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Exciting movement in the Ethiopia Program

Lora Dykstra - 2010-01-06
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Honestly, since September when there were 9 referrals in a week...it has been slow watching the forum for referrals...it seemed like 1-3/month.  People had been waiting 14-15 months for their referrals and it just made our wait seem to be very long.  BUT the past two days have been SO EXCITING.  There have been at least 15 referrals!  So many people on the forum have been blown away because they have only waited 9 months or less.  Yesterday someone with an Aug 2009 DTE (Dossier To Ethiopia) received a referral!  That's only 5 months!!   As some of you know, there were 6 people on the boards with the same DTE as ours (July 1, 2009)...and 4 or us wanting sibs 1-5 years old.  Well, today one of those reported getting a referral...they were open to a single child or sibs and they got a referral for a little 3.5 year old child.  So if we had requested a single child up to 4, that could have been us! 

When ever people ask, I've been saying... "We've waited 6 months and expect it to be at least 6 more"....but now...it could be sooner!  The reason for all this movement is our agency has just partnered with a new orphanage which seems to be large with many different locations.  One wonderful thing is that our agency is very dedicated in making sure the child comes first..."they are finding families for children, not children for families"....which is an important difference!

So on the boards (which only represents 40-50% of those in the program) there is only one sib group in front of our group and 3 in our group.  I'm hoping with this new relationship with a new orphanage, more sib groups will become available!  So we continue to trust in God's perfect timing...but we are more optimistic that it could be 1-2 months before we get the referral (pics & info) instead of 6-8 months.  Please pray for our patience in this exciting time!


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Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lora Dykstra - 2009-11-26
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Dear Heavenly Father,

               We praise your name because you alone are Holy.  You alone are worthy.  You are the Alpha and Omega.  You are the Father of the heavenly lights….all good things are from you. 

               We confess, Lord, that we often fall short of the calling that we have received.  We are sinful people and we ask that you would forgive us.  Help us to be more like you.  Fill us with you love, you joy, your peace.  May we be a light to those around us.

               Thank you, God, for this special day.  Each day is a gift from you.  We are grateful to have this Thanksgiving Day to spend with family.  Our hearts are full when we think of all the good things you’ve blessed us with.  We thank you for the sunny and warm weather we’ve enjoyed this November.  We thank you for the freedoms that we enjoy in our country.  We thank you for all the men and women who have sacrificed so much for those freedoms.  Thank you, Father, for your creation, for your Son and the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made on the cross to save us from our sin. 

               Thank you for the adoption journey you have called us to.  Thank you for all the other families who are also in the process of adopting.  We thank you for those we have been able to start connecting with on the adoption forum.  Thank you for the encouragement and prayers that we can support each other with.   We pray for all those who are waiting for court dates, and travel dates…to be so close to having their precious children home.  We pray especially for those who have paperwork that needs to be corrected in a timely fashion for them to be able to travel.  We pray for all of those who are waiting for a referral.  Lord, it can be so hard to wait.  Help us to make the most of our time.  Help us to learn how to be better parents.  Help us to serve you in our waiting time. 

               Lord, we know that you have a heart for orphans.   Thank you for giving us a tender heart for children…especially orphans.  We thank you for all those who care for these children.  We thank you for those who are involved in foster care and adoption through the foster care system.  We thank you for all those you are involved in orphan care.  We thank you for all those who sponsor children.  We thank you for all those who have dedicated their lives to serve the fatherless.

               We pray for all those in the world affected by AIDS and HIV.  We thank you for modern medicine.  We thank you for medicine that can make living with HIV possible.  We specifically pray for all the children who have lost one or both parents due to AIDS.  We pray that you would comfort them and provide for all their needs.

               Lord, we love you and we want to serve you better.  Thank you for your love!  We pray all of this in your Holy Name, Amen!!


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One Year and Counting!

Chad Dykstra - 2009-11-18
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I’ve been telling Lora she needs to update the blog, and figured that I may as well do it myself.  I’m a big boy, after all. 

Well, it’s been a full year since we began our adoption journey.  And what a year it has been!  With the whirlwind of paperwork and hoops to jump through largely behind us, we can now sit and wait patiently - or sometimes impatiently – for the process to continue!

As we wait, Lora has been connecting with other adoptive moms on the Bethany forums and reading as much as she can about adoption and caring for adopted children.  Me…not so much!  We are taking in some required training from Bethany whenever possible and attending other adoption-related events.  We’re also dreaming of ways we as a local church can work to help orphans both here in Michigan and around the world.  For those at East Saugatuck, stay tuned for more information on that!

As one way of starting to bring a global picture into our household, we’re getting a world map and hanging it on the wall in the house.  We’ll have push-pins for our little location in Michigan, Ethiopia, the locations of our four sponsored World Vision/Compassion children, and also the locations of our friends who are currently on or are entering the mission field.  We’re hopeful this is a great way to make a very big world very personal to our children.

With November being National Adoption Month, it really brings adoption to the forefront of with lots of media time for both TV and radio.  It’s interesting to hear all the press coverage and think about how much it was poking and prodding us in the right direction just one year ago!  We’re praying that this coverage raises awareness and will touch others to do their part to help the cause of the 143+ million orphans in the world today.

For those who haven’t already seen it or heard about it, Lora and I were on Fox17 news last week at a Bethany-sponsored event/concert.   Here’s the linkage:

http://www.fox17online.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=cae6f8a3-925f-4162-8bf9-1b0d35e9bac8&src=front

To leave you, I’d like to share a video that tries to show the magnitude of the number 143 million.  What can you do to help one orphan today?



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July 1, 2009 - The official wait begins!

Lora Dykstra - 2009-07-02
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We are officially "waiting"....wait, I think we have been waiting, but now it's official.  What?

Our papers have officially been sent to Ethiopia as of yesterday!  So our status is officially "waiting for referral!"  WOW!  Now we don't hear anything until we get a  call from Bethany saying "We have a referral for you!"

Wait time is a huge guessing game...likely 6-24 months.  So now we need your prayers as we wait.  Pray for patience for us and for health and provisions for our future children and their caregivers.  Pray for God to prepare the hearts of Abigail and Benjamin to be amazing siblings to these precious children.  Pray for Chad and I to be prepared for the challenges (and joys!) of parenting a multi-cultural family!

So yes, now we wait... but more importantly we pray, we prepare and we wait on the Lord!
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Dossier in route to DC!

Lora Dykstra - 2009-06-16
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We have received word that our papers were sent to Washington DC on June 11th.  The papers  will be "Authenticated" and then sent back to GR, before they head on to Ethiopia!  I am still hopeful that our papers will be in route to Ethiopia by late June:)  We'll post again when we get word of that!
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