Alright – so here’s where we are. We received a call around noon today sharing that the judge in Ethiopia will not issue us a court date because the court closures are about to happen for rainy season and because they are still waiting for the MOWCYA letter. Courts are expected to open towards the end of September / early October. Following that call, we received a 2nd phone call saying that they are petitioning the judge to keep courts open just a few more days so our case could be completed. They said it’s a “long-shot”, but we will know for sure tomorrow.
Honestly, we aren’t sure what to feel right now. We were prepared to travel tonight, and believed whole-heartedly that God would work out all of the pieces. We know that the “Christian answer” is to just pray…but we aren’t sure what to pray right now. This is our daughter. A child needs her parents. God has ordained us as her parents, however, right now, we are an ocean away. This journey has already lasted over 3 1/2 years for us and our daughter has been without an individual caregiver for her whole life! We feel helpless, trapped, and frustrated. We love adoption, and we expect many twists and turns. We always attempt to rejoice, even in suffering, as to encourage others who feel called to adoption and orphan care. It’s difficult right now, but we do rejoice in the life of our daughter, and we wait [im]patiently to meet her.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
Our faith is weak right now, but we still have hope. Please pray for God’s perfect plan and peace tonight, and may His will be done tomorrow in Ethiopia. Pray in Jesus’ name. He moves mountains.
Jeremy & Kat Willet