Today, we finally heard that our children and the other 5 children being adopted to the US have been granted the next humanitarian flight out of Goma! To back up a few days, a UN representative and Immigration Official last Friday/Saturday came to visit the orphanage, interviewed the orphanage director, and each of our children one by one. He told them when he left that he would be back for them as soon as possible. I heard from Gilbert this afternoon that the children have been asking every minute when they get to fly in the airplane! At this point I don't know that they even understand that this is possibly sparing their lives or that they will be coming to see us, they are just so excited about flying on an airplane!! I love that childlike simplicity. I don't think they have been outside of those orphanage walls for approximately 3 years. They even washed their clothes and have been ready to go for days and are sad as yet another day comes to an end with no one coming to get them.
At about 4:00 this afternoon we learned that the Immigration Official had made it back to Kinshasa (after other humanitarian stops), spoke with our attorney in Congo, and they are now filing the necessary paperwork to get them on the next humanitarian flight. We do not yet know when the next flight will be but our agency will be checking in with them daily.
Please pray that the flight comes before any new fighting erupts. So far M23 has withdrawn from Goma and is waiting just a couple miles outside for negotiations. They have already stated their intentions to "re-take" Goma militarily if negotiations do not occur on their timeline. There have been no signs of negotiations beginning yet. As this is all brand new news, we don't yet know what will happen from here once they are in Kinshasa. We are still praying for a second miracle of humanitarian parole. Otherwise, the children will have to wait in Kinshasa for the remainder of the legal proceedings to take place (we hope) from Kinshasa. But much thanks to our mighty God that they will wait in a safer place. Pray that the flight comes SOON! Pray for their safe flight across country as this will be a little "puddle jumper plane" I am sure! And please pray for all of the children and the entire community left behind in this humanitarian crisis.