Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast Episode 095 - Through the Shadow of Death - Interview with Johanna Cannelongo
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Episode #095 – Through the Shadow of Death – Interview with Johanna Cannelongo
Thank you for entrusting and investing your precious time with me to grow in Jesus together. I am blessed to be back with you to discuss more ways to live with eternal perspective.
Today I am honored to begin a new series of interviews in recognition of National Adoption Month. What a blessing it is to be able to converse with several people regarding the topic of adoption. As you probably already know, our family has added to our family through adoption twice and we are deeply blessed, of course, through bringing our daughters home, but also through the relationships we’ve built in the adoption community.
National Adoption Month is an initiative that seeks to increase national awareness of adoption issues and bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the U.S. foster care system. I also believe the movement includes awareness for international adoption. Although some adoptions abroad are closed due to Covid at this time, I pray the time will quickly come that all children, no matter where they live, will be able to live in loving, nurturing, permanent families.
God doesn’t care where a child is adopted from. Whether domestic or international, children need homes. They are meant to live in attentive, loving homes. It breaks my heart that any child would be neglected, abused, or forgotten. Imagine how it makes God feel. Every person should know that someone cares about them and their well-being because they are deeply cherished.
Our own journey with adoption began in China simply because that is where we knew God told us we had a daughter waiting. Over the ten years that followed our first adoption, we advocated and prayed for many children, both domestic and international. We worked with organizations, began an adoption ministry at church, and held seminars and conferences. I have lost count of the number of children I have prayed for as I viewed their photos and also shared them with others to pray and advocate for, as well. We also took courses to be approved to adopt domestically, but that was not God’s plan for us. Instead, He sent us back to China for our youngest child, and I will never forget the day I first saw her adorable face. It was the moment I fell in love with her.
Today, I am beginning a series of interviews by introducing you to Johanna Cannelongo, a 4-time repeat adopter from China. Johanna is a wife and homeschooling mama of eight children, ages 5-21. She says she lives with her heart anchored in eternity, but her feet planted in Maryland on a little farmette with her amazing and funny husband of 23 years, Brian. Johanna’s passion is to raise children who love Jesus and to advocate for the most vulnerable. Now you will hear Johanna share the hope of Jesus through her story of His faithfulness in her life during tragedy and triumph.
The goodness and faithfulness of God and His intimate provisions to each of us is clearly evident in the story Johanna shared with us. Johanna says that Jesus is her best friend, her light, and her song of living hope that saves her every day. His intimacy is free to each of us and He awaits our release of self so that He can freely minister and guide in the personal and loving ways He desires. Even through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus can cause us to fear no evil, for He is right with us, carrying us each step of the journey, when we allow Him to.
You can learn more about Johanna through her foundation, Live Gia Grow Forever on Facebook or Instagram. You can reach Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father God, we call upon Your name. You are the Great I Am, the Most High, our Creator and Sustainer, our Provider and Great Comforter. We need you so much more than we even realize. Father, thank you for the ways You carry us. You do not walk beside us. You intentionally and intimately desire to carry each load and carry us through the pain and trials. Heavenly Father, You are good, yet this world is not. Help us to crave You over culture and turn to You with every pain and heartache, every question and stumbling block. May we please You and fulfill the purpose You have set for us. May we give You honor and praise through easy and hard. When our deepest fears come true, may we not turn from You, but to You as we trust and rest in Your arms. Soothe our pain and show us Your tender mercies. In the precious name of Jesus we humbly pray. Amen.
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