Well, we had not expected to update you before tomorrow about the outcome of Desta's court case. However, we got the bad news today.There is one signature from one government official missing from our paperwork. As a result, our documents are still incomplete. How did this happen? For the past week, Desta's orphanage has attempted to get this signature, which is at a government office approximately 6 hours away. The reason they are unable to get the appropriate signature is because this particular government office is undergoing government-mandated trainings, and is currently closed. What will happen tomorrow in court? Tomorrow, the representatives from the Ethiopian government will petition the court for a new court date in October, after the August/September court closures. However, our attorney is going to ask the judge for a court date of Friday, August 21 (the last day the courts are open before the closure). What needs to happen in order to pass court this week? At this point, here are the things that would need to happen: 1) Get the paperwork signed by the government official whose office is currently closed. 2) The court would need to agree to a Friday, 8/21 court date. 3) Someone must drive the 6 hours with the paperwork to the court in time for the hearing–potentially driving through the night to do so. 4) All the paperwork must arrive on time, be in order, and be approved by the judge, then we will pass. If any of those four things does not happen, we will be assigned an October 2009 court date, after the closures. To U.S. eyes, I know this all sounds crazy. In this digital age, how can this happen? How can one signature hold this up? How can one government official not be located for something so simple? As Melodie said, for all of these four things to come together in Africa would be a miracle. These things just do not happen. We wrestle every day with the selfishness of wanting to move on from this process to the next level. The space we're working in is so tight. If we don't pass this week, we will have more expenses for our dossier paperwork, plus a two month wait. It would be so great if God would work in the external circumstances of our lives to give us what we want. One of my favorite Bible verses about orphans is "You are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more." Psalms 10:14,17-18 Please make that your prayer…that God will: – Help Desta get out of her orphanage and into our family and hear our desire to bring her home. – Prepare the heart of the judge, the government official who needs to sign off, the saint who will drive this 6 hours to the court, and all the rest of those involved. – Hear us in prayer and do justice on behalf of Desta – Make a way where there is no way. God can tear down the obstacles, straighten out crooked roads and make rough places smooth. He can confuse the enemy and inspire His people to uncommon acts. I know this has been long. Thank you for walking with us and praying for us and for Desta. We believe in faith that God will arrange all these details in the perfect order. We are believing that is this week, and God will work in the darkest of times with the most powerful of miracles. Thank you, thank you, thank you.