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 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