Miracles of Love. That sums up the story of my life. Born into a tragic, heart-wrenching environment of alcoholism, drug addiction and abuse, God’s first miracle was sparing my life. God then proceeded to put His plan into action.
One couple, led of God, responded to His calling to simply love me. Being adopted by my forever family led to my adoption into the family of God. My Heavenly Father, through His sovereignty, orchestrated my experiencing His love through my parents. Then by the acceptance of His grace and mercy I was adopted into the Kingdom of God when I took Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, NLT).
That was just the beginning. God who faithfully provided parents to love and adopt me called my husband Dave and me to be instruments of His love through adoption. We have been blessed with 16 beautiful children (2 biological daughters and 14 adopted children). A calling on our lives that would prove to bring the greatest blessings one could ever wish for…our children.
That the God of the universe could love me and use me is humbling. He loved me before I was even formed in my mother’s womb and created me for His purpose, manifesting His plan. Through the years my Heavenly Father felt every tear and faithfully provided for every need. He wants to use me, a mere broken vessel. I am His so that He can live through me for HIS GLORY! Because of God’s matchless grace and perfect strength every misfortune and heartbreak of my journey have been transformed from something to be endured to opportunities to worship Him. I would love the opportunity to share His story- from an orphan to an adoptive parent. A story of healing grace, transforming my life into a dangerous, surrendered, faith building journey of joy. With His heart…Our hands can become His miracles of love!
Founder, Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries. Safe Harbor Orphan Care walks along side families and churches that are following the call to begin Orphan Care ministries–It’s a JOY!
I have the awesome privilege to be Keynote speaker and Event Worship Leader with Life Through The Word Ministries (Intinerate Ministry)
Personal testimony as adoptee (I was rescued from tragic beginning/abuse then orphaned; foster care– & led by God’s orchestration to my forever family and now adoptive mother to 16 blessings (14 adopted) Other topics incorporated or shared alone: Orphan Care – covering both local track (Foster/Adopt/Mentoring/Safe Families) and International track-global orphan care and adoption; ADOPTION-Core of the Gospel; His Heart–Our hands; Living out James 1:27–obedience and faith journey; Kids from Hard Places-HOPE – A place of healing; Brokenness to Blessings; ONEEmail Mandy