Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Team Leader Tuesday Spotlight: Lori McMurphy

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Prepared for the journey ahead, Lori McMurphy and her team went to China knowing exactly what they wanted God to accomplish through them.

Abiding by the wise words of Habakkuk 2:2, they wrote their goals in the form of a “No Regrets List”. On this list were simple and great requests, all which were answered.

“Every single thing that we laid at His feet was accomplished, and they were accomplished better than we had hoped or dreamed” exclaimed Lori.

Lori briefly describes her simplest request. “One of the things on my list was to hug every nanny before I left for the day, to be more relational with the nannies, to speak life in to them, to live out Acts 2:1-12 that despite the language barrier the Holy Spirit would speak through our actions and the love that would just ooze out of us”, she expressed.

God did just that. Although there was a language barrier, the women bonded by sharing family photos. On the last day, Lori used the Mandarin she had picked up to express her love and care for the nannies, "Wo Ai Ni!" which means I love you in Chinese.

God was not finished, he had more to reveal to Lori.

“We were told that there were three children who had their files ready and were waiting to be adopted. We needed clear communication as to what their full Chinese names were, their birthdate, and what, if any, special need they might have so that when we got back to the States we could fight for them”.

The information was hard to come by due to the language barrier, but after requesting the information several times and coming close to running out of hope, God provided the answers.

“We get to the orphanage on that very last day and Hai Tao comes to Gael and I and says, ‘Lori, Gael, the lady with the files is here to speak to you’” shares Lori.

The lady with the files proceeds to give them all the necessary information and goes a step further by giving them the names of three additional children, totaling six.

Joy once again overwhelmed Lori as she struggled to fight the tears. She was able to return home with “No Regrets” and the files of six children whose lives were going to greatly changed.

Lori states, “A trip with Visiting Orphans is a great way to see God move in the lives of those he loves, great or small”.

Lori McMurphy and Gael Nichols are leading another trip to Fushun in 2015. Click here to view the trip and sign up to join them to GO BE LOVE in China. 

Lori traveled with Visiting Orphans to Fushun, China in June of 2014

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