2.regret for any past action.
Now we're seeking out God's will in so many areas, and recognizing things that God is teaching us to look for in who WE as CHRISTIANS align ourselves with. What and who we put our names on, and what they stand for. Because as Christians we represent Christ, and others who we align with- those who we allow to represent us with their deeds or reputation- will either make us and our God credible and reflect positively, or will bring disgrace and reflect poorly on us and on Christ.
Go ahead, read that one more time. I had to in order to realize what God was saying to me!
The night before I'd had a long chat with one of our hosts here in Kiev about ways in which the "influential and respected"Christian community that is involved in the rights of the child here in Ukraine interact. This group has a conference each year to discuss ways to put feet on them (meaning, to walk out their ideas) and get things moving, rather than to just like the 'idea' of caring for the children and orphans. I've been invited to return to be a part of that if it's possible. We will be praying to see where God leads with that and with our family between now and then. It was of his opinion that though Ukraine has been called by many in the political circles to be a Christian nation, it is a nation where the children on the streets, the orphans, the disabled... they're not cared for by the church.
Another woman I spoke with while here said that society tends to view the disabled here like they do the animals. They don't take care of the stray dogs who wander the streets looking for food and huddled together in the cold to stay warm. Disabled people are seen the same way- as less than human and not 'worthy' of a second glance.
We are but two people, but... OUR GOD IS OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, and OMNIPRESENT and HE can do great things. HE can turn a society's blind eye to recognize a need. HE can bring to light the needs and bring the CHURCH back to those needs. HE can bring a nation that cries out in their worship tent and sings "bring yourself upon our nation, I want your will to be done here!"
And HE can use anyone, anything, and maybe even us... Though we have no idea how or what He might do. God's given us these divine appointments. These opportunities so far outside the 'norm' of adoption contacts. These glimpses into His Kingdom and into the areas which things are going GOOD, very good and the heartbreaking truths of how things are going BAD, very bad.
Now we have to reconcile the truth that we knew when our feet left American soil with the knowledge that God's given us here on the ground in Ukraine and determine what paths HE has for us as we move forward in this life and calling that God has for us. We know God's placed disabled orphans on our heart for life. And we know it's not just so that they can all become a part of our family :). So, now we look for what paths God is prompting us to. God brought me out of the ministry He had me in for the last 2 years-- now He has other plans. Of this I'm sure. Just not so sure what they are yet :)