Wow we were moving so fast! From the time we expressed interest into adopting, to turning all of our initial paper work in, it was really going fast! For those of you who have adopted or like us, have had friends who have adopted…you know what is next: the process slowed down….I mean like really slow.
One minute things were going so fast, I had no time to update everyone because updates were coming so fast. Not so much now.
We have completed our home study (kind of). All meetings are done, the report has been written, but we had some paperwork that was sent to the wrong department…so….things got slowed down.
Amazing how perspective changes when the pace slows down. I remember earlier this summer I had the pleasure of joining some amazing doctors and friends from First Baptist Church Dothan AL. on a mission trip to Guatemala. One afternoon I found myself in the back of a pick up truck being driven all over the city in the middle of a thunderstorm. As the weather showed signs of getting more intense, we noticed lightning beginning to flash around us. I got a little concerned, but the doctor that was with us in the back of the truck just smiled and said, “Don’t worry pastor, God has great aim…and He has never missed”. Not only does God not miss…he has never been late. This message would play in my mind for weeks. It was both a great memory, but also a source of encouragement. Part 2 of this lesson was on its way…and landed on the platform of our church yesterday.
Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for our church service, someone knocked on my door. I opened it to find waiting for me was a little boy…both he and his parents are amazing people. This little boy began to share with me that he had recently placed his faith in Jesus to rescue him from his sin. His explanation of the gospel was beautiful…and full of faith. I love hearing from children, but this time was a little different…I was amazed at the comprehension, the faith, the resolve in his little voice. He gave me a hug and shared with me, “I have been praying for baby Frankie…and all of his paper work so you can bring him home.” – I was speechless. Later that evening prior to our Bible study, this little boy made his way to the front of our church and asked if he could share with our church the great news he had shared with me just hours earlier…of course he could!! This little man with much confidence and conviction shared with everyone the work God had started in his life. Hearing this same determination in such a young voice, left me amazed. I let him share as long as he wanted to share and then asked if I could pray for him. He nodded yes, but then asked if he could pray for me first. This six year old boy took the microphone in his hand and began to pray. He praised God for the cross. He praised God for His love. He asked God to open everyone’s heart to believe the gospel. He prayed for a friend of ours, a church member who was on his way home from a two week mission trip to African. He prayed for my son….Frankie. He prayed. Exercising great patience, grace and faith…he prayed. This little boy took this need to God…and was satisfied.
This was one of the most beautiful lessons on prayer I have ever heard. I was not simply entertained by the innocence of a six year old voice. No…this was different…I was praying with him…praising God for my new brother and his intercession for my family.
So following the example set by this amazing little boy, please join me in praying for Frankie.
- We are currently waiting on fingerprint clearances. We had the proper paper work, but the date needed to be updated. We have been waiting for weeks on the date to be updated so please pray with me that this will move quickly.
- We then turn our completed Home Study in with our completed I800A form for the US government.
- When this process is completed, we have to get all of the paper work that has been collected authenticated by the county, the state, the US and prepared for China.
- When we turn in all the paper work to China, then we wait for the Chinese government to give us the green light! or the LOA (Letter of Acceptance).
- When we receive the LOA, we will complete a a few more steps (that will be explained in more detail in the coming weeks)…and then we fly to China.
All this time…there is a little boy waiting. God never misses, He is never late…and our response should always be: Cast all your cares on Him….and while you wait for God to move….praise Him.