Ethiopia Makes Changes- update

Not much note-worthy to report from our conference call with our agency today. They've told us as much as they know, but many of the details will continue to be hazy until families actually complete adoptions under the new protocol. At that time, snags will arise -or- the changes will prove to be smoother than expected.

There are so many what-if's about the new process...too many to list here. For the most part, families appear to be accepting the new changes graciously. Although the changes are a financial and logistical hardship for families, adoptive-parents that I have talked with have been able to surface from the heartache to see the value of the changes in-terms of the longevity of inter-country adoption.

Vince and I are not angry about the changes...a little uneasy, but not angry. This is the reality of adoption. It's unpredictable, at best. Families don't pursue adoption because they are seeking predictability--they adopt because they are fighting for the fatherless. But, in that same breath, Scripture teaches us to test everything. So Vince and I are spending the next few days in prayer, seeking God's affirmation. We still have a pending adoption with China, and we fully recognize that God could place us back on that road whenever He so chooses.

That said...
Do we love Ethiopia? YES!
Do we believe we still have a son/daughter in Ethiopia? YES!
Are we fearful to adopt from Ethiopia now? NO!
Are we human beings with finite understanding? YES!
Do we need discerment and wisdom from the Lord at every bump (and smooth place)? YES!!
Look carefully then how you walk,
not as unwise but as wise,
making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:15-17

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