Last night dw and I talked as I was heading to bed. He had been hard at work all day trying to figure out what to do with shipping the papers to me. The Lord had already shown Himself in BIG ways to Dw....yippee Jesus!!
I confess I was so weary as he and I were talking. I stopped to think. I awake in the middle of the night when the mosq*e starts its prayers over the loud speaker. It does prayers starting at 4:45am and then with no apparent rhyme or reason, throughout the day they continue and it is LOUD....then I get out of bed in time to see my babies first wake up and start helping at the orphanage with all the changing, feeding, bathing, pottying, and off I go to work on the paperwork, then back to the orphanage...hike up the hill to the internet at a Guest House and back down in time to go to bed about midnight. Hmmm, maybe that's why I'm feeling weary... silly me.
Anyway, when we hung up last night Dw wasn't sure what he would do. Fed Ex had told him that they could (probably) have the papers to me by Wednesday at 6:oo pm. Well the Embassy is closed before 6 then AND my flights left that same night. I could trust the Lord to get them here by tuesday night, but is that what we were supposed to do? I was confused and just so tired. He had a travel agent looking into flights to Uganda. I said I would pray and we prayed together. He was off and I crashed.
So here's what happened in Colorado as I was sleeping.....how faithful God is! Working on the other side of the world on our behalf....
When I got up this AM I texted Dw and told him to call me. No response. Hmmm. Where was he? Finally about 3 hours after I had gotten up he called. FINALLY!! I said, "I have been wondering where you are." He said, "I'm in Detroit!' Detroit?? WHAT? Our Autumn had worked very hard on the flight situation and found flights to Detroit, which Daddy could fly for free because she works for the airlines. From Detroit overseas - we pay - but hey, to that point it was free!! But thank you Autumny for all your hard work....
Abigail had booked Daddy at a hotel in Detroit....thank you Ab - what a blast having grown kids who pitch in to make it all work!!
As it turns out yesterday AM Dw headed downtown to get a Starbucks (LUCKY!!) and while down there he ran into a man from church. I have never seen this man downtown but yesterday Dw did. Dw told him what was going on in Africa and that he was praying about what to do. The man said, "If you are going to have to go to Uganda, i will pay your way, let me give you my credit card." Dw was blown away. We would not have expected him to say that. And by the way, when we have a need for the adoption, does God provide??? ((((See a couple of posts below entitled "Glad you Asked"")))) Oh yes - he most certainly does!!! Out of the blue - God comes through with the MONEY!!!
Dw then went to the church to start downloading all the immigration papers. He looked at them, and this once-upon-a-time lawyer for 11 years (when we were first married) was pretty overwhelmed by the papers. (Made me feel good actually.) I had looked at them and thought, oh my gracious - what in the world??
Our church offices are closed on Friday, but as he was working on printing the papers he heard the church phone ringing. He said he looked up at the phone and saw it was line #2. He thought, Weird, i probably should answer it. So he picked it up and on the other end he heard a woman say, 'Dwight? i know you don't know me but my name is J (I haven't asked her permission to share her real name, so suffice it to say she is J)...I follow your wife's blog and i have been following and i am an attorney in Washington Dc." I am weepy typing all this....do we have a big God or what??
J went on to say that she had read that we are having a problem and she knew her partner was flying to Africa this week-end....(do you have goose bumps yet, cause i am living this and I am having them continually - our mountain-moving, awe-inspiring, gasp-giving God is working behind the scenes through a woman we didn't even know exists!!)....she went on to say that she had phoned her law partner, named K and asked where K was going...she said, Africa...J said, 'yes, i know Africa, but where in Africa?" Yup, you guessed it - Uganda!! Are you as amazed as I am?? But it gets even better.....
She said that her partner had said that she was willing to help in anyway she could.....J then went on to say that her own husband just got home from a business trip and J's husband wants permission to be all over our situation....he has connections VERY high in government.....I will keep this generic, but trust me - VERY VERY VERY high....he wants to see what he can do on this end....J also assured Dw that she and her husband and their kids are interceding for our situation....humbled beyond words!!
So as it sits right now we are wondering what God is up to...the high connections he has are with MANY people and one is someone very influential who has a heart for the orphans of Africa?? What Dw and I are wondering several things? Could the Lord have allowed this mountain to orchestrate events to allow us to work in a way we didn't expect to free more orphans from Uganda? Could it just be that Almighty God is working behind the scenes to orchestrate these events for "such a time as this."
We are praying, well actually, I pray he is sleeping and i am praying we have MUCH wisdom...he can fly to DC and give the papers to K, the law partner who can bring them to me here in Kampala. OR he can fly himself and K is more than willing to help in anyway we need her to.
I am inclined to have him fly here and see what else God is going to do....all i know is that Dw and my hearts are so passionate for the orphan that we will do whatever it takes to free up the process to bring babies home to families who will love them....
I am thankful for my new friend, Susanna, in the Philippines who came out of lurking and commented yesterday saying she was praying and is more in our Africa time zone then the States ones...and to our Bill and Lyns over in Ch*na praying....and the baazillion others who are praying...the burden is so much lighter with you guys lifting our arms....we need wisdom...and direction...and safety for the little ones at home without either of us and Dw as he flies....you know the routine..
I have to say, last night, when i crawled into bed i was feeling so, so weary and the thing that kept popping into my head were all the encouraging words and the scriptures you guys posted....you totally rock and I just wish there was some way to have a giant party together...wouldn't that be rockin' awesome and i could hug each of you and thank you for your faithful love and prayers - YOU ALL ARE THE BEST!!!
From Uganda, with Love, Linny