God has decided the time has come.
Today we completed an official petition requesting the appointment with the SDA for our referral for the fourth boy. The original dossier was pulled temporarily from the court file this morning and both will be sent to Kiev to be filed on Monday. We will travel to Kiev either Sunday or Monday for the referral appointment on Tuesday. We should return to Donetsk mid-week and begin the official paperwork in anticipation of having court for all four on Friday, May 27th.
On Wednesday, when we attended Chapel at DCU, the minister spoke of God sending angels to assist us in God’s work. We have had so many angels on this journey but they have come in mass in the past two weeks. On Wednesday afternoon another stepped up and made the contact with this attorney that is making this happen.
Yesterday one beyond what we could have dreamed arrived with the newest family adopting from our children’s orphanage. She is a 16 year old young lady who was adopted from this orphange two years ago, friend of our children and accompanying the family as a translator. She is amazing and a gifted translator. She loves her family and America and is wise and mature far beyond her years. We spent the day with her today and she gave us the same advice adoptive parents have given.
Keep the material possessions to a minimum.
Be strict and straight forward until the rules and habits are established.
She is helping us understand what they are feeling and hopes to have opportunity to talk with them. We shared our thoughts and family’s lifestyle and she is going to be an incredible gift to the children as she has been to us. She gives us great hope for what this can be. We are in awe of God’s orchestrating of every detail.
Thank you beyond words for your many prayers and kind words. We CANNOT wait for you to meet these 4 incredible young people. The momentum is building as the three families and seven teen children being adopted from this orphanage share the time and anticipation. The time with our children is taking on a deeper level as we begin to refer to “when we get home”. It was wonderful to feel confident to refer to that for the first time with them today. We have kept our conversations very shallow knowing that the deeper we dug the emotional hole the more pain there would be for them if it were denied. We have hope for a successful adoption and can see the date for home from here.
Please pray with us for peace for them as they prepare to leave their home, friends and loved caregivers of 11 years. As exciting as it is, it has to be tough for them to say goodbye and go into an unknown future. Each of the other children being adopted have been hosted in their new family’s homes so they know where and to what they are going. Ours are trusting us to lead them into the unknown. We pray for the wisdom to first lead them to Jesus and then to discover the plan God has for each of their lives. It is humbling ~ and to be honest overwhelming ~ to be a part of His work in their lives.