Welcome Home Desta Grace…

We got the call at 6:30am. The judge approved our case on the last day of court. Thank you God, and welcome home Desta…


Praise God this morning. Thank you God for hearing our prayers.

We got the early morning phone call from the agency to tell us that our case passed court. This means we have been granted parental rights in Ethiopia. Now we will travel to Ethiopia to bring Desta home, probably around September 11-18.

We are so thankful to God as we have seen miracles in the last 48 hours of “labor.”

Last night, our family prayed for Desta, and we specifically prayed from the Scripture that we posted yesterday about Samuel and the Ebenezer stone.

“For the rest of her life, may God’s hand be against her enemies.”

Thank you for your prayers and your words of encouragement to our family. We have kept everything you’ve writen here on Facebook as part of that Ebenezer stone. One day we will show Desta all of the people who were praying to bring her home. Thanks for being part of that story.

Praise God this morning for His goodness and faithfulness!

Matthew & Melodie Monberg

P.S. Here is today’s song…Ascend to Heaven, by Fike & Dana from Vanguard Church. An amazing song filled with truth of God’s character and promises:

Written by: Richie Fike
© 2009 Brave World Publishing (BMI)

I want to climb
To the peak of the mountain
The feet of the Father
And see with my eyes

I want to rise
From the death of this valley
From the pain that surrounds me
And stay here a while

You are glorious and victorious
And You’ve welcomed us into Your arms

Heaven and Earth will behold
The Lamb of God whom, foretold,
Was sent to save young and old
Jesus Christ!

The angels sing of your fame!
Your people worship amazed!
Salvation comes in the name
Jesus Christ!

I want to bow
With my heart ever-beating
At the sight that I’m seeing
My Savior alive

So right here and now
With this breath that I’m breathing
All praises exceeding
To Jesus Christ

Ascend to Heaven, my soul!
Breathe in the love of the Lord!
Let go of all of the shame
And the fear of this world!

Make known the glory of God!
Behold Him seated above!
And in the light of His face
Begin to worship!

30 thoughts on “Welcome Home Desta Grace…”

  1. I just knew there would be good news again today! Yeah!!!!!! Gorgeous gorgeous precious little girl……..

  2. I’m an AUNT again!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! What a testimony of God’s faithfulness. We can’t wait to meet Desta Grace. What a perfect name for her. Love you much!

  3. Congratulations!!! This was a VERY long “pregnancy”! and now it’s finally over =-) This is incredible!

  4. AAAHHHHH!!! I am so incredibly happy for you! Yesterday I was so bummed for you, knowing very well how impossible the whole situation looked, but yet remembering how with both of our kids, there were times when we waited…and waited, and then times when God did incredible miracles! Just amazing proof that these children join our families in HIS perfect timing, exactly the way that He wants it to happen! I asked God for a miracle for Desta the same way He did at certain points for both Grace and Josiah… and so incredibly thrilled for you that He did! Love the pictures…can’t wait to see more of her in your arms! I pray you enjoy your “Full Circle” trip back to Africa as well! :-)

  5. I’m overjoyed for you all! Praise God for his power and mercy. I’m so glad to see a picture–she is beautiful. Ohmyword–those eyes!!


  6. CONGRATULATIONS! What a wonderfully beautiful miracle! So happy for you guys that your waiting time is coming to an end.

  7. So very, very happy for all of you! What a beautiful, precious girl. What a miracle . . .. Rejoicing with you today!

  8. Congratulations!! That God can move mountains is a wonderful picture and something to completely hold on to. I can’t wait to meet Desta in September! So happy for your family!

  9. Congratulations! Congratulations!
    Oh my. She is beautiful!
    I prayed for her all day yesterday and was so thrilled to hear the news this morning. God is so faithful!

  10. This brought tears to my eyes, chills to my arms, and joy to my heart. Thanks for giving me something really amazing to rejoice in today!! Our family is celebrating with you!! What can I do to help you get ready?

  11. I am so so happy for you guys!!! I can not wait to come visit and meet her!!! I love her so very much!!

  12. Amen!! We are rejoicing with you today over that precious baby girl that now officially has a family! Let us know any way that we can help get you on that plane and home again!!

    Love Steve & Andrea

  13. She is beautiful. Mighty to Save is playing in the background- how appropriate. We are so thankful for this good and perfect gift for your family this morning. We still have no news. :(

  14. ahhhh!!!! she is so cute! congrats! i am so happy for you guys! and i’ve been thinking about you. how good it will feel to have her in your arms!

  15. Congratulations! I think your term “labor” describes this process well. It has been such a long road for you all…

    This is a scripture for Desta on this special day. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

    Blessings to you all!

  16. Congratulations! What a miracle!
    I saw your precious baby when we went to get our baby girl. She is adorable!


  17. Congratulations!! Oh, she is beautiful…I’ve been so looking forward to seeing a picture!!! SO happy and rejoice with you all!!!!!
    Love and hugs from the Long family!!!!

  18. SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND TINY:))) You must be over the moon with joy. God’s miracles are sooooo perfect & faithful. I can’t believe you had to SWEAT thru the last day to pass court. I would have died!!! I’m so proud of you!!!
    Congrats on your new daughter!!

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