Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Lord Answers Prayer!

Meet Zoey Lindsay Salam Hare...

Meet Elias Daniel Ewenetu Hare...

Zoey's Story:
Zoey is 5 months old. Dave (who is currently with them in Ethiopia right now) reports that she is crawling, yep crawling. Pretty incredible. Here is what Dave emailed to me about his experience with Zoey...

"She is soooooo cute. When I came downstairs I met her grandfather (Melese). Totally unexpected. I was able to talk to him for a little while, he was very nice. His daughter (Bogalech) had given birth to Zoey and brought her to his house. She then left and never came back. He does not know who the father is nor where she went. He was very sweet and wanted a picture to take with him. Zoey is chill, but quite adventurous. She would not stay in one place. She laughed and laughed. I spent a few hours there with Zoey. It was so much fun. I love her. I was not sure how I would feel during all of this. But I feel so much love and joy."

Zoey means "life" in Greek - looks like we rightly named this little one!

Elias' Story-A Product of Rape but no Less Precious:
Elias is currenty 6 months old. Dave had the opportunity to meet his mom today. He emailed me about his experience:

"She was very sweet and very young. She told me she was very happy that her son could go into a home where he would be taken care of. She blessed us. I asked the translator to ask her about his father. But the translator already knew. She had been raped. They did not know who the father was. It was quite a bit of news to get right at that moment. I cried. I am so happy that we can adopt a boy who was the product of rape. And I am so proud of her. She was really happy when she drove away because she knew we would take care of him. What a bold little girl. I asked a few more questions and hugged her. She left."

We praise the Lord for the selflessness of Elias' mother and for bringing something beautiful out of such an aweful crime. He is no less made in the image of God because of how he was conceived and we love him to death already.

We praise the Lord for the selflessness of Elias' mother and for bringing something beautiful out of such an aweful crime. He is no less made in the image of God because of how he was conceived and we love him to death already.

"To you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless."
- Psalm 10:14b
The Ethiopian courts just today declared these children to be ours and if all goes as planned, we will be returning to Ethiopia in six weeks to bring our kids home with us.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Leaving for Ethiopia in 9 days...Please Pray!

Just wanted to give you all a little update...

Dave is headed to Ethiopia next week to appear before court in Ethiopia. If we pass court we will be bringing our children home about 6 weeks later.

Please pray that we will pass court this first time and that everything that needs to happen for this to take place would happen (i.e. birth-parents would be present, paperwork would be in place, etc).

If we pass I'll send out some pictures!

Thank you for the prayers,

Stacey

PS To those interested, Elias is now 5 months old and Zoey is 4 months