Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Ps. 37:7

This was quite an exciting week for us!  We talked with our caseworker regarding our adoption, and we received the following update.  Our paperwork is in China being translated so we are just waiting for it to be completed, and the notification that they have logged it into their system.  As soon as we receive our log in date, our caseworker can start looking for matches for us on the waiting child list.  Apparently, there are about 2000 children on China's waiting child list just waiting for their forever families and the baby God has for us is most likely on that list right now or about to be!

It is an exhilarating, crazy, exciting and scary thought that we could possibly receive a referral within the next couple of months. The journey to this point has been long and arduous, filled with sadness, fear, uncertainty, excitement, faith, praise and love.  Working through infertility was the first leg of the road, with the decision to adopt and paperwork process being the second leg.  Now we are about start that third and final leg of this voyage which will end with our baby in our arms.  God has led us down this path for many reasons, with one especially close to my heart, infertility.  If you know someone who is walking that path or are walking it yourself, please feel to talk with me about it.  God led me to write a Bible study on this issue, and I would love to share it with you and encourage you through the Holy Spirit.

Now, I suppose you might be wondering how the referral process works in China, let me share. :)

Our caseworker will peruse the rather large list of children looking for ones that match the profile we have laid out.  We are looking for a child as young as possible (most likely the child will be between 8 to 10 months old at the time of referral) with a less severe special needs like limb difference, club foot, or hand or foot deformities.  Once she sees a child that she thinks would be a good match for us, she will put the child on hold for us.  We then have 72 hours to consult with a special international adoption pediatrician regarding the child's medical history and treatments, pray and decide whether or not we will accept the child.  Once the decision is made to accept a child, we will then proceed forward with a little more paperwork and await the date to go pick up our baby, which takes up to six months typically.

So, as you can see, there is much that can happen over the next few weeks!

Friends, we ask for your prayers for the following:

1) Prayer for the safety and health of child and for all three of us as we prepare to become a family.

2)  Prayer for us for wisdom and guidance as we receive referrals.

3)  Prayer for sources for the remaining funds needed for our adoption and for wisdom as we seek those funds.  We have applied for a grant from Show Hope (Steven Curtis Chapman's Foundation) which takes about 6 months for notification of whether or not you received a grant and for an interest free loan from the ABBA Fund (they do not give out loans until right before you leave for China).  Additionally, Life Song for Orphans has offered to set up an account for us for people to make tax deductible gifts. 
  • Immediate Need:  $500 for the international pediatrician and $4,000 to our adoption agency at the time of referral acceptance
  • Right before heading to China we will need another $10,000 to $12,000 (depending on travel costs) to cover all the adoption fees in China and to get us over there to pick up our baby!
We have complete faith that God will provide and are excited to see how He does.  We also can hardly wait to see the child God has for us!

We are so appreciative of your prayers!  Praise God for His perfect and awesome plan!

2 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! Congrats!!!

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  2. WOW! Its so incredible how it is all coming together! This is majorly exciting!!!

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