Friday, March 27, 2009
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3~
Here is a picture of my wonderful cousin Deborah and her two children from Ghana. She was able to spend several days with them in Ghana in February and then she had to leave them and return home while she awaited approval from the US Embassy.
Happily she received word two weeks ago that their case had been approved and their Visas could be applied for (Praise the LORD!!!) but sadly Little Man's passport has gone missing at the Ghanaian passport office. I can't even imagine how frustrating this little glitch is for her when all she longs to do is bring them home. Please pray that Little Man's new passport would be issued ASAP so these babies can come home to their Mama and Daddy and siblings who so long for them.
I don't believe I have shared here how these children came to be adopted by my Cousin Deborah and her husband Travis. It truly is a testimony to the sovereignty of God !
Last June when we learned that Social Welfare in Ghana felt we had too many children to adopt Eben and Joel's brother and sister I was truly heartsick. Jim had called to share the news with me from work on Friday and for the next 24 hours I was just deeply saddened. I couldn't even pick up the phone to tell my Mom or my close friends or family. I knew if I did I would start to cry and I didn't think if I started crying that I would ever stop.
The next day was Saturday and Jim took the older children to the pool in the late afternoon while I played with the Wee Boy and Sweet Pea and their sand and water table. I was sitting on the patio watching them when the phone rang. It was my Cousin Deborah. As long as I live I will never forget the first words out of her mouth... "Renee, What's WRONG? The Lord has laid you on my heart so heavily today and the girls finally told me to call you. Is everything o.k.?" Oh how wonderful is our God that He cares so much! What a sweet Cousin I have to respond to the Lord's prompting so.
I told her our hard news and she quietly said, "Well, we'll just have to adopt them." This made me smile and I said "You may want to ask Travis about this first." She said, "No, I know he'll agree this is family, and this is what we'll do." (Which is exactly what he said!)
What is really so cool about this is Deborah and Travis had been preparing for this adoption without knowing it. They had put in an application with AAI six months prior and had been approved and had completed all of the preadoption training. They had thought they would adopt from Ethiopia, but then sensed the Lord telling them to wait. Little did they know the Lord was preparing them to adopt these two from Ghana! They couldn't have been more perfectly situated to start this adoption.
God has truly manifested Himself in each step of this process. We know this is all under His Feet and the last step will fall into place. He has done so many wondrous things and we give Him all the Praise and the Glory for all he has done!!!