A little update on where we are with Mary and Comfort:
I can tell you where I am. I can’t help but feel like
our girls Mary and Comfort are victims of circumstance and the lack of proper prioritization along every front and agency within this experience. And honestly, we tried to put them first, but were unsuccessful, So…yeah. That hurts. Trusting that the tragedies in their lives would be redeemed for His good.
- We have found a great social worker who is very committed to M and C, and who wants the very best for them. I can’t say enough good things about him; he is honest and kind, and Doug knows him from a previous trip to Ghana. They worked well together, and have a mutual respect for one another. I feel blessed to have secured his help.
- The girls’ mother is living, and is willing to care for them, with some help. She was d.e.v.a.s.t.a.t.e.d. to hear that they weren’t living with us in America for the past couple of years. If there’s anyone on whom this process has been harder than us and the girls, it has to be her. We are going to be sponsoring her business as a pastry baker, and are grateful to hear that she seems to be talented in baking and really wants to try her hand at this in support of her family. We are also looking to get her a cell phone, so that she can better communicate with the outside world.
- We are eager to sponsor (all of) the children’s education. We hope that they will all be enrolled in school very shortly, so that they can keep up with the other students in their grade levels. Education is of the utmost importance to Doug and me, and we have high hopes that the children will complete their schooling.
- We are waiting for news about other ways in which we can love on and support this dear family.
- We may able to Skype with M and C in the near future, with our social worker’s help.
- It’s all hard.
- When we Skype with the girls, it will be the first time since they have found out that they’re not coming to America as Hannas. Doug and I have our game-face masks at the ready, and are prepared to be as positive as we can, but we ache for them; I can’t imagine their range of emotions. We hope they’ll feel at least a little bit excited to be reunified with their birth mother, though. It’s rough to be sending them to a home wherein their standard of living will likely plummet for at least a little while. But no one should have to relinquish her children because of poverty, and ultimately, this is their family, from whom they should have never been torn. Supports SHOULD have been in place so that their mother could have kept them without fear of starvation and homelessness, but they weren’t, and here we are.
Gotta wrap this up, but once again, want to thank you all for your prayers and support.
Leaning in to a Father who loves these precious girls more than Doug or I could ever imagine, and trusting Him with the authorship of their stories. And ours.