Saturday, January 23, 2010

Schneider (Left)- counting the hours my son. Changlais - can't wait to wrap my arms around you.
Hosea 6:1-3 (NASB) "Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. 2) He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. 3) So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth."
God's word is perfect isn't it?
Isaiah 43:1,2 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! 2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.
Thank you mighty God, King, Redeemer, Savior, for drawing me to you that I may know You and the Power of your Majesty. Please let those that do not know you, open their eyes and hearts and let you in. Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Our Cooridinator just sent this to us. Thank you Chareyl!

Joint Council should have some
News on getting all the referred/adoptive children out of Haiti very shortly. There
Have been lot’s of rumors floating around about how this will be done and when so I have
Been asked by Joint Council to tell everyone to PLEASE hold tight.
This morning I received information that the US embassy in Haiti is having orphanages/staff
Bring children in for Visa’s, although this is true to an extent, we cannot have ALL
The orphanages taking their children to the embassy at one time. Joint Council is
Working hard to secure a safe building with security where all the children can be taken and the USCIS
Can process paperwork from that location, as I understand it some children will be given Visa’s
and others Humanitarian Parole (although an official announcement has not been made yet).
So for now, please do not have your orphanage and their staff take children to the
Embassy it is not safe. We should have a safe place to take them very soon.
Let me tell you that Tom and Rebecca have been working tirelessly through the weekend.
They have been working with many US and Haitian officials to bring our children home. Besides getting
Approvals to bring the children out of Haiti they have been working on all the logistics involved;
Buildings for processing and ways to get the children out of the country, how to get families
To their children etc. And on top of that they have been battling rumors and the media.
So again let me deliver their most recent message HOLD TIGHT, we will have news soon.

I personally want to tell Tom and Rebecca and all the volunteers at Joint Council THANK YOU
For all that you are doing. I am grateful we have Joint Council to advocate for us.

Please let me know if you have any questions and watch for news from Joint Council.

Please advocate for orphans
in Haiti!

Dear Family, Friends and Church Body,
You've received many emails concerning Haiti and we are SO GRATEFUL for your time!

2 Thessolonians 3:13 But as for you, brethern, do not grow weary of doing good.

There is a great opportunity before us to change the status of an orphan to that of a son! Namely, our sons in Haiti, Changlais and Schneider. Please continue to pray for Changlais' status, it is still unknown.

Joint Council is working very hard towards Humanitarian Parole for the current adoptions in Haiti. PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT to bring these orphans to the U.S. now!

Please call and/or email our U.S. Senators from NC Richard Burr (contact Burr at the Washington office (202) 224-3154) and Kay R. Hagan, (contact Hagan at the Washington office (202) 224-6342) and Congressman Patrick McHenry (contact McHenry (828) 327-6100).

Use the sample conversation below.

I/We are friends of Chris and Melissa Peterson, who are in the process of adopting a sibling of two, Changlais Fils-Aime 1-13-04 and Schneider Fils-Aime 3-08-05, who were living at the Hope for Little Angels of Haiti orphanage prior to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.I/We are aware that USCIS has the authority to issue a humanitarian parole for Changlais and Schneider to travel to the United States to live with Chris and Melissa Peterson pending final adoption processing in Haiti. While granting a humanitarian parole is outside the normal procedures, the United States government has granted them in the past to places like Romania and Cambodia.While I/we realize that the United States seeks to honor the adoption process established in Haiti, I/we feel that Changlais and Schneider and the country of Haiti would be best served by Changlais and Schneider being placed with Chris and Melissa Peterson, their future mom/dad. I/We feel that Haitian authorities would agree to this if it was proposed. What better way for the United States to help Haiti than to care for Haiti's child that is already so loved by this family.


In Christ Jesus,
Beauty For Ashes Adoption Ministry
Chris and Melissa Peterson
(828) 855-1650, (828) 855-0939

Thursday, January 7, 2010


It is not humanly possible to get them to look at the camera at the same time. Even as goofy looking as I am.

Matthew 5:3-12 (NASB) Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. 4) Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5) Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth . 6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10) Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11) Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12) Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Last night a brother in Christ encouraged me with these verses and they have been with me all day. Notice that each one of these is the exact opposite of what the world teaches us. Me first, No mercy, if it feels good it must be alright (whether it is sin or not) and I deserve this. You know what we deserve? Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Yes we deserve death. However God in His sovereignty had mercy on us and sent Jesus to pay that penalty for us. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Have you ever been persecuted? Probably not in a blatant obvious way, but as a follower of Christ most likely words (Jesus Freak, Bible thumper, Religious nut, etc.) or snubs. As adoptive parents of African American, and Bi-racial children, we have had the mean looks, disparaging remarks and even "where did you steal that baby from", but what a joy and honor to take that for our precious babies, and as a Christian for our risen Savior. I guess I am a Jesus freak of the 1st order. Again Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great: