Thursday, May 16, 2013

Yet another delay!

We're starting to feel like those crazy people who keep having to make up new stories about why something they've talked about for years isn't happening.  So to assure and re-state, we really ARE in the process of adoption and Lord willing, one of these days it will happen.  But, we've run into another delay.  We received news that the branch of the Chinese government that matches children with families will be closed from May 24-31st due to switching everything over to a new computer system.  Goodness!  It would be really hard for this process to drag out more than it is.  So, hopefully early June will be our time unless something unforeseen happens, and of course at this point, we think it probably will if it keeps going like this.   As Tanya, a new friend who is going through the exact same thing (same agency and same LID)  humorously stated, "So I wonder what the next excuse will be for referrals?  The new computer system won't be working correctly?  Or the air conditioner goes out?"  All of these little waiting babies in China have some determined Mommies and Daddies out there to keep strong and persistent during this wait.  I've "met" many of them online - precious families who are just as anxious as we are to hold their little ones.    The Lord has to remind me during the day to be thankful in everything and to trust Him, which we're doing.  All of these little steps, delays, redoing paperwork, fingerprints, more delays, more fingerprints, more delays, another snag, and MORE delays will be all worth it one day.  We'll see His perfect plan and again state once again as in everything, "He knew so much better than I did!"

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

LifeSong Post

Orphans in any country are near and dear to our hearts, and we have agreed to post blog posts from LifeSong on our blog (They do great work for orphans all over the world).  Take a minute and check out their latest blog post and prayerfully consider helping one of these sweet children.  

What would the world look like if each of us made it our responsibility to see one less orphan without an less orphan without a growling hunger... or one less orphan without a bleak future of poverty?
In the next 45 days, our goal is to find a sponsor for every single child who has yet to be sponsored at our school in Lifesong Ethiopia. (Gulp! That's a tall order! See below how YOU can help.) We are asking for an investment of just $19/month that will result in a future leader for the renewal of Africa from the inside out.
Invest in a life of a child. Invest in self-sufficiency. Invest in bringing hope to one more orphan.

Together we can get EVERY child sponsored! Will you help us?

How can YOU help each child find a sponsor:

  • PRAY: Join us in praying for the 587 children who are unsponsored in Ethiopia. Pray for the thousands that will be given the opportunity to sponsor--that hearts would be open to helping a child in need. Pray that God will raise advocates to help spread the word!

  • ADVOCATE: Maybe sponsoring a child isn't an option for you at this time but you have a platform and a voice to let the need be known! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and share the One Less campaign with your friends & followers.

  • SPONSOR: Commit to sponsor a students at Lifesong Ethiopia School long-term for $19/month to help ensure that they get the incredible education, spiritual mentoring and food that they need to break the cycle of poverty. To see the children yet to be sponsored, please visit:

  • To learn more about the Ziway + Adami Tulu Project and details of sponsorship visit