Saturday, May 17, 2008

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!!!

Here is a new update that we got from our agency today:


Dear Guatemala Families,
I'm writing to ask all of you, if you haven't already, to contact your local and federal congressmen for help. I spoke with one of my facilitators today who informed me that the birth mother interviews are horrible. He confirmed that the officials at PGN are putting a lot of pressure on the birth mothers to change their mind regarding the adoption. Most birth mothers are holding up under the pressure, but some have asked for their children back. (None of ours at this time.) When Guatemala promised all of us that your cases would be grandfathered in under the old system, the old system did not include birth mother interrogations by PGN. I know this is alarming news, and I don't want to scare anyone needlessly. However, I also want to make sure that you all are advocating for yourselves. I'm still believing that God is going to see us through this situation. Please continue to pray and ask for guidance. I'm being told that once the interviews are completed, PGN will not be releasing cases quickly as previously stated. This may just be rumor but PGN must be stopped!! They are violating the birth mothers civil rights and also putting adoptions in jeopardy. Please pray for these birth mothers. They have made a difficult choice for their child to have a better life, but in some cases are being told that they are no better than dogs for placing their child for adoption! I have spoken with all 3 of our facilitators this week. I am told by one facilitator that all of her interviews so far have gone well with no issues. The other 2 facilitators have not had any birth mother interviews yet. They will begin next week. I'll keep you posted as I hear about any specific birth mother interviews for your birth mothers having been completed.


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Friends,

I am begging for y'all to be praying!! This is such hard news to hear. I can't imagine what those families are feeling tonight that lost their children because of these interviews. Be praying for their hearts!!! PRAY FOR A MIRACLE.....that someone would step in and DO SOMETHING!!!! This is not right. When Chris and I get back to Nashville, we are going to create a letter that all of you can send to gov't officials. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We can't do this alone. Thank you for your constant support and love.

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. I can't wait to post pictures of our time in Colorado. It is AMAZING here!

25 comments:

LaLa said...

Sending huge hugs your way! I am praying that it all works out for everyone.

Kerri said...

I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this mess! I will be thinking of you and all parents in process as will as all the birth mothers and children in Guatemala.
Hugs...
Kerri and Ruby

The gFamily said...

Praying for someone to step in and stop this chaos! It just isn't right to put the birth mothers through so much after they have already been through enough!

Sending big hugs and prayers!

Mamita J said...

Lindsey,

I need your email. I already have a letter written. I can send you a copy.

And, of course, I'll be taking this before the King of Kings. He hears our prayers.

Love to you,
Julie

mamitaj at gmail dot com

The Heinrichs said...

We just got a similar email...I am sick...I can't believe this is all happening. We need to pray, very hard. Please email me the letter...I sent a few last week but will get all my friends to send them out too.

Enjoy your wedding weekend!

Bobbi said...

This is just awful. I an here for you. I will do whatever you need.

They are simply abusing their power. It is wrong, and hurtful.

Hope your time away was fun and relaxing.

LouLou said...

Lindsey,
I have been calling and emailing all our government officials for weeks and getting NO response. We have all been doing this. The DOS basically told me off as well as a rep. from Condoleezza Rice's office. We need to find ONE BIG policital candidate that we can all back to do something for us. I am feeling so abandoned by my own government.....

Stacy said...

Yes, I'm praying and I won't stop!!! We will pray her HOME, in Jesus' name!!!

Stacy

Jess said...

Oh my goodness Lindsey I am sick!!!

Horrible.

We have your back. Let us know whatever you need.

Kristin & Greg said...

We're praying so hard for those precious children...

Love,
Kristin

the Hansels said...

We'll be praying... and we agree, Colorado is amazing - that's why we live here!

Amanda said...

Lindsey, I am praying so hard for you guys right now and all of those adopting families involved. It's hard to know what PGN will really be like once they are done with these interviews. We keep hearing different stories. I'm just trusting that God is in control of all of these things and His Will be done!! Send me that letter you write up and I'll get people I know to send it in too. Have a good day, ok? Love you! ~Amanda

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

I know your heart sank when you read that news, but the power of prayer is amazing and we're on it.

Amanda said...

Lindsey and Chris, I love you both and will be praying harder since hearing this news. Let me know if there is anything else I can do.

Ferrick said...

Lindsay, God is bigger and He is able! FYI, read Joint Councils Website. It is positive information in regards to them getting involved. Fight the good fight of spiritual warfare, I am fighting with you my friend. They will come home. Susie

kristin said...

you have our prayers!!

GWEN OATSVALL said...

will wait to hear from you about the letter ... always praying ...

p.s. I am due a new diaper bag what is that discount again ???

we need a face to face soon ..

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

We went through the same stress over government issues when they shut the country of Ukraine down while we were adopting from there. It's just not right, no matter where it is. We will be praying that this all gets resolved quickly. God is in control.
Blessings.

Kristen Borland said...

Ugh! This gets worse and worse. Poor sweet babies! I will pray!

nikki said...

Praying that this will not affect your process!!
Praying PGN straighens up and honors these birthmother's wishes.

Holli said...

PRAYING!

Laurie said...

Lindsy I am so sorry for all this mess. I am praying and have already written! Love the diaper bag too! :)

Becca said...

Praying for the bith moms as well as the adoptive mommas - and more specifically, you.

PS - your new diaper bag kicks butt!

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Debbie said...

Just letting you know I am praying!!

God bless!
Debbie

Emily T said...

Please email me that letter and who you want it to go to. I'll send many!