Yesterday marked 5 weeks that our case as been in an open status. Open cases used to takes days to get signed off on from MOWA but has now turned into weeks. Last week Ethiopian ackowledged that they were behind on open cases and were going to designate Wed to hear them. For the last few weeks I have tentively and anxiously waiting to hear something in the middle of the week. Today our agency informed us that our papers had been signed off on from MOWA(ministry of women's affairs). That means it could go directly to court, but another hurdle has come up!!
Ethiopia has been having trouble with a particular agency(not ours) on abandonment cases. So to fill in the loops holes and prevent some those problems, Ethiopia is temporarily suspended all abandonment cases(which includes us). Last year this sort of thing happened with parental reliquishment cases and the suspension was only for a couple weeks. So the good news is our papers are in order and signed off...now we just need to wait for the suspension to lift and hopefully the papers will go to court asap!!!(hopefully)
It has been very trying, having to wait through 2 court dates and an open cases situation for so long. The Lord has given me a peace beyond myself but I am ready for this process to be over and for us to be done with adoption paperwork and waiting.
So our prayer requests is this: pray that Ethiopia can figure out how to fix the problems and reopen all the open cases and that our case and others can be heard quickly. There is more than us that are waiting and it is difficult for all families.
Thank you all for your support and prayers. We feel them!!