Thursday, April 18, 2013

Russian Adoption: Broken Hearts

Yesterday the U.S. State Department met with Russian government officials. Today the 1,000 or so families that were caught in the process when the Russian legislature, the Duma, enacted a ban nearly four months ago on American adoption were informed of the Russian government's official position on the issue.

Our State Department was told that the ban is a law with no room for negotiation. No orphans will be allowed out. No allowances will be made for special needs children or those who are hard to place because they are older or parts of sibling groups.

Our hearts are so heavy. Since December, we've held out hope the orphans who had already been matched with families, like the three brothers and sister we were hoping to make part of our family, would still be placed. Today our hope crumbled. We've held the four kids we planned on naming Timothy, David, Luke and Katherine so close to our hearts for a whole year now. The pain is deep.

9 comments:

Hannah said...

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." Prayers...

Katherine said...

I am so sorry, the news was devastating. I'm definitely still praying.

Josh Musick said...

I won't pretend to understand your pain. May God be with you. My heart breaks for these children. Praying...

Keegan G said...

:( wow..."I'm sorry" doesn't seem to capture the words needed to express the grief, pain, and questions your friends, family, and blog followers know you and the other families are going through... for some reason these are the verses that came to my mind:

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:26-28

I'm praying SO hard for everyone involved in this situation. I'm praying God will reveal Himself in an unmistakable way and that He will continue to move hearts and protect all these precious children who need a Heavenly Father more than anything else in the world right now....

Jordan said...

I can't imagine the heartache. I'll be praying for the families and the children. :(

i'm beccy. said...

I am so very sorry and will be praying for you and your your children. Are you allowed to have continued contact with them? Is there anything we can do to continue supporting them and their orphanage?

Alan said...

Oh, Denise, I am so heartbroken! Will continue to pray for the fab four and for you and your family.
With love...

SamUEL Finch said...

I can't even begin to imagine what you all are going through! God is sovereign, and works out His holy perfect will.... somehow! I will keep you in my fervent prayers!

Natalie said...

I had hopes that there would be some bend in the Russian government. I am so saddened by this news. We continue to pray for all of you.