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Another Delay

Please join us in continuing to pray for our adoption process. We recently (as in 2 days ago and then again today) heard of the potential for even more delays in Ethiopia. It’s pretty complicated, and it would be difficult to explain exactly what is going on, so please just pray.

We’ve had delays this entire process. To recap: instead of taking 4 weeks to get our fingerprints back, it took 8 weeks; instead of taking 4 weeks to have the state approve our home study, it took 8 weeks; instead of taking 6 weeks to receive our immigration paperwork, it took 12 weeks; instead of receiving our referral at 4-6 months like we first thought, we’re looking at 5-8 months, with the potential for that wait time to increase significantly again.

With each new delay, it feels like our hearts are being squeezed just a little more, and it’s tempting to give in to despair and hopelessness. But, I was recently reminded by another adoptive mom of something A.W. Tozer once said. "Most people gaze at their circumstances and glance at God. We need to gaze at God and glance at the circumstances."

So, in an attempt to do that, I’ve been reminding myself all day that God is the father of the fatherless and that he sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68: 5-6). He is the defender of the orphan (Isaiah 1:17), and he hears their cries (Exodus 22:22-23). We don’t have to wonder if God cares about the millions of orphans in Ethiopia and around the world. We know he does. So, we’re praying that he would show himself strong on our behalf and on behalf of the many, many waiting children and families. Will you join us?


Anonymous said...

Praying for you.........Holland, MI

JT and Erin said...

We are feeling the same anxiousness, discouragement, and helplessness that you guys may be feeling. We were completely caught off guard by the news from our agency. This weekend I was reminded by a good friend that God is absolutely committed to his children. He is FOR them. Romans 8:14-38

I am fasting and praying this week for: decisions that will be made by MOWA and the courts, awaiting families (yours in particular), and for our children.

Do not lose hope. Boldly approach his throne of grace with confidence.

Praying with you and for you,
Erin Bell (kathi's friend!)

Kimberly said...

We keep praying that God will bring the exact child(ren) into your home that He desires for your family. Also praying for your hearts as the waiting seems unending. Love you!

Corrie and Phil said...

Oh, Sara...

Someday this will all make sense. Praying for your peace until that day comes.

Thinking of you!

Meredith Schrotenboer said...


I shared your adoption journey with my Bible study group a few weeks ago, the lesson was on how God sometimes says "no" so He can say "yes" to something even greater! I shared with the group your beautiful conviction that adoption is the Lord's first choice for your family. There was not a dry eye in the place!

The following week several shared that they had been able to share your conviction w/friends who were struggling w/infertility. Your story is touching so many you've never met!

We will lift you up again today in light of this discouraging news. I hope it brings you some encouragement to picture 25 ladies of all ages praying, many of them w/strong southern accents:)

Much love!

dona said...

i too am praying for both of you and your little one to come home to you.