Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pray for a Miracle

Please pray for this family!

They have adopted 2 sweet boys from the Ukraine and are in the process of adopting their son's biological sister, Anastasia.

Here's a blurb from their blog about what's happening:
A Ukrainian family has seen Anastasia (this was not legal) and has visited her (also not legal) and has filed for adoption of her (not. legal. according to what we had been PROMISED by our agency.) The director of the orphanage where she lives told this family that she is spoken for, but they did not care, and have gone forward with trying to adopt her. Now, if it's not legal, you might ask, how can they do it? This is Ukraine, where money and influence talk (and they clearly have both, or they wouldn't have gotten this far), not America, where people who take bribes get in trouble. We should have known this could happen, but we were too busy trusting our agency, believing in a flimsy "legal document" that we signed a year ago, and waiting to make our move (at our agency's instruction.) Our agency's initial response was, we're sorry, there's nothing we can do.

The distressing thing in all of this is that we have absolutely no recourse, except through our agency. And while they are sympathetic, and willing to "ask questions," time is passing, and this other family is DOING something -- they are adopting our child! And we are waiting, waiting, waiting, totally unsure of what will happen. If we do nothing, for sure she is gone. If we move heaven and earth (not even sure how we would do that) she might be gone anyway. Unless God intervenes, it looks very very bleak.

And some specific prayer requests:
  • That our letters would reach the family, judge, and director, and be read.

  • That God would even now begin working in hearts to give us favor with those whose decisons impact this situation.

  • That we will trust God to resolve this situation according to His will, while we earnestly pray that He would clear the way for us to adopt Anastasia!

  • That He will protect our hearts from bitterness and doubt.

  • That we will go to Him for comfort, and wait patiently in the days, weeks, even months of uncertainty ahead (this is especially hard, as the outcome will forever change our family. I like to plan ahead, and this will have us living in a state of being "on hold" for potentially a long time.)
Our God is powerful! Please pray for this family as they deal with this ridiculously hard situation.


  1. Found your blog today for the first time, stopped and prayed. I am so sorry that you are walking through this!

  2. Okay so I thought was about your family.Embarrassing! I will go their blog and let them know I am praying LOL

  3. Amanda,
    Thanks for praying. I'm glad that you realized it wasn't us. I always blog late at night and I never know if I make any sense. I'm glad I don't need to rewrite it!

  4. Heartbreaking! Not only for the little girl's American parents, who have been waiting for Anastasia, but for her two brothers! We will definitely be praying that Anastasia comes home soon to her family in the USA!

  5. OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PRAYING RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!! My heart hurts!