I hope you are doing well, my dear friends in the Lord. As I said before, it been a time for very big changes in El Salvador, but I am always trusting that all that is happening is for good. Elections were held here in El Salvador a few weeks ago and there will be a change in leadership when the new elected officials take office in June. I don’t really know what the new policy of the government will be until they take office in June, but so far it sounds like they will be supportive of international adoption.
Next week there is going to be a REUION CONJUNTA, and a couple of our families are going, so let’s pray they get approve without any difficulty.
Our CEO, BRIAN LUWIS came to El Salvador this week, he is working in a big project to help all the kids in the orphanages, to take them out of that place and place them in a family which is where all the kids belong, he is working with a Salvadorean NGO, and also inviting the El Salvador government to move forward in this matter, so I need to ask you to pray for this project , so our Lord take the control and make this happen in the best way.
The University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Family Sciences and The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASA) are working together to facilitate a national study of transracial adoptive families.
The study will address questions such as:
• How can I help my teen cope with cope with racial discrimination? • What is the most effective way to parent a teen that is a different race than me? • When it comes to my minority race child's self-concept, does living in a diverse community make a difference?
Families whose children are ages 14-18 years old and who are interested in participating can call 301-405-4011 to find out how to complete the 20 minute confidential survey along with their child.
The new Waiting Children (WC) Program application is now available online. Families can continue to submit the emailed version of the application to their Family Coordinator or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may choose to use the online application. A Family Coordinator will respond to your application to confirm your involvement in the program as soon as possible, generally within 10 business days. Due to the large amount of new applications arriving and the arrival of a new group of shared referrals, we appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible. We look forward to your participation in the program!
I'm sure many of you have heard about "Earth Hour." This movement has its own US Ambassador appointed to it; yet sadly, there is not one Orphan Ambassador! How telling this is of the priorities and pursuits of mankind!
No matter what your views or concerns are for the Earth and global warming, I implore all America World families to turn all lights on in your house for one hour (Saturday, March 28th, 8:30 - 9:30 PM) in honor of "Orphan Hour." God's Word reminds us: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." (James 1:27 ESV) Let's strive to remain unattached to this world and what it deems as important. And let us be more concerned with honoring the Lord and keeping His priorities our priorities!
The CCAA posted new group of shared referrals today! The China staff have been working diligently to process some of these referrals as quickly as possible. America World is praying for all waiting families during this time and ask that families join us in prayer for this new groups of referrals. As a reminder, referrals can continue to arrive over the next few days.
A recent America World family just arrived home with the newest additions to their family..a sibling group of FOUR from Ethiopia! The four children were featured on our Ethiopia Waiting Children list and this family took a look at them and knew God was calling them to adopt these children.
Their family motto is "I'd choose you again." They are the amazing parents to 3 biological children and one new grandbaby, 2 domestically adopted children and now 4 Ethiopian children......and several children they have fostered over the years. They are truly an inspiration to everyone who knows and loves them!
What a glimpse into heaven to see 4 beautiful children literally cross over from ashes to beauty, from lost to found, from fatherless to adopted....
Here they are in Ethiopia and home here in the States!
To see more children on the Ethiopia Waiting Children's List, please contact Terra Bailey at email@example.com. Thank you!
The Whipple Family is leaving today and traveling to Ethiopia to pick up their new baby boy, Isaac. You will more than enjoy following their journey as they meet him for the first time and bring him back to the States to his new forever home. Here is their blog: Whipple Words
I am writing this blog from San Salvador. I am continuing to follow-up on meetings with the Salvadorian government and continuing to advocate for adoptive families. I had a meeting this morning with the Director of OPA. It was a nice meeting and I believe she wants to see El Salvador's children find permanent homes. I am meeting later with a member of the Assembly (similar to our Congress) to discuss some drafted legislation that is being considered by El Salvador which will greatly impact orphans and the adoption process. It is an interesting time in El Salvador as they're transitioning their government. Let's be in prayer that God will raise up leaders who care and act on behalf of the children here who need permanent families.
I am also heading to Honduras to meet with our government, the Honduran government officials that oversee adoption and with the non-profit I've worked with in Tegucigalpa. It is going to be a busy few days, but I pray also very worthwhile.
I'm looking forward to being back in the office on Friday and having a full week in the office next week - it'll be nice to see staff, catch up on my email and not live out of my suitcase! Thanks for all your prayers; I'm joining you in prayer for these governments.
The Rwanda program is still going strong. We're excited for the two families that were recently approved by the Ministry after their Dossiers had been submitted and the families waited for a number of months. The families that have been approved will have their file given to an orphanage chosen by the Ministry and the orphanage director will seek to match a child with those families. This will allow those families to then get referral information, schedule a court date and after successful court dates, travel to Rwanda to meet and bring home the child they've been waiting for.
Let's continue to pray for the families who have their paperwork at the Ministry and for the families that are building their Dossiers.