Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We've only just begun...

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21

We are at the very beginning of our Ethiopian adoption process.  We have decided to work through All God's Children International (www.allgodschildren.org).  One of the reasons we picked this agency is because they have an amazing program called Positively Chosen.  This will allow us to adopt a special child that is HIV positive. (To find out more about this check out www.projecthopeful.org)  Although we have been "pre-approved" for this program, we have not been officially matched with a child and will probably have to wait a few months for that decision to be made.

Right now we are trying to get our ducks in a row, which includes a LOT of paperwork.  You all may remember back in October when we were frantically pulling paperwork together for our Russian adoption.  Since we are now changing adoptive countries, we will be starting the home study process over again.   On top of that, we are also investigating several fundraising ideas and grant programs.  When we look at the numbers for this adoption it can be very scary, but we are putting our faith in Him!  

Just last week, Ethiopia announced they are decreasing their international adoptions by up to 90%.  This may mean we will be waiting significantly longer to be able to take our sweet orphan home, but we know that this is all in His time, not ours.

This is a video of Hannah's Hope Ethiopia.  John and I watched it a couple of weeks ago and it's been on our minds ever since.  

As we continue on our adoption journey, please keep us, the orphans, and the incredible staff at All God's Children International in your prayers.  May all involved in the process know God's eternal love and follow the path He paved.