{Jewelry 4 AnnaBelle} how YOU can help bring her home!

November is National Adoption Month in the US – So we’ve added a NEW PAGE – check out the tab above! Or click this: {Jewelry 4 AnnaBelle} ~ We are so blessed to see how God is working through all of you to HELP BRING HER HOME!

The orphanage fees to be paid when we pick up AnnaBelle in China total $6,000! While we were trusting God’s provision, he sent a friend to help us raise that $6,000! A very generous couple (fellow adoptive parents), without knowing our need/prayers, contacted us & donated all of the  items on this page for us to sell. (They design, manufacture, import, and distribute jewelry and gifts. They carry quality sterling silver, pewter, 316L Stainless Steel and Fashion Jewelry.) Praise the Lord – He continues to make a way for AnnaBelle – for all adoption fees to be fully funded! We hope to travel at the end of January 2014. Every purchase will bring us one step closer to AnnaBelle! Thanks for praying with us & stopping by today. Please come have a look at these beautiful pieces. Make your order today & then share with everyone you know!! We can get this DONE together!! All the details are here!

100% of every $ goes directly to adoption fees required in China!
ORDER NOW! Every purchase brings us one step closer to AnnaBelle!
Help us get the word out! SHARE with everyone you know!

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Help NOW at {Jewelry 4 AnnaBelle}

-JK

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a Daughter for mother’s day {5k+1} – [announcement!]

Exciting news to share with all of our friends out there!!! We finally found our daughter!!!

Sounds a bit funny to say that out loud, I mean, it’s not like she was ever lost… But  after 15 years of dreaming & praying, over the last 4-5 of those years Mark & I actually began to think it was possible to have a daughter. (Of course, by ‘have’ I mean ‘adopt’, don’t get confused here. *wink*) Now here we are, in the midst of the miracle we always hoped for – God has shown us His timing & His path to adopting our daughter, the one He led us to, who is living in a Foster home China right now. Just a short 8 hour drive up the coast from us… We know who she is, we fell in love with her smile & her laugh, & we know her name!

Now we are officially ‘Pre-Approved’ to adopt a specific 4-year-old girl, who is more precious than words!!! Mark & I first saw her face last December while scrolling through list after list of “waiting children”, all with at least one “special need”… We want to tell you all everything about our sweet girl so you can enjoy the rest of this new adventure along with us… However, due to the regulations that are in place to keep orphans & their information safe, we aren’t allowed to tell you very much until we are almost ready to go get her. ((Praying that will be by the end of THIS year!)) We can’t tell you exactly where she is or even her given name… & we especially cannot share her pictures online yet. As soon as we can though, you can be sure we will!

ajk signsSo, in honor of Mother’s Day & this wonderful news – we want to share something just as special as her picture… Her new name! A name is very important, especially to God. He puts a lot of emphasis on giving meaningful names in the Bible. Many times, when there is a new beginning or a new life for someone, God gives them a new name to emphasize the changes He is doing in their lives… We also have taken great care in naming all of our children. We especially want our little girl to start her new life with a new name that brings her hope & freedom & eventually, we hope it brings her closer to God.

We also hope when you read our daughter’s ‘new’ name that you will think about & pray for all the other orphans who still need families. Maybe one of them is meant to be in YOUR family. Maybe they are just meant to have your prayers until their family finds them… Consider this:

“Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names
They are easier to ignore before you see their faces
It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms,
But once you do, everything changes.” 

– from Radical by David Platt

Now for the fun part – we have chosen a fitting name for our sweet little miracle girl:

ajk2bAnnaBelle Janae Kwong

Anna: a Prophetess in the Bible, a woman of worship, prayer & dedication to God, a woman who recognized Christ! (Luke 2:36–38) {also, Anna is MY middle name!}

Belle: French/Hungarian – Meaning ‘beautiful’. German/Spanish – Meaning ‘intelligent’. {just found out, Belle is the name of my ajkStep-Father’s late paternal grandmother!}

Janae: feminine form of the biblical male name Janai. – Meaning ‘God has answered’, ‘God is gracious’ or ‘gift’

It comes with a ton of fun nick names to choose from too! Anna, Belle, Elle, Ellie, AJ, Nay Nay, etc.

Please pray that God will continue to provide the finances for us to go get AnnaBelle! Before we committed to the adoption, we prayed for God to confirm that He wanted us to move forward. When we felt He had, we paid our application fee. When we were accepted, there was a very fast deadline for the first $3,000+ in agency fees. We prayed again, knowing if God provided for the need in the short time, it must really be His will & plan for this girl to join our family! Miraculously, God provided almost $5,000 in less than 2wks! Isn’t he great!!! Since then, He has continued to provide & over half of the fees/expenses have already been paid. Now we are praying for the remaining $20,000 that will need to be paid before we are finished with the adoption. Please pray with us!

Yes. That IS a lot of money. It is simply the cost of adopting internationally these days. The cost of a life… And we KNOW that God will provide it because He has told us He will. He has confirmed it by already providing through many of His children, isn’t the Body of Christ a wonderful thing?! — We can’t wait to pay every penny it will cost for our daughter’s life! SHE’S WORTH ALL THAT & MORE!!! Mark & I & the boys are so excited to go scoop up our little AnnaBelle & bring her home! If all the timing works out, we should have her just in time to bring her home to the States on our next trip – then she can meet so many of you that will have helped to pray her home to her Forever Family!!! Don’t you agree that every little one deserves a Forever Family to love them forever?!

We hope you will check back with us as we share more updates on our adoption journey! We have a long ways to go yet, we only have half of the paperwork phase finished. So there is much busyness around here, getting ready! The boys are very excited too, I’m sure I’ll write more about that another time…

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If you or anyone you know would like to help us with our adoption costs, we do have a couple of ways you can do that. Please just shoot us an email & we will fill you in! (mark.kwong@na-link.com) We are overjoyed to know our daughter will soon be home!! Thank you for your love & encouragement! You all are some of the best people on the planet & we love each of you so much! We’re praying God’s grace & blessings over your families today!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

-JK

a typhoon, a Challenge & a testimony

Typhoon Vicente – July 23, 2012

Howling winds & thundering skies tonight, it feels a bit like standing in a wind tunnel or even like an MRI tunnel… Experiencing a CAT-1 Typhoon (Vicente) on the 51st floor of a highrise can only be described as an altogether NEW experience. However, to quote a song I used to love,  ‘I’m no stranger to the rain’ – in fact I’ve learned to love it. What else can cleanse our world, our life, our souls from all that has tainted it? Without the storms, how would we treasure the calming peace that only God can bring? Our stormy seas teach us as much as we let them, if we share what we learn – we sharpen one another…

It’s been just over 7 months that we’ve been here in Hong Kong… I was just thinking of putting together some thoughts on how God’s been working in our lives lately… & then, last week I was challenged by a reader with a simple but profound question, along the same lines- & now I’d like to challenge all of you to answer it as well! After you read my answer – will you pray about it?? Put your answer in the comments of this post – if you blog, add it to your blog & include your link in your comment here! Let’s Sharpen Up together – that’s why God gave us the amazing gift of fellowship!

 

The Challenge:

“Tell me – if you were to put into 20 words your primary revelation about God from the last 2 years, what would you write??” -Fellow Blogger: Graeme in Australia – mybroom

 

The Answer:

“Through His power – I stand firm, command the storms and make peace. His promises ARE fulfilled – HE does the impossible.”

 

The Scripture:

“23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
24 They see the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
26 They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
And are at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
29 He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
30 Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people,
And praise Him in the company of the elders.”

-Psalm 107:23-32

 

I’m so glad I took a few days to pray this through. I went back to the beginning of this blog (October 2010). We weren’t yet half way through our fundraising for this big move. There was stress & health issues with our extended families. Our jobs were not in a good place. Our house was losing value (ok, so that one is still a problem). Our lives were turned upside down in a state of ‘unsettled’… The progress from then until today is really astounding. Many of these things were pieced together as we grew during the different storms. Our Father placed people & moments in the storm that helped us both physically & spiritually. What seemed to be delayed promises are all revealed & healed now. God has restored years & relationships that were stolen by the locusts… He has revived our family, even through our children’s prayers – & our finances. He raised all of our funds in HIS perfect timing & moved us to Hong Kong last December without a hitch! As if that weren’t enough, He’s even blessed us beyond measure with our new friendships & opportunities to serve our neighbors, while teaching us even more & showing us how to love like He loves – in creative new ways since we’ve arrived! What an amazing God we serve… What a loving Father we have! It’s my daily prayer to know Him more & serve Him well each day that I breathe… There are still more dreams in our hearts, still more storms brewing around us & yet… even more promises that God has made to us, we STAND on those & are secure in the knowledge that when we TRUST in the Creator, especially when the waiting is hardest, all creation will bow at His feet & His will is accomplished! So to this storm outside & to any within, we say – Be Still & Know that our Father is YAHWEH! We will not fear, instead, we will go into the field & gather the harvest – for it is ready & so are we!

We hope you are inspired by what God is teaching us, we hope you’ll ask the Holy Spirit to show you how He’s teaching you… Don’t forget to share your answers with us!!! You can even share this with your friends & see if they will answer too! We’re praying for you & we’re excited to see what God is doing in each of your lives!!!

“He who observes the wind and waits for all conditions to be favorable will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” -Ecclesiastes 11:4

 

-JK

Jonathan Mickshl

making a difference… for THIS ONE!

My friends, I have never written here about anything I needed from you other than your love. I have never come to ask for favors or anything except your prayers… Now today, I ask that you consider this one plea of mine… to read the story of our beloved friends, the Mickshls, & their precious son Jonathan, as if it was about your very own child – & consider praying for the Lord to guide your response to the story. MUCH prayer is needed here… and because of the world we live in, MUCH financial provision/help is needed also – I’m only asking you to read… & consider… if YOU can help by…

… making a difference – for THIS ONE child…

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this one needs YOU… Jonathan needs YOU.

There are no accidents, & there are no insignificant acts of kindness. The Father in Heaven is working out His plan through each of us, even those that do not know Him yet. So I know that it is not an accident that you are reading this blog today. I trust that your heart & your spirit will respond to what you read here with compassion & generosity in your prayers – seeking the great wisdom of God, who promises to give that wisdom to us freely & with abundance whenever we ask for it! So please, please ask HIM how you should respond to this story… Jonathan’s Story…

excerpt from No Greater Joy Mom: mission: NOT this one :

There are really no words to describe the sad and devastating reality of the child who ages out (becomes unadoptable due to their age) of the adoption system.

In Jonathan’s eastern European country there is nothing sweet about turning sixteen.  It is literally a death sentence for these young people. For some, it is the beginning of the end. They soon realize that their teachers and caregivers (the people they trust) are releasing them into a very uncertain and scary world. At this point the protective walls of the orphanage come crashing down, and the nightmare of life without the protection of a family turns into the sad reality for these children.  They are given a small bag in which to place their worldy possessions and about $30 in cash….and are then sent away from the orphanage–the only place many of them have ever known as home.

When they leave the orphanage and enter the “real” world, they are completely alone. Abandoned! This is the most critical crossroads in any orphan’s life – the point at which immediate survival dictates their decisions and drives many toward a life of desperation and abuse.

They are told to find a place to live, find food for themselves, find a job, and get a life. It is no surprise to discover that there is a very high suicide rate–more than 10%–for newly released orphans and that they are prime targets of the human slave traderandsex traffickers. More than half are recruited to a life of crime or prostitution, and 30% become addicted to alcohol and other drugs during their first year of living independently.

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Oh, God in heaven!  How can it be?  What if that were one of my own children? I cannot wrap my head around those statistics. Why are more of these children who ARE available for adoption not being chosen?  Why do so many age out of the system–when there was a chance for them to be adopted?

My heart cried out to the Lord.

Little did I know when I wrote that post last December that the God of the universe was already going about His business–that He had already reached down from heaven and said, “NOT this one!  For I know the plans and the purposes I have for this, my beloved son!”

Even before Jonathan’s story went viral, God started preparing the hearts of one family.  The seed of adoption had been planted a long time ago as they had journeyed across the ocean to expand their family through the blessing of adoption twice. But God was not done with them yet. He had burdened them for a cause that broke His heart in two–an older child adoption. One look at Jonathan’s picture the morning I shared it here on my blog, and they knew.  They knew that saying no was just not an option and that allowing the normal fears regarding adopting older children (and there are many) could not stand in their way of being obedient to what the Lord was calling them to do.

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The only thing standing in their way right now are the finances to rescue this young man from a life of sheer hopelessness! Having just recently completed an international adoption of a child with special needs, they have depleted all their resources.

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“What can we do?”  “How can we make a difference?”  Well, friends, this is one way that all of us can truly make such a profound difference in the life of a child.  Together, we can save this boy from the life that awaits him on the other side of the orphanage walls–a life expectancy of two years!  Together, we can play a part in Jonathan’s unfolding miracle.  And you and I together can hold up the arms of Jonathan’s precious family in this battle to save his life and tell them, “We are here to support you…now go and get your son!”

No, we cannot save them all.  But we sure can do everything we possibly can to save the life of one at a time!  Every life is precious and valuable.  Every child deserves the love of a family.  And no child ever deserves to be put out on the street with nowhere to go!

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Would you be willing to jump in and help?
A ministry that I absolutely love, Project Hopeful, has graciously agreed to receive all the funds which are donated toward Jonathan’s adoption.  I love these guys so much.  They are the real deal–people who walk the talk!  I am so thankful for their help with the mission to save Jonathan’s life.

All donations are tax deductible if donated via the ChipIn below.

Please can you all do me a huge favor?  Would you mind sharing Jonathan’s story wherever you possibly can?  I am praying that not only will people be willing to help save this one young man, but that hearts will be opened to many, many others just like him–children who are on the brink of becoming unadoptable….and lost forever!  Let’s spread the word that every single child deserves a family–no matter how old they are!

Together, we can!

Together friends… Let’s work together for Jonathan! PLEASE PRAY NOW!!! Jonathan needs courage & protection from fear & other doubts in the coming days & the Mickshls need wisdom, peace & provision to cover the costs! They are preparing to travel in APRIL to go get Jonathan! – If you would like to read the entire blog or if God is prompting you to help the Mickshl family financially (& tax deductible too!),  click this link: No Greater Joy Mom: mission: NOT this one – the donation button is at the bottom of the post.

To follow the Mickshls & Jonathan’s journey, visit their blog: To Love Another