Our adoption agency has determined that we are still in good financial standing to continue on with our adoption. They are granting us a 90-day grace period to secure employment and health insurance for our entire family. We will not lose our position on the wait list, and will continue to move down on the list as new referrals are assigned each month. Such a HUGE, HUGE answer to prayer!!
Obviously, the hurdles are not finished for us. In order to meet our end of the deal, Charles still needs to find a job that meets the income requirements for the Ethiopia program; all the while, being careful not to drain our savings, as this will reflect poorly on our financial status. Time is ticking. We also need to keep our dossier up-to-date, as many of our documents are beginning to expire. So, the future holds more fingerprint appointments, criminal and child abuse clearances, and physical exams, but that is OK with me. :) BRING IT!
As of today, we have moved down THREE more spots to #67. We are expecting to move again, as the end of the month is rapidly approaching (can it be almost August ALREADY??!?!?).
Thanks everyone for praying us through this obstacle. If there is one thing the Lord is teaching me through this trial, it is that the body of Christ is exactly that, a body. We were never meant to live this life alone. We were never meant to bear the weight of our struggles independent from others. We were meant for community. A community of believers who bands together to lift each other up when they fall. This is where we have lived this week. Groceries have shown up on our doorstep. Meals. Thoughtful cards and emails. Bible verses. Prayers offered up on our behalf.
"All of the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had."
"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us."
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of different parts, and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ."
~ 1 Corinthians 12:12
We are beyond grateful for your friendships and humbled by the love we have received over the past several weeks. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus, the body of Christ. Please continue to pray for us, if you would. Pray specifically for Charles to find a job within the next 90 days (preferably sooner!! :). We anticipate the day when we can share what God has done. What ONLY He is capable of doing! He is so good, and so worthy of our praise.