My sweet, beautiful friend Jenny had gone to be with Jesus.
I got up from the chair, could hardly get the words out to Dean, and ran to the bathroom. I collapsed in gut wrenching sobs.
No. No...please no. Not Jenny.
Yes this is Jenny. And her husband Brad. I knew Jenny's sister from years ago and was connected to her through her sister. I still remember calling her years ago when God had laid Africa on our hearts. We called her before we called anyone. I just wanted to hear her story. What I heard was amazing. She spoke about how God called her and Brad to Liberia, Africa. I listened to every word. I'll never forget when she asked me if the adoption was only $4000 if I'd have that money. I hesitated and said "well no..." she followed up with "so if it was $4000 or $40,000...you need God to show up. The greater the need...the greater the miracle".
That conversation with Jenny changed everything for me. She breathed life into this weak little faith I had. She encouraged me in that phone call to live faith without borders. All in.
Jenny...got it. She 'got' life. She really did. She 'got' faith. Her faith was bigger to her than what she could see. In just a few moments of speaking with her...you understood that this was her reality. And she definitely 'got' love.
She inspired me every few days with her love for her husband. Their unashamed public comments of affection to each other was a breath of fresh air.
One of her most recent notes to me was this:
"I was reading Psalm 94 this morning and verse 9 arrested my attention and made me intercede for your little guy:
Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?
I LOVE the miracles God is doing in your family Janice. I am so proud of you all and share the Holy Spirit's enthusiasm for you all!"
She was an encourager. She made time for people. Jenny 'got' life.
One of my life's super heroes...the lovely Jenny...is gone from this life.
Super hero...not super human.
I believe there is much freedom in Jenny's story.
Someday perhaps my heart can share more.
Yes. 15 of the most beautiful children you have ever seen. 8 adopted from Africa. Some of them have medical needs that are pretty intense. Please friends...please...pray for this beautiful family.
My heart feels like it has shattered into many pieces this week.
Jenny's story lives on. She lives on. And her story is still unfolding here on earth with this beautiful family each day.
This link will allow you to donate where 100% of the money goes directly to the Groothius family.
You don't have much? Don't give much. Sacrifice a coffee to give to these precious children. We can all do that. Please pray. Please give.