Monday, August 10, 2009

Moving Right Along...

I thought I would take a minute to update you on our adoption process. There has been a long silence while we have be waiting and waiting and waiting. BUT...just today our dossier arrived in Ethiopia!! What exactly that means, I don't know. I do know however, it will be translated into Amharic, that is about a two week process. As we wait for translation, we also wait for a referral. A referral is the medical documents on all three of our children! Once those are in the US and signed, and our documents are translated, THEN...we get a court date. A liaison stands in our place at court and when that is finalized about a month later we travel to our children!

Today we applied for Cadenn's passport as we hope to take him with us to Ethiopia. He has such a heart for Africa, we want him to be able to see and touch and smell with his own two eyes.

There are several thing you could pray for today and every day while we wait.
Please Pray For:

~Our children in Ethiopia & for protection while they are there.
~Our children's health and that there are no changes that affect their paperwork.
~The other children around the world in desperate need of food, water, love and Jesus.
~Protection over Bryan and me, and our children here.
~The $10,000 we need plus travel expenses.
~The paperwork and that the process goes smoothly.
~God's timing.
~That the Lord would be glorified and the Gospel spread.
~For the children's older brother and the losses he will endure.

My heart aches and longs to be in Ethiopia with our children and the other children there. I don't know just how we will only take three and leave the rest. I am praying we get to spend a couple of days before we meet our children, to travel around Ethiopia and serve the people and orphanages.

Please pray for me as I have never experienced such anguish and grief concerning the poor, orphans, widows, and oppressed. I have been in tears as the Lord has been peeling off layers of blindness to those who go without as we have so much and are completely stuffed full, physically and spiritually. I know that He wants to use this to bring Him glory, I am just not sure how.

I will keep you posted on what's next...just as soon as I find out!! Blessings to you friends!


Erica said...

Tears. Tears for your babies, tears for the other who don't have families. We've been in a state of revelation lately and I can't even tell you what God is doing here. Have you read the book Adopted For Life? If not you need to. Really really need to. It has captivated our entire church, I firmly believe EVERY church leader needs to read it. Love you. Love your kids, ALL of them. Can't wait to see what God has. The way I guess along is translation by end of August, referral about then or before, court date in November and a December travel. Okay in a perfect world you'd travel the last two weeks of January and join us on our mission trip. ;) Then I'd take pictures of the AMAZING reunion with your children. Just putting it out there. Gods in charge and I can't WAIT to see those kids in your arms!! EXCITED! Now this just might be longest blog comment EVER!

drea said...

Oh Erica...I would love the perfect world seniro, that would be, well, Perfect. Of course,we trust God's timing to be perfect...but wouldn't be fun AND we can dream!!

Thank you so much for your help in everything and serious encouragement! I can't wait to see what you have already had the opporunity to hold and hug. AHH...the thought of them wondering if we are coming is heart breaking. Hang on guys, hang on.

Love you friend, miss you lots. I'll get the book!!

LisaShaw said...

My heart and prayers remain...

Love you.

Susan said...

Wow how amazing god is. Lots to pray for and please keep us updated as what is happening next.

praisinyahweh said...

My sweet friend. God is working through you. You are causing me to search the selfish parts of my heart and find ways to use what I have been blessed with to help others. Challenging. Enlightening. Heartbreaking. Thank you.

Oh .. and I'll be praying for the perfect scenario. :)

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