Monday, February 28, 2011


We got a little bit of unsettling news today about court in Ethiopia. Our agency confirmed rumors that the one judge in Ethiopia that hears adoption cases will now only hear 5 cases a day, instead of the 40 she has been hearing each day.

While we have technically passed court, our file is still missing a letter from the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) that is necessary to close our case so we can proceed to bring "R" home. While I have no doubt that this will eventually all go through, I'd love for anyone who reads this blog to be praying along with us for our second hearing on March 18th.

We've been reassured that if you already have passed court or have a court date (which we do)that your case will not be affected by this change. My concern is that because the MOWA is already so behind that the MOWA letter that we need for the 18th still might not be there. In that case, who knows how long it would take to reset a new court hearing.

So, my prayer is that the paper will be there on the 18th (or on the 1st :) and we will not get caught up in this potentially long delay. Please pray along with us for the paper to arrive in our file soon and for our hearing to take place without any additional delays.

Pray especially for "R" as she waits alone (well, with friends, but not her family). For us, our wait is filled with our usual busyness. For her, the wait is abstract and indefinite and I hate it for her.

At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting--it will happen! Habakuk 2:3

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5
Back to Trees of Glory tomorrow


  1. Our prayers are with you. This is such unsettling news. Just the opposite of what needs to be happening. More judges need to be hired and more court hearings need to be happening every day, AND more efficient MOWA workers need to be hired. These kids need to be living with their families soon.

  2. We're praying with you!! It's so hard. Those are great verses.