BOLAM Quick Update - God's Timing and Plans
My time in Uganda has been amazing on many fronts—good and bad. From seeing two lions just feet away to moving into our new house and from spending time at the hospital with two of our children to hosting a mission team, it has been quite a summer.
God knew the need of one of our children before we did and arranged the circumstances to have him well taken care of. One of our HIV+ children is very sick and we are trying to get him to the U.S. for treatment. The couple who was on the mission trip from Northern Ridge Baptist Church took an interest in the child and is trying to get guardianship of him. The wife is even a pediatrician.
The couple is in Kampala with the child having a variety of tests done. So far, the news is not good. Results of a test are being sent out for a second opinion. They are working with a lawyer in Kabale and should have a court hearing early next week to obtain legal guardianship of the child, who was abandoned in town. If granted legal guardianship then they will need to obtain a visa from the U.S. embassy for the child to travel to the U.S. Their long-term goal is to adopt the child as they previously discussed adopting a medically fragile child. They just didn’t know that the process would begin right now!
Please pray!!! The lawyer is fairly confident that legal guardianship will be granted. However, there is A LOT that needs to be done before the hearing. Additionally, there is a lot to be done to obtain a visa for the child. If guardianship is granted and a visa obtained for the child, we will, once again, experience Ephesians 3:20 at Keirungi and with Bread of Life.
We are so grateful to this couple for helping us care for this child. We don’t know what we would have done without them. It could be that the child might have died. God’s timing and plans are PERFECT!
In addition, a prospective adoptive couple has a court hearing September 2 to gain guardianship of two of our children who will then be adopted in the U.S. We have another boy who will also be adopted this fall. If all goes well, we could have four Keirungi children in the U.S. by the end of October and three of them in Colorado!!! Primrose will have the privilege of sending them off from Uganda and I will have the privilege of welcoming them to the U.S. (at least the three going to Colorado).
Please also pray for our traveling. We plan to depart Kabale around 12 p.m. today (Thursday). Hopefully, I will be ready to leave! With nicer roads, I should be able to get some sleep along the way. Samuel and I are scheduled to depart Entebbe at 1:10 a.m. Saturday morning (Friday night) and arrive in Denver at 6:55 p.m. Saturday evening. Wow! To depart Africa and arrive in the U.S. the same day seems pretty amazing. See all of my Colorado friends soon …