Tuesday, October 28, 2008

An Investment Opportunity with Guaranteed Growth Potential

During these difficult economic times, many people worry about the stock market and are fearful because they see their investments losing value. Fortunately, God has given us some great investment advice, which holds true regardless of whether the economy is booming or experiencing a downturn. This investment counsel is found in Matthew 6:19-21:

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Some dear friends of ours, the Johnson Family, understand these verses more deeply than many folks. They have chosen to lay up treasure in heaven by investing in the life of a severely handicapped boy who is considered Worthless in his homeland of Russia. They live in a modest home, made crowded by a large family, yet they have been willing to make things a little tighter by opening their home and their hearts to an orphan from Russia.

This young man, named Misha, suffers from a birth disorder called Arthrogryposis. This crippling disease renders his arms and legs severely twisted and basically useless. However, medical procedures available in the US can provide him with a chance for a somewhat normal life. When the Johnsons learned that Misha needed an American family to sponsor him for the surgery and six month recuperation, they pondered the logistics of the situation and prayed for wisdom. When God moved on their hearts and gave them an overwhelming desire to help Misha, they proceeded with plans for getting Misha from Russia to the US.

Fifteen year old Misha arrived in the US on September 24th and was immediately welcomed into the Johnson Family with open arms! He has become a part of their daily family life and has thrived in the fertile soil of their loving home, where his quick mind and amazing sense of humor have been allowed to blossom. And yet, because of his physical deformities, if he returns to Russia, this bright boy will be considered a "blight to society" and will live the remainder of his life in an insane asylum!

The Johnsons fervently desire to adopt Misha and to make him a permanent part of their family, while hopefully, eventually helping him to become a part of God's family as well!!

Adopting Misha will require nearly $27,000 and time is running out. Misha turns 16 on May 9th, and international adoptions are not allowed after the age of 16. That means, if Misha's adoption is not completed by this date, then he will be sent back to Russia, where he will be placed in an insane asylum for the rest of his life.

It is really hard to wrap your mind around that concept. After telling my children about Misha, their young hearts were moved with compassion for him and they wanted to know what they could do to help. We have set up a "Help Misha fund" where they can contribute as the Lord prompts them. For now, it has been agreed that all dryer change will be added to the jar and they are going to put part of their weekly "Checklist Money" in there. We have been discussing other ways that we can work to collect money for Misha.

If your heart has been touched at all, I encourage you to visit the Johnson Family's blog so you can learn more about this precious young man and how you might be able to Help Misha.

"Pure religion and undefilied before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." -- James 1:27.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I was so touched to see that you had posted this! You are such a sweet, dear family to us, and we thank you so much for your prayers and support! Your prayers are truly coveted! Please tell everyone (especially Tiffany ;-) I said "hi"! Much Love...

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