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Speak Now | Mar 9, 2011

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Yesterday, I had hoped to be posting new waiting list numbers shortly, then the reality of the pending Ethiopian MOWA (Ministry of Women’s, Children’s, and Youth Affairs) policy set it.  Now I’m hoping that by the end of the week adopting from Ethiopia is still a realistic option at all.  Basically there is a plan to significantly reduce the number of intercountry adoptions in Ethiopia by up to 90%.  So what does that look like?  Right now they currently approve about 50 adoptions a day and that number would be reduced to 5.  Children in orphanages, deemed adoptable, will experience a potential 7 year lag before being placed with their families.  Can you imagine, 7 years in an orphanage?!  waiting. Waiting. WAITING for their family.  Think of the ache in their hearts, the feeling of hopelessness and despair.

I can’t yet wrap my head around this, feel a little numb in fact.  I know asking why serves no purpose; but honestly I catch myself doing so.  But am reminded that God see’s as we do not, that His perspective is not our perspective.  So although this seems like chaos to me, His ultimate plan will remain and in that I will rest.  I’m also reminded in Scripture of the strength that can rise from valleys faced in this journey.  James declares:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything “(James 1:2-4)

Persevere with a steadfast heart.  That is my prayer.  This is just the beginning of many trials along this winding road, and “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” as Mark likes to remind me 🙂  So heavy hearted I jog on.

There is a petition that I have already bombarded most of you with (who read this) and our agency is continuing to encourage us to get it out there.  It is directed to the Prime Minster of Ethiopia and respectfully urges the Ministry to reconsider the change in policy.  May we shout and surge forward, advocating on behalf of those with no voice.  The battle is not theirs to fight.  It’s ours.  As brothers and sister in Christ Jesus, it is our responsibility to plead their case (Isaiah 1:17).  If you haven’t already done so would you sign it?  Will you fight along side us, saying you’re not ok with this?

Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children

And most importantly will you pray for these children?  That their futures will not be supressed, but made bright by the love of our Savior?

Many, many thanks-


  1. Cathy Bolin says:

    March 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Dearest Rachel and Mark,
    Steve and I will be praying concerning the changes to adoptions from Ethopia. I know you hearts must be heavy, but I also know where your strenght comes from. We will be praying diligently for you and your child or children. We love you and will pass this along to everyone.


  2. LanoraWinderweedle says:

    March 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Dearest Rachel and Mark, Your Grandpa and I were so sorry to hear about all the changes that are being made in the adoption proceedings in Ethopia.Sometimesit is just hard to understand why things happen as they do. butwe know that God is still in control and we trust Him even when it is more than we C… Lan grasp. We will sure be praying with you and Mark for God’s will to be done. And we will pray for the orphan;s also LOVE,GRANDMA AND GRANDPA