The enemy will try to stop, or at least delay. We know from this verse: James 1:27~ True religion that God our Father accepts as pure and fautless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress... Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us at the obstacles that pop up as we get close to bringing Elijah home. As I said earlier, we were told we needed travel approval by Friday in order to travel in September. Well, my friend in China e mailed me and told me that our TA was being printed and would be mailed on Friday. That would put it here on Monday. So, we e mailed our agency director and he sent the email to the travel coordinator. The travel coordinator sent a confusing e mail that basically said there wasn't enough time. John calls the travel coordinator and explained his heart and in the process of the conversation, the travel coordinator realizes that he was looking at next week, not this one!! Oh, boy, the lengths the enemy will go to to delay! So, the travel coordinator finally told John he will try to get a consulate appointment if we get TA on Monday. We pray we will.
But as children of God, we can be assured He will triumph. As a result of this predicament, many people have been on their knees for us. I can just see the warfare going on. But, we know the winner.
This morning as I was writing the e mail. I got an e mail from our friend, Maria. She didn't know of the situation, but she wrote and told me that she had a dream last night about Elijah coming home to a big party. When she woke up, she said the Lord laid it on her heart to pray for Elijah and us! Isn't that incredible? When I read that note, I got chill bumps and called John to read it. We both praised God for his faithfulness. I can't begin to know the future, but I know the One who does. He is at work here, no matter what date we travel!
So, Lord, we humbly ask that come Monday morning, our TA will be sitting in AHH's office, and we are able to get our consulate appointment for the date we need. To all our praying friends and family, we are so grateful for you walking with us and holding us up in prayer.