GOD continues to move in our adoption agency, as there were 3 baby referrals on Friday (one I just learned about)! An infant girl and two baby boys (one 2 mos old; other 4 mos old)! We are SO excited for these families! One of the families was not on the "unofficial list" so their referral did not move us up...........sooooooo..............
WE ARE NUMBER TWO FOR AN INFANT BOY!
NUMBER TWO FOR UNRELATED CHILDREN!
NUBMER FIVE FOR SIBLINGS!
We also received a prayer request from our adoption agency on Friday that I want to share with you in hopes that you will join us in FERVENT PRAYER all week! Many of the families in our adoption agency have chosen a specific hour time slot throughout the Ethiopian work day, to dedicate to PRAYING DAILY OVER THIS ISSUE (see below)! Please join us in asking GOD to MOVE BIG on behalf of His children in Ethiopia! Here's the prayer request we received from Caitlin:
"We are writing to ask your family to join us in prayer for the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWA) regarding the number of cases they will be able to process each day. They have made statements that they desire to decrease the number of recommendation letters they write each day. We understand that because of these statements, the Court and MOWA are in the process of meeting to discuss and work out any potential changes or new processes regarding adoptions in Ethiopia. We want to blanket these meetings with prayer and ask you to come along side us in this."
Every adoption from Ethiopia has to have a letter from MOWA, verifying approval of this child for adoption. Without this paper a family cannot pass court, which is what finalizes the adoption and makes the child officially part of their FOREVER FAMILY! MOWA has been quite delayed in providing this paper, and ~50% of families do not pass court the first time, thus, delaying the second travel for Embassy (picking up your child to bring HOME).
MOWA is talking about going from writing about 40 letters a day to 5 letters a day! This could significantly delay the whole adoption process and keep children in orphanages up to one year longer than the current process!
Please be in prayer that GOD will not let this slow down the adoption process any more than it already has. Please pray that GOD will step in and provide alternative solutions that will provide MOWA with the help they need to complete these letters without extending a child's stay in an orphanage!