The latest things to happen have been exciting and gut wrenching all at the same time. We have been waiting for J's biological father to get to Bukavu so we can fly him in to his interview with the Embassy. The GREAT news is he arrived in Bukavu and is ready to go. The gut wrenching news is the airline has decided to not fly out until Saturday. We feel as if we are looking at J through the glass at the zoo right now....we are so close to experiencing life with her and holding her, but she's just out of reach. So our world is literally dangling by a thread right now. We are waiting on one phone call....seriously....one phone call.
So there are a few things you can pray with us for. First of all, in Africa no one really predicts tomorrow because there's really no telling what tomorrow might bring. We could wake up tomorrow morning to learn that a new flight is taking off and the bio dad is on his way to the Embassy. That would be a miracle, and we believe it's not too far fetched for our good God! So you can pray a flight will open up. The second thing we are asking God to do is to process this all quickly once it happens. We need an appointment at the Embassy and then we need a stamp. Sounds simple, but, if you've ever tried to get an immigrant VISA, you know it's not.
As of right now, we still believe traveling in the next week is a real possibility. We are praying hard for this, and something tells me it may just happen. I feel like I've said that before.....maybe 10 or 20 times! But we are getting very close. And in those moments when we get knocked down....in those moments we don't see a lot of hope, I have been reminding myself of a few things: a successful craniotomy on my 27 yr old wife that went a smooth as possible....Amy's clearance to travel and experience the biggest moment of our marriage yet.....my baby girl is in a malaria infested area of Congo and God has protected her so faithfully.....every picture we see of J seems to show more of her personality and bigger smiles.....and most of all, in the days when my life was most hopeless and helpless, God reached down for me, the way we're trying to do for J, to adopt me and give me new life. So frustrations come and frustrations go....but God's faithfulness has been the theme of our life this past year. Reminds me of a guy's words a few thousand years ago.... 'The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord-Job 1:21'
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We're not incredibly faithful people. We just serve an incredibly faithful God. So if we meet J next week or next year, we believe it's all in God's perfect timing. Have you stopped to think about that today? What is God doing in your life right now? Are there things you are trying to force that He just won't seem to give into? We're on a journey of trusting Him....I hope you'll consider doing the same!
Can I finish up by thanking a very special lady? There's a lady in our agency by the name of Julia. I won't give you all of the details or her info, but she has worked so hard to bring our child home! She wakes up about 1-2am each day to talk to those in Africa working on our case....then spends the rest of her day answering questions from all 9 families who are in the same boat we are in! She's been so patient, and has loved on our little girl when we haven't had the chance to do so. So Julia, if you're reading this, we are so much indebted to you! You've been a blessing to us and we are so grateful for all you've done and are doing. Just think...in a few weeks you won't have to worry about my name coming up on your phone every half hour!!