Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Surprised and Rejoicing!

In our last post, we explained that the Ministry of Social Protection in Moldova had placed a condition in regards to Lena which appeared very difficult.  I am thankful to let you know that this roadblock was handled last week thanks to prayers and our very tenacious advocate in Moldova, Albina!  We were told that it would happen but it is hard to have much confidence in the Ministry but it was done!  God is faithful!

Now, I want to share another incredible story.  Lena was moved to a sanatorium several months ago due to having Tb.  This really "rattled" us because in addition to learning she had Tb, we had no idea of the conditions, treatment, etc. of this place.  Last week we were told that the Tb was persistent and her little body could not get rid of it.  Well, I receive a call today from our agency.  Lena tested negative for Tb last Thursday and was moved back to her orphanage which is the same as Hope's orphanage!  We don't have this in writing but were just blown away by the news.  There is really no way to explain this except to give God the glory and know He orchestrated this.  Thank you Lord!  While Hope's orphanage was very underfunded and lacking in even the basics, we were touched by the concern and love of the caregivers, so that is a blessing as well.

We still have lots of hurdles.  For example, since Lena had Tb, we will have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get her to the US and we still have no paperwork.  However, it is very clear that God is at work and people are praying so we have hope that before too long, we will make our first trip and meet our new son and daughter.

Jer. 32:17 Ah, sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you!

In the meantime, we are blessed beyond measure.  Hope began Kindergarten, Beth started 10 grade and our oldest, Dow, moved to Auburn for his Freshman year.

Moving our oldest, Dow, into college at Auburn