It's A Boy!
1,747 days. That’s how long we waited and worked and prayed to be matched with a child half way around the world...throughout 2 countries...and on 2 different continents. Remember that “Christmas Miracle” we have been praying for over the last 2 months? Well, on December 12, 2017, God answered our prayers as we got our first glimpse of the child we have been praying about for almost 5 years. We are ecstatic to let you know that we have been matched with a child! Can you believe it!? We are now pursuing the adoption of an 8 month old baby boy in southern India. We cannot share too many details at this point, but know that he is beautiful and he is already so loved. We hope and pray and believe that we will be granted the humbling responsibility of making this child a part of our family.
The rest of our process in this child’s particular region could take anywhere from 7-18+ months. (I know, those numbers make me want to cry too.) There really isn’t a whole lot of consistency with international adoption anyway...as we’ve so elaborately shown you over the past 5 years. It seems, however, that this little guy is in one of the more difficult and inconsistent regions to work with in India. We were warned of this before accepting our match. Although it was disheartening to hear that statement and realize that our wait could still be much longer, we feel that God has told us that this little one is ours. We feel like He used our time in the Ethiopian adoption process to prepare us for an uphill battle such as the one we now face. We are suiting up to fight for this little boy, and we are believing that God will go before us. This little one deserves the love and care of a family, no matter which region he is from or how difficult that process may be, and we will not let that deter us from pursuing him. We know our God is big, and He can move mountains. Battle with us by praying daily that we can bring this little boy home as quickly as possible! In the meantime, pray that this 8 month old baby boy will be so loved and well-taken care of on the other side of the world.
For now, we just wait some more. This type of waiting already seems MUCH different though. I’m convinced that this continues to be the theme of our whole adoption journey: wait on the Lord’s timing. Friends, I know in my heart that His timing is best, but OH how I have wrongly wrestled and reasoned with Him over the last 5 years. Every single time, He has shown Himself faithful. All the delays, all the waiting, all the tears - have led us here: to a little boy who was born in India 4 years after we started the adoption process and one week before Ethiopia suspended international adoptions. I mean, would you just look at this glimpse of God’s perfect timing:
Now, pray him HOME in 2018.
If you are curious about our next steps in the process and/or would like more specific prayer requests, please keep reading.
Before we can call this little boy ours, there are several things that will need to happen:
1. We have to be granted 3 different approvals, which will allow us to bring him to the United States after adoption. Each of these approvals have to happen in order...which means we must wait on one approval before applying for the next. We seriously got our first approval in record-timing. Thank you Jesus! Pray that there would be no hangups with the other 2 approvals and that they would also come in record-timing. (I mean, if we’re going to pray, we might as well PRAY, right?)
2. Next, we have to get a few approvals from the Indian government and from this little boy’s orphanage. Please start praying RIGHT NOW (seriously, like right this second) that the orphanage, government officials, and judge assigned to our case will be pro-international adoption and will think that we are a good fit for this little one. Pray that there won’t be any issues or extra hoops to jump through solely because Marcus is a Pastor, as Christianity can be a sensitive subject in India. Pray that the fact that we already have 2 young children will not cause any issues for anyone either. (Hattie and this little one are slightly over 1 year apart.)
3. After those approvals, our case can finally go to court to make him ours forever. Most places in India don’t actually make parents appear in court, but we happen to be some of the “lucky few” that will be required to be present in court because of where this little one lives. It is also possible that we will end up having to make 2 trips to India to complete this adoption, which is also different than most regions in India. (Ironically, both of those things are pretty similar to the Ethiopian adoption process so God was already preparing our hearts for it ahead of time.) Pray that we would be assigned a good advocate who will push for things to be done quickly before and after court so we can get everything done at hyper-speed and in just 1 trip.
4. After alllll of that, we can finally, finally, finally bring him home!
Thanks for going on this wild ride with us. We couldn’t have made it through almost 5 years of waiting without your prayers and support. We will need you even more during this next phase of the journey.
With love, Mackey Party of 5