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Hands and house

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Coffee Give Away for a little Ugandan waiting to come home!

Meet Craig and Jen VanderStoep!

You just have to meet this awesome couple. They are in the process of adopting from Uganda...and we get the chance to encourage and support them!
One of the ways that they are raising funds for their adoption is through Just Love Coffee. Who doesn't love coffee???? Read on and find out more!


   Their website
   
Tell us a little about yourselves...


You could say it was love at first site! We met on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Craig was born and raised and were married about a year later on September 5, 2004. We had planned to head to Chicago shortly after our wedding for Craig to finish up school and start seminary. God quickly revealed to us that those were not His plans, as He so often does, through the birth of our son, Noah James on August 30, 2005. Yup, 12 months later…it was quick! We made northern California home and were so thankful to be close to Jen’s family and church, where Craig was quickly embraced. Maela Janice was born on January 5, 2009 and Noah finally has his long-awaited playmate. Our kids are so precious to us and bring an abundance of laughter and joy to our home.

AND… we are thrilled to announce that we are also expecting! God has intervened once again through His infinite wisdom and orchestrated this for His purpose. Our new little one is scheduled to arrive on December 28!



How did you come to the decision to adopt ?


God planted a burden for the fatherless in each of our hearts before we had even met, so it was a given that someday adoption would be a part of our story. However, we had not anticipated that chapter to be written quite so soon, or be quite so long! Our journey to bring home our child started in Vietnam in 2007, where our paperwork still sits on the Consulates desk, as one of the next cases to be assigned a referral, we are told. Due to the corrupt system and child trafficking taking place, the US Embassy has ceased processing adoptions in Vietnam. It is a very sad and desperate situation, endangering and trapping thousands of children, orphans and not. We waited for nearly 3 years, hoping and praying for change, but it has not yet come and a part of our hearts remains in Vietnam with a child, our “Shadow Baby” (the name Noah gave his little brother or sister when he was only 1). We still hope that some day by the grace of God we may still meet that little one from Vietnam.

In January of 2010, our hearts were stirred in a new direction and we began the dreaded paperwork process all over again…yes you heard right, started from scratch. We are pursuing two children in Ugandan, Africa! It is incredibly exciting and things moving along smoothly so far. We don’t have a definite timeline, but we could be traveling anytime between July and December. Our family will spend 4-6 weeks in Uganda, getting to know our newest additions, attending court dates, soaking in the beautiful country and culture of our children, and hopefully serving alongside our friends, Matt and Crystal Kehn, in whatever way we can while we are there.

The adoption process is somewhat different in Uganda than some countries. We have the opportunity to be intimately involved in determining the children we adopt. In addition to our friends who serve in Uganda as foster parents, we have had the opportunity to speak on the phone with the directors of 2 baby homes and have contact with the lawyer who will be handling our case in the Ugandan courts. This is an intimidating and incredible opportunity and has brought us to our knees in prayer more than once. (We covet your prayers too that we have discernment according to God’s will, not our own.) We will be granted Legal Guardianship in Uganda over our children. This is in lieu of the three year residency requirement to adopt in Uganda. We will then officially adopt our kids once we are back in the United States.

We just finished our homestudy and the dossier is pretty much complete! YEAH!!!! Just waiting to hear if the precious little boy we would like to adopt is approved for us! And then we get to move on!



Could you tell us a little more about the orphan crisis in Uganda?


Uganda is a developing country about the size of Oregon that was subject to Civil War and the AIDS epidemic for many decades. Since the late 70’s a new president has taken power and the country is on the road to recovery, however the long period of violence and death has left over 2.5 million orphans without homes or family. There is a residency clause currently in place in Uganda that requires a parent wishing to adopt in Uganda live there for a minimum of 3 years, but a loophole has been found! Currently there is one judge who will grant legal guardianship to parents in Uganda, which with the proper working, will then receive a Visa to bring the child/children home to official adopt them in the United States. Currently there are some discrepancies on wording and intent through these court proceedings, which is causing some delays and uncertainties . . . a major call to prayer for those of seeking to adopt from Uganda.



What has the Lord been teaching you during this time?

My verse of meditation these last few days since we found out travel by July does not look likely outside of a strong act from the hand of God: "You will keep in PERFECT PEACE him who whose mind is STEADFAST because he TRUSTS in You." Isa 26:3. I had a lady from our church call me the other day to say she had been thinking about me and praying for us all week and wanted to thank us for being a young couple who has "remained STEADFAST" yup she used that word...I just broke down in tears (again) and share with her about our current situation - she committed to praying still. WOW! It is such an awesome place to be, in His perfect peace, when the circumstances are just not what you really want. To see and experience His faithfulness to His promises and find security and rest in that eventhough things do not look or feel the way you want them too. To desire to push, control, and pull things to try and make them work out "my way", the "best way" and still find a calm place of solace where there is assurance and peace that all things will be His way, the Better way....wow, it's just amazing! Such a supernatural growing experience
 
 
 
What are ways that we can be praying for you guys?


· The circumstances in Uganda, the courts and judges who grant legal guardianship to adopting parents, the Vice Consulate and US Embassy who issue the Visas for children to travel home

· Due to Jen’s pregnancy and our work situations, we are asking the Lord to send us to Uganda in July, but we must be home by early October. Our entire family will travel to Uganda for 4-8 weeks.

· Physical, emotional, and spiritual health for our child, for us as we prepare, and all of us as we travel.

· Our fundraising efforts – we KNOW the God of the fatherless will ransom home His chosen ones. We are still in need of around $16,000.



What do you look forward to most about getting your little one home?


It has been a long three years, waiting to bring our child home! We are so ready to be under one roof, heart and body all together. We have loved this child for a long time, without knowing his race or gender and our arms ache to hold and love him. Noah has been eagerly waiting for his little brother to come and share his room, toys and clothes. We are READY!!!



Tell us about Just Love Coffee




Just Love Coffee is an awesome nonprofit company that is set up by a family with a heart for Africa and adoption who just happen to LOVE coffee. They purchase fair trade coffee beans from growers around the world, including Uganda, and roast every bag to order. They host personal stores online for adopting families to fundraise. Each bag of coffee purchased supplies fair prices to the farmers, a contribution to sponsor older children in African attending school, and a $5 contribution to the family’s adoption efforts. There are other products available including burlap sacks, key chains, and clothing. It is all around an awesome program! And the coffee is fantastic!


Check out the varieties at our site:

www.JustLoveCoffee.com/TheVanderStoeps

(Please be sure you stay within our site as you order…it should always say “Baby Brew” at the top and at checkout it should read “Beneficiary – VanderStoeps. It’s easy to start wandering and end up in someone else’s store.)

SO HERE'S THE DEAL:
 On Monday May 17th I will be giving away a pound of coffee (your choice) and an AeroPress 1-4 cup Espresso maker!!!!

To get entries to this give away you can:
* Visit the Craig & Jen's website Click here and leave them a note of encouragement via the 'Contact us' page. Just come back here and let me know (1 entry)
* Visit Just Love Coffee Click Here, read about the company, come back here and tell me what you like about it. (1 entry).
* Tell me which coffee sounds best to you! (1 entry)
* Write about this give away on your blog, facebook, Twitter (let me know) etc (1 entry).
* Become a follower of this blog (or let me know if you already are! (1 entry)

Make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you win!!!!!!!!

Phew....now I need some coffee after writing this! Happy clicking for such a great cause!

54 comments:

Miller Moments said...

I am a follower! You know me and coffee! :)

shala_darkstone said...

Hi, the coffee that sounds best to me is the Total Eclipse Espresso Blend 13oz. Fair Trade Organic.

shala_darkstone said...

I read about the company and I like that buying from them helps an Ethiopian orphanage.

shala_darkstone said...

Here's my Twitter tweet - http://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/13693280717

shala_darkstone said...

I'm now following your blog.

inquisitiveseeker said...

I would try the Ethiopian Harrar coffee!
Jessica
msshebamookie at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

I follow your blog as jelaws5

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Julie said...

African Skies (Fair Trade) 13oz.I would like to try this one:)

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Jenna Wood said...

I left a comment, and will leave one with HIM tonight- thinking of them and their journey!

six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jenna Wood said...

I love that the company is helping to spread the message of Uganda orphans! Also the coffee flavors sound delicious and come at an excellent price considering the purpose!

six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jenna Wood said...

I want to try the African Trade blend!

six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jenna Wood said...

I follow your wonderful blog!

six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sarah Frederickson said...

Anything to help the children! I love their website and there isn't such a thing as a bad coffee flavor, I love them all.

Jodi said...

I sent a message to Craig and Jen on their site. Thanks!

dealia79(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi said...

I love all that Just Love Coffee does for children! It's just wonderful!

dealia79(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi said...

I would love to try the Total Eclipse Espresso Blend. It sounds wonderful!

dealia79(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi said...

I'm now following your blog. Thanks!

dealia79(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy said...

Posted about giveaway on my facebook profile:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000478105658&ref=profile

Judy said...

Visited Craig & Jen's site and offered prayers and words of encouragement.

Judy said...

What I like about the company is that it is supporting good causes which makes drinking it all the more tasty and enjoyable.

Judy said...

I follow you via GFC

Judy said...

I think I would love to try the Tyrus Morgan. The description sounds like I would like it.

kimberly said...

I am now a follower :) This story is such an inspiration and revives my faith that there are good people in this world! I just left a message thru the contact us link, I hope they know that they have many people out there praying for them, and the young boy who will soon have a forever home filled with love, joy and laughter! I would like to try the African Trade blend.

Will Russell said...

Checked out the Just Love Coffee Store. I love what they are doing for the kids in Uganda! Like the coffee variety as well.

will@umcru.com

Will Russell said...

The Peruvian blend sounds awesome!

will@umcru.com

tree said...

i left a note of encouragement at Craig & Jen's website! What a great story.

enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

tree said...

i love that the coffees are Fair Trade and that proceeds go to help an Ethiopian orphanage and families adopting from anywhere in the world.

enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

tree said...

i would love to try the Sumatra 13oz. Fair Trade Organic. thanks for the chance!
enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

tree said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/patchouligirl91/status/13785404121

enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

crystal said...

i follow your blog

cbrocious1984@gmail.com

crystal said...

Peruvian Fair Trade Organic would like to try

cbrocious1984@gmail.com

crystal said...

http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/13835302940

tweet

cbrocious1984@gmail.com

crystal said...

i love that its fair trade

cbrocious1984@gmail.com

Saving for a Home said...

I'm a follower and I'll be praying. Thanks!!

migdaliamart at gmail dot com

Grocery Alerts Canada said...

Love the African Skies (Fair Trade) 13oz.

I wish you the best in your adoption.

Mikki said...

I love that they have coffee from so many different places. You can also search by country which is neat.

rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

Mikki said...

I follow your blog via GFC

rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

Mikki said...

I think the Uganda Direct and the Goodnight Moon Fair Trade Organic both sound great!

rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

Sarah Simplifies said...

I would like to try the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 13oz Fair Trade Organic.

Sarah Simplifies said...

I left them a message. Best of luck to them!

Sarah Simplifies said...

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at: http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-roundup.html

Marci J said...

I left a comment
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Marci J said...

I love that the company is helping orphans and has a compassionate message
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Marci J said...

"Good Night Moon" blend
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Carolsue said...

I left Craig and Jen a message of encouragement
digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

Carolsue said...

I like the JustLove company because they adopted and are now helping others who are going through the process
digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

Carolsue said...

I think NEW! Ethiopian Harrar 13oz. Fair Trade Organic souns good
digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

Carolsue said...

I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

cdmtx said...

i left a comment :)


under cdm65atmaildotcom

cdmtx said...

i follow your blog - C.D.M

cdmtx said...

Total Eclipse Espresso Blend sounds great :)

cdmtx said...

posted on FB - http://www.facebook.com/ cdmtx65

cdmtx said...

i really like how the share their Love and spread the message of Uganda orphans !

cdmtx said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/cdmtx65/status/14204943128

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