Monday, August 13, 2012

Dossier Complete!

So much has happened since our last blog update.  We are now number 11 on the list for Boys/Girls 0-24 months and at the top of the list for Special Needs boy and girls!  Our dossier is now complete and is in the authentication process.  We have been experiencing so many emotions the past few months.  A few weeks ago I was double checking our dossier for completeness before I mailed it to our adoption agency. For those of you who don't know, part of the Ethiopian dossier is a compilation of photos of your family and home.  Ours looks something like this:
These photos represent your family, and are all the courts and Ministry of Women's Affairs get to see in order to better know your family.  I went a little overboard and attached 15 different pages of our home and family. As I looked at each page I wondered what it would be like to see these pages in the eyes of the woman or man who looked these over. As they walk home each day to poverty, what must my middle class home look like to them? I began to feel convicted. I have been reading through the entire Gospel the past few months and God really spoke to me through Luke 12:48- To Whom much is given, much is required. To most people in America, our home does not look like much.  But to the average person in Ethiopia and other third world countries, it must look like wealth.  Extreme wealth.  When we began this journey, our goal was to adopt a child. But we are adopting so much more than that. We are seeing Jesus in a whole new perspective.  Striving to live our lives in Radical obedience to Him.  I know once we step foot on Ethiopian soil and experience it first hand our lives will never be the same.  And I would not have it any other way. I wil leave you with some words from David Platt, “Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” 


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