"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Prayer and Petition

I am exhausted so this might not come out very coherent.  We have had a good, but busy week that I hope to get to share with you.  We leave for Moscow tomorrow – not the way I wanted to spend Christmas, but it isn’t a holiday here since Russians celebrate Christmas in January.  Nick had planned on taking Christmas day off, but then he had to work at the last minute, and I have a Doctor’s appointment on Thursday so off we go to Moscow through Friday, possibly Saturday.  Please pray that Nick accomplishes the task that’s taking him to Moscow – it’s a pretty big deal.

But more importantly if you are my friend on Facebook – you know that I have been sharing about the Russian ban on US adoptions. 

It started because the US Government decided to pass the US Magnitsky Act – a bill that imposes sanctions on Russian citizens accused of human rights violations.  It was nothing against the Russian government – just a few Russian citizens who had done bad things and were storing their money in US banks.  The Russian government wanted to retaliate with a similar bill – only they knew that it wouldn’t really hurt the US since so few Americans accused of human rights violations store their money in Russia or own homes in Russia.

So they decided to give us a one-two sucker punch where they knew it would hurt the US the most – they passed a law banning US citizens ability to adopt Russian children.

Its so incredibly senseless – I cannot even wrap my head around it!  You would think that the Russian government would be happy that we are stopping bad Russians from fleeing to the US?  Right?

I begged my church to pray for this today.  I hope they understand.  I would love to have prayers coming from within Russia.  I know they are coming from all the way across the ocean.

You can read more on the situation HERE and HERE.

Will Sweet Sonny and Daphne and Suzanne have lost their chances at a family forever?

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There’s over 700 babies listed on Reece’s Rainbow that are in Russia.  All with special needs – some severe, some not.  All of whom have no hope for a family unless that family comes from outside Russia.

Children like sweet Jack. His only crime – being an older boy and HIV positive.  Jack has been asking where his mama is for a long time and wondering if she was coming for him.  He’s had several families fall through, but finally one that was coming to bring him home.  Now, who knows?

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Things I am clinging to right now…

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5

“The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” Psalm 146:9

Please PRAY.  It’s the best thing you can do.

And please also consider signing this petition!  This is something practical you can do.

Please take a second to read it before you sign it.  It was written by a disabled boy who was adopted from Russia at 15.  Now he is a student at the University of Texas, and is living a full life!  He even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!!! Amazing.  I tell you over and over – adoption changes lives!

Go sign it HERE.

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