Here’s the short story… a missionary emailed me when I was on my way to Ukraine. Through several exchanged emails we discovered that she had ministered at the institution where Aleksa is! We exchanged photos of her, and she is alive and well :). I shared with the missionary about the Ds conference, and the missionary group she ministers with came and we met in person! She’s a very sweet person inside and out, and so is her ministering team!
They went to the institution yesterday and brought a photo of our family to the director. They told him about us again, and he wasn’t much interested, but they broached the subject of adoption with him. His response was for us to prepare our papers, come, and we would talk.
Now… we weren’t even considering adopting two children right now! In fact, we only applied to immigration for one child. We aren’t sure we’re prepared to add both an 8 year old and little Wesley (who IS coming home—no question there) to our family. We don’t know whether Aleksa would be ‘released’ even if we do try.
But we can’t ignore that the director has invited us to come. And we can’t ignore the timing of this encounter with the missionary. And we can’t ignore that though we applied to immigration for only one child… we received approval for two.
So we’re taking one step at a time. We’ve committed ourselves to walk as God leads. We’ve said “yes”, not necessarily to adoption, but to staying open to whatever God has planned. One step at a time, as God leads.
We can’t do this alone.
Please pray with us. For clarity, discernment, peace, and most of all, for Aleksa and her future. Whether it be here or there. I will update again soon, fill you in as we walk this out. For now, here’s “our” Aleksa, age 8…