Wednesday, October 26, 2011

He Sets the Orphan Free II

Yesterday in the middle of a hurried afternoon I quickly skimmed an email that brought happy tears to my eyes. 
Much of what I read was the beautiful story of how two people met, married,  and built a family and a life together. 
I smiled as I read because there were sweet little cogodincidences and cool random connections within their story that led me to believe that what they were sharing was somehow going to be important.
The day got busy and I didn't get to read the entire email carefully. I planned to go back to it before bed.  Instead, I forgot about it and after getting the kids to bed I didn't get a chance to go look at it again.
Late this morning I got an email from Robin at Children of the Promise saying:
"He has a family!!  Just approved the family today. I think it will be a great fit for him and am eager to get that process started for him. Hopefully our other special needs kiddos have families soon too."
I wrote her back a hyper message and then went to read the email from Tuesday more closely.  
Moses has been matched with the sweet couple pictured above.  They are gathering paperwork to pursue adopting him.  I want to be careful to protect their privacy, but they gave me permission to share this thrilling answer to prayer with you.   They are nervous, excited, and thrilled to be walking a path that they are certain God has laid before them.  
I cut out a few pieces of their email (deleted some details):
We first heard about Moses through a link to your blog my sister-in-law posted to her Facebook two weeks ago.  Since we read this story, we cannot get Moses out of our thoughts.   I initially read the requirements for adoption and said, "Moses must be meant for someone else."  But I serve a God who throughout His redemptive story has done things in ways that, to finite humans, defy explanation (see the Incarnation- "Holy God squeezed into a baby!"--words from a fave Ross King song).  So, Lisa and I can't deny that our hearts are open to whatever God has in store for us and we are open to Moses.  We know that if this is God's plan for us, the Haitian requirements for adoption won't be an obstacle. 
By God's grace we are able to see as German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, "It is not your love that sustains the commitment, but rather your commitment that sustains the love."   
We feel that, out of love for our Father, we need to step out in obedience and inquire about what part we might have in Moses' future. God has blessed us abundantly.  We have been in contact with Robin from COTP and have filled out an application per her direction.  We have been praying continually for Moses.Are you able to tell us anything more about how he is doing? We are more than ready to shower him with the love of Jesus.  Even if that means he never talks, never walks. This love that is burning within us for this sweet child of God is opening our eyes to so many things.
I admit that I feared Moses would languish for a long time without a family. I worried that the Haiti laws and process might scare away the perfect people. Many of you prayed that Moses would find a family. Many of you shared the post about him and spread the word. THANK YOU for that.  This prayer was answered.  God loves. God answers.  We're so grateful to see Him answer so quickly.
Will you pray for Lisa and Nathan and their family by name now? Will you pray about the journey ahead?  Will you ask for a miraculously quick adoption for Moses? They come very close to meeting the requirements and often those requirements are more relaxed for 'special needs' adoptions. We are believing with Lisa and Nathan that Moses is their son.
He Sets the Orphan Free!

Se Bondye ki tout pwoteksyon nou, se li menm ki tout fòs nou. Li toujou pare pou ban nou sekou lè nou anba tray. Nou pa bezwen pè anyen. 
God is our refuge and strength ~ a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.