We are the crazy ones. We are the family that left our comfortable position chasing the American dream and traded it for burning trash, body odor, dirt and poverty. We are following a calling on our lives.
Look who’s giving away a mission trip? Our dear friends and partners for many projects over the past few years, Visiting Orphans is giving away a free mission trip to any of the 12 countries they visit and serve. Read More
Serving and visiting any third world country has a way of breaking your heart and making you feel whole all at the same time. Haiti was the country that broke my heart and filled my spirit making me feel whole. Going to Haiti was my 1st trip to a poverty engulfed country. I had never felt my relationship with God so close and intimate than when I was serving the least of the least. Read More
Have you ever had an experience that flat out changed your life? Looking back over past posts I wrote during the fourteen months on our mission adventure, I came across this personal favorite, the story about Sisay, who changed my life. I have often wondered what it would be like walking back in old testament times and witnessing the miracles of Jesus. One of my favorite bible stories is the healing of the lepers when only one came back to thank Jesus. Read More
The Gibson family mission-adventure has come to an end! We lived 14 months loving big in Ethiopia, Haiti & Nicaragua! It’s been the best of days & most challenging days, but we faced it together. We are ALL called to love. Go. Love. Big. Read More
It’s been an adventure partnering as a blogger with Visiting Orphans Ministry for the past five years. They have been a key part of changing the life-passion of our family serving short term mission teams all over the world. We are grateful for their fervent passion, guidance, and training others to lead and share the gospel as we love big on the fatherless. I’m confident to say, without the relationship Roger and I have with Visiting Orphans, we wouldn’t be where we are today serving missions in a radical way. Read More
Catarina. The sweet baby girl who got me. The little girl who made orphans in Africa my problem, too. I had floated by my 21 years knowing about the “orphan problem” but also knowing that I, in my smallness, could really do nothing about it. It took a lot of arguing (on my part), before I finally decided to obey, and answer the call God had put in my heart years before.
If you ever get a chance to tell a child they are Kings and Queens on a mission trip, you can watch God’s miracle of love build up their confidence, value, and dreams for the future. We have used the theme Worth More Than Gold many times this year when we disciple youth in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Nicaragua. I love the look on a child’s face when you call them (in their native language) a King or Queen. They usually laugh because we speak Amharic, Creole and Spanish so terribly, but more importantly a child feels honored and valued. We’ve had the opportunity to love big on children who have been former child slaves, abandoned, neglected, abused, trafficked, and unloved. What an incredible responsibility to Simply Love the precious royalty around the whole wide world and invest in the Kingdom living out loud James 1:27.
I could never have done this mission adventure without Michael, Hannah, and Zoie. Life is hard enough, but when you have three super-kids that bring joy, laughter, energy, and constant motion… life is never boring. Our kids have been our biggest cheerleaders this year and never once told us we “ruined their lives” when we
dragged them to three 3rd world countries: Ethiopia, Haiti, and Nicaragua to live and serve in missions. They have poured grace grace on Roger and me and every day remind us how much they love us. They believed in us, trusted us, leaned on us, and supported us on the crazy days! Living on the mission field is not easy, but when you have your family, nothing is impossible.
Today is the 1000th blog post and I thought it would be exciting to share some big news with you, my faithful blog friends. In a few weeks, I’m thrilled to announce a brand new website coming and new blog look for My Crazy Adoption! Roger (my hubs) and I will be joining together to create a place you can visit and learn more about our ministry, Simply Love and Man Up. Love and Protect the Fatherless. This has been a big dream of ours and God brought an amazingly talented, mission-hearted friend, Andrea La Valleur (visit her Twitter here) to curate our new website.
Winter has invaded Nicaragua. We are not making snowmen or snow ice cream; it’s hot here and dusty with a chance of rainstorms in the afternoons. We lost power after a thunderstorm that rocked our cement walls and due to complications kissed the internet goodbye for the past 4 weeks at Hope Central. This year we have lived in many places where WiFi is a luxury with only a slim to none chance of sending off an email in cyberspace. It might sound like a dream come true for parents of teenagers, but having WiFi is our only source of connection with family and friends and business back in the states. Read More
It was a crazy change. Surroundings of green rolling Ozark hills were replaced with the vast land of Ethiopia, to the jagged mountains of Haiti, to the volcanoes and lakes of Nicaragua. This past year, we have worked with a trash dump community serving lepers, widows, and orphans, brought medical help and food to the poorest people groups in rural Haiti, and rebuilding the lives of hundreds who have lost their homes in floods and hosting mission teams. It has been a mission adventure of the grandest scale. The greatest lesson we’ve learned living on the mission field, is how much we don’t know and how much more we need to learn to make a real difference in our big, beautiful world. Someone told me once, “you’ve only just scratched the surface.”
My hubby, Roger Gibson shares … you can follow him on Twitter: @rogergib and Instagram: @rogergib
I was invited by the Christian Alliance for Orphans to participate at Summit 9 conference. I would be joining two NFL football players, NASCAR chaplain and a director of an orphan ministry in a breakout session called, “It’s Time to Man Up for the Fatherless.” The session was designed for the beginning of the program to feature each of us for five minutes to share little bit of our heart for orphan care and then the rest of the time would be question and answer with the audience. As each person shared their story, I could see the boldness and courage they had to Man Up and love the fatherless. Each man saw a problem and they wanted to be a part of the solution. Read More
I bit down hard on a slice of cheese pizza and a new adventure started in motion … If you want to read my post (2008) I blogged when I lost my four front teeth click here and my 1 year toothless anniversary post without front teeth here.
I realize now I should have brushed my flipper before taking a photo of the damage. I broke my flipper in Nicaragua and my dental 911 caused a ripple effect of some pretty amazing things. I had no set plans on returning to the United States until the end of July when our time ends serving Project Hope. We were going to renew my visa (good for only 3 months) either driving to Honduras or Costa Rica, but the plans rapidly changed from crazy to crazier! I broke my flipper! I still can’t believe it happened. I had a spare, but never took the time to have it re-sized to fit without falling out when I talk, laugh, or eat. Read More
I thought it would be fun to share the 10 things I missed most living in Haiti and serving with Haiti Home of Hope. These are meant to make you smile, not take too serious. We are grateful to live in the BEST country, America and appreciate the finer things in life, like flushing toilets and Target.
#1. I missed Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper. In Haiti, we used non-soft, thin, blue tissue paper, with pre-made holes and the non-flushing option.
We are SO EXCITED to announce the winner of the Project Hope mission trip Give-It-Away!!!!! We had so much fun drawing the winner’s name right in front of Monkey Island today on Lake Nicaragua!!! I hope you enjoy ….
My Life Is Crazy Too is a series of reader submissions. Your life is a story – this is your opportunity to share stories about life, love, and mommyhood to provide understanding, hope, and compassion in the unique situations each of us face every day. “Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the STORY of your love.” Psalm 89:1 If you would like to submit a story to this series, email me at email@example.com. Today’s crazy guest is Rachel Rodgers and her blog is called Walk By Faith. Read More
We have lived in Nicaragua for 3 weeks and I’m starting to feel at home. It was not an easy transition for me leaving Haiti and the quickie visit to Branson, MO staying with my parents, before heading straight to Nicaragua. I miss the village of Pignon, the crazy, bumpy roads, the critters, the stunning sunsets, our maison, my friends, our ministry with the orphans, the people who captured my heart at clinic, and everyone living at Haiti Home of Hope. I had to basically stuff my emotions of packing and leaving and moving on to the next mission adventure. Read More
To Man Up it begins in our relationship with our wife. Besides our relationship with God, the 2nd longest relationship we will have is with our wife. My good friend and pastor, Ted Cunningham shared with me the importance of prioritizing my relationship with my wife. King Solomon, a man who definitely knows his “stuff” about women, marriage, and life states in Ecclesiastes 9:9 “Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.” He had many, many wives and concubines, but at the end of his life he wished he could have spent all his waking moments pouring all his love into the wife of his youth. From a man who had many wives and lovers he was not speaking of many, but ONE. A wife whom you would call your best friend, tell your deepest secrets to, share dreams with, and party together. Read More
Faith. Family. Home.
In caring for orphans, our hope is to instil faith, family and a sense of home deep into the hearts of every child we are blessed to serve. Please enjoy this month’s Mission Moment highlighting the fruit of God’s work through us.
Baptized in the Name of the ONE True God…
In a country where the worship of many gods is commonplace, lives of children are being changed and transformed by the working of Jesus Christ, the ONE true God. Lifesong India provides homes for almost 600 children who are all being exposed to the gospel of our loving, merciful and kind Father God. Read More