Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prayers Needed!

September 24, 2013

     It has been a few weeks since I've given an update...wow has time flown!!  October is right around the corner and we are making some great progress in our adoption process!  We are hoping to have our Homestudy finished and in our hands this week sometime!  I can't believe this major milestone is going to be completed very soon!  

     We are continuing our fundraising efforts and thank you so much to those of you who participated in our Usborne Book fundraiser, those who have become a "Piece of the Puzzle", and those who are helping us out in our Miche Fundraiser that is going on through September 30th.  We have also heard from so many of you who are supporting us with prayer and by sharing our fundraising events and that is such a blessing, too.  Thank you so much!!  Every little bit helps and we still have a ways to go to be fully funded.

     I'm coming to you today to ask for some very specific prayers.  Today we learned of some news involving some additional medical testing that will be required for Pippa before she can come home with us.  We knew of this medical testing prior to committing to bringing her home.  This testing requires additional travel within her country, three consecutive days of testing, and then WAITING FOR 8 WEEKS for the results before we would be allowed to leave her country and bring her home.  Shortly after our commitment there was a compromise made to allow the testing to occur once our "application" was received in the country so that it could be completed before we traveled.  However, today we learned the the director of Pippa's orphanage and the director of the governmental agency over adoptions in her region are being difficult.  They are not wanting to give permission for this to happen until we arrive in the country, which would extend our stay from 5-6 weeks in country to 8-9 weeks!  

     This extended stay would cause several issues for us.  #1  This would significantly increase our costs while in country and our finances here at home.  #2  This could seriously impact our jobs here at home and significantly decrease the time we would be able to take off when we get home, that is key for attachment, bonding, and adjustment.  #3  It could require us to come home for more than the "ten day wait" and Pippa would end up spending more time in the orphanage. You know we don't want that!!  

How You Can Pray with Us:
1.  Pray for the hearts of the Director's (Orphanage and Regional)
2.  Pray for our facilitators that they will be able to arrange the testing sooner, rather than later
3.  Pray for Pippa and the other children that will have to go through this testing
4.  Pray for all the families affected by this requirement because we are all facing the same issues and many of the other families also have other children at home that need to be taken care of.  

    Thank you for all your love and support, we wouldn't be able to do this without you!!

Psalm 66

Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!

    Sing about the glory of his name!
    Tell the world how glorious he is.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
Everything on earth will worship you;
    they will sing your praises,
    shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude
Come and see what our God has done,
    what awesome miracles he performs for people!
He made a dry path through the Red Sea,[a]
    and his people went across on foot.
    There we rejoiced in him.
For by his great power he rules forever.
    He watches every movement of the nations;
    let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude
Let the whole world bless our God
    and loudly sing his praises.
Our lives are in his hands,
    and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
You have tested us, O God;
    you have purified us like silver.
You captured us in your net
    and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
Then you put a leader over us.[b]
    We went through fire and flood,
    but you brought us to a place of great abundance.
Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.
That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
    the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
    and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell you what he did for me.
For I cried out to him for help,
    praising him as I spoke.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
    He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
    or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

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