As many of you know Shannon and I began the process of adopting a daughter here in Honduras. We were told today that all of our paperwork has been approved and that we are officially on the waiting list to recieve our future daughter. We have been placed #18th on the waiting list. Now what? Now we wait for up to 9 months. The comittee meets once a month and places children in homes. There is no set number that they give for adoption each month- it is just based on their mood that day at the meeting. So while we were expecting our number on the list to be higher, we sill still have no idea how long the wait will be. We do know that because we have requested an older child, our wait will not be as long. And of course we know that God’s timing is perfect- although when your the one waiting, it is hard to remember that!
After living in Central America for about a year and half, Shannon and I have become burdened for the children that live here. We have seen the horrible circumstances that they live in and the lack of future they have. So, after much prayer and thought we have begun the process to adopt a child from here in Honduras. Now that we are Honduran residence the process is slightly easier although in no way simple. After requesting all of the documents we need from various parts of the world, today I received our first official paperwork. Woo-hoo! I still need to collect 15 other documents but at least one down. The whole process will take anywhere from 6 months to 1 ½ years. Please pray for us as we begin this journey. Pray for our family as we begin to adjust to the idea of another child and begin to prepare for them. Pray for the judge that places the child with us (we do not get a choice in which child, this is completely up to the government)- that they would be attuned to whom God wants in our family. Pray for the lawyers, social workers and all involved and that the process will go smoothly. Lastly pray for our future son or daughter- that they would be protected from so many of the harmful things children go through here and that they would be ready to join our family.
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth. Isaiah 43:6