The Chaos Before the Change

I read a quote recently that said, “All great changes are preceded by chaos”. I’m not sure who said it or where I read it, but I think it sums up our current state pretty well. In 5 days, we’ll begin our journey to meet our daughters in Burundi. In those 5 days, there is SO MUCH happening. Blake and I are both wrapping up a lot of tasks with work to make sure we can “hand off” our job responsibilities while we’re out for the next couple weeks; so our workdays are slam packed with meetings and preparations. Then we are also doing all the necessary shopping and packing for our trip. We’ve never packed for kids before, and we may or may not have an entire carry-on suitcase dedicated to snacks (which may or may not be like 25 pounds). Meanwhile, we’re collecting all the required paperwork and communicating with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US State Department, the US embassy, our adoption agency, and scheduling necessary appointments in Bujumbura and Nairobi for our time there, as well as getting our house/cars ready with carseats, high chairs, cabinet locks, and everything else before bringing 2 toddlers home! While all this is happening here stateside, in Burundi, our adoption attorney named Pierre is still working on getting some final documentation for the girls, including their passports and yellow fever vaccinations. All this, and about 500 other little details about our travel, our itinerary, our preparations, and just regular daily life needing to be handled.

Needless to say, it is a busy, stressful, chaotic time. BUT…it is preceding a pretty GREAT change as our family grows by two precious little ones. We are doing our best to make space in the chaos to pray for our girls and the upcoming transition which we know will be very difficult for them, and for us! We’re so thankful for a God who is sovereign over ALL THINGS, who has planned every moment of this journey, and whose peace is greater than all the chaos.

Many of you have reached out to us, asking how you can help or serve our family. We are SO thankful for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received.In the coming days and weeks, I’m sure there will be many things we need, but for now, the best way you can help us is to pray for us.

So here are some specific things to pray over before we leave on Monday.

1. Pray that we will get everything accomplished that we need to (work tasks, errands, completing paperwork, laundry, packing, etc)

2. Pray that our passports with Burundi visas will arrive in time.

3. Pray that our documentation for updated fingerprints arrive from USCIS in time.

4. Pray for calm and peace to reign over anxiety and worry, that our faith in the Lord would deepen.

5. There is currently a severe fuel shortage in Burundi, resulting in some civil unrest, higher gas prices, and difficulty obtaining transportation. Pray that this situation is resolved before we travel. If not, pray that it will not impact us in any way while we’re there.

Before we leave, I’ll post another blog with our itinerary and daily prayer plan for those of you who would like to follow our journey and pray over our time there. Thanks again for loving us well!

Read our adoption story and why we felt God calling us to adopt.

Check out other blog posts about Lindsay’s ministry and our adoption.

Read Lindsay’s testimony and learn about her work with World Orphans.

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