Sunday, February 17, 2008

God Is Waiting

This is a story about how our family found God in northeastern Africa. We haven't even been there yet, but we know that God is waiting there to meet with us and we can't wait. Although most of the story has yet to unfold, we wanted to briefly let you know how we got where we are today.

In early 2007 we got the clearance from God, through a number of circumstances, to begin the process of expanding our family one more time through adoption. We had such a positive experience with our adoption agency, America World Adoption Agency (AWAA), when we went to China to get JoHanna in 2005, that we looked to this agency again to explore our options. China was closed to us because of the size of our family already. After a brief investigation, it became clear to us that Ethiopia was the optimal program for us because of the cost, the ages of kids available, and the short travel requirements. We also were drawn to the fact that we could adopt more than one child and decided that we would pursue the adoption of two babies, 3 yrs old and younger.

We sent our dossier to Ethiopia in June and the wait began. In October, about the time we were expecting to get our referral, the agency announced to all the families who had dossiers in Ethiopia that they had a sibling group of three kids available and they were requesting that we all prayerfully consider whether we would be willing to give a home to these three kids. Our hearts were moved by the hope of keeping these kids together, so we threw our name into the hat as "willing". AWAA was then going to review all "willing" candidates and select the best match for these kids.

About a week or so later, we learned that we were the best match and were asked to pursue the adoption of these three beautiful kids, Yofatahe (9), Samuel (6) and Beimnet (18 months) - the ages were as of May of 2007.

We started through all the paper processes needed to gain final approval to adopt. We had to get approval from our case worker, the U.S. immigration office, and ultimately the Ethiopian government. On February 6, 2007 we received official confirmation that our court date was successful - the kids were officially ours.

Today we are frantically preparing to travel to pick them up. We are leaving on February 27th and will return March 9th. Although we expect to return with three new Wegner kids, we also expect to return with stories about the provision and greatness of God and with a deeper sense of how wonderful He is.

This morning in our Adult Community at church, Delisa was sharing how scary it is to follow God into a place where He has to show up "or else". We feel that this is exactly where we are right now and we have every confidence that He will show up in a grandiose way. She also shared how, once you have followed God into that place and seen Him show up, you never want to go back to how it was before you obeyed and followed Him there. God is waiting in northeastern Africa for all of us to find Him. We really can't wait!

Thank you for joining us in this journey.


K.P. said...

That is an awesome way to put it, about following God to a place he has to show up. I totally "get" that and "AMEN" it! Can't wait to hear how he does it.


Yay!! Another blog to look at! I absolutely agree too!
We cannot wait to meet you guys and your sweet babies children!! They look so happy!


Ami said...

Delisa and Phil--So glad to be able to share the journey with you and see how God shows up in so many we know He will and has during the journey so far. We pray for you to have safe travels and a smooth transition--we can't wait to meet the newest Wegners! It is so hard to believe that we will meet them soon....halfway around the world from where they are now!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! We are so thrilled for you will love your experience there! Those 3 kids are super sweet...the older ones really cared about all the younger ones in the transition home - can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

Carol Robinson said...

What a great journey for your family. I can't wait to see what the glory of God can do. Here is a great verse:
Jeremiah 32:17
O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!

Ruth Anne or Mom said...

My dear children:
Thank you for being available to let God expand your family as He sees fit. My prayer for each of your children is that they learn to know Christ personally at an early age and allow Him to lead them in all they do. It doesn't matter if they are from Conroe, China or Ethiopia. And it doesn't matter if they go to Conroe, China or Ethiopia. What matters is that they love Him. We love you all!
Mom and Dad

Donita said...

Congratulations! We can't wait to see the kids!!!! We are so excited about the new additions to our family. Love Donita

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! Everything seems to be going great! I am eager to meet the family when y'all are back! Be safe in your travels! Stacy :-)