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Monday, June 13, 2016

Adoption ~ Something to Live & Die For

Once our eyes are opened we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act.”

If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? ~Proverbs 24:12

It's been 6+ years since God first laid adoption on our hearts, and we thought He was crazy because you know We. Already. Had. 7 children!!! But Hey, we serve a crazy radical Savior. God has a way of transforming our hearts and opening our eyes and once they're opened there's no going back. That's what God has done to us! It's been almost 6 years since we traveled home from Ukraine with Charlie & Levi. In so many ways it seems like yesterday & in other ways it seems like they have been ours forever. They've become wholly and completely part of our family and we can not imagine life without them.

Since 2011 we knew that one day we would adopt again. In God's timing not ours. 7 months ago we began the process to adopt and we have now been submitted to USCIS and are waiting for our approval. Once that happens we will get a referral for 2 sweet children from Uganda. Since we live in Uganda we will be able to foster the children for one year and then finalize the adoption. We are excited and looking forward to finding out who God has handpicked for our family.

We have set up a tax-deductible place for people to join us in this journey through donating to bring our little ones home. Our immediate need is $8150 due within the month and our total adoption costs will be approx. $36,000. Would you be willing to pray about coming alongside us and giving towards our adoption? We are stepping out in faith, trusting and knowing that God will provide. We know adoption is costly but It. Is. Worth. EVERY. Penny.

Thank you ahead of time for your donation and most of all for covering our adoption in prayer as we move forward. You can visit the link below to read more and to DONATE towards the 2 newest Harper's.



My favorite quote EVER!

"I wanted something to live and die for...to breathe and bleed for. I'm not interested in trying to figure out ways to make my life safe and preserve my comfort...That's one of the reasons why we adopt in a radical way. I on purpose set myself up to where I've got so much pressure I gotta run after Jesus..."

~Derek Loux


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It Takes A Village ~ #harpertribeadoption

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Thank You for loving, supporting and most of all praying for our family as we continue through the adoption process.



Monday, May 9, 2016

Furlough Fun + Reflecting & Processing

Hello USA,
We have had our feet in the states for over a month already! We finally arrived in our hometown & it has been wonderful to see family and friends. We are looking forward to a time of R & R + processing and reflecting on the past 18 months.


Here's a quick rundown of what the past month has looked like. It has been amazing and we have been blessed every step of the way.

We traveled 9hrs by car to Kampala where we spent a couple of nights before flying out of Entebbe. Our flights were changed last minute due to the airport closure in Brussels, but we were able to get on a new flight and actually arrived in the states a few hours earlier. Whew! After 35hrs of travel we landed into Charlotte, NC and we were greeted by a dear friend and spoiled for 5 days by their family and The Refuge - Salisbury. We were pampered, filled with yummy food + spiritual food. It was such a welcoming place to spend our first few jet-lagged days. We were fortunate to find a 15 passenger van in NC for our time in the states. We then traveled on to Knoxville, TN where we spent time with our sweet friends the Spencer family and Grace Chapel Knoxville. We continued to put on our "Furlough Fifteen" and had an amazing time with 4 parents & 14 kiddos. It was so great! They sent us on our way to Nashville, TN where we shared with a group of friends at the Stowe families home + roasted hotdogs and s'mores. Yum! We also shared at The Refuge - Smyrna and Grace Chapel- Leiper's Fork where we were spiritually filled and loved on by our Grace Chapel family where we worshipped for many years. So thankful for all of our friends there who love and pray for us and who are all a part of our story to the mission field. We hit the road and headed to the warmer state of TEXAS {home} We had a great time visiting my (Wendy) brother in Dallas And Sid's Aunt & Uncle + sharing with a wonderful small group fromThe Village-Dallas. The Jennings Family opened their home to us and it was so fun to catch up with them and meet their newest baby. We ventured just a little ways down the road to Red Oak and attended The Oaks where ironically they are doing a series on "ALL IN" and blessed us by opening their special needs class for Charlie & Levi. We shared at our friends the Garcia's and loved on their sweet baby girls. Next we moved on down the road to Bryan, Tx where we spent a few days with the Elder Family andDeclaration Church and enjoyed a few days of rain. The kids were troopers the whole time as we drew closer to home. We headed to warmer weather in Houston, Texas where we shared with a group from The Met &Crossbridge + spent time with our #linksfamily. So encouraging. Finally we landed in Brady, Tx with Sid's brothers family and had a fun few days playing in the sun and sharing with friends from Redeemer Church. Every bit of this crazy month has been amazing and we are SO thankful for every one of you that welcomed us with open arms and open hearts. We are excited to meet and share about all God is doing with our home churchStonegate Fellowship here in Midland, Tx and thankful for First Baptist Church for providing a place to call home while we are here. We hope to see each of you while we are here. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! to everyone that has loved on us the past month. You have blessed our entire family and we have made some great friends and great memories along the way.

For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Meeting our niece for the first time

Great time with the Elder's and
Declaration Church in Bryan, TX

Thank you to The Bollinger's and
Links International
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for Rest & Restoration while on furlough
  • Pray for time of Processing and Reflecting on the past 18 months
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue the Ugandan adoption process
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 503 FM 359, Suite 130 #116
                 Richmond, TX 77406
                 Re: Harper Family



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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Believer's, South Africa + Furlough

Greetings from Uganda!
We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well and that you have had a wonderful Spring Break! We are excited that a little rain has returned to cool things down a bit. Today's high... 94.

We are in the final stretch of wrapping things up here in Uganda so that we can head stateside for 3 months. It is such a challenge to take care of all that needs to be done here so that we can be gone, as well as plan our time stateside. We are looking forward to meeting with many of you to share about all God is doing here.

What's been going on???? 

We just finished a busy season of hosting outreach teams and have been super blessed. We have seen lives transformed because of their hearts for the lost. We are already gearing up for another influx of DTS(Discipleship Training School) outreach teams and look forward to seeing them minister to people and share the gospel. It's truly amazing to see these young people's lives transformed and watch as they use all they've learned in DTS to teach, preach and reach people for Christ.

Read DTS Student Emily's post about leading people to Christ HERE


We had a wonderful week long teaching with Paul Ford from Church Resource Ministries learning more about leadership and teambuilding. It was truly an amazing time of bringing our YWAM staff together so that we may work better together to bring glory to God.

Wendy traveled to South Africa to surprise Sydnie at her DTS(Discipleship Training School) Graduation. She never suspected a thing and there were lots of tears when she saw her. They enjoyed a few days seeing the beautiful sites of Cape Town and Wendy enjoyed meeting the YWAM staff and Sydnie's classmates. Sydnie has returned to Midland and is praying about what her next steps will be.

Lacey has settled in Midland, Tx working and preparing to start back to school to work towards getting her photojournalism degree. We are looking forward to spending time with her.

The rest of the kids are finishing up there homeschool year and are so excited about having a break from school. When I asked them what they were most looking forward to, this is what I heard:  seeing family and friends, water pressure, hot water, clean feet, electricity that stays on, air-conditioning, church camp, cheddar cheese, Rosa's & Chick-fil-a. LOL! All things that they've missed.


Sid has continued to work in the administration office training new staff on all things financial + overseeing the building projects on the base. He has his hands in so many things and is really impacting peoples lives here.

As much as we LOVE where God has our family right now, we are really looking forward to some downtime to reflect and look forward to all God has for us in the next couple of years. We are anxious to see family and friends and are praying that this 3 months will be a time of refilling for all of us so that we can continue to serve here in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.

Blessings to ALL of you ! We will be looking to hug your necks in just a few weeks! Can't Wait!


For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
We are headed stateside April 1st- July 15th
Hope to see you!

Wendy & Sydnie on
Table Mountain,
Cape Town, South Africa

Sid at the Nile River just above Murchison Falls
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we travel March 31st
  • Pray for Sydnie as she fundraises for her Bible School
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue the Ugandan adoption process
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 503 FM 359, Suite 130 #116
                 Richmond, TX 77406
                 Re: Harper Family
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Friday, February 12, 2016

January Update ~ A New Year, South Sudan + New Believer's

Greetings from Uganda!
We hope this newsletter finds you all diggin' into 2016 and following God wherever he is leading you. We headed into the year full speed ahead and January has been a great month! Sid rang in the new year with our friend and fellow YWAMer Andrew, in South Sudan. They traveled to 3 different YWAM bases to pray over the staff, pray over the land and encourage the staff in Labone, Juba & Wau, South Sudan. They were also able to do some open air preaching and share the gospel with people along the way. The kids and I rang in the new year in Arua and we were treated to a firework show practically in our backyard. We had a fun night of fun and games!

We have had 3 outreach teams here this month from Chico, CA, Mendocino, CA & Harpenden, UK. It has been a busy month and the teams have done loads of outreach and many people have come to Christ in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. We really enjoy seeing the outreach teams minister and use all that they have learned in their Discipleship Training School.(DTS)

Lacey has settled in stateside and has found a job. She plans to return to college in June with the goal of getting her degree in Photo Journalism. We are proud of her and excited for her future.

Sydnie is at the end of her outreach in Nepal and heads back to Muizenburg, South Africa for debriefing and graduation. We can't wait to hear about her adventures and how God has transformed her heart.

We have just booked our tickets home for furlough and are happy to share that we will be stateside from April to Mid-July! We have been working on a schedule to share about our ministry here in Northern Uganda & South Sudan and share about all God is doing here. If you'd like us to share with your church, small group or just a group of friends in your home please email us at wah3@hotmail.com. We would LOVE to share! We will arrive in Charlotte, NC the first of April and make our way to Texas via North Carolina & Tennessee and then make our way through Texas stopping to share along the way. We will have our feet in Midland the last week in April. We hope to hug each of your necks and share about our first 18 months in the mission field and we look forward to seeing all of you.



For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Sid making new friends in Juba, South Sudan

We celebrated this boys 9th Birthday! Happy Birthday Levi!

Enjoyed A visit from our friend Sharon from YWAM Kona. Emmy treated her to a pedicure.
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for Sydnie as she continues outreach in Nepal
  • Pray for Lacey as she settles into life stateside
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and those that have never heard of Jesus
  • Pray as we continue the Ugandan adoption process
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 503 FM 359, Suite 130 #116
                 Richmond, TX 77406
                 Re: Harper Family
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from Uganda!

Happy New Year!!

We pray that this new year brings new hope, new beginnings & new blessings to you and your families! We pray that as you step out into this new year that the things that God has been stirring in your heart would not remain a dream or desire, but that you would step out in faith and take the next step. May you follow where God leads, be bold and courageous and know that the risk is always worth the possibility of failing. Faith Says Yes!

Every year our small little group of dreamer dreamer girls in Texas get together and talk about what single word God has put on their heart for the new year. This word is about what we hope God will do in our life in 2016. God has no doubt shown me over this past year that I struggle in the area of complete surrender. The condition of my heart is not always in a place of FULL Surrender and I pray that God will reveal the areas of my life that I have not fully surrendered to Him. So, for 2016 the word that I will pray into my life daily is SURRENDER. 


I Love what Rick Warren says about surrendering...

 
Surrendering your life means:
  • Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;
  • Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
  • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
  • Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
You know you're surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don't have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.
Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7

What is your word for 2016?

We Pray that God reveals to you the areas in your life that need to be surrendered to the only One who can truly carry them.

 
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
~Galatians 2:20

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
from the Harper Family
2016
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
~Phillipians 3:13-14

For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Celebrating EVERY Christmas present opened!
 
 
Celebrating Gertrude's Christmas Birthday in her village. First time to celebrate her birth. It was a Happy !8th!
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for Sydnie as she continues outreach in Nepal
  • Pray for Lacey as she settles into life stateside
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and non-believers
  • Pray as we step out in faith to begin the adoption process
  • Pray as we begin the process of getting licensing from Government for "The Haven"
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 P.O. Box 1223
                 San Marcos, Tx 78667
                 Re: Harper Family