I hope everyone enjoyed their week. Our agency is glad to welcome back the families that have recently returned home from their travel!
We had a busy week in our office with families coming in and out, new program work and ended the week by celebrating the work of Aimee (Meier) Wilson in our China Program. We are grateful for her work in this program and very grateful that we don’t have to say “goodbye” to her. Aimee and her husband, Tim, are moving to Haiti to work on behalf of AWAA’s Haiti Program. The Wilsons have a great love for the people of Haiti and will work in many different capacities, including helping to run our agency’s guesthouse in Haiti.
There have been some negative stories in the media recently about families who have had their adoptions disrupted and then made poor choices regarding finding new homes/families for these children. These stories are tragic; no child deserves such a fate. We are grateful for the National Council For Adoption’s public statement about these stories. This announcement points out that this problem is in no way specific to international adoption but is also true for domestic adoption and children who were living with their biological birthparents. In other words, this is not an adoption issue but a greater child welfare issue. If you ever know of a family considering a disruption, please encourage them to work with competent child welfare professionals, including adoption agencies, state/county officials and/or adoption attorneys.
Our Welcoming Angels hosting program’s plan to host older children from China is being postponed until Summer 2014. We’re still actively working to have this program work and it’s not too early to contact us and let us know of your interest to participate in the program.
We have a Zoo Outing coming up on September 28th at the National Zoo. This will be a time for families to enjoy the zoo and we will have a lunch together in a pavilion.
Our agency’s devotional Bible passage this morning was taken from 2 Corinthians 12, “… But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Our prayer this morning was that our staff, our agency and our adoptive families would be dependent upon God’s grace in all that we do. As a reminder, if you have any prayer requests, please let us know how we can be praying for you.
-Brian Luwis, CEO