Outside of the truth of His Word, the single greatest means God has used to challenge, correct, and instruct me is other people.
And outside of the truth of His Word, the single greatest means He has used to put courage into me is, yes, other people.
God has used the words of so many of you over the past week or so to minister to me. Thank you to those of you who have recognized my ongoing struggle to embrace my blogging assignment with joy, and for reaching out with your strengthening words. Thank you to those of you who not only take time to pray for Katie and for us, but who take just a little more time to tell us that you are loving us in this way. Thank you to those of you have sacrificed in ways we can only guess at, to help supply the necessary adoption funds. Thank you to every one of you who has reached out to us with your emotional support. No matter how small you may think your help has been, it has been part of the work of God in our family’s life. And that includes Katie!
We are profoundly moved by the great-hearted compassion and mind-boggling generosity we have been privileged to witness from our brothers and sisters. We have been changed by this experience. Never again will we feel cynical or discouraged about the church as we have at times in the past. Jesus is still in charge of His church, and it is still very much alive. We aren’t discouraged by small numbers, as God has so often reserved for Himself a very small minority, but we have at times been discouraged by the seeming lack of true spiritual life and growth, in ourselves as well as in the wider church.
But now we have had such a glimpse of the reality that Jesus is the bringer of life, and that His arm is never shortened in any way!
It has been a little while since I have written to tell you what is happening with the adoption process.
The day I finally gave our golden ticket to Stephanie so that she could expedite it to Bulgaria with a couple of other minor documents, she gave us some disappointing news. Do you remember me telling you that we had sent the bulk of our dossier to Bulgaria a couple of months ago so that it could be translated ahead of time? So that after we received our approval, there would be no added delay for this translation?
Well, we found out that none of the translating work had been done ahead of time. As far as we know, more than a week after those last few documents reached Bulgaria, they are still being translated. They still must go through a set process before we can receive our verbal referral from the Ministry of Justice. And the Ministry of Justice takes a recess for the last two weeks of this month.
I sent an email to Toni to ask, “I am wondering if from what you can see at this point, whether you believe it is logistically possible for us to get our verbal referral before the recess? Or whether you believe that praying for that at this point is like praying for the dead to be raised?”
And I will let you know what she answers!
Until then, we are continuing to trust in the goodness of the Lord, and continuing to pray that we receive that referral, and our travel dates, within the next two weeks.
Thank you, brothers and sisters, for so faithfully praying with us!
“When doubts disturb my troubled breast,
And all is dark as night to me,
Here, as on solid rock I rest–
That so it seemeth good to thee.
Be this my joy, that evermore
Thou rulest all things at thy will;
Thy sovereign wisdom I adore,
And calmly, sweetly, trust thee still.”