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End of the Year

I’m back in the office this week, after having been to China to meet the new director of the CCAA.  He seems like a great fit for that position – he is excited about his role in helping build families and he expressed a sincere desire to help orphans in his country.  Although my time in China was brief, it was good to have met with him, meet with our staff in Beijing and one of the travel guides we use.

We’re excited for all the families recently back from Rwanda, Ethiopia & China.  It was great to meet a few of the Rwanda families while I was traveling last week.  I enjoy meeting families in country – it’s a joy to see them with their children.

We’ve had a busy week, which always seems to happen at the end of the year.  We have the office Christmas dinner on Monday night – it’ll be nice to spend time with co-workers outside of the office.

The 2009 inter-country adoption statistics have been put out by the Department of State.  As many of you can guess, there has been a dramatic decrease in adoptions this year.  My prayer for 2010 is that many countries will be more amenable to inter-country adoption as an option for children in their care. 

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.  ~Isaiah 9:6-7


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