Monday, March 06, 2006

Phil and Christy - Ethiopia

Our hearts are full of joy and gratitude at all that God has done for us. During our trip to Ethiopia, the girls, Christy, and I started memorizing Psalm 139. I was struck by verse three, where David prays, "You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways." The thought that God Himself is searching out our path for us is comforting. We never would have expected to be adopting two precious babies from Ethiopia, but the path that He searched out for us included exactly that.

All our paperwork went very smoothly...a tribute to much diligent work on the part of our adoption agency, the Gladney Center for Adoption. Probably the most difficult aspect of the trip was the trip itself: many long hours on airplanes and in airports. But God gave grace there, too. We stayed healthy the whole time, we fell in love with the people and culture of Ethiopia, and (best of all) we now have two added blessings in our family: Abraham Kirubel and Grace Anne Hermela. Kirubel and Hermela were their given names, which we decided to keep as middle names. The picture was taken the day we picked up Gracie and Abe. The lady in the middle is the director of Abe's orphanage. It was encouraging to see how much they loved the children they care for.

Gladney Center for Adoption Licensed in Ethiopia

On December 6, 2005, the Gladney Center for Adoption received approval to facilitate adoptions in Ethiopia.