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Archives for May 2009
… on Ukrainian adoptions. On June 2nd, the Ukrainian Parliament, or Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, will gather to determine whether or not a moratorium on the adoption of Ukrainian children by internationals should be instituted.
That’s right – a complete moratorium. So much hearsay swirls around this bill, so I am not going to speculate on the “whys” and “what ifs,” but simply ask you to pray.
If you’d like to read a bit more, here are a few places you can visit:
An interview with Liudmila Semenovna, the head of the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights in Ukraine, in which she highlights the pressure the Adoption Department is currently experiencing.
A commentary from Pretre’s Adoption Blog in which a father who recently adopted two boys from Ukraine gives his perspective on this bill.
And an official explanation on the recommendation for a moratorium here.
We truly understand the desire of the Ukrainian government to regulate adoptions in a way that truly protects the children and we understand that there has been misconduct on the part of a small number of adoptive parents. However, we are hoping and praying for the Verkhovna Rada to have godly wisdom to begin a gradual examination of the adoption process that will allow parents who are currently working toward adoption to continue without interruption AND to bring more stringent regulations that will prevent corruption, allow the Ukrainian government to track the children who are adopted, and ultimately place more children in loving homes – whether Ukrainian, Italian, American, or otherwise.
Would you please join our family in prayer that this bill will be rejected on Tuesday and that every roadblock will be moved out of the way enabling us to travel this summer to bring home Katya?
… whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work …
brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.” Exodus 35:29
We saw an amazing financial outpouring among the 73 people who were gathered this evening in both gifts and pledges. Honestly, we were totally humbled by the level of support we experienced on this evening. Who are we to receive this kind of encouragement?
We saw an outpouring which is indicative of the lavish love that the Father has bestowed upon us that WE might become the sons and daughters of God, that WE might be adopted as His children. This Father, who has adopted us into His family, gets all the glory for this evening. This Father stirred the hearts of His people to give in a way that offers the world a picture of His passion for the fatherless and His care for us as we seek to live out James 1:27.
And yet we are well aware that the abundance offered through this group is indicative of the thousands around the world who have and continue to partner with us financially, in prayer, and in bringing other gifts before the Lord to advance His mission to bring Katya home. We are so thankful!
We are so encouraged by those such as yourself, who are standing alongside us. By reading this blog, forwarding it to family and friends, praying as you read, leaving comments, etc. you are partnering with us. We are so blessed to not be alone in this journey. Thank you SO MUCH!
… Pretty as the crimson sky.” Following Tatiana’s Story, this precious video of our daughter was played on the big screen. Enjoy!
After a morning of “adoption work,” I was sorting through today’s mail and picked up a mailer from Belk. From the middle falls a perfume advertisement, not too unusual. However, this is the perfume:
Look carefully at the cap. Can you read it? If not, let’s get some reading glasses on and see if that helps …
Is that any better? TRUE RELIGION! The name of the perfume is “TRUE RELIGION!”
“True religion before our God and Father is this, to care for the widows and orphans in their distress.” James 1:27
Thank you, Lord, for this fun encouragement today!
For this one, you’re going to want to grab a glass of iced tea, a box of Kleenex, and perhaps even shoo the kiddoes from the room. You’ll hear Marcy Klug share a passionate real-life account of Tatiana, a Ukrainian orphan who is lured into the sex-trade industry. The video is close to a half-hour long, but I encourage you to invest the time and prepare to have your eyes opened and your heart stirred.
On Monday evening, we gathered with 73 friends, old and new, at Brasserie Montiel. The evening far exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing, our table hosts were gracious and fun, but most importantly, the Lord was present. Over the next few days, I’ll post videos from the evening.
Here’s the first!
I have much to share about our James 1:27 Dinner last night. Honestly, I am still quite undone by the whole evening and want to tell you all about it. But, that will have to wait. I simply need to let you know what happened with the court appearance earlier today. But rather than explain, I’ll let Liliya’s email to me this afternoon suffice.
Hello! I have bad news. Today the judge decided that he needs two more documents to make his decision. He asked Tamara to bring for the next court hearing ( 19 of June) two documents, one from the retirement fund and another – from her doctor about her health. Tamara and I are very, very sad and disappointed but he is the judge and I hope he knows better and he does not want to make our life more difficult . He has not explained Tamara why he needs this documents, he has just said to get them.
She will get all the documents during this week and on Monday he has Visitors Day and maybe we can get an appointment just to speak to him and explain everything again.
I know that it is God’s plan and we should continue praying and everything will be fine.
P.S. say hello to your family. I am very, very sad today.
Liliya, I am very sad too. I am trusting in the Lord for His perfect timing, and yet it is hard, very hard.
I am so sad, but I’m also so very thankful for the encouragment we received last night from so many, right here in our town, who want to see Katya come home and committed their time, their talents, and their resources toward this goal. I believe the Lord gave us last night, partly in preparation for this news today. He knew we would need a demonstration of His lavish love as an encouragement.
Now I have no idea about the heart of this judge, but I would like to ask you to join me, in Luke 18 fashion, in praying for him, for Katya, for Tamara, for Liliya, and for us.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. Luke 18:1-8a