“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:9-10
Back in October, I published a blog post expressing my desire to give someone the opportunity to experience complimentary custom photography. I hosted a special giveaway to reward a family who is self-sacrificing and hospitable to others.
With the help of Melissa Brant, I am able recognize Joe and Shelley Fender as the winner’s of this portrait giveaway! Here is an exert from Melissa’s nomination:
“This amazing couple from Brookfield, MO have given up everything for six precious children. You see, Joe and Shelley not only have two biological children, Deavon and Leah, but they have also adopted four other children: Erik, Phoebe, Samuel, and Paige. Shelley is a stay at home mom and Joe is a self employed mechanic. They are home schooling the children. It is a wonderful testimony of their love and patience and devotion to see Joe and Shelley at church with these children. Paige will wrap her tiny arms around her daddy and then pat his cheeks with her hands in the most loving and endearing way. It touches every heart in the room to see how much this wonderful couple has given to help these children. Their life is a testimony of God’s love they have in their hearts. They have taken the commandments of Jesus to care for the orphans and put their faith into works. I am so grateful to have met them and to be inspired by them every week.”
This story personally touched my heart as Wade and I have a desire to adopt children of our own someday. We, too, want to follow Scripture’s command to care for the orphans and raise them in a loving, Christ-following home. We want to provide children with an opportunity they might not have had otherwise.
Thank you, Joe and Shelley, for demonstrating God’s love to these six children and for inspiring others to find a way to give back.
Joe and Shelley will receive a one hour on-location session, 25 custom anytime cards, (2) 8×10, (4) 5×7, (10) 4×6, and CD of all edited images – all compliments of Emily Dobson Photography.
THANK YOU to ALL of the nominations and for giving me the opportunity to give back this year.
And to add to the Christmas spirit, enjoy these holiday cards: