On Saturday, February 27, twelve families in the Seattle/Tacoma area, who either have adopted children from Ethiopia or are in the process of adopting, gathered at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant in Seattle to celebrate their children and their culture. Parents and kids alike were encouraged to wear their traditional Ethiopian dress. It was a really wonderful evening and a great chance for these families to meet each other. Most were families adopting through Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia.
For me, to see those beautiful Ethiopian faces enveloped in their forever families was a tremendous blessing! Both of my college-aged daughters, who have each been to Ethiopia and visited many of these children at the orphanages, were able to be with us that night. My family has closely followed each child's story - from the time they were taken in to our program to the time they were brought home. We've prayed for them, anxiously received news about their placements and rejoiced when they met their new families. I can't describe the feeling of seeing them all together on that night!
For those families who haven't yet brought their children home, it was an opportunity to meet other families at various stages of the adoption process and imagine what they will one day be experiencing. I have to brag on our families for just a minute - both those locally and from all over the United States. We are working with some of the most faith-filled, rock-solid people I've ever met. Many have persevered through very difficult waiting. Yet we often find that they encourage us with their stand of faith and commitment to prayer. We're so honored to serve this wonderful group of believers!