Miss Emma Joy

Yesterday I did a post about Mr. Nehemiah and today I’ve decided is Miss Emma’s day.

There are so many emotions floating around this silver-haired mama’s heart as the days tick closer to early January.

So many changes underway….including circumstances that I cannot quite share yet…and some that I just haven’t been able to bring myself to share either.  Our family has a lot of changes coming…so if we should happen to cross your mind, prayers would be greatly appreciated.   And in the days ahead, I will share more.   Promise.

In the meantime, many of you are aware that our Emma will be moving soon.  God has called her to the orphan and she will be moving permanently to Uganda to minister there in early January.  The Lord sure must have some amazing plans as she has been hearing His whispers about the future for the last 12 years…

Over Thanksgiving all of us were watching old home movies.  Randomly we threw one in and it was Emma’s 8th birthday.  Our mouths dropped open as we heard what we had recorded on that special day over 11 years ago…..we found Emma telling us that she knew that when she grew up she would be moving to Uganda to serve the orphans there.   Such confidence.  So matter-of-fact.  It was amazing to have it recorded.

Anyway, as the days rapidly speed toward her departure, I thought some might want to be checking out her blog {if you haven’t already}…

Over my lifetime, I have not really had the privilege of watching up close someone prepare for the mission field.    Cause face it, not many go.   Some do short term missions…some even think they will go back…but life settles in and so do they.

In today’s society we often talk about role models and people of influence.

We snagged this sweet picture the day we went Christmas tree hunting
{she’s carrying Ruby’s emergency seizure kit}

In our home we spend the bulk of our spare time reading missionary biographies.  They are true role models.  Their lives dedicated to things that cause sacrifice and endurance, only ever honoring Christ.   I, personally, want my kids looking to missionaries and other God-honoring people as role models.

The adventure Emma is on is real and we have the privilege of watching it unfold up close.  But I wanted to invite you and your children to watch it as well, as Emma shares her heart in the days ahead about what God has been preparing her for the last 12 years to do…

I graciously invite you to hear her heart and watch a young missionary prepare to leave her much loved family, home and life as she knows it….to follow God’s call on her life….Em On a Mission

16 thoughts on “Miss Emma Joy

  1. and that is why, if we ever adopt another girl, her name will be Bristol Emmy Kate- after the Muellers in Bristol England, Emma, and Katie Davis, (also a young girl called to Africa). Love you and am so proud of Emma! I had to break down and add her on facebook- I can't help it if I have never met her- she is special to me, (as are you and your whole fam). I just HAD to be able to keep up with her and how God is using her! 🙂

  2. Emma is an inspiration. My daughter (age 9) also wants to be a missionary. I took a picture of a wonderful drawing she did about it. I think referring back to that drawing if this is truly the calling God has for her will be really encouraging to me. I can only imagine how much it meant to you to hear those words on the video. Amazing God!

  3. We can't wait to watch Emma working as the hands and feet of Christ and count ourselves priviledged to be able to do so. Emma will be in our prayers in the days, weeks, and years ahead. Also praying for you Linny and the rest of the family.

  4. Oh dear momma! I can only imagine the bittersweet joy of watching this plan of Gods coming to fruition! What an honor to have one of your children being called to help those precious in Uganda! I will be praying for your family and all that is happening! Our best friends are preparing to leave for the mission field in San Salvador later in 2013…. so hard but so so beautiful to watch as well!
    peace, love, and hugs!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing about Miss Emma Joy! I can't wait to share this with my 10 year old daughter. We also have read about missionaries and she has a heart for children. She wants to be a nurse and 2 years ago when we met Steve Saint she came home and said I want to be a missionary. She and I just got back from her first missions trip to Honduras. She loved it. I can't wait until we travel to China to bring home our son to she all the Lord continues to put on her heart. Please tell Em she will be having a new blog follower with a mission minded heart for children. I can't wait to tell my daughter all about your precious girl. We enjoy hearing all the Lord is doing in your family.

  6. Praying for Miss Emma and you! I've thought for a long time how you must feel like you'll be losing your right arm when she leaves. We can sense in your photos what a 2nd mama she is to her younger siblings and blessing to her mom and dad!

  7. Hi Linny,

    I have read your blog for several years. I would like to come out of lurking and ask you how I can financially support God's work through Emma on a regular basis? I left a message on her blog, but I'm not sure if it went through.

    Thank you,

  8. I've read your blog for awhile but never commented. I met your sweet Ruby in Uganda when she was still in the orphanage. My sister was looking to adopt so we were visiting there and had a special moment holding Ruby and speaking life over her tiny body. I live in Uganda working in slums and would love to be of any assistance to Emma as she takes this huge step. Please let me know if there is anything I can do that would help make the transition easier!

  9. I hear you Linny! I am not sure if Amy's words have sunk into my heart yet. "Mom, I won't be coming back to Canada to live, this is my home."
    You take care of your Mama's heart and love on that Emma girl as much as you can before she goes!
    Amy's blog is amypronk.blogspot.com

  10. I know you are SO PROUD of Emma, but probably have a knot in your stomach when you think about her going.

    You mentioned reading missionary biographies, and it reminded me of a question I keep wondering and forgetting to research. I would like to read stories of missionaries as a family. Our only child is 3, and I'm not sure where to find resources that share the stories in an age-appropriate way (he has a short attention span and a very tender heart). Any suggestions?

  11. We're homeschool friends with the McLemore family and would love to follow Emma's blog. We live right down the road in Phoenix. My email address is: reformedgirl2000 at gmail dot com. IF you might be able to add us to the list I would appreciate it. Thanks, Lori

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