Monday, May 28, 2012

Both Hands

Think of it like a charity golf outing; but instead of us golfing
to raise money, we are going to support a widow in need.


In May 2010, Trey and Cindy Emerson obeyed God’s call to be part of a medical mission trip to care for Haitian orphans. The unexpected part of their calling was meeting Beatrice, a beautiful 11 year old orphan that God meant to be the newest “Emerson kid.” We didn’t know how, when or why. We just knew God called and we have no choice but to obey.

Adoption is scary, overwhelming and frustrating. God is steadfast, trustworthy and replenishing of grace daily. We have grown to live Phillipians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Two years later, we still know God is faithful and we love our daughter even more.


Trey and Cindy met 11 year old Beatrice on a medical mission trip in Les Cayes, Haiti in May 2010. One evening after treating almost 600 orphans, Cindy walked into the bunkhouse to find Trey lying in bed looking at his digital camera. Cindy asked him what he was doing. He replied, "I'm looking at an orphan that I've fallen in love with." She replied, "I've fallen in love with one too. Let me see yours.”


They learned that both of Beatrice's parents were murdered in her presence. She then went to live with her grandmother who took her to the orphanage that the Emerson’s church, Long Hollow Baptist, is supporting. This, in itself, was a blessing since many Haitian orphans end up as child slaves, or restaveks.

Today, Beatrice is 13 years old. She is sweet, sassy and full of energy. She loves to sing and dance, and even enjoys a good game of football.


Lisa Hoover lost both her mom and her sister to cancer at a young age. As if that were not traumatic enough, she lost her husband, Scott, to cancer in 2004, her brother, Terry, in 2006 and her father in 2010. Despite these losses, Lisa is full of the true joy of life and is helping to care for her deceased brother’s two children and five grandchildren.

She loves the Lord and attends The Church at Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN. She has three dogs and one ferret. She always has a smile and hilarious story to tell. She is FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY!

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father,
is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afflications
JAMES 1:27


With your help, we have found a way to assist both Lisa AND the Emersons! On Saturday, June 2, 2012, our team will be doing repairs and a major landscaping project at Lisa’s home. We are asking you to sponsor us while we repair and improve Lisa’s home. Your sponsorship will go to Lifesong for Orphans and be given as a grant for the Emerson’s adoption. Think of it like a charity golf outing; but instead of us golfing to raise money, we are going to support a widow in need.

Watch this video of a past Both Hands project.

You can watch additional videos by going to and clicking on the names underneath PROJECTS. Click here for the direct link.

God desires orphans from all nations to be adopted into Christ-honoring families so they may ultimately be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ. God calls us to fulfill James 1:27 "visit the fatherless…" but not all are called to adopt. Some are called to pray, some to give financially, some to go on mission trips, and some to adopt.

Trey and Cindy have sensed God's call . . . and have joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt Beatrice from Haiti.  As you may already know, one adoption can cost between $25,000 and $35,000 and prevents many godly families from adopting. Lifesong for Orphans believes God has raised up the Emerson family "for such a time as this…" We have partnered with Both Hands Foundation to provide an innovative method to help remove the financial barrier to the Emerson family adoption.

Will you sponsor us or one of our
team members as we
work on the widow’s home?

Instead of playing in a golf tournament or running a 5K race to raise money, we will be serving a widow and an orphan at the same time. Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Best of all, 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs--nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans/Both Hands administrative costs.

There are two easy ways to donate:

1.  Click here or on the “Donate” button on the right-hand side of this page.
2.  Follow the online instructions to pay safely with your credit card or PayPal account.

1.  Please make your tax-deductible donation to Lifesong for Orphans.
2.  To ensure proper credit is given to the Emerson family,

     please write “Emerson #2388” on the memo line.
3.  Mail your check to:    
           Lifesong for Orphans
           PO Box 40 / 202 N Ford St
           Gridley, IL 61744

Every Dollar Helps!
  • $25      
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  • $1,000      
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  • Other $______
*100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs—nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans’ administrative costs.

*Please note that in following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the non-profit organization Lifesong for Orphans. They retain full discretion over its use, but intend to honor the donor’s suggestion.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Need More Volunteers

Our Both Hands project is THIS SATURDAY on June 2nd where we will serve the needs of our beautiful widow, Lisa Hoover. Our rain out date is the following Saturday on June 9th. If you have no idea what this amazing project is all about, then click here.


We need people to help us work at Lisa's house on Project Day. We will be doing landscaping, painting, minor home repairs, etc. We would love to have you join us in this opportunity to bless Lisa. We are not asking you to send out support letters. We simply would love it if you could give us your time and muscle for the day.

Breakfast and lunch have been generously donated by Chick-fil-a, so we'll take care of feeding you.

Please let us know if you can help us all day or even a few hours.

Trey and Cindy Emerson

Thank you!
Trey and Cindy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Drum Roll Please

I write a sentence and then delete it. I write and sentence and then delete it. I write a sentence and then delete it. This is how it has been going for the past several minutes. I cannot put into words how excited, amazed, overjoyed, and blessed I feel at watching God orchestrate our Both Hands project.

Starting this project was exciting, but then reality hit. I freaked. How were we going to pull the team, resources and donations together? Have you really looked at the extent of this project? There's a lot to do and with NO MONEY! Why do I ever doubt God? When He makes the plan, He provides the way. He has shown me this over and over again, and yet, I still worry sometimes. Lord, thank you for never giving up on me, loving me and always providing a way for your perfect plan to come together.

Soooooo, drum roll please...

We have been blessed with more donations for our widow, Lisa Hoover, from these companies. PLEASE thank them with your support.

Rogers Group donated 2 loads of gravel valued at $700!

Publix donated 5 cases of bottled water for our work team on Project Day!

The Church at Indian Lake (our widow's home church)
donated landscaping valued at $550!

Todd Hunley, owner of Chick-fil-a at Rivergate, donated
breakfast and lunch for our work team on Project Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Perfect Pair

We just learned that we are GOING TO HAITI at the end of July! Trey and I are traveling with one of our sons, AUSTIN, and our niece, SALLY. These 14 year olds are so excited and cannot wait to GO and SERVE the orphans. They are even raising their own money to GO - $1,800 per person. We are incredibly proud of these two!

While I'm on the subject of raising money, please look at the below picture. We are selling these PERSONALIZED pictures for our adoption fund. We made a couple of these last year and gave them as wedding gifts. Then, of course, I had to make one for us too! YES! That is our picture frame below!

Wedding Gifts, Anniversaries, Just Because I Love You
Just Because I Want to Help Bring an Orphan Home

Picture Only
5 x 7 - $10
8 x 10 - $15

Picture in a White Matted Black Frame
5 x 7 - $35
8 x 10 - $55

Shipping is Available


To place an order, please contact Cynthia Emerson at
to give her the names and date for your personalized frame.

Thank you for supporting us!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We are in IBESR!

Recently, IBESR (Haitian Social Services) stopped accepting new dossiers until June 1, 2012 (it's been extended to July 31, 2012) in order for them to get caught up. I quietly kept praying that our dossier had made it before the cut-off date. we received our answer!

Thank you, Lord, for blessing us today!

What is a dossier? A set of legal documents and adoption papers used in international adoptions. The adoption papers include our home study, marriage license, birth certificates, health certificates - to name a few. Basically, our dossier took months to prepare and several thousand dollars. 

What is IBESR?  It stands for "Institut du BienEtre Social et de Recherches." See why it's simply called IBESR! Here is a great description that I found online:

Your child's paperwork is put together with your documents and
the file is then presented to IBESR (Haiti's Social Service Department)
where a social worker will look over all of your documents and decide
whether to approve your adoption request. The director of IBESR,
the IBESR lawyer, the head of adoption services at IBESR, and the
IBESR social worker must all sign off on your dossier.
This is four stages of approval.

For those of you who are great prayer warriors: Please pray that our dossier comes OUT OF IBESR before they start accepting new dossiers on June 1st (extended to July 31st). We've known families to be in IBESR for months and months and months. However, with their department being closed to "catch up," I firmly believe that this is a possiblity.

Some new pics!

Aerial shot of the orphanage where Beatrice currently lives.

My new friend, Carly, and Beatrice!

Walking by Faith Alone,


Thursday, May 3, 2012


So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Luke 11:9

I was on my way home today when the phone rang. It was Christian asking where we were (Austin was with me). Thank goodness we were only a mile from home, because Christian couldn't wait to show me a SURPRISE.

He met us in the garage, and then walked us into the kitchen. Christian had neatly arranged our surprise - God had answered one our prayers! Seriously love it when God shows up!

Cordless DeWalt Drill, DeWalt Circular Saw,
12 pairs of a brown jersey work glove,
1,000 pieces of 1-5/8", 2-1/2", and 3" wood screws for attic,
24 tubes of a clear caulk sealant for windows, and two caulking guns. 

Marty Martin with Triangle Fastener is one of Christian's soccer coaches at Beech High School. He saw a Facebook post about our Both Hands project we are doing next month for a widow. He said "that is a great story" and wanted to help. YESTERDAY, we sent him to our website where our needs are listed to complete the widow's project. TODAY, we received some of the materials!

We didn't know how we could afford the cost of adoption, but we knew that God had called us to bring Beatrice home. When we are faithful and ask, God will provide!

Thank you Coach Marty and your business for blessing us, a widow, an orphan and for being an amazing example to our son, Christian!

Please take a moment to look at our list of needs. Maybe you or someone you know can help donate some of these items to help us complete the project for our beautiful widow, Lisa Hoover.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What Do You Think?

I added two new pages to the blog tonight - BOTH HANDS OVERVIEW and BOTH HANDS TEAM. Let me know what you think!