I was not blessed with patience as a virtue, so I'm thanking the good Lord that he is giving me the opportunity to learn patience through the adoption process.Many people ask us how our trip was, or how things are going,and I have to say that it is a difficult question to answer right now.
As for the trip, with the exception of the return trip and our court appearance, it couldn't have gone any better. Combining serving, friendships, and meeting Zion for the first time made for a dream come true for us (especially me). It was a great experience for me to watch the people of Ethiopia capture my wife's heart and to see God work in her. As nice as it is to share wonderful time together sitting on a beach or other vacation spot, I have come to believe that it is as good, if not better for a relationship, to be able to serve together and share God's love to those less fortunate.
We obviously are dreaming of our little Zion who remains in Ethiopia for the foreseeable future. He is a sweet and wonderful little spirit and I can't wait to get him home. As hard as it was to leave him, we are comforted by the fact that he is getting great care and in a very nice care center.
As for the court issue, we are still in limbo. We happened to be one of the first 2 couples (we appeared together) to be caught up in a new Ethiopian guideline regarding adoptions involving children from the sounthern region. Apparently they now need a letter from the southern region government, verifying the status of a care point which Zion spent a short time in.
Initially, our attorney in Ethiopia stated that it would set us back 1 week, so not to be alarmed. The magic question is whether that is American time or African time. In African time, that week could go on for a long time. Currently we are at 2+ weeks with no word and Holt is not able to predict when the letter will get taken care of.
It is frustrating, but we are trying hard to keep in mind that things don't happen on our time. He will decide when it is time for Zion to come home. Please join us in praying for a quick resolution to this bump in the road.