In the past 24-hours, here's what's happened:
1. The government official has been located and he signed Desta's paperwork.
2. This was driven 6 hours from his office to Addis Ababa where the court is located.
3. We have been granted a new hearing on Friday morning (Thurs. evening in the U.S) by the judge. This is the last day the courts are open until October.
Three of four very unlikely things have fallen in place. Tomorrow, all of this will be presented to the judge for a ruling on our case. From what our agency is telling us, everything that was requested by the judge is now completed and ready to go to court.
When Melodie told me the news, I laughed and wept at the same time. Today our hearts are thankful for God's help. I immediately thought of Samuel in this passage…
While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites. The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the LORD helped us." So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade Israelite territory again. Throughout Samuel's lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines. 1 Samuel 7:10-13 (New International Version)
If you would continue to pray, here is what is on our hearts…
1. Thanks to God for His miraculous help and for thundering with loud thunder. We believe that in order for this to have happened, God intervened in human circumstances to arrange the timing. We believe He has "thundered with loud thunder" against the enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy orphans. Thank you God.
2. Prayer for the last piece. Pray that the judge would find favor, and would approve our case. We would pass on the "last hour of the last day" that court is open in Ethiopia. Should that happen, it would be fitting for Desta. We got her photo and referral to our family on the last hour of the last day of our family reunion in June.
3. Prayer for smoothness in the remaining details…that everyone who needs to be in court gets there. This may sound silly, but things like traffic jams, electricity outages, and other unforeseen circumstances still lie in the way. Please pray that God would continue clearing out the obstacles before our court appearance tomorrow.
4. Safety and health for Desta as she waits for us to come and get her.
5. Financial provision to finish this up, get the funds we need to travel, and get home with Desta.
Thank you so much for being a part of this process with our family. We look forward and believe in faith that tomorrow we will be able to share Desta's photo with all of you.
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