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Prayer Request

September 27, 2013

As many of you are aware, my (Lisa’s) mission focus while in Congo intertwined with the adoption community there.  I helped adopting parents online in a Facebook group with answering travel and cultural questions, then was able to help them in country by taking them to local markets and in other small ways.  I still try to help when possible in the forum online and, more recently, we met literally over one hundred adopting families on our road trip this summer.  Obviously, these special families have a place in my heart – in our hearts!

So, I wanted to share with you an urgent prayer request tonight: the US government confirmed that, as of two days ago, the Congolese government has ceased issuing the needed paperwork to allow adopted children out of the country.  This has happened in the past, when problems or suspicious situations have arrived, but in today’s announcement, the government of DRC states that this shut down could last for up to twelve months.  (Go here to read the notice.)

While we don’t know to what extent this will suspend adoptions or if it will truly last that long, you can imagine the parents who are currently in the process and how heavy their hearts must be tonight.  A few parents are currently in Kinshasa as we speak, hearing the news, and not knowing if they will be bringing their babies home!  Either way, prayer is needed!

Please pray for the families who are being affected and who might affected in the future.  Please pray for the foreign governments, the US included, to help and understand the position of the Congolese government and what can be done to lift this suspension and prevent it from happening in the future.  Pray for the government of DRC, that they will quickly sort out where the issue truly lies, and how to resolve it for the sake of the families and kiddos who are waiting to be united.  Finally, pray for the children.  Those who have families waiting for them, who may face up to an additional year without parents, many without proper nutrition and healthcare.

Thank you for your prayers!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2013 0829

    Are there no background checks on the people who are taking these children out of the Congo?? How many of these parents who have neglected and/or gave the children away to another couple had incidents in their backgrounds that might have sent up a flag that they were not fit to be parents? My first thought was that this was a political thing brought on by actions of this government, but as I read in your link, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration has a valid reason for their decision. Maybe adoptive parents need to be more closely scrutinized before allowing an adoption and requesting an exit permit. Something that will help convince the authorities that these children are going to a good home. In my heart, I am hoping this is not a way for certain Congolese authorities to make financial gains in return for them to ‘play ball.’ That is my inner cynic talking. I hope things gets worked out soon for the sake of the parents with good intentions and especially the children. Keep up the good work you and Matthew are doing, Lisa.

  2. Carol O'neal permalink
    September 28, 2013 0829

    I am praying!!!

  3. September 30, 2013 0829

    It was wonderful to meet you both in Southern CA on your long tour! We will be following along on all that God has for the Lind family! We are definitely praying and appreciate your heart and ministry!

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