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~ Victory in Jesus ~

Equipping Christian Families for Foster Care or Adoption

Cheryl Sasai Ellicott

Sweetwater Still/2016/Paperback

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Raise the (really) big tent and let the fun begin!


Welcome to the world of restless crowds of little people, elephant-sized food bills and, yes, even death-defying stunts! Stepping into the gap for orphans or fatherless children is a much-needed, noble feat (of gigantic proportions). It requires flexibility, courage and more than a handful of tricks. If you're also on a mission to represent the glorious King of Kings, you'll need an endless supply of humility, a discerning heart and a mighty champion--you cannot win this battle alone!

Join the author (and friends) in a biblical discussion of the most formidable concerns in ministry to the neediest of children, as she shares three decades of experience. Included are updates to stories from her previous adoption book, This Means War, and new stories by parents, ministers and custodial-grandparents.

You'll be encouraged in the Lord, biblically exhorted and (hopefully) equipped to have an eternal impact upon the least of these.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Publisher: Sweetwater Still
Publication Date: July 10, 2016
ISBN: 97809843599-7-4
Availability: Available now for pre-publication order




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                    Table of Contents

(Words in BLUE are linked to an excerpt)

My Story: LORD, PREPARE ME                                                                                      13
          Testimony                                                                                                                         15
          Pieces of Me                                                                                                                 21
          The Circus                                                                                                                         27
          Pockets of Faith                                                                                                         31
         Waiting for a Healing                                                                                                 35
          Merry-Go-Round                                                                                                         39
          Grievous Appointments                                                                                         45
          Worse Things                                                                                                                 47
          Sharing a Space                                                                                                         53
          He'll Be Answering Soon                                                                                         57
Your Story                                                                                                                                 63
          God Have Mercy                                                                                                         65
          What’s Your Problem?                                                                                                  71
          We are the Champions                                                                                                 81
          For Better or Worse                                                                                                       91
          God's Will for Your Marriage                                                                                    99
Lost Boys and Girls                                                                                                               109
          You and Your Big Heart                                                                                            111
          God's Children                                                                                                              117
          Invisible, Physical Wounds                                                                                     125
          Nature, Nurture and Nightmares                                                                          131
          Candlelight-Parenting                                                                                              137
          Medicine Men                                                                                                              143
          Emergency Response                                                                                                 153
Who’s Got My Back?                                                                                                            173
          The Lord's Army?                                                                                                        175
War Stories                                                                                                                              187
          He Was Full of Fun                                                                                                     191
          SuperMom Meets Fetal Alcohol                                                                            195
          The Hospice Survivor                                                                                                203
          Refuge                                                                                                                             209
          Grandbaby's First Best Friend                                                                                217
          Children of Goshen                                                                                                    225
          Invisible Ranch                                                                                                            229
Epilogue                                                                                                                                   235
Bible Basics                                                                                                                             241

CherylSasaiEllicott.jpg (17409 bytes)From the Author:

"’You are our God.’ Indeed, in you the orphan finds mercy."

(Hosea 14:4b ISV)

When I began writing Victory in Jesus, I intended to write a simple update to my previous adoption book, This Means War. However, as I wrote and prayed for direction, I quickly realized this was a whole new book. Like my former writing, Victory in Jesus is also meant to educate, prepare and encourage Christians who are called to bring God’s mercy to the fatherless. But it’s also a follow-up and an alarm (see Ezekiel 33:7-9.) I’ll explain that later.

Christians, to be victorious on this mission, you’ll need information and preparation. You deserve to hear from Christian parents who've gone before you—and you need the whole story, not only the happy highlights. That's why Victory in Jesus: Equipping Christian Families for Foster Care or Adoption was written. If you're not yet a believer in Jesus, you're welcome to glean what you can. For a fuller understanding of this message, ask God to explain it. Most of what I write is only discerned with the Holy Spirit's assistance, when our spirit is in union with Christ.

For parents who are familiar with my previous writing, I have praise reports for you, along with some new warnings. The landscape has changed much since I first began caring for the world's neediest children. The challenges of raising abused and neglected children are now acknowledged and discussed more openly than they used to be. However, with this progress have come some negative trends; I'll address those as well, later on.

This book is a compilation of things I've learned and also stories shared with me by others who minister to fatherless children. Some of the information appears in my previous book; it’s vital to your well-being, so I’ve included it again as a reminder and also for those who haven’t read it. Some of the stories in the section "War Stories" were first printed years ago; they now have updates for those who wondered what happened next. Other stories in the book are new, including my own: "Lord Prepare Me."

Since 1989, I worked with approximately fifty children in need. Shortly after our wedding, my husband and I became house parents through the Teen Challenge ministry. Thus we were Mom and Dad to about twenty-five teens or pre-teens in a shelter home. In subsequent years we were foster parents to an another twenty-five children in our own home. We already had three biological children, in addition to a daughter lost to cancer, before we adopted through the foster care system. We've also experienced the anguish of adoption-dissolution (not a simple disruption). In 2001 I founded a support group for foster and adoptive mothers; these women were a blessing to me and to each other. My husband also worked with disabled adults for over fifteen years; together we did in-home care for them as well. In the years since our children became adults, we’ve begun to reach out globally, supporting ministry to orphans and street children wherever the Lord leads and provides.

However, even parents (like us) who know we’re called to this, and who entered this arena with healthy support-systems, have—in wonderful, idealistic zeal (with rose-colored glasses firmly in place)—waltzed in over their heads and made lasting mistakes. Therefore, allow me to warn you of the greatest pitfalls ahead.

Yes, you're envisioning the joy of making a difference, loving an unloved child. And you should be! You believe it's more blessed to give than to receive. You're correct! You believe God's version of love never fails (correct again). You know you'll reap a harvest if you continue to do good and do not give up. God bless you; I love your heart. Really, I do! You inspire and encourage me. But may I remind you that there's an unseen battle to fight? I want you to persevere long enough to see the victory and the harvest. Your enemy is invisible, but he's very, very real. When you reach out to these children, their enemies become your enemies. Oh, certainly, your God is stronger—He's Almighty. But He's a jealous God! Were you aware of that? He tolerates no rivals in your heart or your home.


"You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love." (Rev 2:3-4)


If you learn only one thing from this book, let it be this: it's easy to get caught up in the work of a humanitarian and forget the Lover of your soul. But you were created to love God—with all of your heart, mind, body and soul. And the only way to succeed is to remain as a branch connected to the vine [Jesus]. Good works cannot take the place of adoring your Savior. They aren’t an adequate substitute. Keep your relationship with God, through Jesus, as the most important thing—the only thing that matters—and He will pour out His spirit on the children... in His time.


"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV)



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