We’ve been reading a lot of news and speculation about the Ethiopian government cutting international adoptions by as much as 90%. Right now, there’s been no definitive statements and we don’t really know what to believe. Some people believe that they may be shutting the doors much as China did a few years ago. Others think this is political infighting between governmental agencies looking for funding and decreased workloads. God only knows which is true. Really. God is the only one who knows what’s going to happen with this thing. Which is good for us. We know him. We can talk to him. We can plead our case to him – the only one who can really do anything about this. We’re hoping that God will move in the hearts of the people in Ethiopia, who we believe want the absolute best for the orphans there, and that they will not cut back international adoptions. But we don’t know what’s going to happen. So, if you would, please pray for the people at MOWA – The Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Ethiopia, as well as their justice system. Pray that they will not close the door to International adoptions and that the current adoption cases that are in their system won’t sit un-processed while they figure all this out. Also, pray for all the families who have already received referrals for the child they will adopt and are now just waiting. Many of these families have actually already met their adoptive children and talked to them, held them, played with them and spent time with them and now they are simply waiting for the legal process to run it’s course. These are challenging times for them. Pray for peace and comfort. Last but not least, pray for the children. They have already been through much just to get to this point. They need loving families, something an orphanage just can’t provide. Pray for their peace and comfort as they wait for their forever families.


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Les Brown

My name is Les Brown - not The Les Brown - just Les Brown. I'm married to the lovely and adorable SuperWife, Desi Brown. Together we're blessed with six IncrediKids - Abbie, Paul, Luke, Joshua, Bella, and Lilly, and we're hoping for more. All things considered, I live a fairly normal life - I work, lead my family, spend time with friends, and try to figure out how to do all of this in the way God intends. Not always easy. I started this blog out of a desire to create community with other Big Family Dads. There's definitely a bunch of us out there and though I don't have all the answers, I do understand a lot of the questions. I'm hoping to be an encouragement and to provide some great tools and resources for other dads.