Monday, March 14, 2011
Ethiopia Dramatically Reduces Adoptions
It's taken me awhile to wrap my mind around sitting down and writing this post. I decided when I started this blog that it would be a cathartic escape for the crazy that lives in my head, and thus, totally and utterly open and honest. If you haven't seen my begging for prayers plastered all over my Facebook page, I'll fill you in. Ethiopia has reduced the amount of international adoptions from 32-50 down to 5 processed per day. In the whole country. Five adoptions. Five kiddos who will receive a new home. Five families who will receive a new child. Five. That number never held special meaning to me before. Two is Jeremy's favorite number; three is mine. Seven is the number that rings throughout the Bible, and how many points are on the stars in my tattoo. 11:11...make a wish. But five was never given a second thought. Now, I hear five and shiver. Here is the reality of the situation (please bear in mind I am NOT an expert in international politics, but feel qualified to take an educated guess!): If five adoptions are processed per day, between 27 and 45 adoptions are NOT. That means that between 27 and 45 spaces per day are not opening up in orphanages, and 27 to 45 children are not given a home who desperately need one. To me, and I'm sure all of you, that is devastating. Ethiopia is a country who loves her children. My intention is not to criticize, in fact, it was the unethical adoption practices of an American agency that was the proverbial cog in the adoption gears. But this can't be the best solution, so I'm praying that it is simply a band aid, keeping the system from hemorrhaging until surgery can be performed. Pardon all the medical references, I spent the day with my sister-in-law, who is a nursing student. On a totally selfish note, I can't help wondering if my dream of bringing home our baby girl is now morphing into a dream of bringing home our toddler girl. I just don't know for sure. However, here is what I do know: GOD IS SOVEREIGN. What does that mean? It means He knew this situation would develop in Ethiopia before Ethiopia existed. He knew before the creation of the Earth that this would become a reality. He also knows the solution. And He will work it out for the good of His followers, and for His Glory!! I am trusting God to bring home those precious children to the families He knows will love them, and am urging Him to remedy this situation quickly and how he sees fit. Please join me in praying for a healing of the Ethiopian adoption system. God is the only one who can fix it, and I know that's just what He'll do.