JOHN & LAURA BENNETT
Thanks again to you and LHC for supporting us in our adoption of Jacob! Your call on Monday was Gods way of confirming in our hearts that we are doing the right thing and are on the right track. As I mentioned, we received the call from our agency that morning to be in the Ukraine by next Monday! Your contribution is allowing us to pay for our travel on this second of two trips.
We arrived back early last Friday from our first of two trips to the Ukraine to finalize our adoption of Jacob. Thank you to all who kept us in your thoughts and prayers on our journey. We are excited to report that we were approved by the social services in Kiev and in Jacob’s home town. We were then allowed to visit with Jacob at his school. He was asked whether he wanted to be adopted and he said yes! So we have made our petition to the court to adopt him and must now wait for the court to take up our case and schedule a hearing. This could be in two weeks or in two months. We really don’t know. We are excited about nearing the end of this journey and hope to have Jacob home by Christmas!
What an interesting time to be in the country as the Ukrainians prepared to vote in their parliamentary elections this last Sunday. We stayed with some Ukrainian friends while in Kiev and they really helped us hurdle the cultural issues. What a blessing Galina, Vlad and their two daughters were to us. Their younger 11 year old daughter was really excited to practice her English with us. She was so excited that she took us to meet her English teacher at her school. The English teacher, as it turns out, is a Christian! We did not expect that! She explained a long time ago that some American missionaries came to the Ukraine and gave her a Bible. She is now very grateful. She read it and turned her life over to God. She said that the answers to all of life’s questions can be found in the Bible! Wow!
Our hosts gave us a tour of the center of Kiev and showed us the area of the protests this past year. The tents and debris are gone, but there are candles lit every night for the 100 or so who were killed. Everyone we spoke with had mixed emotions about what has happened this past year and about their future. There is on one hand a sense of optimism about what has happened and for the future, but on the other hand there is a sense of trepidation and even fear as to what the big brother to the East will do and continue to do by meddling in Ukrainian affairs. Let us all keep the Ukrainian people in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time in their history!
Thank you to all who have stepped forward to help us on this adoption journey! We could not do this without your help. We are continually amazed at God’s provision and His timing every step of the way.