Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can You Pray?

I'm writing to ask all of you to please be in prayer for our adoption process over the next 24-48 hours. We received our Travel Approval this past Friday, and when our agency proceeded to apply for a Consulate Appt. (with the US Consulate in Gangzhou) we were told that there are no appointments available until October 14th or later. This is not good news, but not totally unexpected either, given the happenings in the adoption world currently. The director of our agency has asked the travel coordinator to forward all of our file to their China offices An employee there who lives and works in China for Living Hope Adoption Agency, will be taking our case in person to plead for the earliest date possible.

We are asking you to keep this employee in prayer today and tomorrow as this is significant for several reasons. First, it's much harder to turn away one family and one case with an official in person. Second, according to (what I understand about) adoption policies and in-country laws, we have a limited window of time to travel once we've received Travel Approval and too late in October might be pushing the limits. Third, and most importantly, we need our daughter home sooner than later, bonding and attaching to her "forever gang!" Finally, we have been praying all along the summer's journey that we be able to be home in time to introduce our daughter at my grandmother's pre-90th birthday party. The party is October 11th.

We should have an answer by Thursday. Please pray with us over the next couple days. God has moved so mightily on our behalf all along the way so far, and we continue to trust that He will be faithful to work out these details for the good of Aidan and her journey home to us!

Thank you so much.

16 comments:

Salzwedel Family said...

Standing with you in prayer!

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief Tracy, you take years off my life when you start a post "Please Pray!" anymore.... :>) Yes, we will!! ~ Vonda

Doreen said...

I'm sending prayers and I'm crossing every body part too...I'll untangle myself Thursday, after you post good news.

Doreen in Montreal Mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

Becki said...

I am sending all of our prayers your way and hoping for a quick appointment.

Beverly said...

Praying with you!!

julie said...

Praying.

Our Journey to Rachel said...

You are in my prayers as well! Gosh, isn't this journey an emotional rollercoater? I know LHAA will do whatever they can for you. I will be praying for good news!

Blessings,
Sherry Crist

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I will say a prayer right now.

Swishy said...

Of course! I hope it all works out :)

MississippiZen said...

Sending up lots of prayer! God, Please send favor upon that employee!!

Anonymous said...

We will pray as well. I know that LH will work in your favor and you have the best official on Your side! Jesus wants your VERY BEST! He is awesome at working out details in our best interest. Praying that you hear sooner rather than later that you will get an appointment on Sept. 23. Go get that sweet baby!

Kathy

Mervy said...

You know I got your back!

Carol said...

Oh, sorry I've been out of the loop....why so long???

Debbie said...

Wishing you good news!!!!

Elissa said...

Yikes!! We're praying in Texas. The guy in charge of adoptions at the Consulate is a total human (as opposed to the heartless/brainless people that we encountered at several points in the process!)-- we were very impressed with him. Hopefully his staff is great too and they can get you an earlier appointment. There was probably a hundred people in that room when we were sworn in-- surely they can fit in one more family in one of the many appointments they have during the day, especially considering how few adoptions are going through these days...

Amie said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog to visit! I will definitly be praying for a "sweet" CA for you. I am on it!

:)
Amie