The last two weeks have been…difficult. Our adoption agency had no words of comfort or hope. They were helpless as we were to the decision of a single judge and just as saddened by the risk the judge was exposing the girls to. They simply said to pray for a miracle.
In this situation, we found ourselves trying to hold onto What (the Gospel) and Who we knew to be true, despite the harsh realities and scary odds. We knew that God shows compassion to the weak and needy and that He is a defender of the fatherless and widow (Deut.10:18). And we knew that He does not promise to keep us immune from trouble; but simply says, “I will be with you in trouble.” We experienced this promise the past two weeks in many ways.
Yesterday we received a call from our agency. The individual who had previously signed a document intending to pursue legal rights to the girls had a change of heart. This person has now signed a full release to all potential legal rights and the adoption can move forward! This is nothing less than a miracle.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed on our behalf and for the girls. I don’t think we will ever know how many people fervently prayed, but we hope that they are blessed to know their cries were heard. How wonderful to know that man may do his worst, but even the king’s heart (or a judge’s or anyone else’s) is in the hand of the Lord (Prov.21:1). We are so thankful that when we were weak, needy and powerless to act that God has showed Himself strong.
We will be leaving on Saturday to head back to Russia for court and will hopefully have official approval on July 10th. This time next week we should be hugging our girls. This simple fact, brings us to our knees. As long as things go well, the girls should be home by mid to late August!
Praise be to Him!
Words cannot express our thanks,
Brett & Amanda