Thursday, October 15, 2009
Adoption--after 3 years!
I introduce to you....
our friends Grant & Loki Swanepoel, missionaries in north western Kenya have been trying for 3 years to adopt their 2 little girls. We're thrilled with this answer to prayer. I love the "long" story, nicely told so I'm including the details and link below.
Happy endings are Biblical, and satisfying.
Dear Young Family,
Praise the Lord! He has answered our (and your) prayers regarding the adoption. This morning in court the judge signed the final papers making us the parents of Abigail and Caitlyn! In the pic we had just arrived at the house we are staying in and we are jumping for joy. (In between crying and sitting around dazed).
Thank you sooo much for faithfully walking this road with us. We have been humbled by the love and commitment shown by many, many people (some of whom we have never met) to pray for us and encourage us in this long journey.
The lawyer tells us the final documents will be out in 2 weeks and then we can start the application for the girls for Kenyan passports.
Psalm 124:1- "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side... then the flood would have swept us away.Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth"
Grant, Loki, Caity and Abby Swanepoel
Dear Young Family,
So many have prayed for the adoption process that we felt like we owe you a bit more of the whole story... it is very long though, so we posted it on our blog, along with some of our pics...
Ps 40:10 " I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation"
1. For the adoption- God did miracles and we can only praise Him.
2. For a safe trip to Nanyuki and for a chance for some R &R 3. For the faithful prayers and partnership of many, many people over the last years.
1. For the rest of the paperwork- the biggest, decisive battle has been won, but the war with bureaucracy isn't over:) We are hoping to go back to Nairobi next week and to be able to pick up the final papers from the court. Then we will start the application for passports for the girls.
2. Plans for our furlough- there are lots of details that have to be worked out! We do take courage, though, that God who brought us so far will help us through as we make travel plans, find accommodation and plan the future (remembering ..if God wills)
Grateful to God
Grant and Loki