Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Timeline, Email Update (Journey to Jael)

Tonight we are sending an email to friends and prayer chains. I thought I would share it with you all.


It is in the path God has placed before us that we feel privileged to walk today.

Some days we just have to laugh. It is not unusual to have 3, 4, or even 5 surprises (storms) some days. We've seen days recently that have held even more. As the days come to a close, we often find ourselves shaking our heads and chuckling.

There must be something amazing our little girl is going to do for satan to not want her to come home so badly.

Instead of the head long dive that satan is determined for us to take, he is showing his defeat, as God is not only glorified.... but our adoption itself proceeds with a pouring out of blessing and protection. It's like a golden flow that can't be stopped. Not to get too mushy, but it is SO COOL!

Yes, we are weary at times, but there's a lot of humor in this too.

Before we share our adoption update and ask for prayers, we wanted to apologize for not getting back to those who have sent words of encouragement. We have read them, over and over, when the storms roll. They have been a blessing to us and one of these days we will sit down to reply and share with you just what a blessing they are. For those that have asked, please do send/forward these emails to other prayer warriors. Every prayer is cherished and if there is any way we can just praise God through this, "WOO HOO!"

Update: Our dossier (paperwork that goes to China) is now with our agency (minus one important paper~immigration approval). They are now sending it to state level and to the Chinese embassy for final authentication today. Once the final paper is placed in this packet it will go to China for translation and submission.

If our immigration approval comes back REALLY quickly, then we can possibly travel by December. It looks as if December to February (to travel) is the average timeline. We hope to be "logged in" (paperwork to China and accepted) by the end of July. That's cutting it close, but possible.

Immediate Prayer Requests:

*Our approval from immigration comes VERY quickly and we are logged in to China quickly.

*That our paperwork flies, quicker that we imagine, and we can bring Jael home quickly.

*That Jael has stories and words of God whispered in her ear and that her heart is prepared for us.

*That God's protection continue to cover our family (including Jael) and this adoption.

*For a God given peace.

Thank you again for all your prayers. They are cherished and felt.

Having a Blast in Christ,
Thomas, Kat, Tom, Sarah, Anna, Max, Bekah, Rachel, and Gabe
"He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8:26


  1. Praying with you friend!:) ALWAYS!:)

  2. You know I'm praying!!! :o)

  3. You have our continued prayers for all concerns and hopes! Hugs!

  4. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
    Praying God's blessings on you and your sweet Jael.



In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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