Category Archives: Adoption

God Answers Prayer

Thank you, thank you, to all who have been praying! God truly does answer prayers!! We have received this email today from our caseworker:

“Good news!

I just wanted to let you know that the regional court decision regarding the boys’ full orphan status has been sent to Addis….so we should be all set for Monday’s court hearing!!!! Praise the Lord!

Will continue to pray with you that we have a final decision on Monday. With the new embassy schedule we have now, I’m thinking we will probably be looking at a May 19th embassy date. I’ll let you know for sure Monday.”

The embassy date is when we will travel to Ethiopia and bring our boys home. Please continue to pray for our court hearing this Monday April 6th, that all will go according to God’s perfect plan.

I can’t help singing this children’s song today…. “Our God is so good, so strong and so mighty. There’s nothing our God can not do!” Praise to our King! May He bless you all for your faithful intercession!

Asking You to Please Pray With Us

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

From Disappointment to Thanksgiving

I’ve been overwhelmed by this lingering feeling of disappointment today. Yesterday we were hoping for good news that our adoption had been finalized in court and we would be traveling to Ethiopia soon to pick up our boys. Instead the news we received was that our court date had to be postponed again. (sigh) I know that God’s timing is perfect. I’ve been repeating that truth over and over in my mind, and seeking comfort from His Word…. “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” I am pouring out my heart to Him, and … “My soul finds rest in God alone…. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” (from Psalm 62) He is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) I am praying with thanksgiving… I am thankful that I can trust Him, for “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I have been reminded of an acquaintance whose adoption was postponed, and she was later told that it was during that extra month of waiting that her child was introduced to Christ through a lady at the orphanage and chose to accept Him as her savior. I don’t know His purpose in allowing this postponement, but I choose to say “Thank you God that you are in complete control, nothing has escaped you, and I can trust you.” Peacfully waiting for our new court date, April 6th, to arrive. Please continue to pray with us.

Postponed

Well, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Prov.16:9) and the Lord has decided to slow down our steps a bit. We were hoping for a successful court hearing today for our adoption, but some recent events caused a postponement of our court date. Though initially we are disappointed, we are trusting that God’s timing is perfect and His insight is far greater than ours. Please be praying for our boys, as the reason for the postponement is that their biological father died very recently. He originally gave them to be adopted because he was unable to provide and care for them, and they were in need of medical attention and food. (Their mother died one year prior.) Only the love of a father could put their child’s life and well being ahead of his own feelings. (Just as Christ did for us!) I can’t imagine being in his position. When a parent is still living and has given them to be adopted, they are required to appear at the court hearing and give their consent. Because of his recent death, he was unable to be there. In his absence, there must be documentation to prove his death. In Ethiopia this is difficult and time consuming as they do not issue death certificates. It is left to our agency to locate those who can testify to his death and sign the required documents. There just wasn’t sufficient time to get that done before our court hearing today, and so the postponement gives them until our new hearing… March 11th. Please continue to pray for all of the adoption details to come together smoothly for all involved. But please pray especially that the Lord would comfort the hearts of our boys as they try to process all that is going on in their young lives.

A few weeks ago we put together a photo album for our boys, filled with pictures of their new family. God is so good and He perfectly orchestrated the timing of the arrival of that photo album. The ladies at the orphanage were able to comfort them on the very day that they were told of their fathers death, with picures of their new family waiting for them in America. Knowing how much I had wanted to send those albums sooner, but struggled to get them completed sooner, and seeing God’s perfect timing unfold in something as simple as the arrival of photos…. I also know that His perfect timing will unfold in the arrival of our boys to be home with us.