Junkin (party of five)

Junkin (party of five)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Can we just go??

We are not the first and certainly won't be the last couple to say that to each other after the roller coaster ride we have been on the last month. And as it turns out, the answer to that question was yes!
Picking up where Jenn left off last week, the police/orphanage did find the birth mom last week and allowed her to take our court date (today) to do the preliminary hearing. However, the birth mom went MIA again on Tuesday and after talking to West Sands we requested that they allow us to go ahead and come to court to do our part and give consent now that the preliminary hearing was going to be delayed significantly.  To our surprise they agreed given the circumstances, and early this morning Woudneh went to court to request that very thing. Unfortunately, the judge gave our hearing time to someone else because they knew we didn't have the birth mom and therefore he was unable to ask the judge to ok our hearing. He has a hearing on Friday to make that request.
Now, back to our dilemma.  This next week sets up really well for us to travel with our jobs, and everyone at West Sands not only believe the judge will grant our hearing, but also do it quickly given the impending rainy season. So do we go ahead and go and spend next week with Micah and wait for a hearing or wait for the court date and then head over there. I had my opinion, but when I called Jenn at work and told her that Woodneh was unable to get clearance, her response was the same as mine "Can we just go?"
So tomorrow we are leaving Birmingham for D.C. and Friday morning we will be headed to Addis. I can't tell you what it feels like to know that Saturday morning I will finally get to hold Micah.  
As I see it one of four things will happen:
1.) the judge oks everything and we get a court date next week and we come home next Friday as planned.
2.) the judge oks everything but gives us a court date for the following week and we have to stay longer than expected.
3.) the judge oks everything but is unable to give us a court date before the rainy season and we come home
4.) the unknown option known as TIA (This is Africa)
The common denominator in all of these is that we get to see Micah and visit the orphanages and see first hand what eyesthatsee.org, (un)Adopted, West Sands, and other great organizations are doing, and have the life altering experience we have been preparing for for over a year.
So for those of you praying for our family, please pray for us as we travel tomorrow and Friday.  For Woudneh and the court next week.  For my sweet wife.  For JT and Rhett, who are staying behind with family. And that through whatever lies in store for us that God will be glorified.
To be continued.........

1 comment:

  1. John and Jennifer, we are praying so hard for you and the boys. I know God has all these details taken care of. Praying He will keep working in ways He alone can! We love y'all!