I wanted to let you all know the latest news so that you can pray with us. Some of you have already heard that we were made aware that our adoption paperwork has been in limbo for about a month and a half. I was suspicious that something was going on when I heard that our immigration approval (Article 5) was delayed because the orphanage did not deliver a passport photo of Levi to the U.S. Embassy. I talked to someone on Friday from our adoption agency, but did not have specifics until a phone call Tuesday.
It appears that the orphanage is having second thoughts about our family adopting Levi. Culturally, they take issue with large families and the fact that we have three children already is worrying to them. Beyond that, there is the judge. The judge can throw out any case he wants to. And, it seems that this judge had a recent case for an adoption with a family who has three children in their home and this judge did throw out. The lawyer has taken the case to the high court and expects that it will eventually pass, but they want to wait until that has happened before they push our case through assuming that the same thing would happen with ours.
So, what you can do is pray that the sisters at the orphanage (Missionaries of Charity) in New Delhi will be moved to approve of our family and that they would do what they need to in cooperation with our adoption. They had previously given us verbal approval, but seem to be having second thoughts. I asked if we should not be optimistic about our chances, and I was assured that at this time we should remain hopeful of the adoption going through and that she would let me know if there was any evidence to the contrary.
Please also pray for God’s timing. We aren’t happy with the very unsure timeline we were given of around six months until we would be traveling to India to bring Levi home. However, we are desiring to trust the Lord and that He knows what is best for Levi and for us.
We would appreciate your prayers for these specifics – moving in the hearts of those who need to act – and also for our holding fast in trust that God is in control and will bring to pass what is best.
Thank you so much for your care, concern, and prayers for our family.