We did hear news this evening from our agency, which we are thankful for. Unfortunately, it was not good news. The judge was presented with the new information and she is now expecting MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) to issue a new recommendation of adoption. This would mean MOWA would have to reopen our case, review it, and approve it again. This would be very time consuming and about the worst thing that could happen at this point. Our agency's attorney is suggesting that we take our case to the embassy and ask them to accept the adoption decree as it is. Monday they will contact the embassy and present this request to them. Hopefully it will only take a few days for their decision to be made.
We have no idea if we are going to be able to travel at the end of October, but I will say, it is not looking good. We are truly praying for a miracle at this point. Praying that the embassy will have understanding and compassion on our case, and not require us to start over with MOWA .
It is not an exaggeration at this point to say that if the embassy does require MOWA to issue a new recommendation, it could take several weeks before we would be able to travel, and we would be fortunate for Noah Nigus to come home this year.
This is all very discouraging news, but we still trust that God is in control of this decision, and we are striving to not let Satan create doubt in our hearts and minds, but I will honest, it is a battle right now.
Thankfully tomorrow we have the chance to do something we really love to do- tell others about adoption! We are leading a seminar at our church for families interested in international adoption. Funny timing, huh?
Despite all the heartache, the emotional roller coaster, the frustration and disappointment that the adoption journey can bring with it, we would undoubtedly do it all over again. Why? Because the joy of knowing that you have been given the opportunity to show Christ's love to a child that has sacred value to the Creator of the world just somehow outweighs the other stuff. I can't explain how, but it just does. It isn't always easy, but it is Christ's heart. His heart is with the orphan, this we know. And the miracle of adoption is truly that, a miracle.