If you know me, you know I am not a patient person by nature. In fact when I was a little girl, I was in a church play and one of the songs we sang was about patience and went something like this..."Have patience, have patience, don't be in such a hurry. If you get inpatient, you only start to worry. Remember, remember that God is patient too, and think of all the times when others have to wait for you." As I grew up whenever I would get inpatient my mom would start singing me that song, and she still does sometimes! Anyway, on Monday I decided to see if I could get a status update on our I-171H so I sent an e-mail to NBC again. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a response that same afternoon (no patience required...YEAH). The e-mail was from the actual person who has our file on her desk and this is what she said.
I am sorry that I have not been able to get to your case as of yet but I am working the files I have in the order they were received and let me tell you I have received tons! Anyway, I am getting closer to your application and it looks like I should be able to get to it by the end of the week. Please be patient with me just a little longer and I will let you know when I am done. If you don’t hear anything from me by the 1st of next week please email me again and I will give you an update.
So, we could potentially have our I-171H by the END OF NEXT WEEK! As exciting as that is, we are still $3635 short of the $7700 that we need. So please pray that we will have our money by the time we receive our I-171H so we don't have to wait on sending our dossier to AWAA. This whole process has been an exercise in patience and I think I am getting better, but I don't want our kids staying orphans any longer than absolutely necessary. Thank you all so much for your support. Just as a reminder, we still have our "I Dream of Africa" magnets for sale for $5 each, our Just Love Coffee store for you coffee drinkers out there, and our aluminum can recycling, which we have already made about $35 on. For those of you who would like a tax deduction, you can also donate through Kingdom Kids Adoption Ministry at http://www.kingdomkidsadoption.org/. Under donations at the top, click on Family Grant Donation. Thanks so much!
Garth and Carmen