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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blessed for a Global Purpose

Our Lipscomb Basketball Adoption Rally is just three days away, and we are so excited!  Things are all abuzz around here getting ready for the big day.  I have been amazed at how much work some of our friends have put into this event and am so incredibly thankful to them.   Just some of the things they have organized and put together:  a facebook event page (, a letter that went home to every child at Lipscomb Academy Elementary, save-the-date bracelets for every child at school, numerous emails reminding people about the event, online sign-ups for volunteers to help with the event, school parents hosting entire classes for dinner at their home before the game, collected donations (they won't tell us how much) outside of tickets sales, sponsors, custom bags with our logo, tons of t-shirt sales... the list could go on!  Now you see why we are kind of blown away by all that they have done. My favorite part was that they orchestrated (in one day) the most precious chapel last week at school that was completely focused on adoption.  So many children, parents and teachers at Lipscomb have been touched by adoption in some way, and to see them together and hear them speak was such a beautiful thing!  Truly the Spirit was at work in that gym that day!!  I definitely feel the whole chapel had an impact on the kids and all who were there.  

I have set my alarm on my phone for 8:15 am every day for the last month to pray for this event.  My main prayer has not been that a lot of people would come or that we would get a lot of money, (although sure, that would be helpful!) but that many hearts would be moved to care for the fatherless.  I pray that lives of orphans will be forever changed because of the overwhelming power of the Spirit that was at work that night.  I pray that God will work in such a mighty way that people will know that He is the only one that could have pulled something like that off.  This is not about us.  This is not about any of the nine participating families.  It's about God, and what He wants to do for the over 140,000,000 orphans in the world.  And what He wants us to do for them.  That number is stagering to me.  How can you even make a dent in that number?  How can we make a difference?  Well, you can start with one.  We are trying to do that.  Not for our glory, but for His.  And again, not just for this event, but my prayer for this journey is that hearts will feel the call that we have felt.  That people will realize that with God ALL things are possible.  That people will see that this is doable, and honestly, it should be done a lot more often than it is.  It makes me sad when people tell me that they've thought about adoption many times, but just don't think they can afford it.  Well, that might be the case on our own, but we, as God's people, can afford it!  My friend sent me this from a weekly email devotion that she receives from Max Lucado.  The message is simple: 

Two-thousand years ago the disciples of Jesus started a movement that changed the world. Are we still changing the world? We can. We can be two-thousand times more effective—if we only try!
Here’s an example. There are 145 million orphans worldwide. Nearly 236 million of us living in the U.S. call ourselves Christian. From a purely statistical standpoint, by ourselves, we have the wherewithal to house every orphan in the world. There’s enough food on the planet to feed the hungry! But the storehouse is locked.
God has given our generation everything we need to alter the course of human suffering. Change must start with us! With our transformation! Ours is the wealthiest generation of Christians ever! We can be more effective—if only we try! 

-Max Lucado

We truly can be the change.  We have been blessed abundantly so that we can in turn bless abundantly.  As David Platt puts it, we need to embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations!  You don't have to go oversees to make a global impact, you can do it from right here in Nashville, or wherever you live!  

If you are in the Nashville area, we would be honored to have your support on Saturday night.  I am confident that God is going to work in a mighty way at that event.  I'd love for you to be there to see what He has planned.  To order tickets online, follow this link and use the code: ADOPTSHEAHEN.  Or, you can buy tickets at the game.  Just be sure to tell them you're there for the Sheahen Family!  We will have some tables set up in the main lobby, selling our t-shirts and also some of 147 million orphans merchandise, who have been so kind to partner with us for this event!  If you already have one of our t-shirts, please wear it to the game.  If you don't have one and want one, check them out on this link and email me what sizes you need!  We even found out today that a car will be given away to someone at the game on Saturday night!  But that's not why you should come.  (although it is pretty exciting!) :)  

The details are below:
Saturday, March 2nd
Lipscomb Allen Arena
Lady Bisons play at 6 pm
Bisons play at 8:15 pm
We get $10 for every ticket sold in our name



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