Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Homestead Oak - Heart Felt Thank You Letter from Mona and Duke

Duke and I are ordinary people who had a heart for children and I believe we have been a willing vessel for God to use. We have been so honored to have been chosen to care for the children sent to us over the years, we never have gone to an agency or had to look around to adopt or take in a child. It has always been by word of mouth and God’s choice to send and entrust to us his children. 52 years ago the scripture we received was in Leviticus 19:34 God says the stranger that dwells among you shall be one such as born to you and you shall love them as you love your own. We have been faithful to do so and God has blessed the children as they go into the world to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. We still have 3 young ones at home, ages 7, 11, and 12. We are now 75 and 73, HELLO, how did that happen? The years of joy have flown by and we give honor to God for He alone gives us health, strength, provisions, love and joy to do the work He willed us to do.

Our hearts are even more burdened for children as the world has become such a hard place in which to survive. It is so important to love your children and teach them to love others and teach them how they can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Our world needs peace, love and joy which come from God within our selves. In our homes we need to build our children up in love for they face tough times in their schools and in this world so always let them know its not what you do but who you are.  “You are loved”, tell them every day. Yes, we have raised some 250 children, adopted many, not always as patient as we would have liked to be or could have done a lot of things different maybe, but we had a motto that we loved to give to the children:

“Not flesh of my flesh,
Nor bone of my bone
But still miraculously my own.
Never forget for a minute,
That you did not grow under my heart,
But in it.”

We are so humbled by Homestead Oak in blessing us we thank you and we ray God’s blessing to you as God says in His word In Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”

Thank you again In His love and ours,
Duke and Mona         
& all God’s children  

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