Thanks for your support of our adoption journey. We would love for you to join us in praying that God would give us wisdom, patience and perseverance as we go through the process to adopt our children! We appreciate the many people walking this adoption journey with us in prayer! ~Jon & Bethany

June 15, 2012

lil guy's i600 approved!!

WOOHOO!! We got our official i600 approval in the mail yesterday for our son!! PRAISE THE LORD!

{For those of you are haven't been thru this part of an international adoption before, the I600 is the US embassy's approval for us to "classify an orphan as an immediate relative"!! Aka they approve of Malachi's adoption! Now we just need exit visas to be able to bring him HOME!!!

Pray that we would get a picture of Malachi & hear great news on baby girl's adoption court this week too! =)

 "Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son & Holy Ghost."


June 8, 2012

Call to Prayer!

If you are a believer, a Christian, saved by God's grace by your faith in Jesus to atone for your sin, then we would love to urge you to pray without ceasing with us for the following requests before our Heavenly Father, who hears the cries of His people:

1) PRAY for baby R and his well-being and protection, as we haven't seen his face in 10 months and long to know that he is okay.

2) PRAY that they would take baby R's picture on Monday and that his passport would be ready on Wednesday!!!! (They've been waiting for his picture for weeks now to complete his passport. We had no idea his passport was this far along until today! Praise the LORD!!)

3) PRAY that God would grant us an appointment with the US Embassy very soon. (They are taking our paperwork over next week if they can get baby R's picture by Monday!)

4) PRAY that we would get our i600 approval before next Thursday so the US Embassy in Kinshasa can begin their final investigation and give us permission to bring our son home!!!

5) PRAY that baby girl would have passed court last week (as we were told in an email from our attorney), that her paperwork would come quickly at the end of the 30 day wait, and that our USCIS officer would be merciful and expedite her embassy paperwork!

Thank you all for laboring in prayer with us for our children and bearing our burdens with us! As we grieve with some dear friends of ours over their second child that has passed away before they could bring them home, will you pray that the Lord would protect them and us from fearfulness or anxiety and that God would uphold all of our children, and protect them from any harm, disease or neglect as they wait for their forever families to rescue them.

"You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy."

Psalm 145: 16-20

We are on a "rescue mission."Please pray that God would be pleased to RESCUE our children and all of the precious orphans in the DRC who are matched with and waiting for their loving families to come rescue them very, very soon!

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Praying like the persistent widow for my children,