Monday, November 18, 2013

Holding the Rope for the Jordan Family

My Texas friend, Amy Jordan, and her large adoptive family will be moving to Romania soon to serve as missionaries at Anchor of Hope.  Anchor of Hope’s mission is to share the love of Christ, the Anchor of Hope, in a broken world - with abandoned babies, orphans, and the Romanian people.


As you can imagine, it is challenging to raise the necessary support to move a large family to another country, plus sustain that family monthly.  But where God guides, He provides!  I admire the Jordan family for obeying His calling upon their family, regardless of the challenges and obstacles in their path.


I encourage you to read the Jordan’s story (below), and pray about how you might be able to support their family, as the hands and feet of Christ.  We are all commanded to care for the destitute.  The Jordan family is GOING to Romania to DO His work, but they cannot do it if WE don’t rise up and support them in their journey. 


I love one of Amy’s quotes she shares below, paraphrased from Paul Washer:

“we are either called to go down into the well, or we are called to hold the rope for those who go down”


Click HERE to support the Jordan family by “holding the rope as they go down into the well.   Be sure to read their story below, written by my friend, Amy Jordan.


And just another reminder to purchase your Boss Your Heart Orphan Ministries shirt today.  Deadline is December 1.  Click HERE to order your shirt (short-sleeves, long-sleeves, and/or hoodies).  Thanks for your support of our ministry, helping orphans in memory of Chrissie.

The Jordan Family’s Story, written by Amy Jordan (mom to 7):

Fam on porch

I did not hear a voice boom from the Heavens, but God’s call on my life could not have been clearer. When most five year old girls were saying they wanted to be a princess or a ballerina when they grew up, I was walking around saying, “I’m going to have an orphanage.” What strikes me most about that was that my family did not own a television, nor did they have ANY friends who were adopted. They did not even know of one single orphan. I do not remember learning about the many motherless and fatherless children in the world in my Sunday school class or in devotions at home. It just seems I came out of the womb with ORPHAN CARE stamped on my heart, and my heart has pounded out a battle cry for orphans for as long as I can remember. A mental review of my life has been playing like a montage in my brain over the last few months and it has been amazing to reflect on all of the road signs in my life that have all been pointing to the same recurring direction of loving and caring for the orphans.


For the past eight years, our family has been involved with the foster care system. Through that process, we were blessed to be able to adopt our four sons. What a joy they have been to us! It is difficult to put into words, but the fierce battles that raged around us during this time kept us on our knees. We faced spiritual warfare in a way that we had never encountered. Many days I cried out asking God, “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?” We can look back now and see that we were in boot camp for the bigger journeys to come. I am so thankful for a loving Father who pushes us in our growth so that we will be prepared for the challenges we face – and push us He did!


After adopting our four boys, we began to ask the Lord, “What next?” For a time we settled into a normal routine and went about the business of living life, all the while waiting expectantly for our next mission from the Lord. This last year brought stirrings in our spirit and major hints that change was coming. In the early months of 2013, God began to lay “the least of these” on our hearts with a renewed fervor. Foreign missions began to consume us. One night we opened our Bible and turned to our reading for the day, which included John 20:21 - PEACE BE WITH YOU! AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, I AM SENDING YOU. That was a clarifying moment for us. So with excited hearts, we began to ask the Lord where we should go. We began researching and sending out letters of inquiry all the while asking God to work quickly on our behalf and show us exactly which door to walk through. Praise be to God, because He led us to an organization called ANCHOR OF HOPE. Not only did we receive an invitation to come and help, but the foundation director even said, “We have been praying for a family like yours to come.” As a large family, we rarely hear that! We knew then that we had found our next home.

Anchor of Hope is a group of people dedicated to going into government run orphanages on a daily basis to hold babies who would otherwise not be held, and to love and play with the younger children. The older kids/teens are mentored and efforts are made to build relationships with them and offer hope by presenting the Gospel to those who would consider abortion or prostitution as their only option. Many of the children have not had the opportunity to witness the love of a mother or father, nor have they been part of a family unit. Tragically, Romania has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, and even with the high rate of abortions, over 5000 children are abandoned every year. The capital city alone has 28 government run orphanages! No private facilities are allowed and the government places zero emphasis on their character, dignity, spirituality, or morality. They are herded through like cattle.


Anchor of Hope Romania

Sharing the love of Christ - The Anchor of Hope in a broken world - with abandoned babies, orphans, and the Romanian people.


We desperately want to be there to walk beside these children. We want to model what a family looks like. We long to teach young mothers how to hold their babies, as many have never even seen a baby being held. We desire to share with them the Good News of the Gospel. We want to wipe their tears and build healthy relationships, and ultimately lead them to The Savior, Jesus Christ.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary” Hebrews 6:19Anchor of Hope Romania


We feel that God has been equipping us for such a time as this. Sometimes God has us take time to test the waters- but not this time. When we returned from visiting Anchor of Hope in June, we felt God was asking us to jump right in. The next phase of our journey is to begin raising support. We would like to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us. As CTEN missionaries, we are responsible to raise 100% of the funds needed to accomplish the work God has called us to do. This includes a launch fund to help us with the cost of transitioning to Romania, as well as ongoing monthly support. In addition, if you have a church home that would allow us to visit and share what God is doing in our lives, please feel free to contact us.


Click HERE to support the Jordans in their journey as missionaries to Romania.


The evangelist Paul Washer has said that the concept of missions is very simple. Paraphrasing, he has said that we are all called to missions in one of two ways: we are either called to go down into the well, or we are called to hold the rope for those who go down. We need a body of believers to join forces with us - to hold the rope for us while we go. Might it be you?


Many blessings to all of you! Thank you for your time and support. ALSO, a SPECIAL THANK YOU TO LORRAINE PATTERSON for letting me hijack her blog!

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