We’ve been matched!
April and I have some very exciting things happening in our lives right now! Yesterday we received a call from our adoption agency located in Charlotte, North Carolina. An African-American birth mom has chosen our profile and would like us to adopt her baby girl! Not only that, but the baby is due to be born in just 8 days!!!
We weren’t expecting this to happen quite so fast, so we have a TON of things to care for in a very short order, such as travel plans, paperwork, and some really fast fund-raising! Our total for the agency fees is $16,075 of which we have somewhere around $6,500 already raised. We are set up with the Micah Fund, which is a portion of John Piper’s old church, is specifically set up for minority adoptions, and can receive tax-deductible gifts.
From our perspective, this is an urgent request, both for prayer, but also to see if you may be interested in pitching in a few dollars to help us adopt this little girl? Gifts are tax deductible and may be made here:
https://micahfund.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jnlmmnd8 - We’ve received 100% of what we anticipate the expenses will be for the agency fees and travel! Any other funds that come in to the Micah Fund will be used to support other adoptions.
Another option, aside from donating directly to the Micah Fund would be to check out some of the woodworking items I’ve been attempting to sell via Etsy. All of the proceeds from these items will go directly to fund our adoption. Update! All the cutting boards on the Etsy site have been sold! If you would like, I can certainly take orders and fill them after we get back with the new baby girl. Just let me know!
Please, please pray for us as we trust the Lord to pull this all together!
Jesse & April Schutt
PS - If you felt moved to contribute to our expenses, would you please let us know? Since we are in the final hours of fundraising, it would help us to know what has gone in to the Micah Fund. (They aren’t set up to provide real-time updates on giving) And finally, donations would need to be placed before the baby is born… which could be within the next few days, in order to receive a tax-exempt receipt and designate the funds towards our adoption!
I Will Live and Grow in Jesus
Today was a beautiful fall day and Jesse and I had the opportunity to teach 8 little camp kiddos a lesson all about leaves. Since we have been homeschooling our kiddos it worked out perfectly to use a lesson from our curriculum. What better thing to study than leaves since they are falling all over the place right now.
We had a chance to talk with the kids about how when the leaves are attached to a plant or tree, they grow and look beautiful. However if they decide they want to “be their own boss” and remove themselves from the plant, they will eventually die. Our life is like the leaves and the plant is like Jesus. If we decide not to obey or follow Him we will die. So, to support or lesson we had the kids all say and memorize, “I will live and grow in Jesus”.
After our lesson we headed outside and hiked a bit to see how many different kinds of leaves we could find. They learned that each kind of tree has a different shaped leaf. They had fun filling their bags full of all sorts of leaves in different shapes and colors.
Jesse had a chance to show them a few types of needles and how you can tell what tree the needles come from based on how they feel.
It was a privilege to teach these little hearts and minds this morning. They sure are a blessing and we pray for them as they grow that they would “Live and Grow in Jesus”.
Leaves are Turning!
Although we had a few trees start changing color in late August, the a bunch of them have decided that it really is autumn now! Fall is by far my favorite season here at Camp! I love the crisp mornings, the mist on the lake, and the explosions of color in the forest!
We’ve had several events during September, such as Ladies’ Days, a Golden Ager’s Rally, and a Hunter’s Safety Weekend. From greeting guests to washing dishes, I’ve been involved in all of them!
Hunter’s Safety Weekend
One of the events that I get more heavily involved in is our Hunter’s Safety Weekend. A few years ago I was certified as a WI DNR Approved Safety Instructor, which means I’m able to teach portions of the classes required in order to purchase a hunting license here in Wisconsin. Many places offer these classes, but we do it in a way that few others do. Whereas most courses are given for two hours a week for a number of weeks, we pack it into one full weekend. Students are immersed into Camp and learn everything from safely handling a firearm, to survival skills and first aid. When appropriate we also add in life lessons that are Scripturally based. It’s really a fun weekend!
TRAILHEAD Voyageur Canoe
A new program that we are offering this year is called TRAILHEAD and is a 9 month experience designed to teach life skills, Biblical principles, and responsibility. My little brother David is in the inaugural class made up of 7 guys and 2 girls. When we were planning the program we tried to find a project that would interest as many of them as possible. It needed to be something that would take a good amount of time to complete, and it should be something that they could feel proud of when it was done.
So we decided to build a 30+ foot Voyageur Canoe!
In the future there will be a blog that documents the process that we will take to make it float, but for now here are a few photos!
Selecting the basswood boards at the hardwood distributor
Unloading 500 board feet of basswood
Cutting out the stations for the strongback
Beginning to cut the basswood into strips
Routing the profile on the strips
I’m thrilled to be a part of this project as it gives me the opportunity to connect with these students in a meaningful way as well as it allows me to do woodworking on Camp time
We still haven’t heard anything about adopting, but we are continuing to pray that the Lord would make us available and willing, should the opportunity become available.
Homeschooling is going very well for Lauren, who is in 1st grade, and Jackson, who is a kindergartner. We are using a curriculum that so clearly pulls out truth from the Bible and from creation. Watching the kids study, and seeing how carefully April is teaching them makes me very proud