Tuesday will be a day that my family will not forget. I was sitting at the office and checked my email and twitter account when I noted a tweet from Russel Moore (I highly recommend following Him on Twitter). It simply read: “Russian parliament to vote on banning US adoption” My heart stopped. I wish I would not have called Cindy with the “I can not believe what I am reading” tone in my voice. Her heart broke. I should have been with her when she found out.
Within hours we were asking for your intercession and found ourselves hanging on every web page, twitter report, waiting on email, facebook updates….anything….we simply wanted to hear. We still want to hear. Our adoption agency has sent out one email. Basically they said, we will let you know when we hear something. But as much as we wanted (and still want to) hear more from them…there is simply nothing to share at this time… We are just waiting.
Many have asked us, “Why did Russia do this?” Below is an excerpt from an article written by Simon Shuster with Time Magazine”
As a result, the Lower House of the Russian Government voted (Twice) to ban US adoption from Russia. Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the Duma’s foreign-affairs committee said “These parents adopt children to get extra welfare benefits, to get money, or they just began to hate this child. It doesn’t matter. There needs to be justice. It is a nationwide consensus. That is why we initiated this.”
There have been other comments…some hurt too much and cause too much anger for me to re-post. There have been some from fellow Americans who simply say…”We are glad this is happening, because we should focus on adopting American children, stating we (adoptive parents) should be ashamed for ignoring the problem (children needing a home) here at home.” This has been a very intense season of Spiritual battles for our family and hundreds like us.
We read one report, that stated: Putin said yesterday that the ban on adoptions couldn’t take effect immediately because a treaty between Russia and the U.S. regulating the process requires a year’s notice to withdraw. We began to hope. But we were told today that courts could “unofficially” impose this immediately by simply canceling court dates. We heard of this being the case today with one family in Russia awaiting a court date, but it was canceled and now this family is awaiting direction.
So what now? We wait. For now it appears that hope is the hands of Russia’s president. As for me and my home…no president holds our hope in his hands. We wait on Jesus. We hope in the Lamb of God.
This is not an attack on adoption alone. This is much bigger. It is bigger than my family. It is bigger than parents… this is bigger than children in need. This is an attack on the gospel. It is an attack on the Glory of Christ and movement behind this effort is much bigger than any government. We are in the middle of a historic spiritual battle…please pray.
We pray. We hope. We wait on Jesus. As more is made available to us…we will pass it on. Our family has moments when everything thing feels overwhelming…then there are moments of complete peace. Our faith is not based on mood or peace. We trust Jesus. We are desperate for Him…if our son comes home, it will be because our God moved men….governments. The comforting news is, our God is able.
Pray for our Son.