Hello from India!

June 23, 2008

I had a free moment and a fading internet connection so I wanted very quickly send an update. Kate and I are having an amazing time in India. It is the hardest of the 3 trips I have taken here but so far it is the most rewarding.

We celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday. Our celebration was riding in an auto-rickshaw together, weaving in and out of the craziest traffic I’ve ever been in. Sound fun huh?

Today we are off to a village that sits in extreme poverty – then we hop on an overnight train to a new city. We will be in this city for the remainder of our trip until we fly home on July 1.

For anyone interested in keeping up with our high school blog of the India trip, just click HERE.

Thanks! Sincerely, Steve

No, not to Russia 🙂 But, to India. Steve and I, along with 15 high school students and another adult leader, our friend Laurelyn, are leaving on Tuesday afternoon for a 2 week missions trip to India. This will be my second trip over there. Last year, Steve and I had the opportunity to serve there, and I have to say it was a life changing experience.

One of the most moving moments of that trip was having the opportunity to actually meet the little boy that we sponsor. His name is Vivek. Steve and I never thought that we would actually get to meet him, but as a result of some last second changes in plans, we were re-routed to end up right in his village. Since we were working in the schools, we knew the chances were good that we would see him. The only thing we had to go on was a small picture of Vivek, but when we arrived, we recognized him immediately. We got to take a picture with him and sit in with him during his classes. I believe that even then, God was stirring in our hearts a passion for adoption.

I’m excited to go over there now, especially with adoption on my mind. I think it will be a good reminder that children are children, no matter where you go. Whether it be here in the US, India or even Russia, all children need to be shown love. I think going to India this year, I will be thinking more about the children…about their story, about their family, if they have parents that love them. I’m sure I’ll want to take them all home with me. 🙂

For those of you who know me, you know how much I love airplanes (note: sarcasm :)) To think that this could potentially be the first of 3 overseas flights in the next year is a little overwhelming. God definitely has a way of allowing us to face our fears, doesn’t He?

We will be hoping to check and update our blog next Monday even though we will be in India. In addition to this, our India trip will have it’s own blog with pictures and daily updates. You can check that out if you’re interested by clicking HERE

Some updates on our adoption:

  • We received our first donations (one to our agency fee and one to our personal fees). We are SO excited about that!!

Prayer Requests:

  • That God would give us peace and patience as we wait for His timing of financial provision
  • For our baby’s birthmother – that she would make wise decisions and love the child in her womb.
  • Praising God for giving us supportive friends and family who love and encourage us through this whole process

Until next time, Kate & Steve.

The Waiting Game

June 9, 2008

Our new friends, Kevin and Karen, who adopted 2 precious kids from Russia, told us “when it comes to international adoption, the name of the game is: hurry up and wait.” We are only in the beginning and I could not agree more. For the last month, we have been filling out paper work, going to classes, having inspections and interviews….and now we wait. We wait for the next stage of the process, which is dependent on many things.

I love the song by Chris Tomlin, “Everlasting God”. It comes from Isaiah 40. One of the lines from the song has been stuck in my head all week: “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord”. We’re praying for strength in this waiting time. There are many things out of our control. Things like raising money and processing paper work. And these are the things that bring us to our knees, as we continue to be reminded that this is God’s story for us and not something that we can write ourselves.

Updates:

  • Our final interview time with Tracy, the social worker, went so great. We talked about what kind of parents we want to be, how our childhoods have affected our desired parenthood, and why we desire to adopt. We felt a strong connection with her. She was very encouraging. Thanks for your prayers! Now we wait for her to “write up” our story. This write up will go to the orphanage in Russia. Once we turn in our final payment, we will complete the home study process.
  • Before we can move any further with CWA, we have to raise the service fees and so we are continuing to pray for strength as we wait. Once we get over that financial hurdle, we will have the green light to apply for special adoption grants & scholarships.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for continued strength during this waiting time.
  • Pray for our baby – and his/her biological mom
  • Pray that God would provide money in His time, not ours

Until next week – Steve & Kate 🙂

He Knows Us

June 2, 2008

“Psalm 139:1-5 — O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; …You search out my path and my lying down and are aquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it altogether. YOU HEM ME IN, BEHIND AND BEFORE…”

These are the words that have been flowing through my mind and heart this past week. Mostly because Steve and I have been so overwhelmed with the encouraging words we have received from friends and family as we have been announcing our adoption. Words as simple as congratulations, or just hugs have encouraged us greatly.

People have been congratulating us through email, phone calls, messaging us on facebook and through this blog. It is as if God has given perfect scripts to people to share with us at just the perfect time. Oftentimes when our own insecurities and fears begin to surface, we are met with words from someone like “we are so excited to meet YOUR baby” or “we are praying…and I have my Bible study praying.”

We told the high school students last night in a big group setting and they literally began to cheer. It still brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. We are overwhelmed with love…and I believe that God knows us so well, that He knows just the words we need to hear and they are oftentimes are communicated through you. So, thank you…you are being used by Him whether you know it or not!!

Here are some updates:

  • we passed the fire inspection! yay!
  • we met with our adoption assessor last Wednesday. It was a 3 hour conversation about everything you could possibly imagine. It was intense, but really good. We really enjoyed the lady assigned to us. She is coming back tomorrow (Tuesday evening at 6:30) to interview us again 🙂 This time about parenting and she is going to give our house a safety audit.

Some ways you can pray this week:

  • It is crazy to think that it is possible that our baby is either in the womb of a wonderful woman right now, or perhaps already born. We are praying for protection over our little baby – especially while he/she is in the womb….that the mother would make good health decisions, that she would somehow feel peace that our (hers/ours) we be ok – loved, protected. That has been our prayer this week.
  • And as always, prayer that God will provide financially through people. We believe He can do it!

Until next week! Steve and Kate 🙂