What’s New With Our Adoption?

Nothing.

I actually got an email last week from our program coordinator that I had documents to review and correct, which is what we’ve been waiting for, but she was wrong. She was tired and thinking of someone else.

False alarm.

We’ve been told for over three months now that we should expect progress “any day now.”

That day hasn’t come. Yet.

But it’s coming.

Once we get our court documents, there are still a half a dozen steps to complete, but it seems like we could travel as quickly as about 3 months, or it could be much longer. It really all depends on the government workers both in the Congo and here in the United States.

I’ve been on the fringes of the online discussion boards for all those who are adopting from the Congo through our agency. A few weeks ago, we shared our blog addresses, and I’ve been following the posts of others families. One of those families got word last Thursday morning that her daughter’s visa was being issued, and she flew to the Congo on Thursday AFTERNOON.

Her stories have been fascinating. Her little girl sounds precious, smart, and eager to be a part of her new family. I found out that the orphanage has been having someone come once a week to teach English, and her little girl was already able to count and knew a few basic other words. Otherwise, their daughter did NOT speak French, but Lingala. Oh dear. We still don’t know what language that our children speak, but since we had been told that the language of the orphanage was French, and now that we know it’s not, I think we might want to take the time to learn some Lingala as well.

She has also written a whole list of tips for those of us travelling after her. Things to bring, what to expect, people we’ll meet. It’s been so helpful. We’re excited to know that we’ll have some internet access, and fairly reliable electricity. We’ll be pretty much confined to the convent, for safety, but we will have meals and a courtyard where we can enjoy some fresh air.

The one thing I’m certain we won’t fully grasp until we get there is the level of poverty. Even though she is a seasoned traveller, she has been unable to communicate the gravity of what she has seen. I know that it is the poorest country in the world, and the most hungry nation in the world, but I don’t think anything can really prepare me for what we’ll be experiencing soon.

Any day now.

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4 thoughts on “What’s New With Our Adoption?

  1. The level of poverty, yes, it’s something you won’t grasp until you see it. It’s the worst I’ve seen. Ever. I have pictures of Tandala Hospital in the Ubangi Province of the Congo. I weep every time I look at them. Our church has a partnership with a community there and we are heading into another fundraising campaign this February. The Free Church has connected our local church to this area and we’ve been able to purchase well-drilling machinery, build a training center, and sponsor lots of orphans. The next 3 years we are focusing on the hospital. As I get to participate on a team helping to communicate the need to our body, I’m humbled, and I think of two little ones waiting for their mommy and daddy. Two less in the world who need a family. God, please make it soon.

  2. what is her blog so i can read it too! i love hearing that someone from OWAS is over there and picking up child! !!! hope it will be you soon
    blair (waiting) 🙂

  3. I hope you get great news soon. I keep thinking that if I think the wait for referral is hard, that surely can’t compare to the wait after. May God give you extra peace as you wait, I can only imagine it’s painful some days.
    Rachel (fellow DRC adoptive mom with OWAS- on wait list)

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