Talking adoption is both exciting and exhausting.
Exciting because adoption is something so deep and heavy on my heart daily, exhausting... well because adoption is so deep and heavy on my heart daily. I often feel the need to "guard my heart" with adoption.
I know that we are in the long haul in waiting to be matched with our child (2-3 years). I know that as we wait our child will be in an orphanage with many many other children, just waiting for paperwork to process, waiting just like we are, waiting with no parents to love them, tuck them in at night, pray over them, snuggle and kiss them. In fact many times the ratios are 20-30 kids to 1 adult. I know that our child with other children will not have access to good nutrition, or medical care. I know that our little one's road to becoming an orphan will leave them with emotional scars that we will be praying and working through for the rest of our lives. What I know and what I don't know is exhausting..
This process is and will continue to be one of the hardest things we have done. But it is also something that is BEYOND AMAZING. Through adoption we have seen God move in ways like we have never got to personally experience before. God has moved through us and through others all for the mission of bringing Prather #3 home to us. I know that when Prather #3 comes home it will not just be a personal victory but a victory of the community that has rallied around us. I also know that as we raise our child that comes from another country with emotional scars and confusion to deal with, we will have a community that will rise up and fight for our family and our child through this experience.. and that is AMAZING!
I know (we know) that we NEED this community. We NEED you all to hold us up when we can't hold ourselves up. We NEED you all to pray for things we don't even know we need prayer for. We NEED you to offer support and encouragement when the days seem long and the road seems bumpy. We NEED this army that God has blessed us with!
Right now we are asking you to consider committing to praying with us and our close family/friends. We are asking for some specific prayer requests as this road continues. We appreciate any of you that are offering up just one prayer for Prather #3 or daily/monthly prayer for him/her. Here are the prayer requests that are on our heart right now -
First, I should say that we strongly believe that Prather #3 has been born and is living somewhere in Ethiopia. He or She may still be with their birth parents or may already be in the orphanage just waiting! In saying that here are our current prayer requests -
*Safety - physically and emotionally
*Health - again physical and emotional
*The Birth Family - their situation and their hearts
*Those who come in contact with Prather #3 - that they would show our child Love, Compassion, Kindness, and Protect Them
*Protection over his/her heart.
*Wisdom for steps in this journey for us and all others involved
This is our plea and our update. Yes we are thankful for the financial support (beyond thankful actually) and the financial road for this journey is not over yet either. Today though we are pleading for this amazing community to join hands with us and send prayers up for Prather #3!
If you are feeling led to commit to pray for our little one, please comment with your name and where you live, we are journaling a list and praying blessings over you and your family as well!
Prayers and Blessings - Dawn <3