Adoptions from Ethiopia have swelled from a few hundren in 2004 to over 1700 last year. Noah is among that number. I couldn't help but think that as I read the statistics from the US Immigration web sight. So is each individual child who was brought to the states. Not to mention Australia, France, England, etc. Unfortunately, the number of "abandonments" has also gone up and Ethiopian officials are rightfully concerned. Assuredly there are many more issues and details that I will never know.
So things are taking a little longer nowadays in the Ethiopian adoption world. But I have great respect for the officials who are doing their job to assure that the children who leave the country really do need homes. May God be with them in their efforts. My prayers are with all of those working for the children.
But most of all, my prayers are with the children.
So when this song came onto my Pandora station, I couldn't hold back tears. I find myself battling anger towards those who exploit children and sadness that it isn't easier to help these suffering children. God help us all to do our part.
Can you feel the hearts of the children aching for home, for something of their very own. Reaching hands with nothing to hold on to but hope for another day...
Crying Jesus helf me to feel the love again in my own land.
But if unknown roads lead away from home
Give me loving arms away from harm.