After about 4 months of gridlock, we have finally gotten what seems like a breakthrough in getting the process moving again! Our attorney sent his assistant to Goma and we got word today that he arrived yesterday and is working on paperwork himself. He is getting the ball rolling again it seems. In order to prove their legal orphan status for the courts, they must get the P.V. of Abandonment from the Dept. of Social Affairs and go to the courts to obtain a judgement suppletif. We hope both of these things can happen while our attorney's assistant is in Goma this week. Pray for this miracle! He is also training a local lawyer to handle the case in his absence. This could be a very helpful step as it is very difficult for him to work this case from the other side of the country.
As an unexpected surprise, God has been answering our prayers in another way! We have been praying, of course as any parents separated from their hopeful children would, that God would care for them and protect them. I got an email on Monday from another adoptive mother in our program who is also matched with siblings out of the same orphanage in Goma. We were able to talk and she said she was just there at their orphanage in March and that after reading my blog realized that she had met our children! It is an amazing story really of our loving heavenly Father caring for these children and the God-given fighter spirit in this mother who would go to any cost to care for the children she is awaiting. After being contacted and told by another party that the conditions in this orphanage are worse than could be expected and that the children are literally starving to death, she raised a bunch of funds, started a ministry, and jumped on a plane to go over and feed these orphans! Since March, they have been all eating 3 meals a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wept when I learned that while we were praying and trusting that God would care for them, He sent flesh and blood in the form of a mother to go and do just that! The cherry on top is that she has tons of pictures from her time there and we were able to see more pictures of N and A than the single picture we have of each of them. In the picture of A, she is even smiling a big smile!!! That means a lot to me because she looks very sad in the picture we have of her so I am glad to see that she isn't too traumatized to be happy! She looks very hungry but I trust now that she is better fed. If you want to read this amazing story, visit her blog at sweetinterruptions.blogspot.com She has included pictures of food delivery and wrote about what it was like to meet her kids for the first time. You should also check out her minsitry's web-site at mercysmission.org. You can see other pictures there of the orphanage and the children. By God's grace pieces are coming together both in my mind and in the adoption. We are still so far from the finish line and so we hold onto N and A loosely, though we will continue to pray and fight like heck for them.