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Strategies for Restoration
By on November 5th, 2010

Strategies for Restoration

OJC is always looking for ways to bless the families who have said yes to setting the lonely in families.  Here are some words of wisdom from a couple who has walked it out and has seen beautiful restoration.

This article is written By Bethany Hackmann who is a Fellow in the Justice Fellowship.

Adoption: an Invitation
Dale and Cheryl Anderson knew the Lord wanted them to adopt a baby girl from Romania. He told them three specific things about her. When Cheryl met tiny little Bethany, she knew she was her daughter even before she discovered all three things the Lord said about her rang true.

They brought Bethany into their home at six weeks. The little baby had already survived neglect and rejection. But through lots of prayer, wisdom from God, and a persistent parents, she learned to trust and love. Over time, her kicks, bites, scratches and anger turned to hugs and kisses.

There is so much to learn from those who take in the fatherless, the rejected, the unloved. Their story is so beautiful because it’s God’s story. He took our broken lives, and he brought us into His family. He loved us so much it saved us.

Here are a few words of wisdom from Cheryl, and mom who endured through really tough times.

Adoption is an invitation to weakness. In weakness, we’ll see His strength.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

Adoption is an invitation from God to know His heart .
God is close to the broken-hearted. Get God’s heart and share it with your kids.“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart” Psalm 34:8

Listen to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit: God has information about kid’s hearts. His wisdom is near them, near us.

Bethany, a teenager now,  came to her dad one day and was excited to read this scripture from Ezekial 16.  She said  “Dad, you and Mom did this for me!”

Ezekiel 16
“As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.6 “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’  I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare. “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord GOD. “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.  I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.  I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck.  And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.  Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.  Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord GOD.”

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