Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Status Change!

Yesterday we learned from our agency, America World, that our status in the waiting process has moved to "on deck!" This is great news and lines up with what we have been anticipating. While there are no guarantees, our referral should come as early as late November. Once we receive the referral, we will be traveling to Ethiopia for our appearance in court 6-8 weeks later.

With a few key events already planned next semester for our campus ministry, we hope this timeline holds. We would love to be traveling in late January or early February.

With the announcement, we also learned what fees will be due at the time of the referral. Once again, we are amazed at how God has provided just enough. Our fundraising is still on track. There will be another wave due once we begin making travel arrangements.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

The adopting families support group at the University Church continues to grow! Over 20 families are now networked through this new ministry. If you or someone you know in the Tuscaloosa area is looking for a group like this, please do not hesitate to contact us for details or join our Facebook page. We would love for you to be a part of it all.

Of course, the support group is just one segment of the total orphan care ministry at University. The orphan care team will spur our participation in the worldwide Orphan Sunday, November 7th. The ministry will continue to raise awareness of the global orphan crisis, provide resources and encouragement in legal adoptions, point many to child sponsorship through World Vision, support families through prayer and fundraising, and much much more!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Adoptions from Ethiopia Rise

"As the overall number of international adoptions by Americans plummets, one country - Ethiopia - is emphatically bucking the trend sending record numbers of children to the U. S. while winning praise for improving orphans' prospects at home."

Read the full article at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39636986/from/toolbar