Updates are hard at this stage. Things that we know as far as our status in the eyes of the South African government and the agencies working together over there are vague to say the least. We also know no time frame of a referral at this point, which makes waiting hard.
But that said, we can share that we have gotten updates from our South African team coordinator, and she has been in direct contact with us. Although we can’t share details of anything right now, please know that God is working half way around the world to bring our kiddo(s) home to us! As we wait for a referral, we have so many people that are praying along side of us and asking us how the process is going. This is such an encouragement to us, but also hard to answer those questions when we know little ourselves. And what we do know we can’t really share yet. We hope to share more details as soon as we know them! Please keep praying: 1) for us as we wait patiently and make important decisions, 2) for the Wandisa team in South Africa that is also making hard decisions regarding the welfare of these children, and 3) for the safety of our child(ren) that we do not know yet.
So we wait.
As we continue to wait, it is time for us to update our Home Study. That year went fast! So now starts all the paperwork, meetings with our social worker, and background checks all over again! Hopefully since it is just an update it won’t be as involved as the first time around.
Also, we continue to work on reaching our fundraising goals. The Both Hands Project was an A-MA-ZING project, in which we saw God work in awesome ways. He blessed us abundantly through people that gave very generous financial donations, but I think the best part of this fundraiser was the fulfillment I got by pouring ourselves out for a day to bless a widow in need. A group of guys are planning to go back to Vicki’s house on October 4th to basically do “Both Hands Part 2.” We weren’t able to get her house painted on our project day, so a group of guys are going to go back and paint it in a couple weeks with 10 gallons of paint we got donated!
It is not too late to sponsor this project, and especially these guys that are going back to take another day to completely transform the look of Vicki’s house exterior! All of the money donated goes straight to our adoption expenses. Although we have had a great bunch of donations that have come in for this project, we still have a ways to go before being completely funded for our adoption. We are about 2/3 of the way there, so that means we have about another $10,000 to raise.
If you haven’t already, check out our Both Hands Project page, and consider supporting the cause of the widow and the orphan! You can also click on the link over the the right side of this page to donate directly. Thank you so much!!