How to title this post, that is the question?! Our good friends the Kinzenbaw's are hitting the road, er, air and heading to Zambia (an African country 2/3 down and to the right hand side if you look at the African map). They had a burden for orphans and the people of Zambia so they said "God send us" and off they go to adopt and serve God for a year. Solon is still digesting this bit of information, it is more time than he can process. He is already asking when they will return, luckily we live in a day that we can communicate via skype so he can see his buddy and his home half way around the world. Isn't that amazing? Technology just blows my mind and so does God. I pray for God's direction, discernment, wisdom, peace, safety and love while they are there. May His plan be revealed and His kingdom work be done through their hands.
But before they left we had to throw them a few parties just to let them know we love them....
Our friends from MN even came (wahoo and stayed with us double wahoo) to celebrate with us!
Here is a picture of ALL the kiddos in our small group eating together - God has blessed, eh?!
Sarah from MN and Kayla (who is also from MN but lives in Ankeny now - amazing story, different blog post :)
Diana, Mandey (holding Briella) and Sonya
The spread - walking tacos!
After dinner at our place we packed up the troops Home Alone style (we remembered everyone) and headed to a nearby park for an open house for them.
We made a little scrapbook with encouraging words and pictures to encourage them while they are away.
Best buds from the time they were born - Solon, Isaac, and Evan
And then at church we had a commissioning service for the family. They gave a little gift to the kids from children's church...
Prayed for them, their marriage, their family, their adoption and their ministry...
And Mandey even sang a song "Worth it All" and Mickey and her mom accompanied her. It was so heartfelt :)
They board a jetplane for Zambia next week and we will miss them but anxious to hear about their adventures and life on the other side of the pond. I love thinking about HOW BIG OUR GOD IS - He knows those people by name and every hair on their head too. We serve an amazing God!
If you want to keep up to date with the Kinzenbaw family, they have a blog to and it is located to the right on the side bar under my favorite blogs - I know they would love all the prayer, love and support they can get!