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!
- Speedy process of our visas, and that we’ll figure this thing out.
- Quick issuance of our daughter’s passport.
- Safety while traveling to India, while there, and that we’ll arrive home in one piece and with our girl. 🙂
- Bonding and attachment between us and Baby S!
- 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?