Article 23

Upon receiving our official court order last Wednesday, our family coordinator cautioned us that the Article 23 – a legal document we need from CARA before we can travel – can sometimes take much longer than expected. “God is in control,” she encouraged me. “It will all work out. Don’t fret.”

Two days later, as my workday came to a close, we received the Article 23.

In the words of our travel coordinator:

This is one of the fastest Article 23s we have received from CARA, which is great.  The issuance of the Article 23 does not impact the timing of when a child’s passport will be ready, but it is great to have the Article 23 before the passport is issued.  This way we can begin working with the orphanage on when they can host your family as soon as we get a copy of the passport.

 We are speechless. Humbled. Thankful.

And, for one of the first times in our adoption journey, we feel the urgency of time.

We’re still fearing the visa application process and have already run into a few hiccups with Tim’s application. Hopefully, we’ll be able to sort it all out this week.

The thought keeps running through my head: “If God is for us, who can be against us? If God is FOR US, not even a silly visa application will stand in His way.”

He will bring our daughter home. Soon.

P.S. Below are a few prayer requests, and we thank you for your support in this way! 

  1. Speedy process of our visas, and that we’ll figure this thing out.
  2. Quick issuance of our daughter’s passport.
  3. Safety while traveling to India, while there, and that we’ll arrive home in one piece and with our girl. 🙂
  4. Bonding and attachment between us and Baby S!
  5. Ease of communication in these early days of having her home. 🙂

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:31&32

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7 thoughts on “Article 23

  1. On behalf of Patricia and I, we both give great praise and thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ who has paid our debt for us and look forward to meeting our grand daughter. Glory to God in the highest!! know I am building my India cooking ingredients for both meat and vegetarian both hot n spicy and sweet. let us know if they give you her food preferences maybe we should slaughter a half lamb and smoke it India style ???!!!!

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      1. Can you be sure to ask what S favorite India dishes are and her spice heat level? In the north they have many delectable spicy food made with lamb chicken perhaps pork and in Pun Jabi they eat beef. Up north is a large area like half the USA so hope you can ask for actual recipes in English that S likes at the orphanage. Chances are the book 1000 India recipes has a description of what the the items is like praan is a local shallot tasting of garlic, N India also has vegetarian dishes too green peas paratha recipe with step by step photos – stuffed paratha or whole wheat flat bread stuffed with a spiced mashed peas filling or vegetable masala khichdi recipe which combines lentils rice tomatoes India green chilies hot red chili powder and other spices would be willing to cook some of these you may be surprised that her heat level is either more or less than Tim or me. or as Patricia said maybe they ate a lot of hot dogs (I seriously doubt it) Love Dad e o

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      2. Yes, we will definitely be asking about her diet! I would assume that she eats vegetarian foods (possibly for religious reasons), and not very many spice-infused foods. We will slowly incorporate a variety of foods into her diet, but need to make sure we transition her sloooowly 🙂 Glad you’re so excited about food from her culture!

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