I am anxious to share this story with you because I am still in awe as to what God has done – and I am sure will continue to do. I have been amazed with how personal and gracious God is to His children.
Here is the email I sent to family and friends on Friday, November 5:
I just had to share how the Lord has answered our prayers in regards to Levi’s adoption. It has been a really hard wait and through the agony of wondering if it was even going to happen it brought me to my knees more than usual and has caused my faith to increase immeasurably. I feel I was ready for whatever God’s answer would be.
I heard from Lisa (our adoption agency’s India director) this morning who has just recently returned from India. I had worried about not hearing anything from her knowing that she would be in Delhi on Oct. 18 and could have news anytime after that. When I didn’t hear anything I was assuming it would be bad news. We were burdened the entire month of October to pray for her trip and for the outcome of our case. It turns out that she needed our prayers! In addition to having her own personal problems – like her only credit card she took for the trip would not work anywhere except ATMs in banks – she also was having trouble connecting with the Sister in charge of Levi’s orphanage. I have to wonder if the lady was dodging her calls because she didn’t want to give her bad news.
She finally got in touch with them two days before she was supposed to leave Delhi! She told the head nun, Sister Danietta, that she needed an answer – that our family could not wait forever not knowing what would happen with this adoption. She told Lisa that the answer was no, that she did not think our case would be approved and so Lisa should come and pick up our dossier. Lisa said that she was devastated and cried and prayed all night. Lisa has felt in her heart that we are Levi’s last hope for a family. She arrived the next day to pick up our paperwork and she was greeted by a nun, Sister Antea, who had told her on a previous visit that Levi (Sangeet) had a special place in her heart and that she had prayed for a family for him ever since he arrived there. She told Lisa that she had personally called the lawyer with the intent of advocating for our family with him! This is amazing to me on many levels. The lawyer told her that yes, he thought that since the other case had just been decided favorably in the Supreme Court our case would be approved. He also said that the government has appointed a special committee to look at and approve adoption dossiers so that things could get moving along in court as MANY adoptions have been hung up due to judges being reluctant to pass cases for various reasons. The answer is YES! I am in awe of God’s working in this way for us.
We had no idea what kind of battle was being fought in India for Levi and yet as we prayed, the Lord was fighting it for us. This is also an especially appropriate date for us to get this news as today is Grant’s birthday. This is an emotional time for us and I had almost been afraid to ask God to give us an answer this week. I feel incredibly loved by Him that He granted that answer to me today.
The one disappointing thing is that she had no time to be able to go visit him and get photos or video. I can take that disappointment with our other news! She said she would do her best to get someone to do that for us as soon as possible.
I have no idea how quickly or slowly things will move. I am only immensely grateful that I can say that they are MOVING at all! Please pray for a quick approval and that we would be able to gather any documents quickly that they require to be updated as our dossier is a year old. Please also continue to pray for Levi. He does not know about us and he will not be told until we have that formal approval.
I am seriously having to pinch myself to remind myself that this is really happening. I feel like we have been in limbo for so long and now we can move forward with the assumption that Levi will be coming home with us very soon. We want to thank all of you for your love and support, prayers and encouragement. We love you very much!
I am still walking around with a feeling of awe that God has done this for us and for Levi. It isn’t just that He did it, it is HOW He did it. He knows us, He loves us, and He wants good for us!
There is still a long road ahead. At least I can now say that the process has begun! I told a friend that it feels like I have had my bags packed for a year – ready for a trip that I haven’t been able to start. We are now beginning the journey that will eventually bring Levi into our home. He is already deeply in our hearts.
When we get to India, you can bet that we will have a special hug for Sister Antea, a woman who has loved our son and has acted as an advocate for him and refused to give up. I want to thank her for being a faithful instrument in the Father’s hands.