It is October! Can you believe it? I can't! But I am certainly enjoying the beautiful Korean weather. October is probably the nicest month out of the whole year here - chilly nights, cool mornings and evenings, bright warm but not hot sunshine during the afternoon, blue skies, few clouds, colorful leaves....It is wonderful.
But time ticks on and we have a baby waiting in Ethiopia! We have been (actively) in the adoption process 8 months already!! So, where are we at with things? This week we are going to be re-fingerprinted (the first ones did not work) and then our hope is to head up to the U.S. Embassy this Friday or early next week to apply for our USCIS approval. We need the U.S. Government to approve us to bring a child into the U.S. and into our family. They will basically run a background check with our fingerprints, review our home study report and decide if we are "fit" to become parents. One prayer request specifically with this is that our finances would not be an issue. Once we hear back from USCIS and are approved, we can submit our dossier to Ethiopia for their review!!
But, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! With all your help, we have raised just over $7,000 towards our adoption. This is HUGE and we are SO THANKFUL for this generosity! We have truly felt overwhelmed by generosity that has poured in, by your support and often brought to tears at the way the Lord is at work! However, we have already spent all of this on our homestudy ($2500) and our agency fee ($6,000). As you can see, we actually now owe our agency some money. In addition to this, we will need to pay $750 when we apply for approval with the USCIS this week or next. Once our approval goes through, we will need to pay half of the country fee ($6,000) to submit our dossier and the other half ($6,000) upon accepting our referral. YIKES! This means we have some prayers to pray, funds to raise and trusting the Lord to do! This feels overwhelming but I know the Lord can and will do it! We are praying for these finances to come in quickly so we can move ahead without delaying our process and bring this next baby home to our family.
Will you consider joining us on this journey? Will you consider financially supporting us in this adoption? If you have given already but feel the Lord has blessed you with excess, will you consider giving again? Would you also consider sharing our need on your own personal blog, on your facebook, with your friends or family who might be interested in supporting adoption? For donating information, please click HERE or check out our "Donate" page above. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to contact us. And please, please, be in prayer on our (and our Ethiopian baby's) behalf! I know the Lord will supply all our needs in this adoption and that if this is His plan for our family, He will accomplish!