Friday, September 28, 2012


Well, we got our first wait-list number today from our agency, because our dossier officially landed in Ethiopia early today.  Amazing.  We are number . . .


It is about where we expected to be, based on what I've been able to gather from the Facebook group, which I am so thankful to be able to stalk.  I think we are probably around number 10 on the special needs list, but I don't know exactly.  When I talked to our agency today, she explained that it is one long list, and as kids come up for referral, the agency goes down the list to the first family that would be a good fit for that child, based on the specifications given by the family.  So, we are all waiting together, though people may be waiting for slightly different things.

I am learning a lot through all of this about how everything works, and I am amazed at how different it is for each country and even within each agency.  It is so incredibly complicated.  There were almost no referrals through our agency this month, partially because the courts in Ethiopia were closed for rainy season.  I am realizing that I am going to become quite acquainted with the seasons of Ethiopia and how they pertain to random closures.  Africa is such a different world.

It has also hit me during this entire process that you cannot special order orphans to fit your family.  I am excited to see what God brings us, and I pray that we are flexible to what he wants for us and maybe not precisely what I would choose.

In the last week alone, I have seen more of God's heart for orphans.  Someone we know through CFA is in the Congo picking up their two children, and it has been an amazing story to watch.  And, someone I know here in the Rock just got a referral through the State for a baby boy!  So exciting to see God moving on behalf of these families to work out his story of redemption in their lives.

And now we wait for our turn.


Meaghan said...

Congrats on getting on the list! Praying that we both move down lots in Oct!