Our Oldest Daughter – Abigail

Scott spent the last 3 days in Harar visiting our oldest daughter Abigail. She has been living in the government orphanage there for the past 4 weeks. He got the privilege of taking her to lunch, to play at a park, and to watch a hyena feeding ceremony. He also met with many people and worked on getting the paperwork in order for her adoption.

When we first heard about Abigail we were told that there was maybe a 50% chance that the orphanage would accept her and that we would be able to adopt her. Then, when the orphanage DID accept her (4 weeks ago) we were told that her case would take about 6-9 months to complete. After the 3 days in Harar, we are down to the final 2 documents to make Abigail paper-ready for adoption. And – I hesitate to even write this – we are told that if her paperwork is completed this next week, we might be able to adopt her and bring her home with us! I don’t know whether I believe it or not! But, could you all pray about her paperwork situation? If there is one thing we have learned while we have been here in Ethiopia, it is to expect the unexpected. Who knows what speed bumps might arise during the proccess of her joining our family?

Scott also had an opportunity to bless the government orphanage in Harar. We have some friends who donated $500 to be used anywhere we saw a need in Ethiopia. Well, when Scott arrived at that government orphanage, he saw a need. They did not have ANY toys for the children. They did not have ANY medicine for the children. They often did not have enough food or clothes for the children. Here is a picture of the children’s room.

So Scott went on a shopping spree.


When Scott arrived, they had NO diapers!


The shelves are now stocked! Food, formula, medicine, toilet paper and more!


When he was done, the orphanage director said to him, “I don’t know. This might not be that big of a deal to you. But you need to understand. This is a VERY big deal to us. This will change our lives for months to come.”

So I want to say thank you to our friends. You know who you are. God used your money to change the living conditions for children at the government orphanage in Harar, Ethiopia. Thank you for entrusting us with this opportunity!




*Abigail’s paperwork and possible adoption SOON!!!

*Our health – especially Joel this week

6 thoughts on “Our Oldest Daughter – Abigail

  1. barbara harrison

    Good job Scott. Your ideas are always helpful to all concerned. Here at home or there. You had good timing in their direction. Right place at the right time. Thank you Lord. Hopefully no more speed bumps.

  2. Linda Zane

    We are praying with you 🙂 I wish all of us could understand how far our money goes in developing countries! I am so excited that Scott got to have first hand experience spreading God’s money. What a fabulous (although I know frustrating beyond measure) experience you guys are having. Try to focus on being expectant that God will continue to do wonderful things, rather than on your expectations for God 🙂

  3. Michelle Slade

    Scott & Natalie,

    May God continue to bless you, your new family members and those you come in contact with. One thing we all know is God has a divine purpose. You heard his desire for your family and put action to it. He will see you through. Our God is Faithful and Just! Much and love and prayers going your way.

    Also, how can we financially support this orphanage?

    My best,

  4. Janet

    I remember the hyenas–what fun!
    The story of Scott’s shopping spree and, “This might not be that big of a deal to you, but….” left me in tears.

  5. Nana & Bedstafar

    Rejoicing with you in God’s faithfulness & provision.
    There is not a sparrow that falls to the ground that goes unnoticed…how much more the children of God. We pray trusting, hoping & knowing the providence of the Lord will prevail.
    Extra Love & kisses for Joel & Hannah.

  6. Georgia

    YOU GUYS! That is SO exciting!!!!!!! We are praying for you and Abigail. 🙂 Everytime I read your blog I cry. God is just moving…it’s amazing to see. Love you guys!

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