We know several families locally who are adopting, and we strive to encourage one another. But we have also been led down different paths to adoption, and we are the only local family adopting from Haiti. I feel blessed that when we went to Haiti, we met several other families who are adopting from Haiti. However, we have also been able to connect with a group of families through social media who are adopting not only from Haiti, but from our same orphanage. We can compare progress reports, encourage each other, grumble a little at times (oops) and pray for one another. The process to and through Haiti is unlike any other, and there have been rumors of lots of changes recently. There have been significant stalls in steps in recent months. It has always been unclear as to how long the process will take for these beautiful children who have families waiting for them but are stuck somewhere in the process. Haiti is a country where a "match" between an orphan and an adoptive family is made early in the process, but then there is a long wait until the two can be united as one family.
A week or two ago, one of the families in our group suggested that we pray as a group for each other and for the children and the process. While we have each been doing this as individuals and as families, the suggestion was that we have a designated time of prayer and those who live near each other gather together for corporate prayer. Tonight is the night!!! There are several families in Kansas who are all adopting from this same orphanage who will be meeting together for prayer. But there are also families in Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, Tennessee and South Dakota (among others) who will be joining in from their homes.
We will be praying for the beautiful children who are waiting to join their families, and for the families who are waiting. We all need God's strength to help us endure, to know when to push and to be patient when that is what is needed. We will be praying that the process in Haiti will become smoother, while still ensuring that the children are protected and well cared for. We are praying that the children will understand that the families who are adopting them have not abandoned them, and that we will come for them as soon as possible. We are praying for the director and the staff at the orphanage where our children are living, for their ministry, their strength and encouragement.
I am so thankful that God designed this idea of adoption for those who are in need of a new family, but I am sad that it is needed, that so many families are broken, and so many children are in need. And I am sad that the adoption process itself seems to be broken at times with delays, red tape and "good intentions" by organizations that intentionally impede the process in order to prevent a break in culture.
Will you join us today? Will you join us every day? We are told to "pray without ceasing" in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and the adoption process has highlighted this need to me like nothing before in my life. I used to wonder how it was possible to "pray without ceasing", but now I'm beginning to wonder how it is possible not to do so. Our girls need our prayers. They need someone in their corner, no matter what and no matter how long it is until we hug them again or until they are able to come live with us.
|The girls at the orphanage|
|During our first bonding trip in January|