So I mentioned on a previous post that God has been moving in BIG ways, so here is the update: all three of the older children that I've been praying and advocating for have been placed with a family.
Here is where an even bigger update comes in. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine passed our blog address on to one of her friends. Her friend had been thinking a lot about adoption. When she read my post about the three older waiting children, she showed it to her husband and he said, "I think we should adopt them." They then had us over for dinner that weekend to discuss adoption, the process, what to expect, concerns...
You can read about how the family was feeling as they set out on their adoption journey here http://7wagners.blogspot.com/2010/06/imagine.html.
Now here is where the story takes a little twist. As I saw it, God had worked an amazing plan out and answered a huge prayer of our family for these kids to have a home. Not only did He answer, but the kids would be coming to our very same area-we would see them again.
But God's plan is always so much bigger than what we can think up and when Jenny called to specifically request information and go ahead with the adoption of these three children, she was told that they had all three been recently placed with families (praise God!). The first time I spoke with her about adoption, she said, "We're just going to let God open and close the doors with this process." God had closed the door on those three kids being in their family, but during the weeks prior to that, their hearts had been opened to Ethiopian adoption-an option they had never considered before seeing those three children's stories.
Because they were pursuing the waiting children initially and knowing that these kids had already been waiting over a year, they proceeded with their home study and dossier process right away and have completed a good deal of paperwork in a very short time period. They feel, as I do, that God used M, M, and K to lead them to Ethiopia. Their children are waiting there-they just don't know who they are yet. It is so exciting to know that more children will be matched with a family now that the Wagners have been obedient to answer God's command to care for "the least of these."
So God not only answered our family's prayer to find homes for three children that we briefly met and felt led to pray for, but He has multiplied that answer to include a home for more children that we don't even know yet, but whom we will have the opportunity to see grow up in their new family.
To God be the glory!
1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.