Tuesday, March 08, 2011

tom cochrane was wrong on this one

Tom sang "Life is a Highway".  I would like to submit that life is actually a ROLLER COASTER.

Friday we got the call we have been waiting for.  The voice on the other end of the phone told us that we have a little girl.  A beautiful, brown skinned and wide eyed baby girl.   And when I say she's beautiful...  it is only for lack of a word that could actually do her justice :).  I am in love.  She is smiling at me in her picture.  I just know it.  It was a great feeling to see her face after the months and months of paperwork and fundraising and waiting and praying.

(Enter roller coaster hill # 497)

The bliss lasted for about 24 hours, maybe less.  By Saturday we were hearing that the Ministry of Women in Ethiopia was making plans to reduce the number of intercountry adoptions by 90%, effective March 10th.  What this would likely mean for us is that we would still travel to Ethiopia and meet Selah in a couple of months for our court date, but our chances of passing court would be slim to none.  In order to pass court, you must have a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Women.  They have been writing around 50 of those a day.  They say they will now be writing 5 per day.

According to our coordinator, the courts in Ethiopia are still very pro-adoption and will continue to put pressure on the MOWA to reverse this decision.  Please friends, family, strangers.... please pray.

I am holding on to these verses from Psalm 112:

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, 
who conduct their affairs with justice.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever. 
They will have no fear of bad news
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever

Our God has faithfully brought us this far.  He rescued our little girl, who was found abandoned.  She is in a place where she is well cared for and more importantly she is in the hands of God.  So for now, we give Him thanks and eagerly wait to see the next step of His mysterious plan.  


Tisha H said...

I loved reading your blog! I will be praying for you all. May God continue to move in your favor.

Angela said...

I'm so sorry Jenny. I cannot even begin to imagine the heart break you are feeling. But you are right..... God is faithful, and though the journey will be difficult and unpredictable, He will bring to completion the good work He has begun. I love you so and will be praying for your hearts and your precious baby girl!

Sarah said...

Oh Jenny. I am both so excited for you and so sorry. I am definitely praying - both for the situation in Ethiopia and for your heart.

April Hollingsworth said...

Thanks for your explanation. Yours is the first that I actually understand the process and how it will affect those who already have referrals. This saddens me, of course. We will keep praying that they come up with a better way to ensure safe adoptions.