We are waiting to see the face of a child we gave our hearts to months ago. And we are ALL IN on this journey. Like most waiting families we hang on every word of news, good or bad. Today is a scary time for Ethiopia adoptions. An article was published on December 26th, regarding international adoption in Ethiopia.This is an excerpt:
“In a press conference, House Speaker Abadula Gemeda and the Minister Zenebu Tadesse told journalists that stakeholders should work closely to end foreign adoption.”
Much of what we are hearing is here say at this point, but the whole Ethiopian adoption community is up in arms. We aren’t hearing much at this point for our agency, and will have to wait and see how this unfolds in the weeks to come.
Of course it is best practice for children to stay in their birth country. Unfortunately, Ethiopia is not set up to care for the countless number of children who are orphaned. If Ethiopia closes international adoption, the outcome will likely be unspeakable. It will always be my hope and prayer that Ethiopia continues to develop and grow options to alleviate the orphan crisis in country. However, so much needs to be done before this can happen……and that takes time. What happens to the children during this time if international adoption closes?
My stomach hurts. My mind wanders. I keep clinging to this verse on our mantle. But the fear creeps in. The worry is heavy.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” — (Isaiah 43:5-6)
This verse brings us a peace and calm within this unknown vulnerable place we are in. They are the words that speak to me during the wait, but resonate deeply during this time especially.