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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Praying for guidance and obedience


It's been a little while since I posted any updates. I can hardly believe it's been over a year now that we have been on this adoption journey.

With all the craziness of our everyday lives, I've actually been wondering if God really knew what He was doing when He called Andy and I to be Joseph and Askia's parents 16 months ago. I understand God doesn't make mistakes but seriously I am wondering "HOW God?"

I got a call from Joseph two weeks ago asking me if he could pray with me over the phone. Joseph knew I had been under a lot of stress at work and knew I had been working a lot of long hours. And he just wanted to pray with me. He asked if I minded if he prayed in Twi. "Of course not" I told him. That boy poured out his heart to God and even though I couldn't understand a word he was saying, i heard "mum" several times and I could hear his heart, his plea and his Faith!!

And that's when I realized no matter how doubtful or unprepared I feel I am, it is not all about me and my fears. God is answering Joseph and Askia's prayers. And if He still feels Andy and I are capable of this mission than I have to believe He is going to work out the details. I am still asking for your prayers for our understanding and for our obedience.

Unfortunately, I just found out that the attorney I met with (in Ghana last May) never filed any of the papers with the courts even though we paid him his required fees. Fortunately Andrew (our Ghanaiian Angel living here in Connecticut) has been assisting us and just recently put us in touch with a new law firm in Ghana (that are his friends) and assure us they will file and complete the necessary paperwork to secure a court date and finalize the adoption Yes, all very good news and we are so very fortunate that Andrew entered our lives last November. Ironically, it was exactly a year after the boys had entered our lives through that blog post - that previous November. Huh, I just realized that. I love God moments like that. :-)

As kind and wonderful as this new firm is, we will be required to come up with the required fees again for them to file the necessary paperwork with the courts and Social Welfare in Ghana. We are hopeful that we will be able to get back some of the money we paid the first attorney but the costs are still very high. It's a very difficult time for us personally right now and I would just ask for your continued prayers as we navigate this journey and know just what to do for our family - both here and across the world.

~Andrea

2 comments:

  1. So you're irresponsible enough to hire a bad lawyer and fail to recognize your mistake for a year? And beg strangers to replace the $ you wasted? And didn't notice for a year??

    If you aren't smart enough to hire a decent lawyer, how will you deal with the challenge of raising 2 adopted kids?!? Badly, I'd guess!

    If Jesus wanted you to adopt, he wouldn't have led you to pick a bad lawyer. He clearly doesn't want you to get these kids!

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    1. Susan, Have you adopted a child from Ghana? If so, would you please share with the Edmunds Family how to discern a "Good" lawyer from a bad one, being over 5,000 away? The fact that the Edmunds Family will not give up on the adoption of these beautiful children clearly illustrates their Faith in God. I will pray for you Susan. You have a hardened heart and that is sad. Maybe these Bible verses will help you to understand the Edmunds Family and the children they will not give up on. God Bless.

      Psalm 31:24
      Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

      Romans 12:12
      Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

      1 Corinthians 13:7
      Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

      Galatians 6:9
      And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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