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!
SO SO SO praying for you, your babies, and the judge.
My heart was so heavy as I read your post…yes, there is a battle going on the heavenlies…there ALWAYS is when these precious children are coming home! We experienced it with Abby in such a big way. But as I said yesterday, the judge’s heart is in our MIGHTY God’s hand…this is His battle, He is fighting it and He will prevail!
Hugs and Prayers,
Praying in Indiana and I also posted on my blog yesterday for people to pray for you.
I am totally praying Linn. I will pray with you today. I read this scripter on Dan Sneed’s Ecourage letter. I thought I’d share with you and your blog friends. Pray harder friends, pray harder.
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder…” Romans 12:11-12 (msg)
praying, my friend. remember the deer outside your window? He knows the plans He has for us!
I will be praying for favor with the judge that rulings for both Elijah and Elizabeth are that they BOTH can come home now!
Linn and Dw, these precious words from Him were in my inbox this morning…He left nothing outside his control. I’m claiming that promise from His Word for you today, for your family, which in your hearts, in our hearts, and in His heart includes these two precious children.
You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.
I am praying, friends, as are many others. Your children will come home–claiming His promise as victory!!
Love to you,
Gayle and Curtis
Oh for sure we are praying!
I was praying through the night and in the wee hours this morning – knowing that you were much closer to the court time.
Praying that GOD will speak to this judge’s heart in a way that she cannot deny. That her eyes will be opened to the MIRACLE that God has brought before her… that she will see His very work through YOU in loving these children with the love of God.
Wish I were there with you.
And yes, I have already been bugging that man of mine about a trip to Africa.
Still praying. Put you on the prayer chain at church last night and will ask for corporate prayer at MOPS this morning. Will continue to pray day and night. Stay strong, you are all such an amazing family and an inspiration for the rest of us. I KNOW God will work this out.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Praying for you!! The children look perfect in your arms. I’m sure God is smiling!
We will be in prayer for God to soften this judge's heart not only for your situation, but to open her eyes & ears to the Gospel that will transform her! Praying for opportunities for you to share with her!
I’m in prayer and fast mode with you. I’m praying that the judge would be tormented in a dream tonight about those two, as Herod’s wife was – that she would know they are supposed to stay together and that she would have a tender heart for those children.
Our God is an awesome God – He is mighty to save. I know that he will keep His promise – he is the One, True, Promise Keeper.
Sending love and prayers.
Oh, how I know the anxiety that comes along with adoption so much more than when you carry a child for nine months. The unpredictability of adoption is not for the faint of heart. God brought you to Uganda with a purpose in mind. He will lead you through the waters and fire that surely await. “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of israel, your savior.”
Loving you, caring for you and praying for you!