Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yes...how blessed we are! For 3 days we had the 4 youngest of the Smith kids with us while the rest of the family was on a Teen Retreat for parents and kids from their church. We had lots of fun times-swimming- crafts- going to cousin Henry's soccer game- garage sales- making funny faces- stories- Bible time-church this morning- and just hanging out with them. Ana created a "State Fair" on Sat.- complete with "roller coaster" which occupied much of their time. Fun!
Tonight Sam and Dave are out in the tree stand- waiting for the right deer to come by! God is good!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
We just wanted to ask all of you to PLEASE fervently pray this next week specifically for three people who are KEY in getting little Matthew home where he belongs with his Mommy and Daddy.
1. Serge. This is the coordinator in Russia who will be getting all the documents he needs today. He tends to be incompetent and not do his job. Please pray God will light a fire under him to get this process moving forward rapidly. All of this COULD be finished in as little as a week (if all three of these people would be motivated to move quickly . . . but could take up to six months if they drag their feet!!) Let me emphasize that QUICKLY is crucial as Matthew has a serious heart condition and needs to be with his Mom and Dad as they will then be making very serious decisions about his needed heart surgery.
2. Whoever is assigned to translate the documents. This person will be receiving the documents tomorrow morning and they COULD be completed in as little as TWO DAYS. If this person isn’t motivated though, it could take up to a month!
3. The Judge. Serge is able to meet with the judge on Tuesdays and Fridays. If he will get the paperwork done quickly and the translator will also move quickly, the judge COULD have the paperwork by THIS Friday. He then could either turn it around the NEXT DAY . . . or sit on it. We need to pray that all three of these individuals will MOVE QUICKLY.
The final thing that would then need to be done is for the judge to request any final papers needed from the orphanage. The orphanage is really great about expediting the process as they recognize that is best for the children.
When all of this is completed Jon and Kelly will receive their long awaited phone call saying, “Book your flights and come get your son!”
Please everyone, take a few minutes even now to join me in fervently praying God will war on their behalf and enable them to bring little Matthew home.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. —James 5:16