There probably hasn’t been a time in our adoption process where your prayers were more needed than now. Although the Lord turned the heart of the judge to give us a positive ruling two weeks ago, uncertainty has prevailed since then.
I won’t explain in detail for a few different reasons, but I’ll summarize so as not to leave anyone hanging: The embassy has denied the wording on our ruling, our lawyer has been hesitant to follow orphanage instructions and may be replaced soon, the passport branch is demanding two things that they have no legal right to ask for before they process Judah’s passport, and significant child-trafficking issues have recently been exposed leading to a big government conference which has everyone on edge. The potential exists for changes in adoption legislation, changes that would obviously impact adoption processes throughout Uganda.
Right now most of what we know is tentative, and the implications are speculative. Anything else I could say would be imprudent — speculations standing on possibilities. I want to share enough that you can be informed and can know how to pray, but not so much to create a fever pitch of exaggeration. The spectrum of possibilities is broad; we rest in the fact that God knows and controls both ends of that spectrum. Cindi and I will be praying intently over the next few days. As always, we appreciate your partnership and concern.
You might also pray for Cindi as she’s had a hard cough for eight weeks and she either cracked a rib or strained a muscle coughing a few days ago. She’s one of the toughest people I know in dealing with sickness and pain; she simply doesn’t talk about it unless I ask. So when I can tell she’s in pain, I know it must hurt.
These times of small, momentary trials are a blessing in that they provide us with the opportunity to demonstrate that God is our treasure. When happiness coincides with good times, it is often because we treasure good times. But when happiness coincides with hardship, it reveals that there is a greater treasure than good times. May it be so with us, in small trials such as these and in the greater difficulties to come.
“Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”
In all this Job did not sin with his lips. — Job 2:10