I received an e-mail on Monday morning from Michelle letting me know that the orphanage we applied to has accepted our application!!! Praise the LORD. I really didn't even think about what we would do should we get denied.
We are slowly getting all our required paper work together. They ask for so much and they have many crazy rules that we have to follow. I know it will all be worth in it in the end.
We have received some news with regards to the Institut du Bien Etre Social st di Recherches (IBESR), which is the agency that oversees the adoption process in Haiti. They have said that they are not going to be accepting any new Dossiers (which is the entire paperwork process and all that goes along with it, including a home study) until June or July. There is nothing set in stone as of now apart from the fact that they aren't accepting any new Dossiers. Michelle has encouraged us to continue with the paper chase and not to let this discourage us. Whatever the case, a longer delay or new adoption procedures and expectations, we will wait upon the LORD knowing that this is all in His timing. Please continue to pray for us and also for the IBESR as they hold a meeting on May 20, 2012 for the Crèche Directors Association.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We are no longer orphans because of what God did for us. With one simple act of obedience our sins were forgiven at the cross. So what are we doing with the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Our family has decided to take a step of faith and do what He's called us to do, to take care of widows and orphans. Our journey starts with adoption.
Friday, May 4, 2012
I'm all over the place, in my mind at least, I'm mostly stationed right here at the computer and on the phone. Joe told me when we began that I wasn't to let this consume me, (I can be a wee bit obsessive) I told him I wouldn't.......how was I to know this would be all-consuming. I can't stop thinking about the part of our family that is currently missing but is living in Haiti right now (a Koper in a another part of the world!), as I type, and as I go crazy trying to get this paperwork done. So on top of all the paperwork that we are working on now for AWAA and all the paperwork to come from the Home Study Agency I get an application form AWAA for the orphanage we are going to request a child from.
AWAA has three orphanages (creches) in Haiti that they work with. Only one met our child requests. God made that easy for us. We are requesting a girl in the age range of 0 - 5 years and we are open to a sibling set, with the sibling being in the same age range, boy or girl. One orphanage has only boys, one has children only 6 years and older, and the other has girls and sibling sets! Needless to say I filled out the application and e-mailed it to Michelle (our family coordinator at AWAA) right away. She has e-mailed it to Haiti already and we now await an approval from them. Please pray that they would accept our family and that God would prepare the heart/hearts of the Koper/Kopers that He would have join our family.