October 18, 2011 - 10:59 am

Thank you for keeping us updated. That just makes my heart sad! We will continue to pray for Sarah and her children!

Laura - October 18, 2011 - 12:28 pm

I kept re-reading Sarah’s story. I just don’t understand how that is the way things are done. It is so unfair. Thank you for sharing and opening my eyes.

Tiffany - October 18, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Oh my…no words…gut wrenching…really…so awful. I don’t know how she even has the strength to stand up and move on. Thank you for sharing…and for jolting me out of my own pitty party I was having today.

Alison - October 18, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Unbelievable! Donated last week, and I am continuing to pray for this precious family! I cannot even imagine. I know God is good and He has a plan for Sarah and her children!

Wendi Brown - October 18, 2011 - 5:14 pm

I would love to connect with you. In a nutshell, we have sold everything and are trying to get on the mission field in Kalomo Zambia with a small organization called Africa’s Child. We are so not funded yet but we are not discouraged. We believe God. Please keep writing and know that I am in prayer for you everytime I read.

Julie Bennett - October 18, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Andrea, this is so sad that the family would come in and just take the possessions(esp. with young children). So sad AND hard to grasp. Is it just because they too are in such need? This is truly one of those situations where we need to continue to TRUST GOD and know that he is in control and has a plan. Praying for this beautiful family!

Cindy Smith - October 18, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Thank you for sharing that gut-wrenching story and jarring me out of my comfort zone!! I would like to be involved and will go immediately to the web-site!

Cindy Smith - October 18, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Thank you for sharing this gut-wrenching story and for jolting me out of my comfort zone!!! It is hard to conceive of such misery!!! I will go immediately to the web-site and share this with anyone who might have a heart for this ministry.

Brittany - October 20, 2011 - 12:20 am

I could not read this whole post because it was too hard for me. I am praying for Sarah and her family. I have felt such a pull towards orphans and widows lately. What a horrible feeling it must be.