This past weekend Nancy and I started to prepare ourselves to go the embassy on Monday. We knew that Monday would be a day of celebration or disappointment. We prayer walked by the embassy several times over the weekend. We even bought what we hoped would be celebration Snickers candy bars. I spent Sunday as a day of fasting and praying. I found a peace. During the weekend I found myself at peace with being here in Africa. I had hoped that the peace and comfort I felt meant we were going to get the girls visas to come home. However, I now know that God was giving this to me for a different reason. He was giving me peace and joy to be able to handle the news that was to come. He is not done with me yet in Africa. I was naturally disappointed at the thought of spending the holidays away from Chad and the kids. But I know that I am doing what the Lord has called me to do. Throughout this crazy process I have never doubted that we are doing what God has called us to do. He made it very clear in his word and through prayer that we are to care for the orphans. It is what I have been called to do. I did not know that this meant spending a bit of time in Russia or Africa but He never reveals the whole plan to us. It is amazing how you can handle far more than you ever thought when you know that it is to bring glory to God.
Please continue to lift our family up in prayers. We heard news today that it will more than likely take 30 to 60 days to straighten all of this out.