From a human perspective it seems our adoption has hit a bit of a blockade. But we know it is just a little bump and God is still in control. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or even imagine! We are asking all of you, our family and friends, to please be in prayer for our boys and our adoption over the next few weeks.
“The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Here is the recent developments…..
If you have read my previous blogs then you know that our February court date was rescheduled for March because our boys’ father died shortly before the court date. In order for an adoption to be finalized it is necessary for living parents to appear in court and give their consent. If the parents are deceased then there is paperwork required to confirm their death. The signatures needed on that paperwork have not been obtained yet.
Our March court date has now been postponed to April 6th, and a recent email from our caseworker states that it is likely that it could be postponed again because they do not know when it will be possible to obtain the signatures needed on the required paperwork. Let me explain….
In order to obtain the needed signatures our social worker in Ethiopia must travel to the village that our boys are from. Traveling to the village is the bump we have hit. Apparently the village is located 50 miles off of any main road, and because the terrain is so difficult in these remote areas, he would have to walk a significant portion of the distance. It’s a major trip!! to say the least. Not knowing when he will be able to lay his other duties aside to make such a trip, we have no idea how long it might take before we can move forward. But God does!! We are trusting Him and we are thanking Him for the privilege of being able to take our every concern before His throne and lay it at His feet! He hears our every cry, He knows our every need even before we ask Him.
Please pray for our social worker. He has already worked so hard to see these boys be blessed with a family to love and care for them and he is disappointed along with us. And he has a major trip ahead of him! Please pray that he will be able to make the trip at the soonest possible time. Pray that he would have help with all of his other obligations and that he would be protected as he travels. Pray that all of the people whose signatures are needed would be located and that he would return successfully prepared for the soonest possible court hearing. Pray that God would comfort the hearts of our boys as they wait at the orphanage and that He would fill all of our hearts with the peace and patience that can only come from Him.
Thank you for your prayers!!
“Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt….. if you say to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22