Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

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But Wait… There’s More

Josh and Emily were the first. They were our beta-test, the guinea pigs, the lab rats in our hair-brained idea to inspire individual, conservative Christians to work together across the country to provide the funding necessary to adopt a child. The experiment was more than “can we raise money?”. It was “can we raise families if the financial barrier was removed?”. Our first test case worked! It worked because of Josh and Emily’s character, faith, and courage. They made our…

Dorothy Sauter

Mrs. Dorothy Clara Hirschman Sauter, age 90, of Vestavia Hills, passed away Monday morning, August 2, 2021, at her son’s home in Arkadelphia, AL. She was born December 1,1930, in Rochester, NY a daughter of the late Wilmer and Clara Hirschman. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, George Sauter Jr. Brothers Robert Hirschman, Donald Hirschman, Earl Hirschman. She was a member of Mountain Chapel Methodist. She retired from a career at Kodak in Rochester, NY after 35 years. After…

This is Harper

On a bright sunny day in Bowling Green Kentucky, Bryan and Kerri brought Harper to the Country Courthouse. The honorable David Lamphear was the Family Court Justice presiding that morning. Judge Lamphear is a member and elder at the West End church of Christ in Bowling Green. Harper was there to celebrate her “Judgement Day”. The judge had reviewed a number of official documents connected to the journey Harper and her new parents had taken over the previous several months.…

The Next 15 Years of Sacred Selections

Time flies… as the saying goes and yes, we are having fun as well as experiencing the joy and blessings of kingdom work. At the same time, it has been fifteen years and we are deeply engaged in planning for the future. The impact of everyone connected to this expression of God’s care for the fatherless is beyond anything we imagined back in 2007 as we first stood in front of the Florida College Bookstore and handed out brochures about…

38 Reasons Why Adoption is Evangelism

What often pops into mind are foreign fields, street corner preachers, small groups gathered over coffee, spontaneous conversations at work or school. Maybe an accepted invitation to visit your church or a private study in someone’s home. Regularly or perhaps more often intermittently we strategize on how to shine our light bright enough or at the right angle of diffraction that it gets someone’s attention and they will naturally ask, “the reason for the hope that lies within us.” Often…
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Eve’s Story – Answering the Call

Episode One Episode Two Episode Three Epilogue EPISODE ONE The Song Before the Sermon It was the “song before the sermon” and just before the congregation was asked to stand, Dana’s phone started vibrating against her hip. She looked down and flipped it over to see the screen saying, LISA. I heard the phone too and looked over as she discreetly showed me the phone. I also saw the look on her face that meant, “I need to take this…

Joe Custer

Edwin James Custer was born June 30, 1947, in Abilene Texas, to Edwin Welty Custer and Nita Irene Chambers.  No one knew him as Edwin or even James because as a toddler his sisters, Carole and Pam, gave him the nickname Joe-Joe after a toy monkey. At the age of five, Joe moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived the remainder of his life, with the exception of 10 years in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In Phoenix, in 1975, he…

Margaret Golightly

Margaret Golightly passed peacefully from this life on May 2, 2021, at home in Keller, TX. To her family and friends, Margaret will be remembered as a beloved wife; loving mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother; caring daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter; and faithful friend and coworker to many others. Margaret was born in 1951 in Sioux City, Iowa to Robert and Louise McElwain. She graduated from Tempe High School in 1970, and then from Arizona State University in 1974. Margaret married Steven…

Lois Blevins

Lois Eunice Blevins, a faithful Christian from her youth, was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom on 5 Feb 21. She was born in Trenton, FL on 31 Oct 43, the daughter of Dewey J. and Clara Mae Stalvey. She had been the devoted wife of Dallas R. Blevins for over 56 years. She was the cherished mother of three daughters, Deborah Lynn Haynes (Sam), Teresa Lee Lawrence (Jerry) and Jennifer Kay Hilley (Jason). She had five loving grandchildren,…

Answering a First Responder Call

I’m sitting here tonight reflecting on the journey that Alexander and I have been on to become parents. When you get married; and decide you want children, you don’t generally think it’s going to take long. I thought it might be difficult because of my PCOS, but not impossible. When it didn’t happen month after month of taking tests, knowing I was the reason we couldn’t get pregnant, I started feeling defeated. I felt like a failure. The one main…

Ron Eggert

Ronald Robert Eggert was born in Racine, Wisconsin on June 26, 1941. He was the first born child of Robert and Frances (Dosemagen) Eggert. He died on January 6, 2021. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda (Schatzman) Eggert and two children: Scott (Melissa) Eggert and Shari (Thad) Wallin, all of Racine, WI; four grandchildren: Gabrielle, Brendon, Connor, and Nimue Eggert; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Ruthanne Schatzman, Wayne (Marie) Schatzman, Terry (Anita) Schatzman,…

Martha Godwin

Martha Godwin passed away on December 31, 2020 at the age of 91. She was a faithful Christian with the saints in Awin, AL and later at the Prattmont Church of Christ in Prattville, AL until her frail condition kept her from services.  She was born and raised in Moundville, AL and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Alabama in 1952. She taught in Cullman, AL for 3 years until Jesse Godwin, her husband of 64…