Monday, March 7, 2011

Pray for Ethiopian Orphans

This week MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) in Ethiopia (a government agency) announced that it will start cutting the adoption hearings at the end of this month by 90%.  They will go from seeing 50 cases per day to 5.  The reported story so far states that they are doing this to try and cut corruption from the system.  The funny thing is, Ethiopia has one of the very lowest corruption rates (about 5-7%) of any country that handles adoptions.  Some of the things being reported just don't add up.  This could be temporary or permanent.  No one knows.

Therefore, there are a lot of families that are concerned right now.  Some have children already referred to them, some don't.  Everyone wonders how this is going to play out.  What it would mean is that the children in orphanages and transition homes would be there a long time before they get to go home to a family.  Not just months, it could be years. 

The Ethiopian AWAA chat room family has started a prayer chain.  There are multiple families praying every hour during the Ethiopian work day.  My time slot is 7 a.m. Florida time.  That's 3 p.m. in Ethiopia.  It is so wonderful to be a part of a group of people who turn to the Lord first and ask for His will to be done before anything else.  This group really is like a family.  So uplifting.

Please join us in prayer.  When you think about it, pray for the waiting families and for peace for them all.  Pray for the children who are waiting to go home to a forever family.  Pray that the hearts of the officials will be changed and the Holy Spirit will lead them to do what is right for all of those little ones who need help and healing.  Pray that any attempts Satan has in store to try and end adoptions there will be intercepted.  I believe Satan hates adoption because God loves it.  I believe he will probably do anything to try and make it hard for children to come to loving Christian homes. 

God is in control.  I love the song by Twila Paris.  Here are the lyrics:  

"This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don't lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together


God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control


History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever


He has never let you down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me


watching over you...watching over me..
watching over every things..
watching over you..watching over me..
every little sparrow..every little things... "

God is in control.  He sees.  He sees each family.  He sees every child that needs Him.  He has a plan.  His timing is perfect.  Always.

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