Christmas with Three New Children…

The Charlotte News Observer carried a beautiful account of the recent adoption of three Ugandan orphans by our very own Jodi Jackson Tucker and her remarkable husband Jerry.   It’s been one of the greatest joys of my work to labor together with Jodi in her role as National Coordinator for the Orphan Sunday campaigns of 2009 and 2010.   Jodi has made a profound impact across the U.S. and beyond through her central leadership in Orphan Sunday’s first two years.  But the article also reveals what I already knew:  Jodi’s leadership for the orphan isn’t just in the national, visible roles;  she’s also opened her heart and home to love orphans in many other less visible but every-bit-as-significant ways as well.

The whole article is worth the read, but here are a couple great excerpts:

Ever since they first encountered African orphans, the Tuckers have known that their comfortable, middle-class lives were meant to be shared with those less fortunate. A committed Christian couple, they knew well the biblical injunction to care for the widows and the orphans. They wanted to respond not just generously, but extravagantly…

But they still hadn’t considered adopting. The thought of changing diapers was too much. Then in April 2009, Jodi attended a conference of the Christian Alliance for Orphans in Dallas, where a 16-year-old adopted from Liberia told his story. He talked of praying for parents, years going by, and feeling like his time was running out. Jodi finally realized how she could do her part. At the end of the talk, she grabbed her phone and sent Jerry a text message.  “I think you have more children in your future,” she wrote.

Read the full article, For the holiday, a gift of joy.