Today I called our agency to confirm the arrival of our Dossier to Lesotho. We’d been told wait times are likely to be 6-12 months from arrival of the Dossier. But it’s been two whole months so, like a kid on a long trip, I asked “how long until we are there???”
Last week our agency sent a worker over to Lesotho for three weeks to begin helping orphanages get children ready. Currently they are expecting over 12 months for a referral of children to our family simply because these precious orphaned children are not “paper ready” for referrals. Due to the frequent world-wide injustice of child trafficking – even for adoption purposes- it is vital that each child be legally cleared to be available for an adoption referral. Praying today for miracles that workers and paperwork happen to begin getting orphaned children “paper-ready” to enter families. Praying today for each waiting child to somehow know they are loved by God and for their waiting families wherever they are in this process to see God’s hand moving mountains…because He does- even when our faith is teensy. And for peace and patience as we do all we can and then wait…for Him.
Monday of this week, my friend called to tell me that she awoke in the middle of the night with the words “pray for Lesotho” pressing her. She got up and began to pray. Then the words came to her mind “pray to expedite a miracle.” So she prayed in agreement with us- for an expedited miracle for orphaned children to be quickly referred and adopted. Im praying for two referrals for us and a referral to the other waiting family by Christmas;) We are praying for each family in the Lesotho adoption process to have Dossiers, funding and referrals and finally adoptions in clearly MIRACULOUS times..because children need families.
On our foster-adoption journey– and even before as my heart ACHED for YEARS to adopt, I held onto Habakkuk 2:2-3. It is written in the context of Habakkuk questioning God about the injustic of the wicked against innocent lives. Our first adoptions DID happen at the PERFECT time. And OH how I treasure reflecting upon each miracle that brought them home. If you are in the process of taking a risk for Him, I’d encourage you to write down the miracles. There will be many- especially when your heart feels broken or failed or betrayed. Remembering them next time will be a powerful gift. And although we fervently pray for expediency, we also surrender…
Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord replied:
“write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it seems slow, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not be late.”
Today my heart is especially breaking for birthmothers unnecessarily dying of HIV or other treatable conditions who fear for the safety of her children after she is gone and agonizes and grieves, deeply longs to live and care for and raise her children…Lord, if she is alive, please heal her body. LORD, send workers and medication to heal mama’s from HIV and other illnesses so that they may treasure their children themselves. For children who are orphaned, draw them into Your heart. Be a Comfort to them in the horrible, vulnerable nights as they ache with abandonment. Free them from INJUSTICE. Send millions of us literally to be Your hands and feet to them- to literally be their fathers and mothers. Send people to adopt these treasures as you have adopted us. Break our hearts for the orphan and the widow- local and abroad… and the lame, hungry, impoverished, sick and imprisoned. Here we are. Send us.
It is estimated that another child is orphaned due to AIDS every 14 seconds.