Our dossier has now been in Ethiopia for four months!! Four months down, maybe 5 or so to go until we see a picture of our little one! In some ways the time has gone quickly and in others it seems so long ago that we sent our dossier off. It is encouraging to know that we are almost half way there,though! Please keep Ethiopian adoption in your prayers. Ethiopia is definitely experiencing some growing pains....their court system is struggling to keep up with all the requests for court dates for adoptions and it seems that more people are not passing court the first time they go through. (Reminder: our agency will go to court for us in Ethiopia after we receive our referral - we must pass court in order to travel) The laws and expectations of judges in Ethiopia are changing all the time as they figure out how best to serve the children of their country. It is a challenging and exciting time to be a part of Ethiopian adoption. It is wonderful that more families are adopting these precious children, and yet difficult to be in the middle of it and have the process slow down.
We are a family of ten...striving to live the lives that please God...getting it wrong a lot of the time, but trying nonetheless. We have eight beautiful children...three were given to us through birth and five through the miracle of adoption. We feel blessed to be living the life we've been given.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
~ One in ten children die before their first birthday ~ One in six children die before their fifth birthday ~ 44% of the population is under 15 years old ~ 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition ~ The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years old ~ 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) ~ There are roughly 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia ~ Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa ~ Half of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. ~ 88% will never attend secondary school ~ Coffee prices (Ethiopia's only major export) declined 40-60% from 1998-2002 ~ Ethiopia's doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000 ~ Severe drought struck country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)