Tuesday, December 15, 2009

“He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” Psalm 9:12

We are happy to announce that we have safely arrived in Ethiopia and are at this moment in the presence of our beautiful children. We appreciate so much the prayers of our friends and family for safe travel.

A couple days prior to coming to Ethiopia, I read the verse “He does not forget the cry of the afflicted” and couldn’t help but to praise the Lord for hearing the cries of our children. Through this trip, we have seen specific ways the Lord has responded to the cries of orphans.

Firstly, Christians in Louisville donated 3 suitcases full of diapers, formula, and baby clothes for the African orphanages. Dave and I were prepared to pay fees to check additional luggage, figuring it was well worth it. However, the airline waived the $100 fee we were supposed to pay for no explained reason. But we all know it is because God hears the cries of the hungry orphans and sees to it that they are fed. We gave all these donations to the orphanage and they were very grateful. They have less clothes and baby items for the 25 babies that they watch than we have for our two (and we don’t have a ton). Thank you on behalf of the orphanage workers!

Secondly, yesterday we found out Kaden and Makyra’s stories and are all the more amazed by God’s faithfulness to sustain their little lives.

The director of Kaden and Kyra’s orphanage said that Kaden was their very first orphan. As many of you know, Kaden was abandoned on the road at just one day old. A man named Erjabo found Kaden and took him to the orphanage. Kaden was very sick and, in the opinion of the orphanage workers, close to death. The director said he couldn’t sleep for four days out of concern for Kaden. Erjabo and the orphanage workers saved Kaden’s life. We thus have decided to give Kaden a second middle name “Erjabo” in this man’s honor. Of the millions upon millions of orphans in Ethiopia (not to mention Africa or the whole world), God responded to Kaden’s cry for life and sent Erjabo.

Makyra’s story is even more sobering. Her mother died giving birth to her and in the midst of mourning for her death, Kyra was neglected and went without any food for three days. The director said that she was forgotten by all. But not by our Lord. A government official put Kyra in a bag and brought her to the orphanage. She was not breathing and had to be hospitalized for 11 days. The kindness of the Lord through the Christian orphanage workers saved her life. Thank you God for hearing Makyra’s cry.

And how does God respond to the cries of the afflicted? Most often through his children. The director of the orphanage is a believer who used to go out and share the Gospel with street boys. He started a home for these boys so that when they came to Christ, there could be a home for discipleship and for meeting of their daily needs. Recently he has become a director of one of the orphanages here in Africa because, as he said, “he must obey the commands of God.” He explained that before the Christians took over the orphanage, all the babies died. He said that only those who know the love of God are able to give these children the love and care they need. The Ethiopian government does not have a program for orphans. It is predominately the Christians whoa re caring for the helpless.

We went and got the children and there were several of their nannies with tears in their eyes. They love them so much. We felt nothing but the love of Christ in every hand that has cared for our children. Yes, these people are heroes; there is no doubt about it. But it would be incomplete to stop there: It is God motivating their love. It is God who has heard the cries of our children and has saved their lives. May the Lord save many more and may we as the church be his hands and feet to save the lives of the afflicted and feed the hungry.

Our children are adjusting to their new life with us quickly. Jet lag along with a painful eye infection I recently have gotten has not made the past couple days easy on us. Nevertheless, we love our kids and can’t wait for you all to meet them. You will fall in love, there is no doubt about it.

Will post pictures when we get back to the states! We promise!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We got some new pictures!

I just posted some more pictures on the Shutterfly site. Check them out!
We fly on Saturday, pray for safety!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We are headed to Africa! Dec 12th!

Well, we found out today that we will go to Ethiopia for our date with the US Embassy on Dec. 17th. We will fly out on Saturday Dec 12th and we will fly back into Denver, CO on Dec 19th to spend Christmas with our families. We are planning on being back home to Louisville January 4th. Praise the Lord! We can't believe this day has finally come!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why We Are Adopting

We've had many people asking what led us to adopt, so we thought we'd copy and paste one of our original posts. We're adopting...

Because God cares for orphans, and one of the ways in which he exercises this care is through his church.

Psalm 68:5 says that God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.” Christians, who are being transformed into the image of Christ live out His heart when they care for orphans. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). As God cares for the fatherless, so we as his children care for them too. Our concern for the orphans is a tangible manifestation of God’s love that has been poured out into our hearts.

Because we have been adopted by God.

Jesus left heaven, lived a very humiliating life, ultimately dying for sinners so he could bring people into the family of God and call them his children. Christians, from every tribe, tongue and nation, have been pursued by God and adopted into his family. In the same way we want to pursue those from another nation, not our own, and bring them into our family. We desire our family to be a little picture of this great Gospel.

So that these children will have the opportunity to hear of Christ.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Believing in Christ is the only way to receive salvation and how will these children hear of Christ unless someone preaches to them? We, put very simply, want to adopt children, so that we can tell to them about salvation in Christ.

Because we have been given so much.

We want to give because we have been given the wealth of America, loving Christian families and most importantly spiritual truth. It is only by grace that we were born into such material and spiritual wealth, and we want to extend that grace to children who were born into poverty and little if any access to the truths of Scripture. We recognize that we are no better than those (now our kids) who were left on the streets without anyone to care for them. We have been blessed to be a blessing.

Monday, November 2, 2009

We Passed Court!

We just found out that both of our cases passed with no problem. We give credit to God who answers the prayers of his children. The soonest date we could be given to go pick them up would be Dec. 17th, and if we miss that date, it would be Dec 31st. We can't wait to meet them and can't wait for our friends and family to meet them as well. Thank you so much for praying for us and our kids.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Court Date!!!!

We've been given a court date of November 2nd!!!!!!!!

Please pray that we will pass the first time!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Another new video and a slight delay

Hello to friends and family who read this blog,

We did get another new video today so feel free to check out our shutterfly account (newharefamily.shutterfly.com and please email Dave or Stacey for the password. It is Stacey's middle name). The kids are incredibly cute and getting bigger.

However, we thought the courts would be reopening September 26th but we just found out that they won't be reopening until October 12th. Oh the delays...So we thought November would be the soonest we'd get them, but that may be pushed back to December or even January.

Would appreciate your prayers, we'd love to get these kids in November.

Love you all,
Dave and Stacey

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More New Pictures!

I wish I had more to tell you, but we got some more pictures of the kiddos. So...check them out!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

We got a new video!

Check it out on NewHareFamily.shutterfly.com

email me if you still need the password (Stacey's middle name capitalized): david.m.hare@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Pictures!

We just got pictures of Mimi and Kaden!! If you'd like to see them please visit newharefamily.shutterfly.com and the password is Stacey's middle name. If you don't know it, please email Stacey at staceyahare@yahoo.com or Dave at david.m.hare@gmail.com.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bad News and Good News

Bad News: The director of our adoption agency came to us two weeks ago and highly recommend that we drop our referral of Sena because she said that there was "no end in sight" for when we could adopt her. Sadly, there was a crime committed against Sena’s mother and the courts will not release Sena’s paperwork until the trial for that crime reaches a verdict. Our director reassured us that Sena would be adopted once the trail was completed, but she had no idea when that might be. We decided to take Sue's advise although it was/is hard to let go of a little girl we have never met but have really grown to love.

Good News: We did receive another referral for another little girl named Mimi and we were told that our case has now been submitted to court and we should find out what day our case will go before the Ethiopian court next week. We know nothing about Mimi's situation and are anxiously awaiting to receive pictures of her. We are very excited that her case is moving along quickly. We will most likely receive an October court date and if we pass, would go get them in November.

On a personal note, we thank our friends and family for praying for us during our grieving of loosing Sena. True, we have grown to love her, but our grief goes deeper than that - it is a grief in response to the poverty, rape, AIDS, and oppression in Africa. Jesus Christ has come to reverse the curse of suffering and death in this world and we praise him for that, we trust he is making all things new in his time. We long, as I am sure many of you do, for when he returns and creates a new heavens and a new earth where there will be no more starving children, no more tears, no more pain, but only righteousness and worship of Christ. Come soon Lord Jesus!

Monday, July 27, 2009

God calls for more patience.

Hello dear friends. We have found out today that God is asking us for some more patience. We had originally been told that the courts in Ethiopia were going to remain open during their rainy season. However, we just found out that they are now already closed. This means that the soonest that we could receive a court date would be in October. Then we could go and get the kids in November or December. This is not horrible news, but we do long to bring these children home. Please pray that we would find out about Makyra's paperwork soon and get a court date as soon as the courts reopen. Please pray that we would be patient and trust that God is working all things together for our good.

Lamentations 3:25-26
"The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Names of Our Children: Soldiers of Christ

Soldiers of Christ

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ Name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.

Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seedtimes of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.

Some have asked why we are naming the kids what we are naming them, so I thought I would post. The hymn above was written by Basil Manly (pictured to the right). It is a hymn that cries out for Christ's children to fight in a dark world. We too long for our children to be soldiers of Christ. Thus we have named them Kaden and Makyra.

Kaden means "fighter"

Makyra (ma,caira) is the Greek word for “sword” (as in the ‘sword of the Spirit’ Galatians 6:17).

So...we pray and would ask you to pray that these children would join us in the ranks fighting for our "great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Local Government will not Release Makyra's Documents

We just heard from our adoption agency that Kaden is "paper ready" meaning that all his documents are ready to be submitted to court at any time. However, the local government has Makyra's paperwork and at this time is unwilling to release these documents to our adoption agency. Sadly, they cannot be our children until these documents are released and the case is submitted to court.

But we believe in the power of the prayers of the righteous and a God who holds the hearts of the rulers in his hands. James 5:16 says, "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." To those of you who know the Lord, we ask that you would pray that God would turn the hearts of the local authorities and that they would release Makyra's papers immediately, He is our only hope.

"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my fortress; I shall not be shaken" -Psalm 62:5-6

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Makyra Passed Her Medical Tests!

And finally...what we all have been praying for...Makyra (formerly called Sena) has passed all of her medical tests!!! This means that we have two healthy babies as referrals and we are just awaiting a court date in Ethiopia. Once we have passed court it is usually about 4-5 weeks before we travel. At that point we would have an appointment with the US Embassy in Ethiopia and (presuming that goes well) we will be able to bring Kaden and Makyra home!!! So, there is still a lot that needs to happen, but God has been faithful to answer our prayers so far and we trust He will always be faithful.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Videos!!!!!

We just received a package today with two dvd's of our precious children. They are very cute. And they can be seen online if you go to the Video Section on our photo blog:


The password for the website is Stacey's middle name (capitalized) and feel free to email me if you need that (david.m.hare@gmail.com). There are instructions in the 'Family Update' section about how to view the videos. It can be a bit confusing, but we have to keep everything password protected for right now.

We still have not heard about Sena's medical tests and we need prayers for that. Pray that God would let us bring these children home soon.

We love you all and appreciate your support.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kaden passed his medical tests!

We found out that Kaden (formerly known as Mengistu) was able to get all of his medical tests completed on May 6th, which means that he now is an official "referral." That just means that he is officially assigned to us for adoption! Now we are just waiting for the same for Sena. Please continue to pray for us, as we wait. God has been answering prayers all the way and we look forward to watch him answer some more!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More Pictures!!!

We just got some more pictures of both babies! They are on the shutterfly site: NewHareFamily.shutterfly.com - again email me if you need the password (which is Stacey's middle name capitalized). The new ones of Sena look younger than the other pictures we have, so the pics might actually not be "new." But tell me what you think!

We have not heard anything new on the medical, so we still need your prayers!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Discouraged but Trusting

We have had some communication with the director of Celebrate Children recently and have discovered some even more disappointing news. It was our previous understanding that the boy that we are hoping to adopt (Mengistu) had already passed his medical tests and that we were just waiting for Sena. We now understand that neither of them have had the HIV tests and we are still on hold until both of them can get to the hospital. This is hard because it places us in a position of not really knowing when we will be able to adopt or even if these are the children that we are adopting. So...we are discouraged.

Please pray for us as we trust the Lord during these trials. We know that he is sovereign and good and we do not doubt that he "works all things together for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28). That being said, life in an orphanage is hard and we long to bring these children into our home.

So, if you will pray to our Sovereign God for us the following things:
  • That both children (Mengistu and Sena) would quickly be able to have blood tests done.
  • That both children would pass their blood tests and not have HIV.
  • That everything would move quickly enough that we could get a court date before the courts shut down for the rainy season in Ethiopia *we are praying that we would be able to have a court date on July 7th.
  • That we would trust the Lord and rest knowing that He loves us and loves to help orphans.
  • That many orphans would be adopted and hear and trust in the name of Christ.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Newest Info - Please Pray to the God who loves Orphans!

I just talked to Sue (the head of the adoption agency). As far as we can tell Kaden (whom we formerly called Mengistu) has passed his health tests. Sena passed the medical tests, but they were unable to draw blood to do the HIV tests when Sue was in Ethiopia (a problem they have with babies when they are small). Thus, we have to wait until the orphanage is able to take her back to the hospital 2 1/2 hours away (which is hard in Ethiopia) to see if they can get some blood from her. Please, please pray that she is healthy. We would love to bring her into our family!

You can now view videos of both children on our other website:


The password is still Stacey's middle name (capitalized) and you can feel gree to email me if you don't know it (david.m.hare@gmail.com). There is a few steps you have to go through to see the video, including logging into YouTube. The instructions are on the Shutterfly site. (Sorry it is so hard, but we cannot post these things on unlocked websites).

Here is what you can be praying for:
Pray that Sena would be able to have her blood tests soon.
Pray that Sena's tests (specifically the HIV test) would come back negative.
Pray that the process would move quickly, so that they would not have to live in an orphanage for much longer.
Pray that we would trust God and know that he has a much better plan than anything we could even imagine.
Pray that many orphans (from what I understand 5 million in Ethiopia alone) would be adopted.

Friday, March 20, 2009

We Got Pictures!!!!!! Now with a link!

Hey family and friends. We just received some awesome pictures of some cute little babies. Perhaps you would like to see them? Well, I cannot post them online, so if you would like to see them email me!


NEW INFO: looks like these kids cannot be assigned to us formally until they have had their medical testing. The little boy was found on the side of the road (how sad). They are both around 3 weeks old and seem to be very healthy. Presuming that everything goes extremely well, we could have them home in August! Please pray that they would be healthy and that things with the courts would go well. I will write when I know more.

NEWER INFO: I set up a password protected site that allows people to look at the pictures!

The link is: newharefamily.shutterfly.com

The password is Stacey's middle name (capitalized). If you need that and do not know it, let me know!