The wait that was originally supposed to be 9-12 months has turned into 12-18 months. We are now closing in on waiting for 15 months and we are so ready. It has been quiet a roller coaster. International adoption in our chosen adoptive country is somewhat unstable at this point. The changes that have come in the last 6 months have been substantial.. There are families that have lost their referred children. Families in real danger of losing their referred children - that live daily dreading for the phone to ring, afraid of more bad news. There are orphanages being shut down, and other already over run orphanages becoming even more packed with the children from the other shut down orphanages. There are children languishing away while the higher ups battle out the details. It is scary and uncertain sometimes and I wonder if I have it in me to stick it out for even one more day. Then I wonder what it will look like to be granted the amazing privilege of being matched with a child and in the same breath what it would feel like to have that child be taken from us. I cling to the only hope I have. I try to see the big picture. I rely on the promise that the Lord has said that He will not leave them as orphans.
Please continue to pray for not just our process (we are really so small in all of this), but the process as a whole. Adoption, I know, is not the answer to the millions of orphaned children in this world - it really only touches a tiny percentage of them. But, the Lord has given me the hands and feet to do this tiny part for now.
"I long to to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small task as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller