Before 9 a.m. this morning, I received three hard pieces of news:
1. Karis now has pneumonia. I'm not really surprised, as she was so sick while we were there, worsening to the point of running a fever the day we left. A friend who was there the next week let me know that she was still coughing and congested. That baby just needs to come home, and I ask that you pray for her strength and healing!
2. Our paperwork needed for an embassy appointment did not get submitted in time...though the AWAA staff sounds hopeful that the embassy will accept it late so that we can still have an appointment the week of Thanksgiving. So, it's not a complete loss yet, but would have been encouraging to know it was all wrapped up.
3. One source to which we had applied for a grant is out of funds, and we were extremely hopeful that this would come through for our travel expenses for the second trip. We need about $6000 for our tickets, Karis' ticket, her visa, and our in-country expenses. And while we're incredibly excited that we might be able to bring Karis Lemlem home the week of Thanksgiving-that's not very long from now given the funds that are needed! I just keep reminding myself that the timeline and amount do not serve as an obstacle to God whatsoever-we're just in a very hard place right now.