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!