One the big milestones for us was getting Tam moved from the orphanage to our agency care center. We received notice today that he had indeed been moved and would be receiving his second round of medicals for our review tomorrow! Yeah! We are praying for a court date as the Ethiopian Courts close at the end of July for two months due to the rainy season. Our hearts desire is to travel before this happens to get our little Tam. Best of all we know that the sovereign God of the universe is writing this script not us!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
After our long journey of pursuing Daniel and Yordanus for adoption was shut down, we thought we would have to wait at least 4-6 months for a referral. God is so good and we got a call the next day from our case worker, Patricia Ward telling us she had three boys for us to consider. After much prayer, discussion and excitement we decided to accept a referral for Tamerat Asfaw. He is five years old and cute as a button! As we were considering him we looked at what he was wearing and there on his little sweat shirt was the word “Virginia.” What is the likelihood that a little boy in Ethiopia would be wearing a sweat shirt with our state written on it! Thank you Lord for that little confirmation!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
My journey outside my nice little life began when I attended a leadership conference for my church at Willow Creek Church in Chicago. In addition to the many seminars they featured a segment called "What One Woman can do." They highlighted three women who had heard God speak to their heart about the compelling issues going on around the world and decided to do something. I was so touched and moved by all of these women. After these women spoke they had exhibits outside from organizations around the country that are making a difference. I grabbed books, pamphlets, brochures and all at once my eyes were opened to the stark realities and hopelessness of the majority of our world.
I noticed article after article in magazines and newspapers about the plight of orphans in Africa. I began a personal journey to learn what was happening and began educating myself on these serious and compelling issues. The numbers were staggering. I learned that there were 45 million orphans in Africa and 5 million in Ethiopia alone mainly due to the AIDS pandemic. Young children were watching both parents die and often caring for them throughout their illness. In some cases they were left to care for their younger siblings all alone. As I evaluated my own very blessed life, I felt compelled to make a difference in some small way. Although there are many serious and challenging issues in Africa, which can sometimes be viewed as overwhelming, I firmly believe that each of us can make a difference one life at a time. I spent ten days visiting orphanages and seeing first hand so many children who have been orphaned by AIDs. The numbers were staggering but the children and their faces would haunt me for the next 10 months. I spent many sleepless nights sifting and processing what I had seen. Our family talked for hours about our responsibility to help others and what kind of response God was asking from us. My husband and I both agreed that after seeing the desperate needs first hand we could not look the other way. And so began our journey to bring our son, Tam home.