Its been a long time coming but we are just about ready to negotiate the final few obstacles on our adoption path, the Lord has been good to us, especially in the last number of months and we have caught right up with people who started the whole process a couple of years ahead of us. Its good to reflect and give thanks to God for what He has done!
At the beginning of the year our adoption dossier was sent to an agency in the UK called the DFES, it should have been there for 2 months, it came back in 4 weeks!
Our dossier was sent to Kazakhstan in March for translation, its meant to take 8 weeks then once back with us it has to be copied twice and both copies notarised and legalised, it came back in 6 weeks with 2 legalised and notarised copies included! Something which our agency could not believe and have never heard of before!
We then went to England to meet Almat at the Kaz embassy in London to hand over our dossier for processing and dispatch to Kazakhstan, this stage takes on average 3 months and has taken up to 6 months in the past. We rang Almat 2 weeks after our return and he told us it was already processed and in Kazakhstan!!!
Once our dossier entered the information black hole that is the Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minstry of Education we were told to expect to hear nothing for 3 months, being told that the head honcho was on holiday for a month didn't encourage us! We also expected to have to wait a number of months after our approval before we would be refered a child, thankfully we have a God who 'is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think' Eph 3v20. Not only have we been approved but we were also told that there is a child available immediately!
We are now waiting for the region we are travelling too to issue a letter of invitation (LOI) we need this to get our visa to enter Kazakhstan, once we get that and a few other bits and bobs we are on our way!!!
Pray that we will hear good news about our LOI this week.
I know that was a big chunk of text to get through but it is really encouraging to look back and see the Lords hand guiding and leading us, not only for us but also for all who are praying for our progress.
I promise the next post will have more pictures and less talking!! :)
Philip & Amanda