Monday, March 14, 2011

where we are...

After all of the news swirling around last week regarding Ethiopia and MOWA (Ministry of Women's and Children's Affairs), we've been pretty quiet on the home front. Honestly, we've been processing, praying and waiting on God.

If you're unaware of what's been happening, here's a quick recap: VOA News ran an article on March 4th that said "Ethiopia is cutting back by as much as 90 percent the number of inter-country adoptions it will allow, as part of an effort to clean up a system rife with fraud and corruption".

Basically what followed was confirmation from our agency and a week of major concern, praying, fasting and questioning how this was going to affect us.

MOWA basically holds the power to write their approval of a family adopting a child from Ethiopia. Without this approval, said family will not pass court. This process of going to court, and failing can go on for months... and this was all happening before the 90% decrease was outlined.

On Friday, we received another email from our agency... a bit more encouraging, which said, 
"As noted by NCFA we are also excited to highlight the positive reports we are hearing regarding meetings in Ethiopia this week and are hopeful they will result in the continuance of a higher number of favorable recommendation letters being written by MOWA for families in the court process. We know God can move mightily and are continuing to trust His hand over the Ethiopian adoption process and your family’s process as well. As an additional note of praise, we received favorable recommendation letters from MOWA today for 4 families currently in Ethiopia resulting in them successfully passing court today.

During this season we would ask for your continued prayers and will be joining your family in this.  We will continue to inform your family of any new confirmed information we receive."
Jeff and I are greatly concerned about the children in Ethiopia and being sure that the child that we adopt truly IS an orphan. We definitely want the "powers that be" to do all that they can do reduce the amount of corruption going on. However, as a fellow adoptive parent (Jason Kovacs) said the other day, "To say int'l adoption leads to human trafficking & should be stopped is like saying marriage leads to spousal abuse & should be ended". 

We also feel strongly that adoption isn't the only thing that we need to be doing. We firmly believe that the best case scenario for a child is to live with his/her birth parents. When this isn't possible due to disease, death or lack of basic needs, the next best scenario would be for that child to live in country with a loving relative. Many times this isn't an option in a land where disease and starvation are rampant. We feel very strongly that God has led us down this adoption path, and He's not going to leave us here.

God is doing some amazing things in Jeff and I. We aren't sure where all of this will lead, but we're pretty sure it's not going to end with one adoption. We want to do what we can to actually make a difference in a community in Ethiopia. Stay tuned for that.

So where does this leave us? We're trusting in God re: the issues in ET and the slowdown. We're confident that God's promises are true and that His Word NEVER returns void. He soo greatly cares for the orphans and widows... and He is Sovereign.

Our agency hasn't given us any idea what this may mean as far as waiting time, however we've felt led to change our age range requested, opening it up a bit. This will hopefully reduce our wait time, as there are soo many non infants already waiting in the orphanages for a home. So...our new age request is 0-24 months for a single child, 0-4yrs. for a sibling group.

Please continue praying for us as we venture forward on this great journey that the Lord is leading us on!


  1. Praying for you Katie. We are working on how to help in Ethiopia as well. Can't wait to hear what you have going on. Hope to share about our soon as well. I fell in love with Ethiopia and my heart will always be connected there. Can't wait to chat. I hope to have my voice back soon!

  2. Oh, Katie! God is so stirring Jeff and me as well! Although we are not yet sure how, we are certain that God has implanted a LOVE for ~ not just our children ~ but for all of Ethiopia; and He will continue to guide us as to how He wants us to reach out to those in Ethiopia. Can't wait to see how He is moving you guys too! And REALLY cannot wait to see your kiddo(s)!!!!!