Several babies have made it home to the USA and several more have recently received their visas and will be traveling soon! There are about 41 families still waiting for visa approval. In all of these investigations, there has been absolutely no evidence of fraud. Check out the latest article on the investigations: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=New+regulatory+panel+in+place&NewsID=274783
What I hope is that when all of the remaining pipeline families investigations are complete, the US government will see that they jumped the gun by implementing the suspension. My hope is that they will put the new procedural changes into place and lift the suspension. Up to the point of the suspension, the investigation to prove the child was actually an orphan and deemed legally adoptable didn't occur until after the families accepted the referral, traveled to Kathmandu, and met their child. The new procedure would be that once a referral is accepted, THEN they will do the investigation. If the investigation comes back clear, the parents will travel to Nepal to finalize the adoption and receive the visa. It is still unknown if the suspension will be lifted.
I can't even begin to imagine the trauma, pain, financial distress, and frustration the pipeline families have experienced. I do think though, that they are paving the way so that more Nepali orphans will have the opportunity to grow up in a family instead of an institution. I know that I am so thankful that these parents have persevered and not given up on their children. They are not only fighting for their families, but also for the future of the orphans in Nepal.
At the end of this month, it will be one year since I officially started my Nepal adoption process. I was talking to a friend about this and she said to me, "It's crazy how much and at the same time, how little has happened in the past year." I thought about that a lot because there have been so many miraculous things that have happened: some physical and some intangible. For example, when I compare my paperwork chase between Nepal and the Congo, it is absolutely amazing to me the timing of how everything came together for Nepal. I believe full-heartedly that God will bring my Nepal adoption to fruition. I was reading in the Psalms the other day and came across this verse:
The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
as they have longed for me to do.”
The Lord’s promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace,
purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation.
It reminded me that even though I may not understand everything that is happening, circumstances will never diminish God's power. Whatever is happening, God has allowed. He promises that he uses all things for the good of those who love him. And the most comforting thought as I go through this process? That God loves her more than I ever could! I know He has a plan and I'm excited to see how it all ends up coming together.
Nothing super exciting to report, except that if I had dreams of pursuing a life of criminal activity, those are down the drain. I'm still tracking down documents for my dossier including the state police background check
|a close up of the pattern on front
|the back- love the animal theme!!