Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Andrew Jeremiah Abu (approximately age 6) and Jadon Desalegne (approximately age 2).
Sunday, June 21, 2009
May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. May the nations praise you, O god. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.
Psalm 19:6-8 (MSG)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Furthermore, we pray for patience for the current Tapper family as we wait. Abby woke up yesterday morning and came downstairs for breakfast. All of a sudden, she looked to me with wide eyes and asked, "Did we pass court?" I assured her that we had a few more days to wait. How precious to see her earnest excitement about bringing home her new brothers! We know that this waiting time is growing our faith and molding us into the people God wants us to be. We pray that God's perfect peace will surround us in the coming days. Whatever news we hear on Monday, we pray that our response would glorify our God greatly.
Psalm 68:5-6 (NLT)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
If court is delayed for any reason, it will likely force us to readjust our travel plans again. It will demand re-figuring our new job schedule as well. From our (obviously limited) human perspective, this seems very overwhelming. We truly long for June 22 to be the day when we hear good news about our boys.
Show your strength, God, so no one can miss it. We are out singing the good news!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We ask for prayer that MOWA would not find anything unacceptable in our paperwork. (This was the problem that came up with our first court try. We found out the day before court that MOWA wanted one of our agency's documents to be updated. Unfortunately, that was too late for us. That particular document has been redone and sent to the MOWA office. We believe that all of our paperwork is now okay.)
We also pray that MOWA would write the letter of recommendation in time for our scheduled court appointment. This office has many letters to write, and this work is often done on the very day it is needed. Occasionally, certain interruptions may cause letters to go unwritten. For example, if a MOWA office worker became sick or if there was some malfunction of office equipment, letters may not get written and court may be delayed again. Please pray that nothing would interfere with the writing of our letter of recommendation and that it would arrive in a timely manner before our scheduled court case.
There's no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord, and nothing compares with your works. All the nations you made are on their way, ready to give honor to you, O Lord, ready to put your beauty on display, parading your greatness, and the great things you do--God, you're the one, there's no one but you!
Psalm 86:8-10 (MSG)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Ethiopian orphanages are also often the means through which additional information about birth families or relinquishment situations can be gained. As they continue to be on the front lines of orphan care, please pray for their continuing ministry to precious children and their work to connect these children with forever families. Pray that their limited resources would be multiplied and that special needs would be met as they arise.Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
James 1:27 (NLT)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Let your servants see what you're best at--the ways you rule and bless your children. And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!
Psalm 90:12,16-17 (MSG)
Most importantly, we pray that God will be honored through this adoption process and in our family during this significant time of transition. Please keep checking back each day as I provide more specific details for you to pray over!
I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! and I'll bless your name into eternity!
. . . Everything God does is right -- the trademark of all his works is love. God's there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it. He does what's best for those who fear him -- hears them call out, and saves them. . . . My mouth is filled with God's praise. Let everything living bless him, bless his holy name from now to eternity.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Our older boy is described as a "quick learner." He can now count to ten in English and copies letters and words. He also "shares his toys with his friends." The nannies also noted that during breaks in class, he will go "to D's room to see him." (This protective big brother nature is also evident in many of the pictures we have received from traveling families. In almost all of them, A's hands rest protectively on D's little shoulders!)
Our little guy is described as healthy. He is just beginning to speak, having a vocabulary of about ten words. He is also described as "kind of emotional" in that "he gets angry when other kids touch his toys." He likes to play with toy cars. (When Ethan and Abby heard about his toy-defending outbursts, they both agreed that they would help to teach him one of our family's mottos: In our family, WE SHARE! Let's hope their patience can endure a few hits/bites/screams/general 2-year-old hysteria!)