Good News & Not As Good News

November 10, 2008

Well, as many of you know, I spent this past week in Italy. Italy is an absolutely beautiful country with great people. I, along with 3 other pastor’s wives from the Chapel went to lead a women’s conference. I led the worship and shared my story of infertility. It was an amazing time and it was unbelievable how God connected our hearts to these women. Sharing my story was difficult, but it was so beautiful to see how God was able to use the pain and hope of my story to connect to the hearts of women across the ocean.

While I was gone, we found out a few things about the adoption. The first is the “not as good news”: we received word that we will not be receiving any finances from one of the three grant organizations we applied to. They said they received over 100 applications for the month of November and they only accept 6 of them. Their contributions are based primarily on financial need. We were disappointed, but we also know that we did all that we could and it was out of our hands.

We also found out that our dossier (paperwork) made it to Russia and is now in the process of being translated and registered. And even though there may be some updates to our paperwork, it will not affect our registration time. So, we are grateful for that and are hoping that by the end of the week or beginning of next week we will be officially “registered” in St. Petersburg! Good news!

But, that brings me to my next “not as good news”. And then I’ll end this post with another “good news” ☺ We also found out this morning that the new wait time for St. Petersburg is an average of 6 months, possibly longer. This means that from when we are officially registered (hopefully in the next week), the 6 month wait (or longer) begins. Russia is moving towards a “foster care” system and away from the “orphanage care” system. And because of that, there will be far less young children available for international adoption. We are excited for the change and hope that it will be beneficial for all of these babies in Russia to have more individualized care in a foster-type system. But, at the same time, it is a little sad for us because that means it will take longer than expected. But, we are still convinced that God is in control, that He has our baby set aside for us and we patiently wait for His plan to unfold before us.

OK. Let’s end on some good news! We have received an outpouring of love and support in regards to the fundraiser dinner we have coming up in a few weeks on November 21st. I am so excited about it and so grateful for all of the hard work that has been put into this event so far. I think it is going to be an amazing, encouraging time for everyone involved! I’d love for you to be able to come and invite all of those that you know – even if we don’t know them. This is going to be our biggest fundraiser by far and probably our last big “financial push.” Here is the flyer that we are handing out to people.

Please feel free to spread the word. The important thing to know is that all tickets must be pre-sold (a rule from the Pavilion). So, the best place to get tickets is to contact Sue Lindsey. SueLindsey@neo.rr.com or you can call her: 330-670-8072. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, helping out with the night, or if you can’t attend, but would like to buy a ticket anyway, Sue is the person to contact. Additional Info will be posted in the link above called “Nov 21”.born-in-our-hearts2

We are absolutely grateful for the friends that God has given to us. We were never prepared for the outpouring of love and support that we have received so far in this journey towards adoption. Through the pains and frustrations of the waiting process, God has made His love clear to us through His peace that He has given us and through the love of His people in our lives. Thanks for sticking with us through the long haul. Please know that we could have never done this without your support, love, prayers, and encouragement!

Updates:

  • Our paperwork is officially in Russia! Now we wait for translation and registration.
  • We have heard that we did not receive money from one grant organization. And we continue to wait for the other 2.
  • We continue to receive financial support from people all over the country and we are so grateful!

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that God would give us His peace and patience as we wait and trust in His timing
  • Pray for “Born in Our Hearts” on November 21st – that the event would be encouraging and inspiring
  • November is Adoption Awareness month – take time to thank God for the birth mothers that chose life and for those that have adopted from all over the world
  • Pray for our little St. Pete that he would be loved and touched and held during these next cold months.

We will update again next Monday. Love, Kate & Steve

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