Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It is always darkest...

It has been a rough few weeks. It seemed like each time we talked to someone about the process for renewing our background checks there was an additional mailing and 5-10 days added to the process. In total, the information requests and background check will have been processed and mailed at least 8 different times since February 11. By the end of it, we started to wonder if people were messing with us when they would tell us about some new place it needed to be mailed or a new group who had to process it.

Yesterday's miracle: An immigration case officer e-mailed us our appointment letter (which had allegedly been sent last Wednesday, but has not arrived as of today) and we went immediately to St. Louis.

Why it was miraculous: we had left a message asking the officer assigned to our case if he would e-mail an appointment letter to us a week and a half ago. He didn't respond to our request. In addition, our appointments weren't scheduled for another week, but the St. Louis office saw us anyway.

Today's Miracle: A different case officer took over our case (our case officer is out of town), then sped up our process and finished our background checks today!

Why it was miraculous:  She went out of her way to help us by asking her supervisor to take over our case. It took less than 24 hours to do something we had been told would take 2-4 days.

We booked plane tickets and are leaving next week for Taiwan. Please pray that we are able to get Simeon's visa before we are scheduled to come home (otherwise Simeon and I will have to stay longer in Taiwan). Today's case officer says that the Taiwan office should have everything they need in 1 to 2 weeks. Then it takes 4-5 days for them to process our visa application.

"It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth."
- Thomas Fuller, English theologian, 1650

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Waiting for the Mail

We are spending our days waiting for the mail. We are waiting to get an appointment to get fingerprinted for our immigration application. Once we get fingerprinted, our case manager will review our background checks and send a new immigration approval letter to Taiwan. We have had immigration approval for our adopted child since 2010, but our fingerprints expired this month before we were able to travel.

Please pray that the appointment notice comes soon and that our case officer processes everything quickly. This is the last thing we have to do before we can travel to get Simeon.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Good News

We received word today that we are officially Simeon's parents! Taiwan Xi En got the final decree in the mail from the Taiwanese Courts! Praise the Lord!!! They submitted the paperwork to AIT (who will issue Simeon's visa to immigrate to the USA) and we will hear from them soon about our appointment (which will determine when we travel).

We are also waiting to find out if we will be able to travel as soon as possible or if we will need to get fingerprinted again for Simeon's immigration application.

Please pray. Please pray that God will work something out so we can travel as soon as possible. Please pray that we will have peace in the meantime.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.