Embarking on the Journey

On May 29th, 2011, a little girl was born across the ocean in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  We’d prayed about adoption, but the process is daunting. We weren’t sure where to begin.  For many countries, we have too many children already.  (We’ve since learned that there are sometimes waivers available.) For other countries, we as parents are “too old”.   Often the waiting list is long, and we struggled with whether it was truly best for us to make the wait longer for other eager, loving prospective parents.

We prayed that if we were to adopt, God would place a child before us, and He did.  We were contacted about our sweet baby girl as she struggled to survive her first week of life.  As we joined with people across the world praying for her health, we began the adoption process.

She spent nearly a month in an incubator, but by God’s grace made a full recovery. She’s is now thriving in the care of a small, loving orphanage run by a pastor in Lubumbashi.  The dear pastor and his family tend her in their own home, nicknaming her, “Beni” which means, “blessed.”  Indeed, we are blessed as well.

At this writing we’ve finished the home study process, and submitted the first of two immigration forms necessary before we travel.  We still have many steps ahead both here in the US and abroad.  Follow along with us on this exciting, faith-building journey as we bring her home!

Harp & Hammers DRC Fact:  The Democratic Republic of Congo is populated by 250 ethnic groups speaking over 700 local languages and dialects. Primary languages include: French, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba.

Painting by Heather Young of elasah.com

Painting was done for us by Heather Young of elasah.com

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