The last few days have been filled with calls from our case worker and forwarded e-mails between Almaz and the US Embassy about our case. Yesterday, Almaz had asked the Embassy if it would be possible to video an interview with S's birth mother (A), since she was refusing to travel. The Embassy responded that they would accept a video in this case, although they could not guarantee that they would not require additional information as well. They gave some basic outlines of what the interview should include. This morning, the director of the orphanage in Gambella where S was originally placed went to A's home to conduct this interview and discovered that A had changed her mind about traveling. She said this morning that she would go to Addis because she really did want to see her son one more time. Her interview is now rescheduled for next Thursday, June 14th.
PLEASE pray for her. I cannot imagine what she is going through right now. We are sincerely hoping and praying that she doesn't back out of this interview a second time, but at the same time, I really feel for her. Pray that God will miraculously cover her in His strength and love as she makes this impossible journey.
My reading from this morning beautifully sums up my prayer for her: "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."