Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

to bring home Trek Davis from Nepal.
Calvary Chapel Orrington
January 29, 2010
Time to be announced.

Our son is stuck in Nepal because the United States won't issue his visa.
The US is adding additional burden to families by requiring us to hire an attorney and private investigator. These are added costs that we never expected to have to pay. It's going to be $7500.00 and the investigator will be either $2500.00 or $3500.00.

Time is against us right now. We have 87 days to send in a rebuttal to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) in New Delhi. The clock started ticking on Dec 3.

The most urgent need for next week is the 2500.00 3500.00 to hire the investigator. Plus we will need to pay at least 500.00 to 1000.00 to retain the lawyer.

It sounds like the lawyer will allow us the month to try and raise the additional money needed. So please pray with us that the Lord will bring in about 4000.00 or more in just a few days so we can get started.

Keep the dinner and auction in prayer. Pray that business will donate all that's needed and that lots will come! We are going to try our best to get the local news to do a short interview with us announce the dinner. Please pray! I honestly don't want to move to Nepal for two years if it's not 100% necessary. I feel like we need to continue to fight for Trek!

Here's a signature on the new petition that I thought I'd share. It pretty much tells it like it is. Please re-post on your blogs, facebook, twitter along with the petition link and the new blog with all the children waiting.

She's stuck in Nepal and it's getting cold there. Orphanage is subsisting on porridge and lentils. My daughter flew there and signed the adoption papers two months ago, but the U.S. Embassy still hasn't produced a visa for the toddler, and so the little one can't enter the U.S. SO frustrating. There are 56 American families stuck in this red tape tragedy. Go to this website to see PHOTOS of the little kids, and then click on the link there and PLEASE sign the petition.

Forward this to everyone you knows so they will sign and forward it too. We're hoping for 10,000 signatures by the end of the week. Maybe President Obama will grant the children humanitarian relief status and issue visas for them all. At this point, it's too late to the kids to be home for Christmas or Chanukkah, but maybe we could aim to have them all home by the New Year??????

When you read the petition, you'll know what the whole story is, but essentially, the Nepal Government had declared that all these kids are "orphans available for international adoption"; but the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wanted to make sure that the children really were orphans so they took about four months to investigate all the kids' orphanage records, and then on December 15, 2010, both Departments declared that NO FRAUD, and NO CHILD TRAFFICKING was found in ANY of their investigations. Thank Goodness!!

But then they said that they want each of the adoptive parents to produce evidence confirming that NO FRAUD and NO CHILD TRAFFICKING has taken place and they've given the adoptive parents 87 days to produce that evidence. Without the confirming evidence, the Embassy will issue a denial to EVER produce a visa. So the new parents have to hire Nepali lawyers and Nepali private investigators (which costs thousands of dollars) to try and track down some police officer or passerby who found the newborn lying on the side of the road two or three years ago. It's a nightmare of frustration because Nepal, like any other third-world country, is more interested in the basic human needs of feeding and caring for the foundlings than in creating official reports and filing them in triplicate so that some U.S. official can be satisfied with a Western idea of proper papertrails years later. None of the adoptive families speaks the Nepali language, and most of them are back in the U.S., desperate to get their new children home. After paying all the normal costs of international adoptions, these investigations are draining the families terribly. Some are selling their homes rather than abandon their children. They've met the children, bonded with them, fallen in love with them, and just want to get them home to proper feeding, medical care, and LOVING FAMILIES.

My daughter has been pursuing this adoption for three years now. I was so hoping my Mom would get to meet the little girl, but, at 99 years of age, my Mom passed this August. But, my 99-year old mother-in-law is still with us and so we can still have FOUR generations of our family together, if only that toddler's visa would come through in time for Great-Grandma Mollie to meet her.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I'm adding a new Chip In button to help with the legal fight we now find ourselves in.

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