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God’s Plan…Not Ours

Posted by Brian Borgman on March 27, 2011

As posted on our blog on 3/5/11, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women’s Children’s and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) has decided to reduce the number of adoption cases they process per day from 40 down to 5…a 90% decrease. Obviously, this will create long delays for many Ethiopian adoptions.

Since that announcement here’s what we’ve heard…

– Ethiopia’s Minister of MOWCYA was replaced within days of the above announcement.
– The U.S. State Department has indicated that many Governmental and Non-Governmental Groups have proposed offers to provide MOWCYA with the resources needed to continue operating at their usual pace.
– The Ethiopian MOWCYA has announced a revised plan which includes the processing of 20 adoption cases per day.
– We have had 2 sets of friends return from Ethiopia with the newest additions to their families in the past week.  Their agency’s Ethiopian contact said that he’s seen no slow downs in the process at this point.

Needless to say, with all the conflicting information we were getting, Cassie and I (more me than she) were a bit uncertain how to proceed. We began to look at other adoption options other than Ethiopia…both domestically and internationally. However, we have continued to come back to Ethiopia and really feel like God has laid Ethiopia on our family’s hearts…it doesn’t hurt that we’ve been blessed in celebrating with our friends upon their return with their new children from Ethiopia!!

Cassie and I have come to the conclusion that this journey is going to be all about trusting God and His will for our lives and having faith in Him. There are so many things we cannot control…and that is very difficult for Cassie and me (especially me). However, I am convinced that is (at least) a couple of the things God plans to work on with us through this process. I like to plan the next step; review my options; strategically make my decision; etc. It’s not going to work like that through this adoption. My only option is to have FAITH and TRUST; realizing that, whatever the outcome, God has a plan. It might not be my plan, but it is His…and ultimately, in the long run, it will be much better than any plan I can come up with on my own!

“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.”   – Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

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One Response to “God’s Plan…Not Ours”

  1. cathy gleason said

    Brian and Cassie-Will be praying for you guys-We have an amazing God who can be trusted! Love you guys! Cathy

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