Garth and I are safely in Washington, DC in our hotel. We will soon be having dinner but we wanted to "reconnect" with our online family. I am SO GLAD we did! The first e-mail that was at the top of my list was from our family coordinator. Here is what she said:
Dear Garth & Carmen,
We are writing to ask your family to join us in prayer for the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWA) regarding the number of cases they will be able to process each day. They have made statements that they desire to decrease the number of recommendation letters they write each day. We understand that because of these statements, the Court and MOWA are in the process of meeting to discuss and work out any potential changes or new processes regarding adoptions in Ethiopia. We want to blanket these meetings with prayer and ask you to come along side us in this.
We are sorry to be sending information to your family so late in the day but we wanted to communicate this request to you before the weekend. We know rumors and concerns can arise from any information being shared in the adoption community and our desire is to continue to primarily provide you with any confirmed information in a timely manner. Please rest assured we will continue to seek information on what is happening in the adoption process in Ethiopia and will share with you any new confirmed information we receive.
Joining your family in prayer,
Africa Family Coordinator
One of the main reasons families don't pass court the first time is because MOWA hasn't written their letter of recommendation. If this does in fact take place, it could significantly delay court dates and Embassy hearings. Please pray that God's will be done in this matter.