We've been gone this week on a family mission trip to Wayside Mission in Louisville, Kentucky. What an amazing trip...this week we learned that orphans are not necessarily only young. They can also be men and women who, for reasons far to many to write, are separated from their families and any network of support, and find themselves alone and homeless. If you ever get a chance to support Wayside monetarily or with your time, don't hesitate to do that. They are working tirelessly to make those who are oftentimes overlooked feel loved, protected, and cared for. They are Jesus' hands and feet to those in dire situations.
In between times of working at the mission, my husband and I learned from our adoption agency that our paperwork has indeed arrived in Ethiopia and they are in the process of looking it all over to make sure everything is there so that they can schedule a court date for us!! This, like everything else, came much sooner than we had anticipated and we are praising the Lord! Please continue to pray for the Ethiopian government and the adoption network working in this country. There are changes being implemented and they need Godly wisdom and discernment. Please pray that those making decisions will remember that behind every statistic, every stack of paperwork, lies a child waiting to be adopted. Please ask the Lord to stir up His compassion inside of their hearts for these precious ones, their birth families, and their adopted families.
Now onto more mundane things :) As you know we are fundraising with Ordinary Hero. If you haven't checked out their store, please do! I just got my shirt in the mail and I L-O-V-E it. If you're not interested in shirts, bags, or onesies, you can also choose to buy something for an orphan in Ethiopia. However, those of you who have been kind enough to buy something on our behalf have to choose our name from the drop-down list (called "Affiliate List") when you check out. We've not yet received any credit for the shirts already bought for us because of this, but seriously and in complete honesty: It's no big deal. God knew that someone else needed that commission more than us at this time and we're so happy to know it's helped someone else bring their sweet child home! If you have any questions about this, don't hesitate to leave a comment and I'll try to answer them! Enjoy this gorgeous (cold??) Indiana day!