I am SO excited to announce something NEW God has put on my heart! I am calling it “Art for Adoption”. I recently learned a staggering truth: there are 153 million orphans in the world. 153 million. Isn’t that hard to get your mind around? It was for me too, until recently. Numbers don’t have faces, but children do. For each one of those numbers, the heartbreaking reality is there is a real child without a mother, father, home, or family. We have a couple in our congregation who adopted a little boy from China last year. Knowing them, and little Pacey’s story, has personalized this worldwide crisis for me. John and Jessi shared the statistics with us, but they did something more. They brought pictures and stories of real orphans and asked us to pray for them by name. I met Millie that day, an 11 year old orphan in China. Her picture is still on my refrigerator, her plight still burns in my heart. My husband and I were deeply moved to help bring orphans into families, but how? Like anyone we asked, “What can we do?” in response to such a huge problem.
And then God said, “Sell your art and give the money to families in process of adoption”. Like most artist-types, I make a lot of art. Much of it is sitting in my dining room. It seems such a small thing to do, and was an obvious first step to take. I spoke with Jessi and we decided to start small and see what God does. She helped me identify a local family in process of adoption, The Schaadt family. I created a Facebook group called, Art for Adoption (click the link to go to it).
Meet the Schaadt Family and Nyah:
Hi, we are the Schaadt family from Springfield, Ohio! We, (Michael and Erin,) have been married for 12 years, and have three, almost four children! Grady, our biological son is 7, Hendrix, our adopted son is 4, and Reiner our biological daughter is also 4. Nyah, the newest soon to be member of our family will be turning two at the end of February! We knew in 2012 that adoption was to be the way we were to expand our family. We brought Hendrix home to join us in November 2014. We received Nyah’s file in June 2015, and knew she was to be a Schaadt as well! Our dossier has been sent to China, and we are working on the final few months of processing before we travel! We are hoping to be forever united with our sweet girl in April 2016.
*** 100% of the proceeds made for the next month will go directly to The Schaadt’s Family adoption fund to help bring home Nyah!!***
Do not despise small beginnings! Every dollar counts. I listed the first group of art on auction TODAY, the auction will close Thursday at 10 am.
And I just HAVE to share some amazing things God is already doing with this small step. I just created the group on Friday, and we already have over 200 members on Monday, even before I listed the first piece of art. THEN, this morning I got a call from a woman with an art gallery in Troy . She asked if I would like to be their featured artist in a gallery show in February/March. She had a last-minute cancellation and has a spot to fill, and then came across my group, which gave her the idea. She is willing to waive all fees and commissions, so 100% of every sale will go directly to the Schaadt family. She asked me for an image and bio so she can advertise in the Dayton papers!
Can you believe God? Just like that, I am going to have a gallery show.
Are you serious???
She said there will be an opening reception on February 17th in the evening. You know, when the featured artist (ME!) mingles with the gallery guests to discuss the inspiration for my art, how I started painting, my creative process, etc etc. Yada yada, Get out of town?!
For real. This.is.happening.
I will post more details as this exciting leap of faith unfolds, and I would LOVE it if you would come to my opening reception!! For today, please pray for the Schaadt family, Nyah, and this God-inspired little initiative that could. Isn’t it amazing how God multiples are meager offerings???
Beyond our wildest dreams.