This week we received approval of our form I-600, which is the 2nd biggest step in the Uganda adoption process! The first being the court ruling from the Ugandan government that gave us guardianship over Bo. The I-600 approval is basically the results of the US immigration background check over him to make sure he was truly orphaned. We found out, while we were here, that this process could take months or even be sent to the US foreign immigration headquarters in Rome if the case is not clearly approvable!
This approval is what we have been waiting for the last two months! Now we can finally move forward with the VISA application and coming home! Immediately following the I-600 approval we took Bo to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) where he had a tuberculosis test run and a general physical, which all came back great!
Now we’re down to only ONE STEP! We’ll have an interview for Bo’s travel VISA and hopefully be on our way home!! Let me repeat…we have ONE MORE STEP between us and traveling to the USA!
We’re elated to share this news with everyone, but it also gives us a chance to pause. We pause because the last two months have been filled with the combination of frantic hurry and anxious wait. We also have to pause to reflect on God’s faithfulness to us, because the stress had definitely taken root in the every day life. Worrying about finances, jobs and family during a time when ALL things were out of our control was tough, but God’s faithfulness shines through it all.
We’ve been listening to a lot of worship music lately, praising God for His faithfulness to us. We reflect on singing the song “Oceans” by Hillsong at least a hundred times. We sing the lyrics,
“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
We ask God to take us where our feet may fail and fear surrounds us, but He has not failed, and He won’t start now. These lyrics have taken on a new meaning in our life, because we have stepped into the deepest waters where His Grace has been our sustenance the past 3 months. His grace abounded through the numerous generous donations we received and awesome responses to us selling Uganda marketplace items at the exact moments when we thought we were in trouble. God used each of you through prayers or support to sustain us and increase our faith. Each one of you has been evidence to God’s grace in our lives and we’re forever grateful!
Now we move onto the next, HOPEFULLY LAST, step to heading home! Thank you, thank you thank you!!