Last week our agency's program coordinator for El Salvador travelled to the country to meet and discuss and figure. Due to the continuously increasing wait time that has been present since the opening of the program in 2006, AWAA will no longer be accepting application for new families after February.
In one sense, this comes as somewhat of a relief and in another sense, as not much of a surprise. For our family it doesn't change much about our status. And at this point we feel right about continuing in our wait. For new families it is a definitive statement about the current uncertainty of the details of this program (details that will, Lord willing, change). For years we've been fielding questions from interested families referred to us because of our "test family" status. Each time I respond, not knowing how to encourage someone towards a country that I love, but one that is no different from other programs at this time- long in the wait and unclear in the reasons for frequent changes. The hard part is that this country's program has been that way from the start.
El Salvador is in big time need of prayer. The doors could be opened up for the sake of the children. They really are there. Children are waiting! The main obstruction is the legal process: lack of paperwork, lack of aid ...
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying, "God has lost track of me.
He doesn't care what happens to me"?
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
This is yet another entry in the category "what to post when you have nothing about your personal process to post"...
Here's another organization working in El Salvador! - La Casa De Mi Padre.
From the looks of it, this ministry seems to be functioning in some ways similar to La Providencia. La Casa's website provides a little general information about El Salvador and has a video about the country, the ministry, and the children and families. I recommend it; it was great to watch. I guess I just love seeing the faces of the people there!
The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
Friday, January 11, 2008
Our agency coordinator will be taking a trip down to El Salvador the week after next. She will be participating in conversations and meetings during her quick trip.
We'll post an update, if any information is given to us. We are definitely looking forward to any information that may come.
Pray for productive meetings and good conversations and clear direction!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
"One of the greatest challenges orphans face is they do not have the necessary paperwork in order to be adopted."
"The most fundamental and important legal document in a child's life is a birth certificate....The child that is most at risk is the orphan, who has no chance of being adopted into a family without a birth certificate."
Below are two organizations advocating for orphans in El Salvador: