Ethiopia Family Spotlight—Where Are They Now?

We adopted our precious daughter Quilla (Tigist) from Ethiopia in 2010, but certainly not without challenges. This experience has taught us a great deal about perseverance, God’s faithfulness, and to never give up!

“Tigist is sick”

A couple of weeks after we accepted the referral of a 4 month old baby girl named Tigist, we received this news. This is the news that makes a mother’s stomach sink to the ground. Our daughter-to-be was severely sick, and she weighed under 10 pounds. I was very worried and knew we had to get her home as soon as possible.

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Tigist in the hospital

Not long after I heard this news, the Ethiopian government decided to announce the two trip rule, meaning they were requiring families to now travel TWICE to Ethiopia rather than once in order to complete their adoption. I felt helpless knowing that so much of this was out of our control.

The Power of Prayer

But nothing is out of God’s control. We prayed that God would make a way for Tigist to come home and receive the health care she needed.

We landed in Ethiopia and realized the many obstacles in front of us. Tigist was not getting better. We kept praying alongside family and friends. The in-country staff and families became a huge support for us, and they joined us in praying fervently for Tigist, as well.

After three weeks in Ethiopia, the government decided Tigist would be one of the final children to NOT be part of the two-trip policy. I couldn’t believe it! My prayer was answered after months of worry for my baby girl. We were so thankful for those who prayed and it reminded us that God is sovereign over any new rule, policy, or government.

 Family Crop

We brought her home and named her Quilla. Fresh from the miracle of her expedite home, we felt confident advocating for her with our insurance company, doctors, surgeons, and therapists.

Quilla Baby

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Now, Quilla/Tigist is a healthy and hilarious four-year-old who loves to dance and play with her brothers. We thank God for her precious life, and for molding us into parents who aren't afraid to speak up for our children, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We could not imagine our life without our Quilla.

Missy Belote, Ethiopia adoptive mom


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