Archive for April, 2011

So after nearly a year…we got an e-mail from our caseworker!  Woo Hoo!  As I have mentioned before this will be the first time South Africa has ever adopted their children internationally before.  That being said, all of the agencies in South Africa must be accredited before any other country can adopt from there.  I am not sure exactly how it looks on their end, but it is my understanding that there is a large stack of applications and paperwork from all of the agencies there waiting to be accredited.  We have been told to expect delays.  Delays are not much of an issue for us right now as Drew has just started a new job and taking off for 4-6 weeks for travel would be doable, but difficult.  Our trust is in the Lord and that he knows exactly when the best time is.

We did, however, get a more encouraging e-mail today.  I am not sure I fully understand it, but the news is as follows.  An affiliate from our agency (Wandisa is our agency) just spent 4 hours in a meeting with a Dr. Mabe (not sure exactly who this is, but he seems pretty vital) last week.  She stated that the meeting was “pleasant” and that they went through Wandisa’s fee schedules and made “positive progress.”  She reported that “once we have finalized these issues, he will approve the social and administrative aspects that the Act and Regulations deal with.”  Also, Dr. Mabe apparently invited Wandisa to dialogue with him at any stage and join hands with him in regards to the way forward.  Finally she quoted Dr. Mabe saying, “he will shortly approve the Fee Schedules, allowing us to immediately move ahead.”  All this sounds very exciting to us after such a dormant year.  We are expecting to receive another update soon and the adoptive families have been invited to call for a one-on-one chat if they have any questions.  Drew is planning on participating.  I look forward to a much more active blog as it seems this process is finally underway!

Celebrate with us as we thank the Lord in prayer for the update, and continue to pray with us for the child(ren) who will be placed with us.  Our latest prayer is that God’s glory would shine through this child/these children and be revealed to everyone who comes in contact with him/them.  We ask that even now our sovereign Lord is drawing them and preparing a way for them to come home to us.  More specifically I pray Isaiah 53:12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the Lord will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.



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