For the past month we've been thinking we were nearly finished with our paperwork, but we ran into snag after snag that prolonged the process. We got our last document notarized and apostilled last Tuesday.
Finished. Finally. Phew!
We overnighted our complete documents (a.k.a. dossier) to our family coordinator, expecting her to take a few days to examine them and call for any corrections from us. However, on Wednesday afternoon, we got an email stating: I am happy to report that I received your dossier today...it looks perfect. I will now send it on to Yuri in Ukraine for translation and submission. She Fed-Exed our documents to Ukraine that evening. Woo hoo!
We expect it to take about a month for our dossier to be translated and submitted. We think we'll be going to Ukraine around October, but that's just a guess. We're just so glad to have all the documents out of our safe!
As we wait to travel, we're also waiting to see how God is going to provide for this adoption financially. We've paid roughly $4000 of the estimated $27,000 and are waiting to hear back regarding some adoption grants we've applied for. We're so grateful that God is raising up people to build assistance programs so that more orphans can be rescued. Click our links to Shaohannah's Hope and Hadassah's Hope to check out a couple.
We have sent out letters of request to help with this adoption. Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed. For many people, it may seem strange that we're asking for financial help with this adoption. This might seem like a plea to help us build our family, but this is not at all about that.
We believe that adoption is on God’s heart. The Bible describes God as the Father to the fatherless, explains that He delights in setting the lonely in families, and has much to say about caring for orphans. We chose to adopt from Ukraine because of the lack of Christian influence in that country. Not only do we have the opportunity to provide a child with a loving family, but we also get the privilege of helping her understand God’s plans and purposes for her life.
If anyone is interested in partnering with us financially in this mission, please contact us. We can let you know about different tax-deductible options. The plight of the approximately 100 million orphans is larger than any of us can handle on our own, and we hope that many will play a part in helping save this life and others.