OK friends, this is serious business.
This little girl is an orphan living in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
There is a family who desperately wants to adopt her.
This family are good friends of ours. They love the Dominican Republic and its people.
They have served there through missions trips.
I can't think of one good reason this little girl should not be with this family.
If you know anything about international adoption you know it is a long, frustrating process. There are laws both from the US and the adopting country that must be followed. There are Hague laws and procedures, mountains of paperwork, followed by years of waiting.
It is not for everyone.
But for those who are called by God there is no saying no. Even when it is hard, and heartbreaking. My friends have been told after more than a year of waiting that there is little chance of getting matched with this girl. Why? There are laws about adopting pre- identified children. Not to mention that this sweet girl had no chance of getting a family because no one bothered to do her paperwork. Thanks to my friend's persistence she is now getting paper ready. Yes, my friend who worked hard to see that this girl gets her paperwork ready might just have to watch her go to another family.
Sacrifice is part of serving God.
However, our hope is not in paperwork, laws, rules and procedures.
We hope in the God of miracles.
The one who is able to match this girl and this family forever in adoption.
That is what I am asking you to pray for.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.