Answered Prayer

April 28, 2009

“I pray that He will continue to reveal Himself and His will to you as you trust Him minute by minute” –Sue Lowe

“…for Your wisdom, your clarity and your peace to be with them in all the upcoming days of questions, answers, and decisions.” –Jodi Tucker

“Give them Your infinite peace that passes human understanding…” –Courtney Day

“..That they would be confident in the decisions they have to make, and would not second guess where you’re leading them. Make your voice clear to them, Father.” –Jen Quirk

“For you to hold tightly to God’s hand as He continues to guide you both through this journey.” –Joni Burns

“..help them to process the information and that they are able to make clear and peaceful decisions.” –Ronnie Lowe

“Lord, uphold them, strengthen them, give them peace, give them clear minds, clear answers as they wait in this waiting room to meet their new little one.” –Helen Alphin

“I ask that you speak clearly to them and confirm your plan for their family in their hearts.” –Sarah

“May you allow yourself to be quieted with his love so that His voice will be clearly heard..” –Courtney Rae

“Jesus, please fill Kate and Steve with the KNOWING that one day they will hold their child and be grateful for every delay and every change of direction.” –Brenda Mitchell

“I pray for wisdom and much discernment for both Steve and Kate as they need to make some big decisions, but I also pray for trust if they feel that not much clarity is there.” –Marci Bucciarelli

“I ask that you surround Katie and Steve with encouragement during this time that will help them find the comfort they need in Your love” –Michal Rudolph

“I ask that you would make it clear to them what you want for their lives, I ask for peace of mind after the decisions are made and Father, finally, I ask that your will be done.” –Katie Gamby

“please grant Your peace, wisdom, and calm to steve and kate’s minds and hearts. we praise You for being in control.” –Kirsten Smith

“Please help make the answers more clear at this moment because I too stand in their footsteps of similar confusion and heartache and I know that the sooner you provide some answers, the stronger and more optimistic we can be.” –Katie Phillips

“Give them peace, discernment, and greater trust in You as their loving and good Father. You are the God of every detail, every paper trail and every child’s heartbeat.” –Megan Kunkler

These were just excerpts from the many prayers that were offered up to God on our behalf. These were just the ones written on the blog, not to mention the phone calls, emails, facebook messages, texts, and “in person” prayers I want to first let you know that these prayers HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

Although there has been much struggle and frustration and seeking God on what He wants, asking Him to open and close doors and be our clarity when our vision is blurry, He has responded. He has given us a peace that has passed certainly my understanding. So, thank you so much for your prayers. It is so humbling and encouraging to know that so many people are praying. That even amidst your own personal struggles and pain and life, you have taken the time to bring our prayers to God. So, thank you.

I would like to update you a little on the ups and downs of this past week. We had a conference call with our agency and all of the other families who are registered in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Our agency shared with us a lot of what we had already known from the email they had sent earlier: that adoptions are slowing down, that referrals are taking longer, that paperwork and some of the requirements are getting a bit more complicated. On the other hand, they seemed very encouraged and “regrouped” with all of the new policies and regulations and came across very confident in the life of the Russia program.

After the call, we still felt a lot of mixed emotions. We were encouraged that things seemed like they were moving, but still discouraged that the “moving” is not going to be as quick as we expected. So, we followed up with some more individualized questions the next day with our new case worker. It was great to talk with her. She speaks fluent Russian and she has great connections and relationships with the facilitators in Russia. She was very honest and knowlegable about our case. Here is  some new information that she gave us.

Updates:

  • As many of you know, our agency assigns families to specific regions. Our region was St. Petersburg
  • Our region has been changed from St. Petersburg to a city called Pskov (pronounced piz-kahv)
  • It is about 3 hours south west of St. Petersburg
  • We found out that we were officially registered in Pskov on April 7.
  • The wait time ESTIMATION is 8-10 months from the time of registration.
  • We were encouraged to extend our age limit from 18 months or younger to 24 months or younger. It is not a requirement, just an encouragement.

So, after finding out all of this new information, we were a little discouraged that it looks like we have around a year from now from when the little one comes home, based on our agency’s estimations. And I was completely surprised by the way my heart responded: Peace. Seriously.

I was fully expecting to be upset and confused by this information because I honestly didn’t think I could wait one more day to meet my little one, let alone, potentially another 8-10 months. But, there was peace. There was readiness and excitement for what is to come. What is great is that Steve and I completely agree together. We feel that although this is a set-back, and the wait time is longer than expected, the door to Russia is not closed. We just felt like we couldn’t walk away.

This is our story… and we know that it is not everyone’s who are in the same circumstance as we are, and that you reading this may have chosen a different option or path, but we feel that God has strongly put on our hearts to stay the course. To not let go. To not give up. That is what we can’t wait to tell our little one when we finally meet them. That we waited for them, even when we felt like our hearts couldn’t wait anymore; That in the face of trials and obstacles, we pushed through, with strength not of ourselves; that they are valuable, special and will never be able to say that they weren’t wanted. Ever.

Thank you again for your prayers. They’ve been a real encouragement to us. Please continue to pray for us on our little one as we continue to wait.

Until next Monday, love Kate & Steve.

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8 Responses to “Answered Prayer”

  1. Sarah said

    So glad to read your post today, you have been on my heart and in my prayers all week and will continue to be.
    With adoption there is that whole issue of maybe the child feeling that they were not wanted at birth, but your child will always know how much you waited, longed for, prayed, hoped for them.
    About the whole age thing, we had the age limit of two children under 5 yrs and then increased it to under 6yrs and ended up with two children under 3yrs. God has all of this under control and the test for us is letting him.

  2. kirsten said

    amen! amen! with tears and a grateful heart, i am praising the Lord for granting you what you and many others have asked. “it’s gonna be worth it! it’s gonna be worth it all!”

  3. Helen said

    God is soo Good! I can’t wait to meet this little one!

  4. Monica said

    Remember the station wagons with the back seat facing backwards? My family used to call that seat “the back-back.” But God is driving! Though we can only see where we’ve been, we live in the luxury of knowing that He sees where we are going, where He is taking us. “Lord, for Steve and Kate I pray foe continued perseverence….”

  5. Michal said

    Yeah yeah yeah! I was so excited and encouraged to read you update! Thank you for letting us know. I am so glad you have peace and clarity!

  6. Lindsey Leak said

    “…that they are valuable, special and will never be able to say that they weren’t wanted. Ever.”

    Steve and Kate, this reminds me of the heart of God and it is truly inspiring. He does this for us. He tells us we are valuable, and special and that we are always wanted. Always. Thank you for living out the heart of God.

  7. Cherri said

    Hi,

    I just recently completed an adoption in Russia (home since April 18th). I sent you an email but it is probably sitting in the spam file…that is usually where my emails end up. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you. My husband and I had doubts and stress during the process, but we just turned it over to God…knowing that adopting from Russia is what we were called to do. Like you we had an indescribable peace about the adoption…even with the threats of closing down we were so at peace. God is in control. If you would like more info about our experience please feel free to email me. Best of luck to you on your journey.

  8. joditucker said

    Our God reigns over the universe and in the heart and soul of a couple named Kate and Steve. Even reigns over adoptions and foreign countries and leaders and policy makers, too. Thank you Lord for Your peace!!

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