1. Our first request was that Vitaliy would not lose hope and that God will encourage him and comfort him as he waits for us. This was answered! Apparently, the alarm was more from a caregiver than Vitaliy himself. He told our missionary friend when she went to see him on Saturday that he “knows” we are coming. J
2. The USCIS documents were completed, we received our I-171H in the mail from Rome and they forwarded our approval off to Kiev. Our marriage certificates made it to our parents and they sent them to us two Fridays ago so we are expecting them any day. We received our Florida background checks and were able to send them off to be apostiled. This leads us to our next answered prayer.
3. The apostilling process of all the documents, we got some more direction and help for this process and are in contact with a courier in the states that will walk our paperwork through D.C. We even had a huge prayer answered that Ukraine is NOT going to make us get our marriage certificate apostilled in Korea. This is going to save us tons of time and stress.
4. Our next prayer request was that the military legal system will find/make a way for us to get Vitaliy command sponsored to come to Italy without us all having to go to the US first. Well this is the most unexpected answered prayer of all! Last week I got a phone call from a woman on base that deals with passports and visas, she has worked in the past for DEERS enrollment. She called me out of the blue and said that she heard about us running all over base trying to get this process stream lined. She called to let us know that she would like to be our advocate in this process and assured us that it is possible to bring Vitaliy here directly from Ukraine instead of taking the long trip back to the US.
5. On the financial side we are down to about $14,000 that we still need and we have been told of a couple of fund-raiser ideas that friends are going to try to help us with.
Isn’t that amazing!?! God is faithful. Just because things don’t fall into place right away doesn’t mean one should give up. Sometimes when you are doing what you are called to do, it is hard and if you give up you will never know the incredible blessings God has in store for those who depend on Him. We can do nothing on our own power, intelligence, and strength. God is ultimately the Good and Sovereign King and telling His story of adoption will bring Him all the glory!Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV