Monthly Archives: December 2008

Court Update

Dear friends and family

We just received a call from our adoption agency and unfortunately our case was not heard in court today. Some paperwork did not arrive and we have now been given a new court date.

Although we are saddened by this news we are praising God that our case was able to be scheduled for this Friday January 2nd.  Hopefully if all goes well we can keep our original travel dates of January 16th.

Please pray very specifically for the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs as it appears that is the reason cases weren’t heard today. Pray that they will have a someone soon to sign off on paperwork as many other adopting families are affected by this as well.  We thank you for your prayers. We are meditating on Psalms 112:6-8 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid.”


Standing firm,

Joshua and Bethany



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Waiting some more. . .

Well, Kim came to the rescue again.  Just moments before reading an email from our agency I read this email from her. . . .  Thank you Kim for pointing me to our Father!

Psalms 112:6-8

Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.  He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  His heart is secure, he will have no fear.

Have NO FEAR Bethany as our awesome God has won the battle for your children, regardless of today’s outcome.

So our adoption agency has been unable to contact our in country staff concerning the outcome of our court case so since it is now almost 8:30 PM in Ethiopia they are expecting that we will have no word until sometime tomorrow.  Thank you for your prayers as we continue to rest secure and have no fear. . . we WILL TRUST THE LORD!

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Midnight Prayers

My dear friend Kim who is also waiting to bring home a precious little one from Ethiopia sent me this email.  I am so grateful to God for friends like this.  There are 2 other families waiting to hear about court rulings within the next couple days.  Kim sent this to all of us.  You can check out the other families blogs who are waiting to hear about court at: – The Violette Family -The Sapp Family

This is what Kim wrote:

I couldn’t sleep last night at about 1:30 am so I began praying for your kiddos by name. I was led to a passage in Daniel 9 where Daniel is crying out for his people. I cried out, hands held high, for your children last night. I awoke with great peace. I KNOW your stress, your anguish this day. I am here for you if you need anything. I’ll be lifting you up throughout the day. You are SO LOVED as are your children.

This was the verse and my prayer.

“O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see… For we
do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but
because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord,
pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God,
because your city and your people are called by your name.”

O Lord, hear our cry for M***, for Y***, for T*** and F***. O Lord
open your eyes and see their need for parents, their parent’s need for
them. O Lord hear, forgive our faithlessness during this wait. O my
God, ACT on behalf of these children, for they are called by your name
to a home with a forever family, to be raised as children of faith, as
covenant children according to your truth.

O Lord, incline your ear and hear our cries for our children.
According to YOUR righteousness and great mercy, hear us and bring our
loved children home.


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Taylor Family Update

Well Folks, the past few weeks have been busy ones and time keeps ticking away!  We ask that you please be praying this evening and through the night for our court case in Ethiopia.  Since Ethiopia is 8 hours ahead our case should be heard sometime between midnight tonight and 8:00AM EST tomorrow morning!  We should have an email by the end of the day tomorrow letting us know whether or not we passed court in Ethiopia.  If we pass then we will be the legal parents of our precious kiddos and will travel on January 16th to bring them home to their forever family!!!  Please pray for all the paperwork to make it to court and for all the people that need to be there to make it on time.  Please pray for favor on our behalf with the Judge and that he or she will pass our case so that we can travel soon!!!

Be sure to check back tomorrow, because if we do pass court then we will finally be able to share our beautiful kiddos photos with you.  We have a slideshow all set. . . so excited to share!!!!

Thanks for the prayers,

The Taylors

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More families traveling

There are a number of families traveling within the next couple weeks to pick up their kiddos in Ethiopia.  Here are the links to follow their journeys!

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Getting closer!!!!

Well folks the countdown has begun!  We have been given travel dates of January 16th-24th!  We have flights reserved, and we should know whether or not we passed court by Monday December 22nd!  That is only 18 days away, and then if we pass we’ll leave just a few short weeks afterward on Friday the 16th of January!  Wow!  We can’t wait to share all the precious pictures we have of our kiddos once we pass court! 

God has also continued to provide and we are seeing our fund raiser thermometer increase!  We also found out that our international flights are going to be about $1000 LESS then what we anticipated!  So we are that much closer to being fully funded!  God is so very kind!

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to our adoption please leave a comment and we will send you the information on how to give. 

Only 43 days until we travel!!!!!!


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