By Kelly Kalvig (Pictured: Left to right – Jodi . Kelly . Leslie)
My husband, Jon, joined the FFC staff as a pastor in May. We have been blessed by all of you who have gone out of your way to make us feel welcome. Thank you! Our kids have loved every Sunday in KZ Church and Jon and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time with the youth leaders and junior and senior high students. We now look forward to a great school year ahead.
While this may not be your typical weekly blog story, I am thrilled to share some very exciting news in the life of our family. It relates to God answering our prayers and stretching our ability to demonstrate His gospel! We have been praying for years for my older sister and her husband to be able to have a child. My sister and I are very close so the pain of infertility she experienced became a burden we also carried. They had attempted in vitro fertilization on 4 occasions with no success leading the doctors to the conclusion that she could not carry a baby. However, they still had embryos that were theirs. God had been placing on my heart for a couple years that there may be an opportunity to help. After the birth of my third child, Lena, who is now 18 months, I was ready to offer myself as a gestational carrier for their embryo. 2 Corinthians 5:14 states that Christ’s love compels us to action. Because I believe that God is the author of all life, I knew that He would ultimately be in charge of whether or not this process would happen successfully. There was nothing in my control or theirs; we were all fully dependent on His will. And because it was completely in the hands of our Creator, I was ready to jump in feeling confident that He would answer our prayer!
As Pastor Mike has been teaching this summer, our lives are to be fully centered in worshipping our Lord. Romans 12:1-2 speaks about offering our bodies as living sacrifices to God. As I surrender myself to bringing Christ glory, I have been privileged and honored to offer my physical body in this way. To be able to provide a safe environment for this developing baby is just one way that I can offer myself sacrificially to others and humbly love those who are in need. I pray through this process that ultimately people would see and understand the gospel. For if our God sacrificed his only Son on behalf of the world for the forgiveness of all sin and the eternal salvation of souls; then, I, as a child of God am called and inspired to live for others.
I know many of you would agree with me that no matter what journey you have taken to become parents, your children are the greatest earthly gifts you have been given. I am honored to be able to be a part in the process of allowing another family to experience the same joy. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and the freedom God has given me to walk with Him. I am 16 weeks along and anticipating that day when I will meet my new niece or nephew!
Jon and I humbly request your prayers for our family throughout the next year as we continue on this exciting adventure. Pray that God would receive much glory!