Ok, well maybe I am missing a “b” in that title to help make sense. Brrrrrr-River Run, there ya go. It was SO cold! I think maybe all the way down in the 30’s. Crazy cold. Anyhow, enough whining about the cold, now onto the orphans.
The River Run was put on by the Orphan Justice Center (OJC), directed Craig Dinsmore and Renee Loux. Both have adopted many children and are running with the vision the rescue, adopt and restore children. Multiple orphan outreach organizations were present providing education and opportunities for connecting orphans with families.
Psalm 68:5-6 says that God is, “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows- this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.”
There was an overwhelming feeling of the warmth of God’s heart, no matter how low the temperatures. We all hustled and bustled around with the joy of knowing we were partnering with God.
If you were a father, what would you feed your children for breakfast on a cold Saturday morning? Pancakes, of course! We had a pancake and sausage breakfast. Check out the pic of The World’s Fastest Flapjack Flipper! Runners came to run the 1k and 5k. There was facepainting and hot cocoa for everyone.
Immediately following the presentation of the rewards, my husband and I got to sing our “Orphan Song”. As I played my guitar and sang the lyrics my hubby wrote in our basement a year ago, I watched as Renee’s 5 year old son, adopted from the Ukraine, laughed and danced with Bethany, an OJC worker, as she playfully twirled him around. That one moment summed up the whole event for me.