At this point, I can’t decide if it’s worth sharing the details of what’s going on in Uganda. It seems more beneficial to just share the basic facts. Every day new requirements arise, and the process of meeting those requirements is complicated. Here are some basic issues.
- Cindi was hoping to apply for Judah’s passport on Friday, but the combination of travel delays, a broken government printer, an unopenable email attachment, a misspelled name on a key document (“Cynthis” instead of “Cynthia”), and a passport office that closed fifteen minutes early has her waiting until Monday. She plans on arriving first thing Monday morning to apply for the passport. It’s possible for them to complete the passport in two days; it’s impossible to know if that or anything close to it will actually happen. We will keep praying and Cindi will keep laboring.
- A significant government official asked Cindi what Judah’s original name was. She told him that it was “Charles Musa.” He commented that that was interesting because “Charles” is a Christian name and “Musa” is a Muslim name. He then said that he had turned down a Christian family the week before because their child had a Muslim name. He said that it was wrong to take a child’s religion from him — if his parents were Muslim, he should be raised Muslim. I hope this family wasn’t as far along in the process as we are, but either way it must have been devastating. They are as nameless and faceless to me as they are to you, but perhaps you could stop and pray for them for a moment. We are very grateful that this official didn’t ask Cindi any more questions because he could’ve halted the process with a few words. This is why we respond very cautiously when friends talk to us as though the adoption is a done deal. It’s not. This is not to be pessimistic — it’s just that sometimes people try to offer encouragement by saying that if God brought us this far, He will surely complete the process. But He’s never promised that and it really makes no sense theologically. We hope and pray, more than anyone else, that this adoption goes through and that Judah comes home. But we know that that is not promised to us. What is promised to us is that God is good and that He makes every circumstance work for good for His chosen people who love Him.
- On Friday Judah still didn’t recognize Cindi and ran away from her crying. He’s used to lots of different people coming and going, and he’s only 18 months old, so it’s not surprising that he doesn’t remember her. I was gone for the weekend and only talked to Cindi briefly, so I don’t know if the bonding has gotten better over the past couple days. You can pray that he might recognize Cindi’s love and attention and that he might bond with her, especially with the potential of a long plane ride within a week or two. Since the orphanage is 2-3 hours away from the capitol city, Cindi won’t see him very much as long as she has to go into the city every day to work out the details of the passport application. But God can overcome that lack of time. Please pray that He might.
- Please pray that the passport office accepts our application on Monday and that they might be willing to expedite the process (which we’ve heard is possible). It’s still possible for Cindi to fly home around mid-July with Judah, but things really need to start moving for that to happen. Either way, she’ll be staying there until the process goes through or falls through.
Thanks again for your prayers. The Lord has answered by providing the two things Cindi needed to turn in the passport application as well as giving her favor with the government official who could’ve instantly halted the process on Friday. We praise Him not just because those things are good but because He is good, and because He would’ve been good even if those things had been bad. This is not theological lingo or a cheap ideal embraced by cold, unfeeling believers who have unbreakable hearts. It is at the very core of God’s character, and we count ourselves privileged to know it, to believe it, to enjoy it, and to cling to it. We are not unfeeling. We simply believe in someone greater than our feelings.