As you are probably already aware, we have been waiting to receive a “yes” or a “no” from Thai officials (about whether they think us fit to parent the sweet little guy that we are pursuing) for a few weeks now. The answer came, and it was neither.
This is good news, because there is still hope. It is not great news, because it means we are on the verge of the “no” that we do not want to hear.
Fortunately, there is a woman from the orphanage that has decided to be an advocate for this child, and she has promised to bring our appeal before the board a second time to see if they can be convinced that we are a good match for him. The board is concerned that we are young, able to have natural children, and potentially at risk of being overwhelmed by a special needs, older child. Our job now is to present to them all of the reasons why we are capable, surrounded by support and fully committed to this boy alone.
The second presentation of our family before the board will take place in January, so, there is time to collect new references that specifically address this child and these concerns, and for us to write a letter that explains in detail how we are prepared for and why we are committed to this endeavor.
Your prayers would be so wonderful. There are several specific ways that we would ask you to pray;
- Please pray that we would answer their concerns well and wisely. Also, that we would remain joyful during the Christmas season and not be overly preoccupied with the anticipation. Additionally, I (Danielle) would really appreciate knowing that you ladies are praying for me to be a patient, good-in-the-waiting wife.
- Also, praise God for providing us with advocates for our adoption. Thank Him for the woman who is helping us to properly prepare for a second presentation to the board and for her commitment to finding this child a home. Thank Him for our case worker with WACAP who will be sending along an official letter from the organization endorsing us as a good match. Thank Him for the fact that we are even being given a second chance to appeal; that alone is wonderful. This is clearly in His hands, especially now.
- Please pray that whatever the outcome, this child will end up with a family that loves him, cares deeply for him as he grows, and teaches him to know the Lord. Whether this turns out to be a false start, a difficult lesson in faithfulness for us, or he comes home as our son, we will have hope that he will come to know Jesus.
- Pray, too, that more people would become aware of the desperate needs of all of the orphaned children, the vulnerable children, and the marginalized children of the world, and would sacrifice the “normal”, the “easy”, and the “ideal” in order to meet those needs.
Thanks again to all of you who are journeying through this alongside us… There is so much evil in the world, but when we are joined together in this way, amid all of that, we are reminded that goodness will win.
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”