On Thursday, I received the exciting news that, yes, my dossier was submitted. I can expect a travel date within 2 weeks.
The very real fact that I have a daughter waiting for me just got real-er.
I was at CAFO when I got the email. CAFO is Christian Alliance for Orphans, Summit VI. It was a very powerful place to be. It really put adoption into perspective. They said that adoption was not the gospel, but the gospel was adoption. Through the death and resurection of Jesus, we have been adopted into God's family. THAT'S THE GOSPEL.
Many excellent contacts were made, I hope to tell you about some exciting happenings soon.
I was also interviewed for a documentary. I don't know any details about it, but it was a new experience to be filmed offering any deep thoughts about adoption. She asked me 3 questions and I cried while answering 2 of them. Well teared up during the first question, and really blubbered durring the third.
In the third question, she asked me to explain what "It's not about me" meant. This is what the Project HOPEFUL shirts say.
I told her that when a person is adopting, everyone always consoles them about the long wait, any delays, and just how frustrating the whole process can be. While not denying that those things are true, I said that it's not about MY wait. I can wait as long as it takes. While I wait, I have a home, a family, a warm bed, all the food I need or want, money to buy what I don't have, and a family who loves me.
I can wait.
What cannot wait is my daughter. While she waits, she is sick. She is hungry. She is alone. She doesn't know that she is loved.
So, it is not about ME. It is about HER.
IT'S ABOUT HER AND ALL THE CHILDREN JUST LIKE HER.
someone like you to show them the gospel, what it means to be redeemed and welcomed into a family just like we have been welcomed into God's family.
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.