In 2005, Anthony and Nikki Esquivel adopted for the first time. They brought home a beautiful 3 year old son from The Philippines named Kyle. But they brought home something more. The Esquivels brought home a fire in their hearts for The Filipino people that would not fade away.
The couple went on to adopt three more Filipino children. But the fire continued to burn for the children of The Philippines.
The Esquivels were blessed to meet another family with an identical passion for the children of The Philippines. Justin and Emily Russell had four biological children and were in the process of adopting a beautiful son from The Philippines. The Russells had a vision for a ministry to blind orphans in The Philippines based on their own biological daughter’s struggle with visual impairment. The ministry had a name, a board of directors and a clear plan for serving as many blind orphans as God would allow. All the ministry lacked was a family ready to leave the United States and serve the children directly. Upon meeting the Esquivel family, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place.
Anthony Esquivel has left his position with a large computer company and the couple is concentrating on selling their home and preparing for full-time service. All six of the Esquivel children are thrilled about the family move and the four oldest, who are teens, will be actively involved in the ministry!
The theme verse for The Bartimaeus Project is 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight“. This verse has taken on a new vibrancy for both the Russells and the Esquivels as God has orchestrated the details of this mission in His time and in His way.
These families ask that you pray for the success of this undertaking and for God to lead them to the children who need them the most.
If you feel led to learn more about this ministry or to partner with them financially, you can find the information you need on the web site. All donations are tax deductible as The Bartimaeus Project is under the auspice of The Carroll County Community Foundation.
If 160 families will commit to partnership with The Bartimaeus Project at the $25/month level, the Esquivel family will be fully funded and will be able to move permanently to Manila, Philippines. Won’t you prayerfully consider being His hands and feet (and eyes) to “the least of these”?
“For we walk by faith and not by sight” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7
love and care for the orphans of the world. Daniel’s life was brief, but he died
knowing he had a forever family that loved and fought for him until the very end.
The true meaning of pure and lasting religion is told through Daniel’s story.”
—Pamela Cope, Author of Jantsen’s Gift and founder of Touch a Life Foundation
Three years ago at this time, God was preparing our hearts for the arrival of a son. He was a beautiful two-year old “heart baby” from Jiangxi province in China. In January, 2010, we traveled to China to adopt our son, and from the moment that we brought Daniel into lives, our family fell head over heels for him. We spent four blessed months together until that May when we took Daniel in for his corrective open-heart surgery. While our plans included our son coming home with us, God had another plan and took Daniel Home to Heaven instead.
Almost immediately, I knew in my heart that I needed to write a book about Daniel’s life and our family’s experience. I needed to be his voice and to share his story with the world. I also needed to glorify God for giving us the gift of Daniel’s precious life in the first place. Our son knew the love of a family, and we were immeasurably blessed by having him in our lives. I feel so honored that God chose me to be Daniel’s Mom.
After two years in the making, I have finally—joyfully—released With an Open Heart. We hope and pray that Daniel’s story—our story—finds its way into homes and makes a difference in one way or another. As many of you are adoptive families, I know that you will relate to our adoption journey, since many of you have been on those journeys of faith yourselves. And even if adoption hasn’t been a part of your life, you will still be inspired by this story of love and faith.
For all purchases made this month, through the Ni Hao Y’all blog, we will donate 20% to An Orphan’s Wish. Simply go to our website and purchase the book through the PayPal prompts in the right column. You will see a drop-down menu of charity choices, so scroll down and choose “Stefanie’s Choice.”
I thank you all in advance for opening your hearts to our family’s labor of love, and we hope that this story’s message of hope and faith inspires you to live, listen, and leap with an open heart!
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Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique specializing in boutique-quality fair trade items made in rural China.
When we told Lao Yen just how many sets of Christmas ornaments he and his lovely wife needed to make, his eyes widened and he said only one thing: “Wow. Thank you.”
For enabling a family to earn more in one month than they might have in 6. For providing a market for an artist’s beautiful work. For helping a mom and dad worry a little bit less about how to pay for school fees and if there will be money for food. For making our vision of Work. Dignity. Beauty. a reality by empowering rural women and their families through employment.
Scarlet Threads is excited to launch two new initiatives: a line of products with proceeds devoted entirely to adoption grants and an adoption fundraising program, a no-risk program whereby fundraising families (or individuals looking for home-based business opportunities) can sell Scarlet Threads merchandise and keep the proceeds.
Join us as we empower rural women through employment.
Are you shooting with a dslr camera but can’t seem to get the dial turned past the little green box?
Or maybe you have mastered the manual mode already, but you are looking for that extra PUSH to take your photography to the next level?
If you have answered yes to either of these questions, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to participate in two of my most popular online photography classes; Get Out of the Auto Zone and Push Past Your Comfort Zone.
In both of these classes, you will receive detailed outlines complete with photos and diagrams for the lessons each week and you will be invited to join a private facebook group where you can ask me questions and post pictures that you have taken throughout the course.
I will be opening enrollment for classes to begin January 2013 very soon and I will be offering holiday gift cards (hint hint to all of the husbands out there) If you wish to be put on the distribution list for early sign up, or have questions, please email me @ email@example.com.
Thank you to all of the November sponsors. Please be sure to check out the adopting and fundraising families and orphan ministries in my sidebar… lots of families bringing home little ones that could use your support!
And thank you to Lisa Murphy for her sweet offer of donating 20% of the purchases made this month through Ni Hao Y’all from the sale of her book to An Orphan’s Wish… a charity so very near and dear to my heart.
Comments are turned off – I hope you’ll go and visit these sponsors as well as the fundraising families, especially in this month of orphan awareness.
P.S. And don’t forget to order those ornaments from Scarlet Threads – a beautiful way to bring awareness to the orphan crisis this Christmas. And with the 20% off coupon code, well… how can you resist?