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 ( 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.