This has been a week of heaviness and hard things for our ministry.  Thanks to so many of you for your prayers and concern.  God is most certainly the Burden-Bearer.  I love how the Amplified Bible puts it:

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
1 Peter 5:7

I wanted to share with you a blog post from an adoptive mom who likens her first taste of Africa and processing of it to someone who is going through the five stages of grief.  She expresses so well the overwhelming feelings that come after being there, where these precious children were born.

“Join me in this conflicted state, where my sin and my obedience wrestle daily. Choose to live with eyes open. Stop spectating. Suit up, and get on the field, where you strive for the goal but often meet resistance and sometimes fail. It is not funner. It’s harder. At times it feels like a burden. But it is what is true. What is real. And it is worth it, because it is where Jesus resides.”