Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Story Continues...

So about a year ago our world was turned upside down. We were offered the incredible opportunity to move to Rwanda and serve at KICS. In a period of 4 weeks, we sold everything, started raising support and got on a plane for Africa. Part of the draw to Rwanda was the fact that we were planning to adopt from there. God had other plans all along. Rwanda closed their adoption program a month after we arrived in Kigali. It is still closed with no real end in site. We have spent the last year praying and researching and trying to understand what God has for our family.

We finally know. We have started the process to adopt a baby boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have been a bit hesitant to mention it here because it seems that every time things seem to start moving with Jack’s adoption and we start to get excited something happens to slow it down again. I guess I have not been able to really allow myself to grab hold of it. Until now. I know how hard it was to wait for Emma and I think that it is my heart’s built in defense. God is in control and knows our baby. I am embracing His providence and love for us.

We have been working with an attorney in Kinshasa, DRC and feel very confident that this is the direction we are supposed to take. We will be flying in a social worker from Germany this fall to do our home study so that we can move forward with our USCIS requirements. While on furlough this summer, we have been requesting and gathering our dossier documents. So much easier than China by the way!

Please keep us in your prayers as we return to our life in Rwanda and add to our family!


  1. Beautiful... we are all longing to meet this little man. I'm glad things are still pushing forward. Peace to your soul, momma.

  2. Wonderful news, Jeana! Thanks for sharing your new plans. I can't wait to see how they unfold! Blessings to you all.

  3. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers!!! Can't wait to hear what else God has in store for you.

    ~Beth and Steve

  4. I wonder why the paperwork for adoption are always so long and complicated, I wish you success early in the noble decision you have made !!!!!!!!

  5. I stumbled across your blog as I was reading other adoption blogs. My family and I live overseas as well (in the MIddle East) and are adopting from the Congo. We are using a caseworker from Germany to do our homestudy in just a few weeks (probably the same one you are using!). we collected all of our paperwork on our recent furlough and were so thankful for the months we had in the States to get all of the legwork done for the homestudy and dossier. I subscribed to your blog to follow your journey toward your new little one. Blessings!!