Genesis 5020

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The Smith’s Story: Part Three June 14, 2013

Filed under: Other Genesis 5020 Stories — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:43 am
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Hello everyone. I just want to take a minute to say how much I appreciate all of you and your support of this blog. It really means more than you know. My hope and prayer is that you will be touched by the stories shared here and enjoy the books that I share with you as well; that through these things you will grow deeper in your faith.

So, what’s your Genesis 5020? Does God give you a little nudge every time I ask? Then listen and share your story for His glory at: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com.

This week we finish up the Smith’s story by hearing how God is using the fire He lighted inside of them. Enjoy!

poor-29211280020293CcygMy name is Marc Smith and I am an A/G appointed career missionary to Thailand. God is transitioning our family into another season of our lives that has been a dream for as long as we can remember. My wife and I have 6 kids, and 5 of them are adopted.

God believes in adoption; it is what He does. Our hearts burn for adoption. We want to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the fatherless children to the fathers (Malachi 4:5,6).

Thailand is full of unwanted, endangered, and broken children. There are 67 million people in Thailand and only 1.6 percent are Christians. Over 5 million of Thai children are enslaved in child labor, and an increasing number are becoming victims of sex trafficking. An estimated 20 percent of girls and even boys between the ages of 11 and 17 become involved in the sex industry.

You can see the big need in Thailand and that is why we are going. These young lives need to be rescued and introduced to Jesus Christ. A Savior is what they need and a Savior is who we are bringing with us. It is His power to save and not ours. We are just willing tools in His hands.

We are called to rescue and redeem the unwanted and endangered to the love of God and into their God- given destinies.

– we want to raise up a culture of adoption in the Thai people by starting foster care and adoption agencies.

– we want to rescue trafficked children and place them in safe-houses and families. – we also want to raise up houses of prayer in orphanages and implement 24/7 day and night prayer and worship.

-we also want to start a home for special needs children.

We believe we have a very unique calling that which you will connect. I would love to meet with you and share more.

We are not just coming to raise support but God has shown us that we need to share our story to bring a message of hope to people who are hurting, broken or have suffered loss. Like I said before, Andrea and I have adopted 5 kids but in the midst of that we have lost 9 children. Through all the tragedy and all the joys, we have learned so much and known that God is a God of hope, grace, and a giver of good gifts. That is the message we bring.
When you partner with us on a monthly basis you are joining hands with us and when we wipe the tears away of an orphan, they are your hands wiping the tears away. When we rescue a young girl from being trafficked, it is you partnering with us to give her new hope. We are in this together!!!

If you would like to give a special offering or start a monthly commitment, please
click here. If you would like to meet with Andrea and me, please email us at We would love to meet with you. We love sharing our heart and vision with anyone who will listen.

Thank you so much for considering linking arms with us to rescue children in Northern Thailand.

You can learn more and watch videos of Marc and Andrea sharing their hearts on their website click here.


The Smith’s Story: Part One May 31, 2013

Filed under: Other Genesis 5020 Stories — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:48 pm
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I would like to introduce you to Marc and Andrea Smith. I just met Andrea a couple of weeks ago and her story moved me. I asked her if I could share it with all of you and she said yes. I hope you will be blessed by the Smith’s story as I know I have been.

What’s your Genesis 5020? Share with us at: 5020genesisstories (at)gmail (dot) com

33-1225726006nTx5On our wedding day fifteen years ago, we dedicated our lives to serving God however He desired.    Right after our wedding, we began working as youth and children’s pastors.

Not long after, we began to desire children of our own that we could raise to know and love God.  We had no idea how God was going to answer this prayer!

For the next 6 years we continued to beg God for a baby.

Every month was a roller coaster of emotion as we would get our hopes up only to be severely disappointed.   After many doctors, many tests, and no answers, we decided to look into adoption.

The very same week, God dropped two precious girls into our laps.  Megan was nine and Allison was four.  We adopted them through the foster care system in California.

Perhaps we should have been content with the beautiful family God had given us, but the overwhelming desire to have a biological child continued to burn within us.  We could not escape it.

When we moved to Ohio in 2005, we decided to see another doctor.  He told us that we would not conceive without a procedure called In Vitro Fertilization.  With a price tag of $20,000, that was not an option.  We were devastated.

Incredibly, 3 months before, I had seen a small advertisement in a magazine about an IVF scholarship and had decided to apply, knowing that there was very little chance that we would be chosen.

Eight months later, we checked our voicemail and was SHOCKED to hear that we had been chosen to receive a scholarship!!  It was a miracle!

After multiple tests, procedures, and minor surgery, we finally went to Chicago for our first cycle of IVF.

There was never a happier couple than the day we found out that we were pregnant with not just one, but two baby boys.  We had waited and prayed for those boys for almost 10 years.

Everything went well until around 17 weeks gestation.

Andrea went into pre-term labor when one of the baby’s sacs broke.  We really believed that everything was going to be ok.  After all, we had waited so long for those babies; there was no way that God was going to take them away from us.

But His ways are not our ways.

Five days later, Andrea gave birth to two, beautiful, perfectly formed baby boys.  We held them in our hospital room for as long as we could.  Saying goodbye to them was the hardest thing we ever had to do.

The night after we lost our sons, Ian and Caleb, God gave me a vision of Jesus.

He was standing at the foot of my hospital bed holding my two sons in his arms. Both of the babies were happy and beautiful, each wrapped in a white blanket.

But what captured my attention the most was Jesus’ face. He had the biggest grin on his face because he was so happy to be holding my sons. This vision gave me the grace and strength needed to keep trusting him.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16 NLT