I just got a call from our placing agency that the foreign agency needs the first installment of their fees, to cover the upfront legal expenses for the adoption. Which means our fundraising goal has gone from $3,370 to $5,182.
I don't know how I missed that we'd pay the foreign fees in three installments instead of two, I don't know why we went from expecting to receive about $8000 next week to receiving a few hundred dollars. I just don't know. But I do know that my God has shown time and time again that He has everything under control, that His timing is perfect, even when we can't understand His reasons.
Today, Scott and I are "approach[ing] God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) Will you join us there? Will you pray for continued provision? After receiving a donation from a dear friend today, she sent a message to me, that I ask you to consider for yourselves: "Because God said so."
I'm not good at asking for money. I'm just not. I got a job when I was 15 because I didn't want to ask my parents for money to go shopping. I don't like making Christmas and birthday lists, because I feel like others will think I'm expecting to receive everything on the list. But friends, I am humbling myself and asking you to listen and see if "God said so."