Throughout most of December, I had planned on using this picture to share some pretty big news for our family. Our hearts have been captured by an older boy in Ethiopia (referred to hereafter in this post as “Little Man”). We are entering 2014 with the hopes of adopting him and bringing him home to a forever family.
Then, rumors started leaking out of Ethiopia. I didn’t really pay much attention to them because rumors are a dime a dozen when it comes to adopting internationally. This time, the rumors appear to have a little more weight.
In a press conference, House Speaker Abadula Gemeda and the Minister Zenebu Tadesse told journalists that stakeholders should work closely to end foreign adoption (via allAfrica, emphasis mine).
What does this mean? Well, no one is really sure yet. Some are saying it could mean a shutdown within less than two weeks. Others think it won’t be quite so severe, but it will lead to significant delays. Orphans, including Little Man, who have been waiting for a family will have to wait even longer. This hurts my heart.
What does this mean for us? Our social worker has suggested that we wait before moving forward. So, we wait and pray that Little Man will be able to join our family soon.
But this really isn’t about us and our little family. It’s about the bigger adoption picture. If you’re the praying type, I ask that you join us in praying for wisdom for the decision makers. Please pray for the children who have been waiting for families. Please pray for the children who have been matched with families and are waiting to be brought home. Please pray for the
monsters people who have been abusing international adoption for their own personal gain. Pray that they are stopped.
And, of course, I hope you join us in praying for Little Man. Because, as Christy put it, he’s worth it.
Shoot. I hope you join me in praying for these things even if you aren’t the praying type.