This week's winners of the High's Heroes Award recognizing people who are making an eternal difference are Adam & Sara Bryson.
Adam & Sara are two of the most humble, selfless, Christ-centered people I have ever met. You can read 1 Corinthians 13 and substitute either Adam or Sara's name in place of the word "love" and the passage is still true.
Adam & Sara are patient, kind, protecting, trusting and hopeful. They persevere. They rejoice with the truth.
I first remember meeting Sara at Brentwood Hills church camp probably 11 or 12 years ago. She was incredible with the teenage girls. She talked a lot about her boyfriend from Alaska, a guy who wasn't a Christian. She talked about praying for him to come to know Christ. His name was Adam.
Adam became a Christian very late in life compared to most believers. When Adam became a Christian, Adam became a Christian. Not only did he believe. He obeyed. He read his Bible as an instruction manual, immediately gravitated towards the "least of these" and make it his mission to not just talk about Jesus but to be Jesus to those that didn't know him. He operates with a "Why can't we?" mentality that is refreshing, convicting and encouraging.
When Adam and Sara married they formed one incredibly powerful team. When they adopted little Natalie about a year ago they became a picture perfect family.
They are both teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Adam teaches third grade at Granbery Elementary. Sara teaches art at several schools. What a blessing to know they are impacting the lives of so many in our public schools!
They have been part of the foundation of the Woodbine Family Church and the heart and soul of its youth ministry for the past several years.
They are now in the process of trying to adopt their second child. What may surprise you in this day and age, and hopefully encourage you even more, is that they have decided not to ask for a specific sex or race of their next child. They are trusting God to send them whoever He wants them to love.
The Brysons are working through Adoption Hope to bring a second child into their family. As I'm sure you know adoptions are not free, or cheap.
While they haven't asked, I feel compelled to just put it out there to my little list of friends that the Brysons need to raise about $6,000 more dollars before they can move forward with their second adoption.
Wouldn't it be neat if we could collectively put a dent in that if not totally take care of it this week? If you are interested in helping let me know (or talk with Adam & Sara directly if you know them).
Together, I can't think of a better way to live out James 1:27 which says:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Thank you Adam & Sara Bryson for helping make an eternal difference in my life, in Natalie's life, in the life of your second child whose face you haven't even seen yet and in the lives of countless others on this earth!