As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An Urgent Call to Action - Will You Help??

Today I am filled with a sense of heaviness, dread, and disappointment. Adoption is never easy; however, we found out about some news that could potentially delay our adoption for months or even years. After having waited so long already, this news feels devastating. It could mean that many orphans will remain institutionalized in orphanages for years with no family to call their own. If the orphanages stay filled with these children, there will not be room for other orphans who need care. However, God has been in control from the beginning and knows all things. He will be with us and only asks that we trust Him. He knows exactly how to handle this. Below is an email we received from our adoption agency that explains the situation. Please read it, sign the petition, and most of all, PRAY!!!! God is still in the business of performing miracles, and wants to give these orphans a home even more than we do.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." John 14:18

"As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25

Help Us Advocate For Ethiopian Orphans

An Important Update

The Ethiopian Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) has announced a proposal to decrease the number of adoptions they will process and approve—even by as much as 90%. They are planning to accomplish this decrease by limiting the number of approved cases to only 5 per working day. This change is currently set to begin on March 10, 2011.
Please know that no one fully understands this proposal yet. Our staff, led by Almaz in Ethiopia, are still sorting out what this could mean for each of the children and families that we work with. These children are their passion and they are working on the front lines in this advocacy. Also, this is not limited to AGCI. This will impact every agency and the families that each serve. This means that all agencies are working together in their advocacy making a very strong force that is working on the behalf of children and families. Currently, all agency staff are waiting for the Director of MOWA to return to Ethiopia. Once she returns they will have a chance to sit down and talk over the implications of this proposal.
To attempt to counteract this proposal, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) has put a “Call to Action” in place. This sort of international advocacy is what JCICS does, and they do it well.
We are strongly encouraging you to read their post below and follow the suggested steps. You can also share this with your family, friends, Facebook friends and church to do the same. It is so important that we are all united in this effort! We are all advocates in our own circles of influence—and it is good to partner with you in this!
Thank you again for all that you are doing at this time. You are all valued and important in this process of promoting and preserving the best interest of children in Ethiopia and around the world.
God Bless,

Hollen Frazier
Executive Director

JCICS Call to Action

March 8, 2011
Joint Council: Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children
What You Can Do:
1) Sign the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi – and pass it on!
2) Have you adopted from Ethiopia? Please send us up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child – we’ll compile the information and send a book to the Ministry of Woman’s Affairs. Send your photos and stories to by Sunday, March 12, 2011 to be included. Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide.
3) Share…Please send this Call to Action to family members, other adoptive parents, and everyone you know! Post, forward and share your adoption stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Make sure you include us in your posts so we can all hear your stories! Here’s links to our pages: Facebook, Twitter and our our blog.
4) Stay informed: Get up-to-date information regarding the situation in Ethiopia by signing up to receive information from us: click here to do so, make sure you choose “country and issues specific information” and “Ethiopia.” And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our our blog.
5) Help ensure our advocacy can continue: Joint Council is a non-profit and receives no government funding. Please join us in ensuring more children live in safe, permanent and loving families. Donate today!

1 comment:

  1. Erica-would you consider swapping an Asia continent plate for some "got love?" gear? I really liked the Africa one you did. I enjoyed the poem, as well, but think the plate might be a better trade!! :)

    Let me know-no pressure!