Thursday, February 25, 2010

A statement I hear a LOT....."if I had the money"

This gal answers this question perfectly in my opinion!

Take a few minutes and read her post. Pray and ask the Lord to challenge you. I know that most of us don't like being challenged...especially by the God of this universe but it can be a good thing.

Psalm 139:23 & 24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

I am convinced that God's heart is for orphan! Pray and ask yourself...What am I doing for the "least of these"?

Matthew 25:39 & 40 "When did we ever see you sick or in prison (living in an orphanage on the street, without a family is a prison) and visit you? And the King will say, I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"

Words in bold are my thoughts.

Click HERE to read this post.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Will We Be One Of The 180?

So since the last post we did get word from our adoption agency and there does appear to be some movement in Nepal. Here's what they said...

Dear Nepal Waiting families,
Much information regarding Nepal's intercountry adoption program has been disseminated recently. We have been in constant contact with our representative in Nepal to fully understand and provide accurate information to you. Recently, several official announcements were made by the Nepal Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare ( The Ministry has decided to delay for a few months accepting new applications for 2010 while they continue the matching process for the dossiers submitted in 2009. They report that they received 534 dossiers (world wide) in 2009. They expect to be able to match approximately 180 children with adoptive families very soon. The Ministry is planning to continue the matching process through March and the number of referrals will be based on the availability of children within the age/gender parameters set by the adoptive parent's application....

There was more to the letter but this is what I was excited to read! I am praying along with the Harrell's that because we are requesting boys up to age 3 we might be part of the 180! Wouldn't that be wild!!!

This morning I woke up to a wonderful email! Mike and I have applied for a couple adoption grants and this morning we got word that we had been awarded the full amount of $5000.00 from one of them!!! We are still waiting to hear from the other one. The Lord has been so faithful to provide all we've needed so far! The money has not come early and it's not ever been's always been right on time! Which makes a person wonder IF perhaps we are one of the 180 and just maybe we'll get our referral soon!

Thank you Jesus for blessing this adoption! May You get all the praise and be glorified throughout this entire journey!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Could there be some movement in Nepal?

So for some unknown reason I can never find any up to date news about adoptions in Nepal. I do however have a friend who is also adopting from Nepal and she is able to find some! Good to know you Elissa! She had some interesting news to share on her blog today and thought I'd go ahead and copy and paste some of it.

"There are two bits of news coming from official sources today that I may as well report, although I'm still taking them with a grain of salt.

First, Nepal has announced that they will accept the alotted 10 dossiers per agency from April through July of this year.

The timing is interesting in light of what the US Embassy is reporting, that Nepal has told them that they plan to process all 2009 dossiers (that's us) by March of this year. The Embassy adds that they are doubtful that such a large number of matches could be made in such a short period of time, but it proves consistent with the rumors that have been circulating. I'm not sure that makes it any more likely to be true-- an untrue statement that is often repeated is still not true. However, I would be happy if they even started back on the 2009 matches in March and finished them by the following March. So my expectations are rather low, but perhaps more realistic.

I have resisted the temptation to even predict when our referral will arrive, mostly based upon the fact that there is practically zero data on which to base a prediction (unlike China where there were at least monthly referrals that could be counted on). But based on this post from our family blog yesterday, I'd say there's a good chance that we will get a referral this summer and be home with Little Bro in the Fall. But please realize that is based purely on what would be the most ironic timing for me-- not on reality whatsoever, so please don't take it to the bank."

Now see! Wasn't that a nice little glimmer of hope! So we continue to pray the Lord moves mountains and Nepal adoptions will get moving! To read exactly what Elissa posted click here.