Two weeks ago, Bill McGinty of WCNC aired a story about our adoption. He filmed it two weeks before, and it was a great experience. He really took time to cover everything and make sure that he got it right. The story that aired was just the first part - he expects to cover the situation more clearly over a few different episodes.
I knew when it ran that we would get negative comments online from viewers. I have seen it on my blog and I have seen it with every news article that has been written about other families in our situation. I am so familiar with these comments that I could have written them myself.
So when NBC Charlotte posted a few links to the story, and the haters showed up, it really didn't bother me or surprise me.
What did surprise me was the outpouring of love from perfect strangers. Perfect strangers were standing up for us, defending us, letting us know that they were praying for us.
"Beautiful ... Praying for a speedy home coming for these young ladies .."
"Pressing in with prayer! God bless you all~"
"Rest assured.this is in God's hands !"
"Sending love, hugs and lots of prayers that you will be united with your beautiful daughters very soon!"
Over 2,000 likes on one post and 175 shares, lots of love and so many prayers. I love my city.
If I did not believe in the power of prayer, I would have had to after that day. I felt those prayers so strongly.
Just the day before our story aired, we heard that President Obama called President Kabila. Then later that week, we started hearing, for the first time in a long time, very good rumors about the exit letter suspension possibly coming to an end soon.
The wheels are in motion.
We have higher hopes than we have had in a very long time.
We hope to hear something, one way or the other, soon.
It is joyful but also so so stressful. We could still really use your prayers. That is really the whole point of this blog post. Please pray for the officials in the DRC that they can find a speedy solution so that these children can finally have families. Please pray for us as parents that we can withstand the ups and downs and keep our faith. Please pray for us to stay strong so that when the children finally do come home we are ready to love them and show them all the patience they deserve. Please pray that the children will feel God's love for them through all of this and that they can know their worth.