If my counting is correct (and I am an English teacher, so there is no telling), we had over 100 families praying with us at 11:30 this morning.
I cannot grasp the words sufficient to express my humble gratitude at the outpouring of love from family, friends and people I have never even met. To know that you each took time out of your day to pray over our children, their birth parents, their birth country and their soon-to-be adoptive parents fills my heart to overflowing. I cannot wait to reflect back on this day, years from now, and tell this story to our children. Thank you for being a part of it.
Adam and I sat on our bed and prayed together for our children and the entire nation of Ethiopia today. We prayed for our children's hearts, that somehow they would know that we love them and are doing everything we can to get to them. We prayed for Ethiopian adoption officials, that they would see their work, not just as a job, but as a ministry in which they have the opportunity to remove the title of "orphan" from hundreds of children each year. We prayed for the birth parents of our children, that they would find comfort in the Lord as they make what, to me, seems to be the single most impossible and selfless choice a parent can make and that they would know that the children they brought into this world will always be loved and told of their birth parents' great and honorable sacrifice. We prayed for all of the children waiting to be matched with their families, that God would protect and comfort them. We prayed for waiting families, that God would strengthen them and use this wait to pull them closer to Him. We prayed for our children's safety, that God would keep His hand on them while we are apart. We prayed for the waiting list, that referrals (nine to be precise) would go out before the end of the month. And we prayed for our own hearts, that God would hold them during this seemingly impossible time.
Thank you to all who joined with us. We are excited and ready to see what God is going to do in the coming days and weeks. We do not know what God plan is, but we do know that He is able to do all things and that His ways are always higher and better than ours.