In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Alyssa's Trip to India and Nepal

Friends and Family,
     Just so you know, this post is not by Jenny, it's by her daughter, Alyssa. 

I did a special post last year while I was raising money for my mission trip to Zambia and South Africa. I'd like to do the same this year, not just to raise financial support, but prayer support as well. I wouldn't have made it this far without prayer and I'm very thankful for it. 
     While I was gone last summer, I experienced something so extraordinary words cannot describe how it changed me. You really never know how much God loves us until you see the miracles that millions overlook everyday. Or how much we CAN love, when we're loving not only on our behalf, but God's. I came back with a new favorite phrase "Love as if your love is unlimited, and you'll find that it is." I still remind myself of that fact daily. This world is in need of a lot more love, which is what I hope to do this summer in Nepal and India. I want to love on the curious children, the struggling adults, the so-called "dirty" lepers, the millions who have never heard Jesus' name and the "tainted" sex-trafficked girls. Please help support me in my quest to do so. 
      On my mission trip last summer, I knew God was calling me to go to India and Nepal. I really didn't want to though; I wanted to go back to Africa; Africa is so dear to my family, and seems so familiar to me. It's funny how God works, he wanted something completely different for me. Something so much more perfect in his mind. When I  agreed to go, I knew I had made the right choice. I already felt my love and joy for the countries grow, and I know now what he has planned for me this summer is going to be unlike anything I've ever seen. I know that God is going to use me to impact Nepal and India for the better. In Nepal, I'll have the opportunity to put everything I have with me on my back, and hike off the trail, up into a village that has never had the privilege of hearing Jesus' name. I'll be able to share with them the gospel that they've never heard before, and they'll be able to hear a story that will change their lives forever. Also in Nepal, I'll be going to rehabilitation centers and telling girls who feel as if their worth has been stripped from them, that there is someone who thinks of them as clean and whole. During my trip, I'll be able to share with hundreds of orphans that there is a heavenly father who loves them. I'm excited to tell people who are scared, that there is a God who can take away all of our fears. I'll be a part of a drama in both countries, that reassures people of God's love for them. Lastly, in India, I'll be going out of the cities into leper colonies. Places so filthy that it is not safe to live there. These people are told that they're unclean and unloved even by family members. I have the opportunity to share that what people say about them does not matter because there is a God who believes in them, who loves them. I'll have many chances this summer to share my faith, my God, and my testimony. Please help me get there. I'm supposed to leave June 18th, my 15th birthday; I consider it the best birthday present ever! At this point, I need approximately $4,000 more dollars. Will you help support the cause God has called me to do? Every $300 donated within the next week, Global Expeditions - the organization I am partnering with, will donate $100 extra to help get me to Asia. So, now is the best time to donate more than ever. No amount is too small, every dollar helps! You can donate online at globalexpeditions.com/donate using my missionary ID 2683113. Otherwise, I can provide the address to send a check to or a donation can be sent directly to me. I'd be so appreciative for anything given, prayers or donations. Thank you so much! 
God bless,


  1. So wonderfully written and so wise for your young years . . . Prayers and blessing upon you sweet Alyssa! - Mrs. Thurman

  2. Good luck on your mission! (just donated)