I will bring your children from the
east and gather you from the west."
Wouldn't you know, just shortly after I posted yesterday's blog, God answered one of my biggest prayers?!? His timing is always, always perfect.
Today our agency called with news of our court date! If all goes well on Tuesday, November 24th, Luke "M," will be forever our new son!
Oh, how I wish I could post his Ethiopian name and beautiful photo, but soon enough!
As only God can do, our court date falls right around the same date that Sara became our forever daughter three years ago. Amazing, eh?
We still have some hurdles to jump and we would greatly appreciate your prayers. "M" has an uncle who is unable to raise him. He will need to travel from the region of Soddo to Addis Ababa in order to attend court and sign off on his nephew's adoption papers. I can only imagine how difficult that decision has and will be for him.
About 50% of the court cases fail the first and second time due to incomplete or incorrect paperwork, so this is another prayer request.
Finally, all children are required to have updated medical tests prior to their travel to the US. Please pray that our sweet boy stays healthy and does not have any medical complications.
If all goes well, we should be able to travel early in January. I can't think of a better way to start of 2010, can you?
To all of you waiting for referrals, court dates and travel, please know that I continue to pray with you.
For those of you who feel a tug on your heart to make room in your hearts and home for an orphan in need, listen to your heart! :-) God will never require more of you than you can handle and He will be with you every step of the way.
For everyone else, please keep praying with us for the 147,000,000 (plus) children worldwide in need of a family and home. There are countless ways that all of us can make a difference in the life of a child. No act of love is ever too small to change a life. Let's all rise to the occasion, because together, we can make a difference.
Whether God answers your prayers today, tomorrow or next year, He loves you immensely and has so many blessings to bestow upon you.
(Side note: The photo above is so very precious to me. In 2006, God introduced me to 15 amazing women. Together we embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime when we all adopted daughters with medical/physical needs from China. Although a few of the girls required surgeries and/or ongoing medical care once they were brought home, many of our girls surprised us by being 100% healthy. God is good, all the time.
Since then, several of the families have returned to China to bring home another daughter or a son. Several more families are currently in the process of bringing home a second or a third beautiful child. Our big, extended family just keeps growing and I am such a proud and happy auntie! I cannot wait to see Luke officially join the family...and photo!)
This adventure we're on is so amazing, and I'm so thankful to be on it with each of you!
In Christ and through Christ, we are LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
To God be the glory,