Sunday, February 16, 2014

Email Update (6) - 02/13/14

I'm always so quick to send you an update filled with bad (or at least not-so-good) news.  So, today, when we received some positive news, I knew I just had to send an update.

So here goes…..

Earlier this morning we received word from our placing agency that a random opportunity had presented itself.  The Assistant Minister of MOWCYA (the governmental agency in Ethiopia that oversees adoptions) is in the US and our agency was given the opportunity to meet with her today.  I am so thankful for an agency who sees an opportunity and immediately puts someone on a plane to seize it.  We received a message just as she boarded the plane asking us to pray for her and assuring us that she would be asking specifically about our cases.

Later this afternoon, we did receive confirmation that they had discussed our case and that she (the MOWCYA rep) seems to think we will get some news in the next couple of days.

What has happened, it seems, is that the Federal level decided to implement some new procedures; work that is done at the Regional level.  And not only did they decide to change the process but they didn't just start with all new cases; they sent some cases (like ours) BACK.  And basically what we have now is a standoff.  Federal is saying "we want this done this way" and Regional is saying "we've already processed this case; we shouldn't have to do it again.  (That's a really simplified version of what's going on, but pretty accurate).  And just so you know, I'm siding with "Regional".  ; )

When the MOWCYA rep says we will hear something in a few days, what she's implying (I think) is that we will hear who won the Federal/Regional battle and will know more about our process from here.

So, there you have it.  Some not bad news.  

  • Please continue to pray for Yenenesh's heart.  Pray that she understands that these delays are out of our hands and they are in no way an indicator of how much we love her and want her home.  We are thankful that we don't have to worry about her physical care at this time; we know that she is being loved and cared for well at our agency's Transition Home.  We pray that she is SO loved and cared for there that she's having the time of her life.
  • Please pray for us; for our hearts and for our attitudes.  But, please, whatever you do….do NOT pray for our patience.  : )
  • Earlier this week, 4 individuals who worked for one agency were arrested.  Please pray for the families (past and present) who have been affected by their immoral and illegal practices.  Pray that the sins of this one agency does not adversely affect all Ethiopian adoptions.
  • Please pray for all parties involved at the Federal and Regional level; that hearts are softened and that they are able to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of the children.  And that they do so quickly.  : )
  • Don't forget about our friends, the Kopps, who are with our agency and in the same boat.

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