Friday, December 28, 2007

An Audience with the Director

Our facilitator had the meeting on Monday and it led him to ask us to prepare a letter regarding our second referral. Here's the letter we just faxed to our facilitator in Ukraine:

We, David Lee Holland and Gina De Ann Holland, petition the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights of Ukraine to grant us a second appointment when a child or children who match our specific request are available. We are requesting, specifically:

• Girl with minor, correctible medical needs
• Age 14-36 months

We respectfully ask that you do not invite us for a second appointment until a child matching this request is available. We already traveled to Kiev for our first appointment at the State Department for Adoption on December 5th, 2007, during which we were shown only unhealthy children that did not match our request. We incurred multiple thousands of dollars in cost, spent much time and energy preparing for and being away from our employment, and expended much effort to prepare our child to be out of school to travel with us during our first visit. We do not want to incur further cost and effort for a second referral if we will not be able to adopt a child that matches our request.

Thank you for considering this request as you schedule our second appointment.

Our facilitator will be requesting a meeting with the director of the State Department of Adoption to explain our situation and hand this letter off to him/her.

Here's a verse that captures the heart of what we're praying for in regards to this second appointment: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21.

Would you please join us in praying that everything goes even better than we could ask or imagine during the meeting, for our second referral, and for our second trip to finally go meet her and finish up the process to complete the adoption so in the end it's obvious that God did an amazing work and we all look to Him and give Him glory?

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cwarrick said...

Thanks for keeping us updated ... we continue to pray for you guys ...that God will give you peace in the midst of this waiting game that you are in, and that He will lead you to the little girl that He has for you. (Our daughter and son-in-law are also waiting for a child ... hopefully 2008 will be the year for them. They are finishing up the forms to start foster care ... appreciate your prayers for them, as well).
Sending prayers your way ...

Frank S said...

Gina, Dave, & Davie,

We're following your story from here in California. We pray that your next trip will go smoother. Personally, I'm not sure I would have as much strength as you all have, but I always remember that God will never give us more than we can handle. Take care for now.

Frank Squillace

Valerie Calderon said...

Hello, Friends,

Thank you for the update. Keep them coming. We are praying we all get to meet your daughter soon.

Praying for you.

Kathy & Matt said...

Praying for you all -
here's one of my favorit verses...
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord.
- Jeremiah 29:11-14

We know how hard this waiting is and we're praying for God to bless you with the little girl you're hoping for!

Heartland Church said...

I have nothing profound to say. Just wanted to make sure you knew I was reading it. Love you guys.

Heartland Church said...

OOH I forgot my account is under HCC becasue of the podcast, but its Matt.

Lorrie Williams said...

Hey friends,

We are with you and for you! Stay strong...God is at work on your behalf.

mihuckab said...

We've been so encouraged by this incredible journey of faith and persistence for your family. It speaks to us of God's all-amazing love, patience and perseverence for each of us. We stand in prayer with you. The Huckabee's

Stephanie and Nathan Huisman said...

We are praying and following along. Nice letter, let's hope they catch the DRIFT! :)

MamaPoRuski said...

Faithfully checking your blog, but not always commenting as there are never the right words to say sometimes. You are in our prayers.

Jason, Erica, and Ashton Reed said...

I love the letter - it sounds a lot like ours. They are going to think we copied each other at the SDA - at least if that thought runs through their mind then we'll know they even READ the letters! We are certainly praying right along with you for Yuri's meeting tomorrow.

Erica Reed

The Weber's said...

Just wanted to let you know you are in our prayers.
Please let Davie know Madison is thinking of her. She is very excited that Davie has a chance to become a big sister:)

beth said...

Hi. I enjoyed seeing your luxury digs. I'm sure it was hard to leave the good life of Kiev.
I am sorry to read that you didn't get to bring back your daughter. It is hard when God's timing isn't what we think it should be.
Have you visited the orphanage?
If so, what is it like?
Keep the faith!