A missionary in Odessa sent this picture taken of Karina yesterday.
We have recieved the form from immigration!!! We have everything we need to send our adoption paperwork to Ukraine! This journey has been such an amazing adventure of faith in God's providence. We are thankful for his timing and provision. The paperwork is being verified this weekend - there can be no mistakes anywhere - and we hope to send it to Ukraine first of next week.
Prayer: Through this process we have learned of people that have been praying for Karina for a long time. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for her to find a family. And thank you to everyone who is praying now as we go through this process. The prayer of our brothers and sisters in Christ have been so encouraging. Thank you!
Thank you again to four year old Anderson Ulerich. He is still hard at work selling cookies to help bring Karina home. Anderson, thank you for your love for Karina!
And thank you to our family and friends that have been so encouraging, helpful and lifting us up in prayer. We love you!
Below is a letter sent from Karina this week:
My dear family, I really, really miss you, more than you miss me. I miss America. It was the best summer. Please tell everyone who I know I said hi. I really, really love you. I am studying in school. I have good grades, but 2 bad grades (but not in English!) I have an A in English. Right now we are studying about travel. I read my Bible in English and I really like it. I was in a beauty contest but I don't know which place I got. I would like to go back in time and go back to America but I know that very soon I will have a little sister and 3 little brothers and beloved parents. Please tell Rachel I said hi. I also miss her. I already filled the whole album. It was nice but I miss my wonderful family. Every evening I look at our photos. Did you get my picture? I drew it right after I got back from America, but when I drew that picture it was without corners and I like to draw with corners. Well that's it. It is time for me to go do my homework. I love you and miss you! Karina
By God's grace we desire to live our life to serve and glorify Jesus. He is our treasure. He is the one we trust. He is the one we love.
We are a family of eight praying that God will use us to minister to orphans around the world and encourage Christians to reach out in mercy to orphans. At home we serve with Palmer Home for Children. Palmer Home is a ministry to children who are growing up as social orphans without the nurture and support of a loving family. Palmer provides a stable, Christ-centered home for these children. Internationally we serve with Share the Hope. Share the Hope ministers to orphans around the world. Both at home and around the world we proclaim good news of Jesus Christ and reach out in mercy to these precious children. We hope that this blog is a testimony to you of God's mighty hand and that you are encouraged to serve Jesus with all your heart and to reach out to orphans.
Matthew, Sheila, Karina, Harrison, Isaac, Noah, Storey Grace and James!