Friday, September 24, 2010

When there's nothing left to do...SING!

Check out this link and watch this powerful song/video off of Compassion Art...you'll be blessed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2x22CkAEeA

Thank you everyone for joining us in prayer this week! Nothing to report yet, but we are hoping and praying to hear some positive news soon. More than ever, everything is totally out of our control...we're powerless. But, I am so grateful we serve a powerful God who is close to the widow and orphan. I find this song so encouraging right now...'there is always a song and I'll try to sing along over you".

Little ones, we're singing over you and praying our hearts out for you; singing of our joy to come. You've already changed our lives and we haven't even seen your faces...but oh how we long for that sweet day! 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Day of Prayer

Tomorrow (monday), we along with our church family are setting aside a special day of prayer for orphans in Ethiopia. Last week we were informed of documentation delays (see previous post) which has led to precious children...sitting....waiting....afraid...alone...outside and inside orphanages. Our agency has put a call out for God's people to join them in prayer. Today, our church family laid hands on us and lifted this whole situation before the throne of our God. What a special experience to be surrounded by our brothers and sisters in Christ. We've set aside tomorrow to join together in prayer at the start of this week. If you read this blog, please join us in praying for this situation; specifically for the Sodo orphanage to see doors open.

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
Psalm 5:1-3

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pray

We received an email from our agency yesterday sharing a little bit about why referrals have been so slow the past few months. Evidently, they keep adding documentation that is needed for a child to be referred to a waiting family. Below is part of the email we received that further explains the situation...please join us in praying that God would move in this situation and that we would all continue to put our trust in HIM! There's a good chance that our children could be waiting in the orphanage from the way things sound. It's a pretty weighty realization for us...

"...if we had documents for all the children in the various child care centers right now – the adoption clocks would suddenly jump ahead literally by months! Those children are sitting there, waiting for families to bring them home and love them. Countless others are outside, waiting to get in. What is holding up the process is documentation, and we can do absolutely nothing about it ourselves. 

Now, perhaps as never before, we need your prayers. God has told us to pray specifically so we know when He has answered. This week our prayer focus is on [one of the orphanages] where they are bursting at the seams with children and have only one social worker trying to complete documentation on all of them. They have been short-staffed for months and it is hard to find qualified social workers in such a remote location to fill the vacancies. The local Ministry of Women’s Affairs moved their office and put the process weeks behind. Officials keep adding new requirement in an effort to safeguard the process. This is good, but sometimes presents new challenges to the orphanage staff.  It seems to be one challenge after another, all conspiring to slow down the process of getting children’s cases ready for court.


This past week I read “Adopted For Life” by Russell D. Moore. He reminded me afresh that there are unseen forces who labor against adoption. We feel those every day, whether we recognize it or not.  Won’t you pray with me that God will defeat those forces and bring our children home?"
Please pray with us today!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Geography Lesson

So, where exactly is Ethiopia? Honestly, we could probably name about 10 African countries between the 2 of us when we started this whole process! One of the many things we've been doing during our wait is learning everything and anything we can about Ethiopia and Africa. We've been studying our african geography and thought some of you may want to join us. See how many contries you can name before looking at the map. Hopefully you'll do better than we did:)!