I left my camera up in the room, so I will tell you about court, then if I am able, I will run and try to get a picture of Elizabeth on. There is a storm brewing outside and I fear that we will lose internet again if I don’t hurry up and post.
First let me thank all of you for all the comments and emails…they are so encouraging to me over here in Uganda. Dw read me some since I could not get on the internet. You guys rock and it is only by prayer support that I am able to do what I do with confidence – my confidence is in Almighty God and the prayers of His people – thank you, thank you, thank you!
I was up much of the night praying and reading the Bible and journaling. The Lord spoke some verses to my heart (more on that later). It was some sweet Jesus-time for sure! I felt energized, even though I should have been sleeping, I love when the Lord speaks and ministers…still so crazy for me to realize I am in Africa!!
Anyway, we were at the courthouse EARLY…for you who know me, go ahead you can pick yourself off the floor (I’ll wait)…the Royal High Court in Kampala, Uganda is quite an impressive building and the architechture (I love, love, love architechture) was amazing!! We waited outside on a big veranda holding my sweet babies.
When we went in to see the Judge, we went into her chambers. She did not look up, but definitely gave me the impression that it was going to only be business. (When I saw her expression, I could not pray fast enough. I turned to Tonnie – our Ugandan son and mouthed, “Pray”…then to Graham and Emma…)
Our attorney went thru Elizabeth’s petition first, all the documents, where she was abandoned, what attempts were made to contact her family, etc. It took about a half hour and then the Judge said, “The ruling will be pronounced at 10:00am December 5th, 2008.”
I had to think quickly, oh my gracious – that’s tomorrow!! That seems very good since they often issue their ruling at least a week later!! Prayers at work for sure!
Then the attorney went through everything with Elijah. When he was done with Elijah she said, “The ruling will be pronounced at 2:30pm on December 5th, 2008.
My spirit had a red flag come up. I know God is big friends…He is a mountain moving God. She had said when the proceeding first started, “Which one does she want to take first?” I didn’t like that question. Now it could be just how she says things, but I could really use your prayer.
I do not want to give in to fear but my spirit is anxious. It is greatly concerning to me.
When we got back to the baby orphanage I had to go speak to someone about moving down to stay in the guest house on the property. When I went back into the orphanage I saw Emma was changing Elijah. All the babies were going down for a nap. I snuggled with Elijah and finally put him in his crib.
I then went looking for Elizabeth. I could not find her. I know this might sound dumb, since she has lived there for nearly 3 years, but she is my daughter and I could not imagine where she was. I started scurrying room to room. I saw Graham and said, “Where is Elizabeth?” He said, “She’s in there mom.” I ran back into the room that I had just been in. Do you know where I found her? She was UNDER a huge blanket because she was trying to cover one of the little ones that was already asleep. She had tried to lift that blanket up over the crib and it had fallen over her. The minute she saw me she ran to me and just hugged me and hugged me and hugged me. It was precious.
I went to lay her in her crib. In the meantime, while rubbing Elizabeth’s back Elijah climbed out of his crib and come running and wrapped his arms around my legs. They are my babies!!
Almighty God must move, but we must pray!! I feel like there is a battle going on in the heavenlies for them.
The attorney said that he will not be at the two hearings tomorrow, but his associate Rebecca will be there. Rebecca had on a little cross that said, “Jesus” on it. She seemed very sweet.
All I can do is ask you to pray with me. I am certain that I will be in prayer and fasting mode until after tomorrow. I am comforted by the fact that Dw had that prophetic dream about BOTH of them, and that I had the promise of Elijah months before Dw even met him. I believe they both will come home, but they need to come now – together!!
Pray with me, PLEASE.
Much love to all of you from Kampala, Uganda!