I grew up reading and hearing adoption stories. It thrilled my heart then, and it still thrills my heart now to hear those stories. Yet one of my favorite stories of adoption is one that is happening right now. One that doesn't have the "happily-ever-after" ending. This is a story of unconditional love. Love that loves without knowing what the end will look like.
The family I want to share about is trying to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) but on September 25, 2013 the country issues a suspension on exit letters. Which means that even if the adoptive families have everything else needed to take their child home, that they cannot. The child is stuck in the DRC.
(First time the mother met her daughter.)
I remember hearing from this family that they were hoping to have their adopted daughter home by Christmas 2013, then the suspension came. The suspension was to last a maximum of one year. It was heartbreaking to watch this family wait. As the time got closer to a year, they and all who support them, began to hope again that soon the little girl could come home to her family.
Then on September 25, 2014 the families were told that the suspension would be indefinite. There was no end to this waiting. Only to hope and pray. There are no guarantees that the suspension will ever lift. No guarantee that they will ever be able to bring their daughter home.
So why is this my favorite story of adoption? Because this is the heart of adoption. It is about loving a child more than yourself and your own comfort. It is about reaching across the miles and continents and saying, "I love you and will not stop loving you no matter what."
(The most recent visit with mother and daughter.)
There are many, many families in the same situation. Would you take a minute and pray and sign this petition to help bring this matter to the attention of the President? It only takes a few seconds and then you need to confirm it in your email. Please spread the word and pray. Pray like crazy for all the children and families that are stuck waiting.
This is my favorite adoption story because it's about unconditional love.
Let's share in this story and bring these children home.