We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Leap of Faith

Adoption is a leap of faith.  There are never any guarantees.  We got into this process out of obedience to God's word and have made it thus far because of our faith.  We decided to go ahead and take another leap of faith by going to Ethiopia without our embassy clearance.  Dustin and I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks now but decided this weekend that we would go ahead and make plans to leave on Friday.  Through this journey I have done a lot of praying and growing and working on things that God is telling me I need help on (peace, patience, humility, etc.).  Generally speaking I have been the one sort of freaking out during this process emotionally, but this time it wasn't me!  It was actually Dustin, whew.  He has had some very stressful things going on and one night last week we were talking about it and I told him I could tell he has not been praying about any of it.  When he is a big ball of stress he clearly hasn't prayed and doesn't have any type of peace over anything.  He admitted taht he hadn't been out of fear.  Fear of what God might tell him.  I decided it was a good idea to leave him alone for a while and give him some time alone with God.  A little while later Dustin came downstairs and said, "ok we're going to Africa on Friday."  God had been telling him that if we are giong to say we have faith and that we trust Him than we need to do something about it, walk the walk so to speak.  So here we are packing, getting things together, praying that we get embassy clearance soon and praying that we don't run of out money.  God never said that obeying Him wasn't scary, because sometimes it sure is!

We will be taking the smae flights as last time and will arrive in Addis Ababa about 8:00am Saturnday morning.  We will go to the transition home that day and take Aliya out of it forever.  She will be in our custody :)  We are not coming home without her so however long it takes for the embassy to clear us is how long we will be in Ethiopia.  Pray that all goes well.

Today as we sat in church it hit me.  This would be the last time we sat in church with our family the way it is now, a family of four.  The next time we sit in that sanctuary we will have our little girl with us.  CRAZY!  So everything this week is "the last time..."  The last time we will go to the teddy bear picnic as four, the last time we will go out for Sunday lunch as four, the last time I go to prayer group for a while and so on and so on.  It's amazing and surreal and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Thank you God for fulfilling your promises.  Thank you for providing our needs.  Thank you for growing us as a closer family, a closer marriage and closer to You.  I probably won't update again until we get back unless some new revelations happen before we leave.  This will be the last post before Aliya Wefe Snyder is officially in our arms forever :)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:12

Here is the picture we just got last week from her May update.  She looks sassy


Debb said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!!!! So glad you heard God and are acting on His promptings! GO GET YOUR GIRL!!!! May God bless your obedience with a swift Embassy Date!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! (p.s....love that sassy pic!)