I'm sorry I neglected to post this on here after I posted on facebook...
On Wednesday, after receiving a plethora of tough news, I emailed our coordinator at our agency. This is what I sent:
I am wondering how regularly the embassy allows paperwork to be submitted late. Is this something that you feel is likely to happen, or is that completely out on a limb? Will we know for certain by Friday, or will our appointment day still be in question after that point?
Our daughter Lemlem has pneumonia…she was sick while we were there two weeks ago and has just gotten progressively worse. I am considering traveling early to be with her, but will need to know a concrete embassy date before making plans, as I have three other children at home. Any advice you can give regarding this would be appreciated. Also, does the health status of the children involved ever influence the embassy in their scheduling?
Within ten minutes of me sending this email, she called me back...and she had already been in communication with both our process coordinator and the Transition Home staff. She let me know that they were certainly going to be advocating for our case to go before the embassy next week, and that they would also keep in close contact regarding Lemlem's health. She also let me know that the TH doctor did not view her pneumonia as serious, and that she was responding well to treatment.
I have been impressed by our agency before (to be realistic, there have been a few UNimpressive moments, too), but this was truly remarkable to me.
AND, a friend called us, completely out of the blue, and let us know that they were sending us a check fro $1000. Yes, you read that correctly. And then another friend from college contacted me the next day to ask for my address, because the annual Christmas check she and her husband give each year to a ministry or missionary they wanted to send to us. Humbling. We're so grateful.
God indeed hears the cries of His people...