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My God Adventure – The Story of Orphan's Promise

The start of Orphan's Promise really begins with the story of three Ukrainian sisters and one woman's response to a calling greater than she ever imagined. Read Transcript


PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, HOW DID

YOU START "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

I JUST SMILE AND SAY IT WAS

GOD.

I WOULD BE CRAZY TO DO

ANYTHING THIS BIG ON MY

OWN.

I'VE MET CHILDREN ALL AROUND

THE WORLD, AS I'VE TRAVELLED

WITH OUR CAMERA CREWS.

HOW CAN YOU BE WITH THIS

CHILDREN AND NOT WANT TO

HELP THEM?

BUT THEY NEED MORE THAN JUST

FOOD, CLOTHING, AND

SHELTER.

EVERY CHILD WANTS TO KNOW

THAT THEY'RE WANTED AND THAT

THEY HAVE SOMEWHERE TO

BELONG.

BUT MY "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

ADVENTURE REALLY STARTED

BACK HOME IN VIRGINIA BEACH,

VIRGINIA.

DURING A TELEVISION

INTERVIEW, A COUPLE TOLD ME

ABOUT THREE SISTERS THEY HAD

MET IN A UKRAINIAN

ORPHANAGE.

THE COUPLE WAS APPROVED TO

ADOPT ONLY TWO CHILDREN, SO

THE OLDEST SISTER SAID SHE

WOULD STAY BEHIND SO HER TWO

YOUNGER SISTERS WOULD HAVE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A

REAL FAMILY.

TEARS FILLED MY EYES AS I

HEARD HAD THIS.

WHAT TYPE OF CHILD IS

WILLING TO MAKE SUCH A

SACRIFICE.

I COULDN'T GET IT OUT OF MY

THOUGHTS.

I PRAYED, GOD, BRING A

FAMILY TO ADOPT THOSE

GIRLS.

LITTLE DID I KNOW IT WOULD

BE MY OWN.

BUT OUR WILLINGNESS TO

EMBRACE ANOTHER ADOPTION

DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

I ALREADY HAD FOUR CHILDREN,

TWO OF WHOM ARE ADOPTED.

IMAGINE THE CHAOS OF SEVEN?

MY HUSBAND, ANDY, AND I

CLEARLY FELT GOD CALLING US

TO BECOME PARENTS TO THESE

THREE LITTLE GIRLS.

BUT TO BE HONEST, I WAS

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO

WOULD SAY, TERRY, ARE YOU

INSANE?

GO DRINK A STRONG CUP OF

COFFEE AND FORGET ABOUT IT.

BUT EVERYBODY WAS

SUPPORTIVE.

STILL, I STRUGGLED WITH

GOD'S CALLING.

GOD, I DON'T THINK I CAN DO

THIS.

I'M NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR

THIS.

THIS IS A HUGE JOB.

IT'S TOO IMPORTANT.

YOU KNOW, IF I BLOW THIS --

ARE THEY SUFFERING IN THE

ORPHANAGE, YES, BUT, WOW,

GOD, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO

THIS.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE

EVERYTHING THEY PROBABLY

NEED US TO BE.

AND WE'RE NOT PERFECT

PARENTS IN ANY WAY.

AND I FELT LIKE GOD KIND OF

CHUCKLED AND SAID, YOU'RE

NOT GOING TO DO THIS.

I'M GOING TO DO THIS.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO COME

WITH ME.

SO WITH GOD'S PROMISE TO

HELP, WE ADDED THREE

WONDERFUL UKRAINIAN GIRLS TO

OUR FAMILY.

SOFIA, AGE 9, ZOA, 11, AND

LISA, 12.

LISA CAME UP AND WHISPERED

SOMETHING IN MY EAR, AND THE

TRANSLATOR HAPPENED TO BE

STANDING NEXT TO ME, AND SHE

SAID, "THANK YOU FOR

COMING."

I THINK SHE GETS IT.

SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT THEY

WERE IN A DARK PLACE WITHOUT

LIGHT.

AND THERE WAS REDEMPTION FOR

THEM.

NOT BECAUSE OF US, BUT

BECAUSE GOD HAS A PLAN AND

PURPOSE FOR THEIR LIVES.

WHILE IT HAS BEEN

FULFILLING, I WON'T TELL YOU

THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN

EASY.

AT FIRST THERE WERE LANGUAGE

AND CULTURAL BARRIERS, AND

LATER, PROFOUND EMOTIONAL

HEALING AS WE DEALT WITH THE

TRAUMAS OF THEIR PAST:

REJECTION, ABUSE, VIOLENCE,

AND DEATH.

I SLOWLY REALIZED WHY GOD

ASKED US TO RESCUE THESE

GIRLS, AND I'M SO GLAD WE

SAID YES.

AND, STILL, GOD HAD MORE ON

THE HORIZON.

OH, MY GOSH, I REMEMBER

THIS PLACE.

Terry: THREE YEARS

AFTER THE ADOPTION, I TOOK

THE GIRLS BACK TO THE

ORPHANAGE IN UKRAINE TO SEE

THEIR FRIENDS.

IT WAS A GRAND REUNION FOR

ALL OF US.

BUT IN A FEW SHORT DAYS, IT

WAS TIME FOR TEARFUL

GOOD-BYES.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE

CHILDREN WHO ARE LEFT

BEHIND?

GOD DEPOSITED SOMETHING NEW

IN MY HEART THAT DAY.

I KNEW THIS GOD ADVENTURE

WAS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST

SAVING THREE GIRLS IN AN

ORPHANAGE.

IT WAS ABOUT HAVING A VISION

FOR UKRAINE.

IT WAS ABOUT SEEING THINGS

FROM AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE,

THROUGH GOD'S EYES, AND

PUTTING ASIDE MY CONVENIENCE

AND MY COMFORT TO GRAB HOLD

OF WHAT GOD WAS DOING.

WHEN YOU GRAB HOLD OF GOD,

YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE HE

MIGHT TAKE YOU.

FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS.

MY VISION FOR UKRAINE HAS

EXPLODED INTO GOD'S

INFINITELY LARGER PLAN.

A MINISTRY CALLED "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," THAT NOW REACHES

CHILDREN IN 52 NATIONS AND

COUNTING.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" GREW OUT

OF A WILLINGNESS TO FIRST

LISTEN TO GOD AND THEN SAY

YES EACH TIME HE EXPANDED

THE ADVENTURE AND BROUGHT

NEW OPPORTUNITIES ALONG.

I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO BE A

GOD ADVENTURER, TOO.

IT MAY MEAN BEING

INCONVENIENCED.

YOU MIGHT HAVE TO PUT YOUR

PLANS AND YOUR COMFORTS

ASIDE FOR A WHILE.

BUT CAN I TELL YOU TODAY

THAT YOU AND I WERE CREATED

FOR THIS.

SO DON'T JUST STAND BY AND

WATCH.

PLEASE JOIN ME THROUGH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" BECAUSE

THESE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN

NEED YOU.

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