Sunday, April 22, 2012

Embassy Update: We've been Nairobied

Well, our finder interview didn't go nearly as well as we hoped.

We knew there was a pretty massive complication with our case.  For starters, our daughter was abandoned outside an orphanage. In my opinion, this is great!  It means to me that whoever left her took the time to find a place that they knew she would be taken good care of.  And naturally, the person who found her was an orphanage employee.  Unfortunately, the Embassy was suspicious of this.

The other complicating factor is that our daughter was not the only one left outside the orphanage that night.  The Embassy also felt this was extremely unlikely, that two mothers would leave their children together unless someone "coerced" them to do so.  Personally, I think there's a pretty big leap to an assumption of wrong doing with any real basis for it there.  I think it's perfectly reasonable and understandable that two mothers might leave their children outside an orphanage, the only known orphanage in a large town, in any given night.  But, this was just too coincidental for the Embassies liking.

So they felt our case was not clearly approvable.  It was forwarded to and received at the USCIS office in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday.  Now, we wait.  Some more. : )

I feel pretty confident that because we have already done the extra investigation, that once they review our file, it will be cleared pretty quickly. I don't think these circumstances will be nearly as difficult for them to understand.  Judging by those who've gone before us in Nairobi, we're hoping within 2-3 weeks we will hear from them that our case is cleared and approved.  Then, I will buy tickets.  Like immediately. : )

The Lord is good and gracious to us through this all.  We've had a peace that truly passes understanding, and know that SO many have covered us and supported us in prayer... just surrounded us in prayer.  We are so grateful for the body of Christ and how invested so many are in our little girl's journey home.  This week, he has continued to teach me out of the book of James.

"For every good thing given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow."  James 1:17

As soon as I read this, I was struck with the reminder that Meryn's name means "gift from God."  I was so overwhelmed with knowing that she is truly given to us by God, that he gives perfect gifts, and there is no variation with him!  Nothing changes.  None of this is a change from his original plan.  Nothing has shifted.  According to him, it is all as it should be.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to hear the good news which IS coming soon. Peace, Amy