Monday, September 17, 2007

First Day in Liberia!!

I just talked to Jeff on the phone!!! He met with AOH this morning and with Fatu and Osobie's grandpa and Uncle. AOH has talked with aunts, uncles, in hopes to confirm Grandpa's story of our kids parents death, and to get affidavit's to submit to the Embassy. Jeff believes that the grandpa is telling the truth and even asked him point blank several times. He told him it was okay if they were alive, but that we just needed to know the truth. The grandpa shared the same story that their parents were in fact dead.

SO... what next??? Well, Jeff is going to go over all our paperwork tomorrow with AOH. They are also supposed to pick up the parents death certificates from the Ministry of Health tomorrow. (hopefully) Jeff and AOH have an appointment with Alma, the visa consulate on Thursday. They plan on bringing our whole case with all the new supporting documents and info with them to submit to her.

WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR PRAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE PRAY THAT THE VISA CONSULATE WILL ACCEPT
& LOOK AT THE NEW INFORMATION!!
If she denies us again, we could have a long road ahead of us
WE NEED WISDOM, DISCERNMENT, SENSITIVE EARS TO THE LORD'S WHISPERS
WE NEED GOD TO DO WHAT ONLY HE CAN DO!!!!
Please pray for the death cert's to be issued and for the Thursday appt!!!
*Please continue to pray for Alonso's as well...I am not sure how their case is going.

Okay, so now for some amazing news!!! Jeff received another confirmation that Fatu and Osobie are ours!! The Grandpa told Jeff the meaning of Fatu's name. It means "SMALL SOMETHING" or "LITTLE ONE" in their tribe. When I was born, my dad wrote a poem about me and he called me "Klienen" which means "LITTLE ONE" or "SMALL ONE".!!!!!!!! Can you believe it??? I am in tears!! Here we have been praying for months on end for the Lord to give us a new name for Fatu because we found out it means something like "daughter of Mohammad"...but it doesn't!!!!! This is why God NEVER gave us a new name for her!!!! Her name is FATU!!!! I have been really struggling with this for sometime now and little did I know the Lord had an even more wonderful plan ahead for her name!! I am overwhelmed with joy over God's amazing answer to prayer! We absolutely LOVE the name Fatu and now we get to keep it!!!
Also, we found out Fatu and Osobies moms name is Katherine!!! Wow!!!!
ALL our love and thank yous for continuing to pray!!!
We are praising God for all his confirmations that we are exactly where He wants us to be!!!

7 comments:

blessedmommy said...

I'm in tears reading your post. Wow . . . amazing how God is confirming that Fatu and Osobie are to be your children. Do you know what Osobie means? We will continue to pray that God reveals the truth and that Alma's heart will be receptive.
In Christ,
Melissa Arnold (AOH family)

Brandi said...

Continuing to pray. . .

Brandi

Stephanie said...

Hi Katie - found your blog! I am praying!!! Stephanie

Scott and Katy said...

AMAZING!!! We will be fasting and on our knees throughout the day Thursday!
So encouraged!
Love,
Katy

DeniseinSC said...

Fasting Wed. pm through Thurs. pm. I truly believe you will get these children. You're just having a super long labor!!! Lvoe, Denise

amber said...

Katie,
These confirmations are incredible! Wow... God never misses a beat. I love how He hides information sometimes until the perfect time for it to be revealed... for encouragment and confirmation.

You guys are on my heart and mind often, and I will be fasting and praying Wed/Thurs as well...

Amber

jeff & katie said...

Thank you !!! ALL of you who continue to leave me comments!! I check this all the time for your words of encouragement and love! It means so much to know we're surrounded by such willing, passionate, God seeking, and loving friends!!!
Continuing to pray for all of Liberias children and God's movement over there!
love ya all
Katie Borchert