Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Over the past couple weeks in Ethiopia, proposals have been made to decrease international adoptions by 90% starting March 10th, 2011.  This is due in part to a desire by the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth in Ethiopia to more closely regulate adoptions.  What does this mean for us?  As of right now, nothing.  However, if this law does pass, it would mean that the wait time for an adoption in Ethiopia would INCREASE dramatically.  In the meantime, instead of uniting with their forever families, orphans will remain  in orphanages indefinitely.

There are a couple things you can do to advocate for the orphan: 

1.  Pray!:  Check out this article by Tom Davis, the President of Children's Hope Chest, an international child advocacy organization.  It gives practical, specific ways we can pray for the situation at hand.

2. Sign the following petitionTo sign the petition that is intended to reach the Prime Minister of Ethiopia sometime this week, click on the following link:

Also, would you go to the Father on our behalf and ask Him to give us wisdom?  As a family right now, we are reading through the book of Proverbs.  This morning we read this:

"Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  She is more precious than rubies; nothing you can desire can compare with her."
~Proverbs 3: 13-15

After reading that verse, I began to talk with my kids about wisdom.  Why is it more valuable than riches?  I explained to them that in James it says that God will give wisdom generously to all those who ask:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
~James 1:5

After we finished talking about it, I asked my kids to sum up why wisdom is so important and what God will do if we ask for it.  Jackson's response??

"If we ask God for wisdom, He will dump it on our heads!!!"
~Jackson (age 3)

Hahaha!!!  I LOVE IT!  Pray that God would not only grant wisdom to us, as well as those making decisions in regards to international adoption, but that He would "dump it on our heads!" :)



  1. Praying along with you Kirsten!!!

  2. ohhh this whole thing makes me feel so sick....i will pray for you and for all those children in need of families to love them! It's hard but HE is in control! Praise be to Him who can overturn anything! xoxo