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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Will You Pray?


In less than 48 hours, I will be winging my way on the first leg of my journey to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


The closer it gets, the more anxious I get. I have handed my anxiety to the Lord several times today as I review my lengthy lists and weigh my weighty suitcase (and then remove things and weigh it again!) but it is a moment by moment challenge.

I look forward to seeing my boys in Haiti. I don't look forward to kissing my kids and husband goodbye here in Chile.

Being that this is my third trip to Haiti, I feel somewhat more relaxed and somewhat more nervous. Relaxed because I feel safe at the orphanage and know more of what to expect than last time. Nervous because I know more of what to expect than last time, so I especially don't want to forget anything important (I can't exactly go to the corner store if I do!) But mostly nervous because I am facing the "moment of reckoning" when I learn what God has decided to do for us in response to our prayers for a miracle.

Will the boys come home? or won't they?? ... Will I react correctly? or will I crumble??

I would so appreciate your prayers for the four of us - my mom, the boys and me - on this trip. Please pray for Pedro, Eva, Isabel and Owen as they stay behind in Chile. Please pray for Ian and Alec - that they will remember me, feel comfortable with me and that bonding will take place between us. Please pray for health, as there has been a stomach virus in the orphanage recently. Please pray for flexibility and a positive attitude in a very hot climate and rustic living conditions. Please pray for the opportunity to be a blessing and encouragement to others. Please pray for protection on our flights and as we move about the city of Port-au-Prince.

Most of all, please continue to pray for a miracle ... asking God to supernaturally intervene on our behalf, touching hearts and spurring our paperwork on to completion so that our sons might be able to come home on this trip.

Will you pray? If so, would you mind leaving a comment on this post to let me know? That will be such a tremendous encouragement to us. Thank you so very much!

30 comments:

Kerry said...

I have recently found your blog, I hope you dont mind me following your journey. You are an amazing family and I have prayed to god that those sweet boys are on your return flight. Have the best trip!!

Dale said...

I will definitely be praying Stephanie! Praying for on of God's miracles so the boys may come home with you. And praying for a safe trip. ((((HUGS))))!

Audrey said...

I'm praying for your requests and that you will experience peace beyond all measure. I'm so grateful for your honesty and I know how much your children miss you in Chile and Haiti. I can't wait for the day when you are all together!!!!

Camille said...

Praying and praying!

Amanda said...

Praying, Stephanie! I'll get the girls praying in the morning, too!

sea salt MOSAIC said...

We have had a week of chaos and in the midst of it God has called my heart to Him in prayer for your upcoming trip. He will calm your nervousness and give you great hope and encouragement. I will continue to pray for you and your mom in the heat of the land and pray for your safety in travels and your joy and bonding with Ian and Alec. It is so hard leaving one family for another, if even for a short time. I am praying for *life* to be peaceful and calm for Pedro and that Eva, Isabel, and Owen can all be an encouragement to you both as you put on different roles during this time of separation. I know God has His hand in your family and I pray He will be reflected to all of us as we see Him move mountains in your faith and family. most certainly praying, stephanie.

Rebekah said...

Praying, praying, praying!

Anonymous said...

good luck with your trip. I will pray. your boys are so cute and I hope you will be able to bring them home with you. I hope to one day adopt from Haiti.

Anonymous said...

Hey Cous,

You are in my prayers almost constantly. I love you and pray that this trip brings the miracle we've been waiting a long time for. Give the boys lots of hugs and kisses.

Kim said...

that last comment was from me...Kim

Renee said...

Praying and spreading the word!

stephanie said...

I will be praying! Say Hi to LaWanna for me!

Mom of 2 said...

Thinking of you from Ottawa,Canada-don't worry the boys will be yours forever soon....enjoy them!

Rebekah Hubley said...

You know you can count on me for prayer!!!

Cathy N said...

My prayers are with you and your family!

Rick and Heather said...

Praying for you!!! Asking God to do immeasurably more than we can think or ask. Asking him to give you strength as you wait on Him. Lots of love!!!

The Hannas

Amanda said...

We'll pray together. This is a FIRST for me, so I'm experiencing the anxiousness that comes with the FIRST ever trip. How long will you be in Haiti? We come home Friday, Lord willing.

Kristy Kuenzi said...

I'm praying for you Stephanie and your family. Praying for your miracle. Just wanted to let you know. God Bless,

Kristy Kuenzi

Amanda said...

we're scheduled to land in PaP 3:45 Tuesday.

Alisha said...

Steph, OF COURSE I will pray! May the Lord bring about a wonderful end to this loooong process. Actually, may it be the beginning=)

Stephanie said...

Standing with you in prayer.

Amanda said...

I'll totally look for her. Shouldn't be too hard :~)I SO hope that we run into each other. That will be totally COOL. May God bless your travels and your visit!

Anonymous said...

Buen viaje Stephanie! desde Argentina vamos a estar rezando para que se de todo lo que deseas!!! Dios te bendiga, acompaƱe y cumpla tus deseos!!! Saludos, Constanza

Joe and Jill Wilkins said...

I am praying... Those boys need to get home.

Love, Jill
http://wilkinsadoption.blogspot.com/

kb said...

I'll be praying for you... and looking forward to seeing how God answers.

Dan and Debbi said...

Praying...and being reminded how precious and anxious and amazing the whole process is...and grateful that God is in control and I'm not! :)

Anonymous said...

Pray and believing for a miracle!
With God all things are possible!( matt 19:26)

-kate- said...

Aww, if course I will be praying for you! I cannot wait to hear all about it and see pictures of all the children! I wish I was going too! Please give Bella love from her family! Take care and enjoy every moment!

beth crowell/carroll said...

Hi, We will be praying for you and your family! I worked with Pedro years ago at Crystal Creek Christian Camp in PA...he was always a blessing and encouragement to those around him! May the Lord richly bless you and allow you to bring your boys home!

Anna and David said...

We continue to pray for you. Can't wait to hear how the trip turns out!