Update and next steps

Thank you for your concern and prayers as we walk down this path. The adoption journey is an express lane of emotions. Full of quick turns, long straight aways, but perhaps the hardest part is you can't see what lies ahead of you to properly prepare.

 Adoption update
We have had numerous updates over the last few weeks. Things appear to be returning to normal. However, we have no idea where we are in the process on the African side. We hope to have Emmanuel home by Christmas, but realistically, it could be another six months to twelve months. We have had his room ready, clothes in closet and books on his shelves (thanks Amy) for months. The truth of the matter is HE IS in complete control and I am not. The more I study scripture and it’s affect on my life, the more I feel prayer is our communication to God and the word is his communication to us.

Growing up Jesus was a carpenter by trade which is such a beautiful picture of his character. When a carpenter sees a raw piece of wood he doesn't stare at the ugliness he envisions how beautiful the end product will be. In fact, a carpenter doesn’t use just any kind of wood. He is looking for just the right piece of wood to mold and shape. The greatest carpenter has created a perfect gift and we call him our son. His name is Emmanuel.

What’s Next
Over the next couple of weeks we will share ways you can join us in caring for the orphans and widows in Birmingham. We are excited by the opportunity God has provided us.

Why are we raising funds to cover travel expenses?
We have to make two trips to Africa.  One trip to start the court process and meet our son for the first time which will require a 10 day stay.  The second trip is to complete the court process and bring our son home.  As you know, the adoption process is expensive.  We will be selling t-shirts soon which will also help the cause.  Yeah...pride is always an issue thanks for understanding!

Prayer requests:
Emmanuel’s mother whose sacrifice is changing lives around the world.
Emmanuel - pray he will be a bright light and bring glory to his name.
Patience as we learn God’s timeline is not ours.
Travel funds- we will have to make two trips to Africa prior to bringing Emmanuel home.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
James 1:27

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