We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Please Help BE The Change In Honduras!

Well, it's day 10 of our blitz and we have a long way to go  to make our goal.  We have 40.5 commitments... can we get 59 commitments today?  It seems impossible... but we know that God can do great things.
We've seen Him do it this week!
We've seen it in people giving their best gifts.
We've seen it in the stories we've received of families eating tortillas in honor of our kids in Honduras. (by the way, we'd love to hear more!  Tell us about your Tortilla Tuesday experience HERE)
We know that God is at work, and pray that He will continue to move today!
Yesterday we talked about the difference Lifesong Honduras is making.  Today we get to hear a personal testimony of this difference made in one Escalon graduate, Victor Rodas:

The reality is that without your support stories like Victor's... stories like Edgar's and Tania's and Edmund's would cease to exist.
We have till the end of today.  Can we reach our goal?

Contact us at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitmentn AND tell them we sent you from our blog!
Your donation will be doubled thanks to a gracious giver!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 9 And So Far To Go!-Honduras Blitz!

It's Tortilla Tuesday!!! Don't forget to send in your photos and stories to info@lifesongfororphans.org!

What difference does Lifesong Honduras really make in the lives of the 550 students we work with?
Nutritionally:  Every day students at Lifesong Honduras receive 3 balanced meals.  (Join us today for Tortilla Tuesday!  Confused?  Click HERE)
Educationally: The national average of students in public schools who go on to college in Honduras is around 1%.  At Lifesong Honduras, about 40% of students go on to college!
Economically:  In a country with a national unemployment rate of 70%, over 70% of Plan Escalon graduates have full-time jobs!
Spiritually:  2011 Vision Team member, Brian Kerz, speaks from what he saw first hand:

Isn't teaching the gospel message really what it's all about?  And after leaving Lifesong Honduras to live on their own, 90% of Escalon graduates still consider themselves Christians and 85% continue to attend church on a regular basis!
Lives are being changed.  Lives can continue to change because of the difference being made by people like you!
Our goal is:

We have two days left.
We need 63 commitments!
Will you help us continue to serve children in Honduras?
Can't commit to $30 p/mo? Give your best gift today... we can all make one sacrifice and come together as the body of Christ to make a big difference!
Contact us at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitment AND be sure to tell them that we sent you from our blog!  Your donation will be doubled thanks to a gracious giver!
Your support makes these stories possible!
All administrative costs are covered, so 100% of your donation will go directly to helping orphans.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lifesong-Honduras Blitz Continues!!!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Well, we are on day 7 of our blitz, with only 3 more days to go!
Today we're going to let Guy Henry, director of Lifesong Honduras, tell a little about Plan Escalon in his own words.

Plan Escalon from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.
God is working in Honduras!  He is bringing up young men and women through hardship to a place of purpose and hope... and He is using the staff at Lifesong Honduras to do it!
But they can't do it alone.  Will you join us?
Our goal is:

So far we have 31 commitments.
We need 69 more.
That's about 23 commitments a day!
Please join us!  If you can't commit $30 a month, give what you can.  Let's come together to serve these kids in Honduras.  Let's change their lives.  Let's change their nation.

Don't forget to participate in tomorrow's Tortilla Tuesday! (Don't know what this is?  Click HERE)
Contact us at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitment AND be sure to tell them that you came from our blog! Your donation will be DOUBLED thanks to a gracious giver!
Hear personal stories & follow the progress on our blog!
Your support makes these stories possible!
All administrative costs are covered, so 100% of your donation will go directly to helping orphans.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Adoption Denied!

This is a video of the little boy I blogged about last night..does he look "unadaptable" to you??? Please share this video with everyone you know, especially those in media and government positions! This family needs our prayers and support!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Please Share!

Please share this story with all you know...especially if you know someone in the media...this little boy deserves a family!!! And he has one...IF they allow him to!

More can be found here: http://oureyesopened.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 24, 2011Kirill's Story

Please feel free to share the following on your blogs. It is a summary of our adoption journey so far. Please help us spread the word. We are hoping somehow someone will be able to help us.

Two years ago Greg and I began praying for God to do whatever he wanted with our lives. We handed him a “blank check” so to speak, and told him to cash it. He opened our eyes to children with disabilities wasting away across the ocean in Eastern Europe. We joined God and started our adoption journey.

Our family is more than equipped to handle a child with special needs. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buddies of Alabama. I have volunteered for RISE and Eagles’ Wings. All of these organizations serve individuals with special needs. My husband I have close friends and family who have special needs and we are a big part of each other’s lives. Our wedding party included some of these special people. Our involvement with individuals with special needs led us to adopt a child with special needs; specifically, we chose Down Syndrome.

As we prayed over the faces of thousands of orphaned children with Down Syndrome, we ultimately chose a little boy named Sergey from Russia. Eight months later, as we neared the finish line of our adoption, one of Sergey’s family members in Russia stepped forward to adopt him. We were heartbroken for our loss, but God showed us that we were following him, and his ways are perfect. We knew we still wanted to adopt, so the way we saw it, two children would find homes because of our journey…Sergey went to his family and now we would choose another child to come into our family. We took great comfort in knowing that God could see this when we first committed to Sergey! We were honored to be a part of his plan.

Shortly after losing Sergey, we received a new referral with a grainy photo of a four-year-old blond-haired boy wearing pink glasses named Kirill. We were instantly in love with him. We had to re-file a lot of our paperwork because of the change in referrals and regions of Russia, but we were fast and we thought we were looking at three more months at the most until we would have Kirill home.

That was well over a year ago.

Since then so many things have happened. A tragic story of an adoptive mother sending her child back to his country alone on a plane with a note pinned to his shirt rocked our world…he was from Russia. Adoptions in Russia came to a screeching halt. Kirill’s region stopped processing adoptions for eight long months. The judge refused to accept any Amercian adoption cases until an official treaty was signed between the United States and Russia.

Even though we wouldn’t be able to finalize the adoption in court until the treaty was signed, we were allowed to go visit Kirill and sign our official petition to adopt him in August 2010. We fell more deeply in love with him. This was our son.

During that time, we found out that Kirill is the first child from his region EVER to be adopted with Down Syndrome. A birth mother keeping her child with Down Syndrome is unheard of in this area of the world. Adoptions of children with Down Syndrome just don’t happen there, these children are literally hidden away from society in orphanages and mental institutions. As our process continued, it became apparent that Kirill would be a pioneer. If our adoption was approved, it would pave the way for other children with special needs to be adopted from this region.

Then, a miracle happened around Christmas and the judge in this region suddenly changed her mind and began processing American adoptions again. We were elated. Could this be the light at the end of a very long tunnel? I was somewhat nervous about Kirill being the first child adopted with Down Syndrome from his region, but our agency was very confident that if we got a court date, our adoption would be approved. In seventeen years, they had never had a case rejected IF the family was issued a court date. We were told not to worry, so I didn’t. After meeting the judge’s requests for several supporting court documents, we were finally granted a court date-March 17, 2011. St. Patrick’s Day…I was thrilled. This would be our new favorite holiday! Our son was coming home!

Our other son, Clayton, who had just turned three when we started this adoption process, has prayed fervently for his brother. He is now almost five. When we told him Kirill was coming home, oh my…we had an excited big brother on our hands! At one point he even went to his room, dumped out his toy cars and divided them into two stacks…one for him and one for Kirill.

Last week, as we sat in the courtroom and suffered through five agonizing hours of difficult questioning, we were not prepared for anything but an approval of our case. Two doctors, two social workers, and the Minister of Children’s Services all made very strong statements on our behalf. They fought for us. Hard.

But when the ruling was read, the judge said, “Your application to adopt is rejected.” The basis given was that Kirill was “not socially adaptable” due to his “medical condition” and he was better off in an institution than in a home with a family. As the judge read her ruling, she stated several times that we were a good family, that we met all the criteria to adopt a child, but that she would not approve our adoption because Kirill has Down Syndrome. She told us that we could adopt another child, because legally our application had no problems according to Russian adoption law. She said she would approve our adoption for a “typical” child, but not this child. Why? The only reason? Because he has Down Syndrome. Even though we were approved by our home study and by the USCIS to adopt a child with special needs. It makes no sense whatsoever. Denying a child a family because he has Down Syndrome is a violation of human rights at its most basic level!

It was like a terrible dream. We were so unprepared for this outcome. As we left the courthouse in a mental fog, the doctors and social workers that had testified came to us and said, “If you appeal, we will fight for you. Appeal. Fight this decision.” Of course we were going to appeal…I could no more walk away from our biological son, Clayton, at this point. Kirill is just as much my son.

So here we are, asking God to move the mountain that is standing between Kirill and us as we appeal to the Supreme Court in Moscow. There are also three other families who are in various stages of adopting children with Down Syndrome from Kirill’s region; one of the families has a court hearing set for next week.

We are hoping that someone will hear our outcry and help us bring our son and these other waiting children home. His adoption will set the precedent for many other children in his region. There are 98 children in his orphanage with special needs alone. It is one of many orphanages in this region that houses children with special needs. This is about more than just one child, the lives of hundreds of children with special need are at stake. Please help us.

Day 4 of Honduras Blitz...Please Help Spread the Word

Edgar is 15 years old and in the 10th grade at Lifesong Honduras.
On June 5th, 2009 his father was shot and killed because he didn't want to sell his property, leaving his mother alone to raise Edgar and his brothers.

Recently Edgar's family decided to move to another state and wanted him to join them.  However, even though it was hard to watch them leave, he was determined to continue his education at Escalon.  After being there for 3 years, Edgar understands his need for education as a step towards a better life.
When asked about these major trials he has had to face in his young life, he simply says,

"It's just like "Pastor Guy" (Lifesong Honduras director) always says, "we should never give up."  

After graduating Edgar wants to study in the medical field.  He desires to use these skills to help people in need and give back as he has been given.
With your support we can continue to serve more kids like Edgar.
Our goal is:

We have 16.5 commitments.
We need 83.5 more.
Please prayerfully consider joining us as we strive to bring joy and purpose to orphans in Honduras! YOUR DONATION WILL BE DOUBLED by a gracious giver!
Contact us at at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitment AND be sure to tell them tha we sent you from our blog!
Hear personal stories and check back for progress through the end of the month!
*All administrative costs are covered, so 100% of your donation will go directly toward helping orphans!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Blitz Continues!

Edmund Gives Back from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.
Edmund is just one example of many who have been helped by Lifesong Honduras, and are now giving back.  I love how he obviously cares for these kids and even gives what little he has away so they can have shoes!  What a great example.
Here’s a question for you… How many pairs of shoes do you have?.
10? 20? 30? (eek!)
The kids at Lifesong Honduras have one pair each… sometimes two (a pair of boots to serve in).  Wow.
This Saturday join us for Shoe Saturday.  Simply count your shoes… and get your kids in on it too.  Have them count theirs.  And then tell them about the children in Honduras.  Tell them about Edmund who sacrifices his own money so children in the village can have something on their feet.  Then as a family pray.  Thank God for His faithfulness and His blessings on your family.  Thank Him for raising up men and women and children in Honduras to care for the poor, the orphaned, the vulnerable.  Ask Him to continue to provide and watch over them.  Ask Him raise up supporters so Lifesong can continue to serve in Honduras.
We are reaching for a goal:

Please pray that we can reach this goal?   Maybe God wants to use you?  Will you prayerfully consider joining us?
Maybe you can't give $30 a month... Maybe you can give more.  Today we want to encourage you to give your best!
One commitment we've received was a one time gift... Another commitment was matched by the donor's employer... meaning his gift has now quadrupled!  We are so excited to see people rise up and give what they can!
Thank you to those who have committed so far.
We have 15.5 commitments.
Can we make 100?
We have 7 days... 84.5 commitments to go.
With your help we can do it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


(thankful to the Walker family for making this video and sharing their hearts for Ethiopia)

It's official! We've signed up with our agency for the Ethiopia program:). I just have a gut feeling that with all I've seen and heard from the ET government, and our government, that everyone involved is dedicated to making sure there are efforts being put forth to minimize(and hopefully do away with) any child-stealing, trafficking, etc...and to continue to make international adoption a viable and GOOD choice for those children who have truly been orphaned in ET.

So, after much prayer and discussion, we JUMP into the unknown, KNOWING that God's got this...whatever happens.:)

We have paid the first fees and are awaiting our home study review, then our I600A will be sent off while we work on the dossier.

We covet your continued prayers as we begin this new journey!

Day Two- Honduras Blitz!

Did you miss the post about what is going on at Lifesong Honduras? Click here.
Did you read about Tortilla Tuesday on Tuesday, March 29th? Click here.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Maybe some coffee?  Yes?
Maybe some rice and beans, with white cheese and tortillas?  No?
At Lifesong Honduras this is what a normal breakfast for the 550 kids we serve looks like.
For lunch they will get tortillas with either vegetable soup, pasta, or chicken with rice and vegetables.
For dinner they will eat rice, beans, cream (similar to sour cream) white cheese, eggs (2 times a week) and (you guessed it) tortillas.
Next Tuesday, March 29th join us for Tortilla Tuesday as we eat rice, beans, and tortillas for the day and provide tools for you to use in sharing with your family… in order to further teach out children about the lives of others.

Enjoy a meal at work or with your family or friends of tortillas, rice, and beans.  This is a great way to not just talk about life for kids in Honduras, but to actually experience it, if only in one small way.
We want to encourage you to use this opportunity to share the need in Honduras with your kids, friends, and co-workers.
Here are a few facts and conversation starters:
1. Honduras is one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere
2. Last year approximately 75% of new students coming into Lifesong Honduras were malnurished, their weight and height way below average, and needed extra vitamins and supplements.  Pictured below are three 7th graders from this group:

"The reward comes in many forms... to watch them grow and their appearance change, knowing that you played a part in that.  It is hard explain, but when you take one of our graduates and compare them to someone of the same age, from their own villages, even though the differences may range from ever so slight to obvious, it is visible."

-Lifesong Honduras staff member

3. There are innumerous un-reached mountain villages that still do not have electricity or running water, children without clothing or shoes, and families without food to feed their children.

- Homes are barely constructed of mud, sticks, cardboard and whatever material they can use to cover themselves.

-Many villages have no organized church, nor a pastor, nor a church building in which to meet.

-Students at Plan Escalon spend part of their education giving back… visiting mountain villages, where many of them came from, to bring food (rice and beans) and minister to the people.

- Imagine what it would it be like to live in a mountain village in Honduras… What would it be like?  Would you feel hopeful of your future?   How would you survive?

4. At Lifesong Honduras they have to make 3,500 tortillas made every day… on only 3 stoves!

- Can you imagine making that many tortillas every day?  Think about how you would interact with others in the kitchen.  How easy would it be trying to accomplish this with only 3 stoves?

*Be sure to have your camera ready for Tortilla Tuesday! Please send Lifesong a photo of you and your family or co-workers (or whoever you invite) participating in Tortilla Tuesday, your location, and a short story about the impact it made and the conversations you had to info@lifesongfororphans.org! If you have a blog or facebook, consider sharing it!
Our goal is:

Will you join us?  Every dollar will make a difference!  Every dollar will be doubled for the sake of orphans!
So far we have 4 commitments.  Thank you!  We still need more.  Together we can do more for the children and the future of Honduras!
Contact Lifesong at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitment AND be sure to tell them that we sent you from our blog!

Hear personal stories & follow the progress on our blog all this week!

Lifesong For Orphans Opportunity

Honduras Blitz from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.
What if every time you gave a dollar to orphans it became one more? 
One more dollar towards food, education, shelter?
One more dollar towards sharing the Gospel and providing Biblical mentorship?
One more dollar towards changing the life of a child?
I love to use this platform to advocate for those in need... and thanks to a generous donor every dollar given to Lifesong Honduras will be matched… up to $120,000!  We praise the Lord for this amazing gift and invite you to be a part of it.
Over the next 10 days we are teaming with Lifesong and are hoping for 100 1-year commitments of $30 a month.  Just think, for about $1 a day a life in Honduras can be forever changed.

Partnering with Tree of Life Missions in Honduras, Lifesong for Orphans is able to work toward providing hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless and healing to the hurting.  TOLM reaches kids through a program called Plan Escalon.  (Escalon is translated "escalator" and is used to describe the children's escalator out of poverty/brokenness.) 
Through this program we strive toward:

  • Providing an education to the poorest of youth

  • Providing food to the poorest of youth

  • Providing vocational training & micro-business opportunities

  • Providing free medical and dental clinics to those in need

  • Training young people to give back to their communities

  • Reaching people in the jungles of the Mosquito Coast 

Stay tuned for stories, personal testimonies, and fun ways to spread awareness and instill a heart of giving in your kids!
Our goal is:

Will you help us?  100 commitments in ten days is no small feat, but with God it is possible.  We have seen Him move mightily in His people to serve orphans and we pray that this ten weeks will be a testimony of that!  Together we can make a difference in the lives of these kids!  Together we can do more to bring joy and purpose to orphans!
Contact Lifesong at info@lifesongfororphans.org to make your commitment AND be sure to tell them that we sent you from our blog!
Hear personal stories & follow the progress on our blog all this week!
Check back often to hear personal stories and get updates on the progress.  Please join us in prayer as we ask the Lord to raise up 100 commitments!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Good News??

This was posted by an agency(don't know which, but heard they were reputable), and it seems to be mirrored by other agencies as well....soooo...sounds like good news:)!!

'Today we want to update you on the feedback we received yesterday from our
foreign staff in Ethiopia, which was confirmed in a discussion with our adoption
colleagues in a Joint Council caucus call later in the day.

At this time, all Foreign Staff on the ground in Ethiopia are reporting that
MOWA has completed their staffing changes and are now currently working at full
capacity to complete those adoption cases currently re-scheduled or assigned a
court appointment through the courts of Addis Ababa. Our staff believe this to
be around 800 cases they are working at full force to complete with no
restrictions on the number of cases processed each day. This is great news! We
are thrilled to hear these drastic changes do not seem to be going into full

We are also pleased to report that for new cases moving forward; it appears the
original changes proposed by MOWA will not be implemented to the degree of 5
cases a day. At this time it is unknown whether or not MOWA will issue a formal
statement regarding how they will process cases in the future, but from all
discussions it will not be a drastic decrease from before. Through the continued
work, meetings, and advocacy of many Foreign Staff members in Ethiopia, it
appears any future changes within the case processing for MOWA will avoid
sweeping and disproportionate alterations to the number of cases processed each
day. Rather, the hope is that MOWA, Joint Council, Adoption Service Providers,
the US Department of State and other NGO organizations can come together to
support the government of Ethiopia in strengthening the process for ethical
adoptions to continue while also improving the general social structures to
assist with family preservation in Ethiopia. This plan was acknowledged in the
recent posting by the US State Department this morning at
http://adoption.state.gov/news/ethiopia.html. We understand the US Department of
State cannot issue a formal statement without MOWA issuing a retraction. Based
on the information we are receiving, MOWA is concentrating on processing the
current adoptions and the new staff is not focused on numbers, but doing their

Africa or BUST!

Today I'm linking up with my bloggy friend Linny over at aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com, to let you all know our prayer requests as we begin a new journey to Africa!

We have our homestudy ready(for one child/twins up to 12 mos) and our agency picked out...and the country...well, it WAS(IS) Ethiopia.

That said:)...here are our prayer requests:

1. Ethiopia....we're struggling to turn in that application with all that is going on, but the cry of 5 million orphans can't be stopped, playing over and over in my head! We need CLARITY...FAITH....to make this leap!

2. Siblings/twins....yes, that's right, I really have this feeling that it's supposed to be TWO babies! BUT...we NEED the extra income to make this happen! The enemy has in fact, been working extra hard in this area lately...and we have actually LOST income...so please pray for the extra needed to meet the requirements!

3. Uganda....we have looked extensively at Uganda as an alternative...the travel is 3 1/2- 4 1/2 weeks!! Not sure at all if we could do this...BUT GOD!!:) We would need absolute peace(and a few signs;)) if this is the route the Lord wants us to take.

I absolutely LOVE Africa and we are so excited to be able to rescue one(or two) of these precious ones! Would you join us in prayer? And if you want to be a part,financially, of bringing our daughter/son home, you can donate through the link on the top left!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ethiopia Update

Here's the down-low on what happened during the conference call this morning as written by JCICS. I did sit in on it. Why do we always pick countries with issues!?!:)

Notes from Dept of State Ethiopia Call 03/11/2011

Following are our notes from the Department of State Office of Children’s Issues conference call regarding Ethiopian adoptions. These notes do not represent nor are they in any way attributable to the Department of State or US Citizenship and Immigration Services. We are providing the notes with respect to those adoption service providers who could not participate in the conference.

We extend our thanks to the Department of State for conducting the conference call and to US Citizenship and Immigration Services for their participation and contributions.

The Department of State is Actively Involved
• The Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs announced a reduction in the processing of intercountry adoption cases from 50 per day to 5 per day, effective March 10, 2011.
• The Department of State is actively involved in discussions with the Government of Ethiopia, other governments and stakeholders.
• A coalition of countries is preparing a proposal to assist the Ministry increase its capacity.
• Embassy suggested that children with special need’s cases should not be delayed.
• The US Embassy officials have a scheduled meeting with the Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs for Monday, March 14, 2011.
• There are areas of concern related to intercountry adoption, however the reduction is disproportionate.
Adoption Cases
• Currently there are no implementation guidelines for in-process cases.
• For adoption cases registered with the Ethiopian court, the best estimate is a one-year delay.
• The staff change at the Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs has been confirmed as taking effect the week of March 13, 2011. The impact this will have on adoption cases is not known.
• It is estimated that between 800-1,000 adoption cases are currently on the docket of Ethiopian courts.

All this said...I really don't think this will turn out to be what people fear. I know ET and the US(among other countries and NGOs) will work hard to make the process ethical and "timely"..they have all stated such in the past, and I see no reason that would change now. I'll let you know Monday!:)

In the meantime, we have looked into Uganda and Ghana(?)...but my heart is in Ethiopia! Pray I'll be able to lay that down if necessary, and go where the LORD leads us. To HIM be the GLORY!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ethiopia Campaign II

Hi my sweet bloggy friends!!! We are once again asking for your help in spreading the word about the situation in Ethiopia! Please consider signing this petition(it only takes one minute), then pass it on to all your friends:)! You DO NOT have to be adopting from Ethiopia in order to sign this! As adoptive parents, I hope we will stand together for the children, no matter where we are adopting from!

Thanks! Here's the link to the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43714.html

Five Things You Can do to Help!

1) Sign the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi – and pass it on!

2) Have you adopted from Ethiopia? Please send us up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child – we’ll compile the information and send a book to the Ministry of Woman’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs. Send your photos and stories by Sunday, March 12, 2011 to be included. Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide. UPDATE: we’ve received so many emails in support that our email server has crashed! We’ve set up an alternative email account – please start emailing your photos/stories to emergency4ethiopia@gmail.com. Thanks for your amazing support!

3) Share…Please send this Call to Action to family members, other adoptive parents, and everyone you know! Post, forward and share your adoption stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Make sure you include us in your posts so we can all hear your stories! Here’s links to our pages: Facebook, Twitter and our blog.

4) Stay informed: Get up-to-date information regarding the situation in Ethiopia by signing up to receive information from us: click here to do so, make sure you choose “country and issues specific information” and “Ethiopia.” And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our blog!

5) Help ensure our advocacy can continue: Joint Council is a non-profit and receives no government funding. Please join us in ensuring more children live in safe, permanent and loving families. Donate today!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ethiopia Campaign

Today I'm posting a link to a petition put out by JCICS to help spread the word about the current situation in ET adoptions, etc...

I'm asking you to prayerfully consider signing it!!!


Meetings are taking place this week, so we should know more soon about what this all means. Meanwhile, tomorrow will be a day of prayer and fasting for ALL countries involved in international adoption...for God's mercy and continued grace and hand of protection over the children and families of each country, as well as the adoptive families...among other requests. So hop on over to http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com tomorrow to add your prayer request!!:)

We ask that you continue to pray for our family. We still need to add some income, and we are currently researching other adoption options, should things remain unstable in Ethiopia. We're praying for clarity and discernment, for wisdom and total surrender to wherever He leads!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dear Anonymous.....

I will respectfully try and clarify my position about adopting from Ethiopia.

I will in no way stop praying for the orphans there..for their right to a family. Yes, I want the corruption to stop!!!! Yes, I want the children to be protected!!! Yes, I want the families to stay together when that is possible and is their desire!!! I am NOT against better accountability, high standards of practice, etc. in the adoption process in ET....in case I gave that impression:). I don't NEED a baby so badly, and QUICKLY, that I would throw all ethics and morals out the window just to adopt him/her!!!

And maybe this is God's way of protecting the children, who are NOT true orphans, from trafficking.....maybe....not sure I can go that far yet. And I would not say adopting them(orphans) and giving them a family is "exploiting" them.

I do think that God is NOT pleased with those who lie and steal children from their families, and then place them for adoption...that IS a tactic of the enemy.

Ethiopia has a lot of work to do to protect it's children from such practices.

So, is a slow-down good? Yes...a SLOW-DOWN would probably be beneficial in order to weed out the corrupt agencies/orphanages, etc.... But, in my opinion, with 5 MILLION orphans there...even if they find every child that is NOT a true orphan and returned them to their families..they probably still wouldn't make a dent in that number. So, what's to become of the "true" orphans???? They languish and die in the streets, because of POVERTY, MALNUTRITION, and DISEASE!!! They can't defend themselves or help themselves and at this time, Ethiopia is unable to help them either...so my prayer will continue to be that those who ARE adoptable, will still be allowed to be adopted internationally WHILE they weed out the corruption...

So, is it a good idea for a family to start an adoption from ET right now...even if this latest hoopla(posted by an anti-adoption news group) passes???

I don't know...ask me in a week or so;)! I would definitely be super diligent in requesting proof of abandonment/relinquishment from our agency, that's for sure! And I would trust my GOD to choose a child for us that is truly in need of a family and hasn't been stolen,etc...

But, I just don't know......we will go where there is a need..and right now, Africa is on my heart!!! If God shuts the door to Ethiopia, then we'll pray about our next step(okay, already started this part;)).

And again, I ask for your prayers for the children, the government, and the families of Ethiopia. And for those who are already in the process of adopting...that they will be protected from being issued referrals that come from shady practices...that the government will act with wisdom and integrity for all the children waiting....

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ethiopia Adoption

WOW! This day has really SUCKED! Sorry...but it has....we've been going over agencies, etc...getting ready to make a decision..and then we hear this:


Basically saying that adoptions are going to be cut by 90% in Ethiopia..as corruption is taken care of, etc...blah, blah, blah....

We don't know what to do...so we wait...pleading with the Lord to NOT allow this to happen...for ALL 4.3 MILLION orphans waiting for families!!!

YES! Corruption in adoption should be taken care of, but PLEASE LORD...just keep UNICEF out of it!!! UNICEF, the devil's sidekick!!! I smell another Haiti!!!

So...do we jump into the unknown....?????

Please pray for Ethiopia!!! So many children are waiting, and so many families WANT to go.....the enemy is once again mighty...BUT GOD! BUT GOD! BUT GOD!!!!!!!

Honestly, I don't know what this means for the process, other than it will be extremely SLOW now....

We need your prayers, but most of all, those 5 million children need your prayers! Just like Guatemala, Nepal, Haiti....and the list goes on....the enemy DOES NOT WANT children in families!! It's that simple!!!

Lord Jesus, PLEASE intervene in a mighty way!!! They need you!!! So many families already in process(thousands), need YOU! We need you to be victorious over the enemy...TODAY!

In the name of Jesus, AMEN!