Another wonderful Saturday with the kids! This morning we enjoyed a trip to the Park and Dolphin Show at Oceanarium in Donetsk.
We arrived over an hour early so they enjoyed playing…
The show was awesome!!
We are so thankful for the lengths this orphanage goes to secure sponsors to give these children some of the joyful experiences of childhood. They are so blessed. And we are so thankful that we get to know our children better as we share these special days.
We were transported to Donetsk on a very nice chartered bus. I marveled at how quiet and well mannered the children were. And they are, always, thanks to the high expectations their directors have set for them.
On the way home I again marveled at how quiet they were…there is a hollowness to it all. They enjoy each thing, that is obvious as they clap along to the music or cheer and clap at appropriate times, but there is not the excitement and recounting of the fun of the day as with a family.
In the midst of the lightness of beautiful dolphins, adorable sea lions and a beautiful park full of scampering children along the lake there is a huge prayer need for our court date. It is currently scheduled for April 28, three and a half weeks following the submission of our petition for court. This is an unreasonable length of time, most court dates are within 7 – 10 days of petition, often less. We hold onto hope for a miracle for court on Monday or Tuesday but all information received at this point is contradictory to what was given previously so nothing is certain.
While we are determined to be positive and use the time to the fullest there are many concerns, not the least of which is the financial burden of this extended wait. Three additional weeks will remain after court. We are giving our requests to the Lord for a more timely court date and would cherish your partnering in prayer with us. He knows our every need and we know the timing is in His hands.
And then there is the most passionate request that the Lord will make the way straight and we will find favor with the judge to be granted adoption of these precious children. We have grown to love them deeply in our 16 days with them and the uncertainty of the adoption is difficult now that our hearts are intertwined and they are our children, a part of our life.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20