My heart has been burdened lately.
We think often about the children in the Grace House and their future. It is always on our minds. We have prayed for it so many times. We had a volunteer group that came recently paint Jeremiah 29:11 on the wall of Fritzlin and Loudena's bedroom. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." We pray for the other children at COTP that are waiting on their adoptive families also: the children of the Joy House, the special needs children, and the other children in the baby house that will not be returning to their biological families. Many of you know that the first goal here is to keep families together. That is not always possible and then the children begin their wait. The wait always seems too long.
I long for the children that I have grown to love and even the ones I hardly know to be placed in their families. Their parents should be experiencing the giggles, the new words, the singing, the jumping, and even the mischief. Their siblings should be running and playing and fighting and laughing with them. We know and we believe that God has a plan for these children. He knows what their future holds. We trust him.
What I would like to propose is a month of prayer. 31 days of intentional prayer for these children to be matched with their families. For the adoption process to move quickly in Haiti. For the people who are in charge of the process both in the North America and in Haiti. For paperwork to process without difficulty. For people to feel God's tug on their heart to adopt. For peace for the children while they wait and also for those of us who wait with them.
These children are so precious! Will you pray with me?