Saturday, May 30, 2009

We Shall See

On June 2nd, officials in Alexsey's birth country are going to vote on whether or not to ban international adoptions.

I am indescribably at peace about this. I can't even begin to explain it. Of course I am praying that this doesn't happen, but I am also finding comfort in knowing that God closes doors only to open another.

No, it is not me giving up on Alexsey, but maybe just maybe no matter how much I have tried to tell myself that he was meant to be ours........... maybe he wasn't.

We shall find out.

Stay tuned......

and pray. Please.

21 comments:

Holly said...

I've heard about this and oh my goodness...I will pray.
It is so hard sometimes to completely let go and trust God.
I know He is faithful and we can trust Him...with Alexsey and all the other children who will be affected by this vote.

lovey said...

Another thought. Maybe they will make an exception for hard to place children, i.e. children with special needs like Alexsey. Just a thought. Praying...

Natalie said...

Christine, I had also heard about this just the other day. I know other families that this will affect, too. Wanted you to know I will be praying about this vote and for your family, Alexsey, and the orphans waiting in Ukraine. May God continue to grant you His peace.

Anonymous said...

Dear Christine,

I've never posted here before and am fact "a lurker". But I wanted to let you know that I am praying for Alexsey to become apart of your family.

I have been greatly struggling in the last few years to establish a relationship with Jesus Christ and a relationship where I feel comfortable praying to Him.

This may be silly, but reading your blog and learning how your family and your children live with relation to Christianity has helped me greatly.

Praying tonight that your family will have a new addition sometime soon.

Jarka said...

I´m praying all the time...

Hevel Cohen said...

HaShem is in charge. There was a reason why you didn't take him home last July (I think your advocacy for him turned many hearts towards the orphans of the world) and there is a very good chance that the law won't pass. And even if it does, there is a reason for everything that happens, even if we mortals don't see them.

There is also another type of advocacy that needs to happen, and maybe if this door closes, there will be more focus on it: the rights of disabled orphans in Ukraine: their right to stay in detsky doms rather than mental institutions, their rights for an education etc. I hope and pray if international adoption gets banned, those who have been led to the disabled orphans of Ukraine will realise that the amount of money they'd spend on an adoption could make a lifetime of a difference for an orphan within the country itself. Advocacy for these children who stay in Ukraine/Russia is extremely important, I believe, but this won't really take off without the financial help of westerners who are drawn to these children.

Hm, this now needs its own blog entry, because I don't want to spam your blogs with the ideas that just came to my mind.

gillian said...

I'm joining you in prayer, Christine.

Molly C said...

Praying!! If they are not going to allow international adoption then they need to step up and take care of these kids. How can you compare an institution to a loving home, even if it's in another country? Argh. praying.

Jen said...

I am praying and I know this is all in God's hands!

Taylor said...

I am glad you are at peace. God works in amazing and mysterious ways and I know that He loves you beyond compare. I am praying for aleksey and all other orphans there.

Tina in CT said...

I just heard about the vote by reading the blogs this weekend. For all of you, and especially the children who would go to loving homes throughout the world, I hope the law does not pass.

Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he isn't???????? How do you say that????

mainiac said...

To Anonymous: God is in charge. It is not up to Christine to decide the outcome to this story. She needs support, not critisism for believing in her faith.

Shelley said...

I am praying!
I know that God is not the author of fear and that He knows each and every orphan of Ukraine by name.
I'm praying that the hearts of these officials in Ukraine will somehow be changed. I KNOW that my God can do that...and I'm clinging to that today.
But, if He doesn't...I know that He will STILL know the names and the needs of all of those children and I believe with all my heart that if that door is closed, He will open a window!
Praying for your family and all of those in process to bring home children from Ukraine and for all of the children who's lives quite literally hang in balance right now.

Julie said...

I'm right here with you Christine. I'm praying that this doesn't happen. I'm not ready to accept that we could possibly lose Daisy, but God is bigger than this. I'll continue to remember you in my prayers.

Much Love and Prayers
Julie
RR

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Thank you for stopping by to visit our blog! I pray that God's will be done with regards to Alexsey and that you will continue to feel at peace.

Blessings,
Robin

Christine said...

Thank you for all of your awesome and encouarging comments.

Hevel, you are on to something---- but throwing money to a country that puts little value on these children will not be spent wisely IMHO. We need to pray for their hearts to be changed first.

Christine said...

Anonymous, thank you for sharing. I would love for you to email me sometime. Remember that you can talk to you heavenly Father about anything and everything. I would encouarge ou to read Ephesians. In Chapeter 1 around verse 5, I think it talks about us being adopted and the whole chapter is one that I just really enjoy reading. Blessings.

Hevel Cohen said...

Christine, the thing with sponsoring kids in Ukraine is actually quite possible without pouring money down the drain. Private entities can and do run orphanages (I know of at least 2 Jewish ones and at least 2 sponsored by the Hungarian Reformed Church and others are run by Catholics and Orthodox congregations as well as foundations). Most of these private orphanages have special needs children along the healthy ones: they hire defectologists (the official title for special ed teachers) and care for the children beyond their 16th year.

I have also seen the foster system of Hungary turn around in the last 15 years, and I do pray and hope that a similar turn around is in for Ukraine. But I think it will start with the influence of foreigners who can work through local charities/churches/organizations.

Hevel Cohen said...

Also, just another thought when it comes to prayer to soften t he hearts of decision makers: there is the Hungarian saying "Help yourself and G-d will help you, too." For me it goes hand in hand with what Rich Mullins once said at a small concert in my Catholic youth group when I was a kid: Pray with your heart and with your actions. I know there are lots of lots of people like you out there who actually live like these principles without often verbalizing them. I think and hope when a whole generation of children grow up and become productive members of society that were just "waste" in Ukraine and they are presented to these decision makers a lot of things will change.

I put my trust in what I hope: that there is G-d and he is in charge. And HaShem works many of his most wonderful miracles through people who follow him. Like you. Like your readers. Like the righteous of the world.

Sorry for spamming this entry, I just feel very very strongly that whatever the vote will be tomorrow, there is hope for the orphans of Ukraine.

(Also, I think one of the reasons for this proposal is not only the negative population growth, but also the increased willingness of families to give their kids up as they might be adopted. Families there need strengthening. Families with special needs members especially. I think I just gave myself my next goal in life. Thank you, Christine for it!)

Hilary Marquis said...

I just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you and for Alexsey as well as his country. I was so happy to find your blog and to see that the precious little boy that tugged at my heart months ago on a waiting child's site was going to have a family! We adopted our daughter almost two years ago and I continue to watch the waiting child sites and pray for them. God is faithful and His timing is perfect! Don't give up!