In case you are not following along, we are in the beginning stages of adopting a child with albinism from China. We submitted our LOI (Letter of Intent) on February 27th with hopes of receiving PA (pre-approval) to adopt a specific child. It has now been over a month since then and we still have not received PA.
Well, we did receive a tiny status update on Friday, so I thought I would share with you. I got an email from our agency stating that CCCWA is having technical difficulties with their online system and they are having trouble getting our PA to display for the agency. The email said that is sounds like we have PA but it isn’t official since the CCCWA system isn’t displaying that information yet.
Whew! So there it is… a little bit of hope! I am eagerly expecting the news that we do have PA any day now. I am beginning the process of getting all the items together that our home study agency needs and will begin looking through what all the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will need in order for us to file our I-800A (Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country).
There are a lot of acronyms in adoption world. 😆
As soon as we get PA we will be sending our adoption agency their first program fee of $2500. We have enough in savings to pay for this, but not much more. We will need to pay $1500 for our home study fee very soon. Please pray for provision and consider giving to our adoption fund. You may use the PayPal Donate button below or give a tax-deductible donation through AdoptTogether by using the button on the right sidebar.*Please note that PayPal will charge an administrative fee for credit card processing (2.9% + $0.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
Be on the look out for upcoming fundraisers! I set up a store online through StoreEnvy to sell items to raise money. So far there are just a couple of printable art files that you can purchase to print and frame, but we will have those shirts ready soon hopefully!
In other news, we are now proud “mini-van” owners! We were able to trade in our tiny Kia Rio and our rather large APR for a van. This is huge for us… we got a great deal on a much larger vehicle (more room for more children :)) that lowers our monthly payment. We are so very thankful!
The Ugly Truth
The other day, the YouVersion verse of the day was Hebrews 11:6, “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists AND that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” When I read that it hit me…. That second part, the “He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him…” Oh goodness, I have such a problem with that. And especially through this adoptions stuff. I can believe that God exists all day, but believing that He cares enough to respond to my silly petitions… it doesn’t come easy for me. How long will these darn “daddy-issues” haunt me? Maybe forever, but until then I will be praying for a completely whole heart that is free, not just rescued, and is willing to trust God with everything.
I want to quote Rebekah Lyons’ prayer from If:Gathering because this reminds me of it and well, it is just so good and a prayer that I need to remember to pray frequently. Maybe you will be encouraged by it too.
“Please God, heal our heart, every broken part, don’t just rescue it, but HEAL it FOR GOOD and set us free. Because we don’t want to keep coming back to fighting the enemies lies, that we are still broken and wounded.
Can you make our heart NEW? Not just mended, but actually NEW? As if there were never any brokenness or hairline fracture?
Can you take our heart back to the way you created it and it was good? Blazingly good? Where it pumped with fevered intensity and life-giving boldness surged through its veins? Where it was free and alive and so deliriously joyful it could burst?
THIS is the healing we are asking for. Not a patch job, not a steri-strip, not stitches, not a hairline fracture, but please give us a heart that can only come in YOUR power of healing and anointing.
A heart that prays bold prayers and believes for bold things. One that is consumed with passion and purity and pursuit of all that is Holy.
There are many of us in bondage with a broken heart, so many captives that long to be free. But we can’t always see our captivity, may we waken to our captor and cry out, ‘no more!’ May the earth shake and the mountains tremble and jail doors open, so we as a nation, An army of women can be set FREE.
May we reject the things that numb us of our captivity, of our pride and arrogance and self-promotion. Come in Spirit and power O Heavenly Father we implore you and we will not be silent about this rescue, we will not be silent about this healing, we will declare from the rooftop, that your name is great, your mercies are ever new and your grace and goodness extends to all generations.
We love you, we worship you, we declare your name righteous and we receive the power and resurrection of your mighty hand. In your name demons will shudder so we ask you to go before us and take us where you want us. We are ever surrendered and ever grateful. In your most precious, compassionate name, JESUS, we ask all these things.