A couple posts blog posts ago, I alluded to the fact that life for us has held many ups and downs. That there have been very exciting things and very difficult things. We are now able to share some huge news that we, on the one hand are very excited about, but on the other hand, sad that it has had to come about via huge losses. A couple weeks ago we received word that our good friend, Sarah Denise, had lost her grandmother, the one who had raised her from the time she was small. Denise is a full orphan and only has one living close relative left...an uncle...but he serves in the Uganda military in Somalia. She was completely on her own and needed a place to go. Working with local social workers, we were able to take her home the night of the funeral and offer her temporary shelter.
After a few days, her uncle (pictured left) was able to come back from Somalia. We were able to meet with him and a social worker (pictured right) and receive their blessing to care for her.
We are now pursuing legal guardianship with the goal of adopting her. We are praying that the Lord will open all these doors!
Denise is 12 years old. She loves purple and pink, pretty clothes, math, and computers! She is working really hard on learning English and how to read. Welcome to our family, Denise! We are so thankful that the Lord is blessing us with another daughter and sister!
Please pray for us! Pray that Denise will relax and settle in well! Pray for her as she learns what it means to live in a family with two parents, siblings and boundaries. We praise the Lord that the first few weeks have gone so well! Pray for her as she continues to grieve all her losses. Pray that the Lord will bless our process of blending as a new family! May God be glorified!