Praying for Haiti

A week ago yesterday we received news that the US had approved Mathieu’s adoption, and we could progress into the final visa stage to bring him home. We have had several people ask what is going on now and when will we travel. The short answer is, we just don’t know.

Last Thursday a planned protest/demonstration began by the Haitian people. They are calling for their current president to step down. There are many reasons surrounding this protest, but to summarize the protesters, government corruption and high inflation. The protesters have threatened to continue each day until the president steps down. The demonstrations escalated over the weekend and are continuing even today. There are thousands of protesters in the streets, burning tires, burning barricades, looting, and violence. It is being named “Operation lock down Haiti.” Businesses have closed. Roads are blocked. The US Embassy closed and sent all non-essential employees back to the US.

Even through all the chaos, by the grace of God, we were able to have a successful visa interview. This means that everything looked good in our file and with Mathieu’s visa application. They are only waiting on his final medical results. Mathieu has been able to have most of his medical exam completed but not all of it, and unfortunately, the doctor offices and labs are not open. Even if they were open, it’s not safe for Mathieu to be out on the roads.

So, we wait. We are so close and can see the finish line, but we just can’t get there. We are doing everything we can on this side to push and be able to bring him home. We are also praying for Haiti. Praying for a resolution. For the Haitian people to have a voice and be cared for by their government. And maybe even pray for rain so the protesters go home.

Of course this isn’t the adoption ending we dreamed of or ever imagined would happen, but we trust God is still in control and even this is a part of His divine plan.

Please pray for Haiti.

 

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American Approved

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We received the most incredible news today that US immigration approved our adoption file!! Praise God! Now on to the US Visa. The visa appointment is on Tuesday, February 12 which by the way is 8 years to the day when we met Mathieu for the first time. This is a picture from that day.

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Mathieu was so excited when he heard the news today that he couldn’t eat. He sent us a video saying he didn’t know what to say, but thank you. I say thank you to everyone who has prayed us through this process and supported us all the way. We thank you so much. We are still praying for a fast and seamless visa printing and will definitely post when we have travel plans.

 

Still Waiting

We are still waiting for USCIS (US immigration) to approve Mathieu’s file so that he can come to the United States. During this wait, Mathieu’s room remodel was completed, and we love it! It is perfect.

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There were a few things that were really important to us to incorporate into his new room. Some Haitian art that we bought in Haiti last year that looks really lovely.

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We also really wanted the Creole phrase Bondye Fidel in his room which means God is Faithful because He is!

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Mathieu’s room is amazing, and we are so thankful to @bloomfamilydesigns @allathome.llc and @shopsolsisters who donated their time, talents, ideas, artwork, and materials to put this very special room together for a very special boy. You should all follow them on Instagram and show some love to a great ministry for foster and adopted children and their families.

While we were cleaning out Mathieu’s room in preparation for the remodel, I found this note tucked away in his nightstand written by a dear friend of ours that I never knew was there. It read…

“Mathieu

I thanked God for bringing you home today in your room. You’re not here at this point, but Jesus is faithful to keep His promises and for that I know you will read this very soon.

2/20/2014”

Almost 5 years ago when we were already 3 years into the process he wrote this letter to Mathieu. Jesus is faithful to keep His promises. We have been confident that Mathieu was coming home in December of this year. We had hoped that he would be here for Christmas, but December isn’t over yet. Mathieu has asked us when he is coming to the United States, and our answer to him is to pray. We have great anticipation of what God can do. There is no earthly way that Mathieu will come home before 2019. There is still so much approval and paperwork that has to happen, and oh, our government is on the brink of shutting down, but God. He is in control of everything, and we believe He can do anything. We pray that He provides another Christmas miracle and brings Mathieu home next week. We are praying for that and hope that you will pray with us.

Merry Christmas!

While We Wait

Our file was dropped at the US Embassy, and less than two weeks later we heard from them, which was great because they said it could take up to six weeks to review our file. But…they wanted more documentation. We have been working on this for the last three weeks and are almost finished. We hope to turn it in to the Embassy next week. Prayers are appreciated for the Embassy to quickly review and approve the documents. We are still feeling confident Mathieu is coming home in December.

But God has been blowing our mind with His blessings lately. There is a design company, Bloom Family Designs, who designs bedrooms for foster and adopted children. A sweet friend of ours nominated us, and they are going to do Mathieu’s room. We set a room up for him back in 2011 but with a 4 year old in mind. They are going to give him a proper room fit for a pre-teen! We are so excited to see the finished product. You should go check them out on instagram and support their cause or nominate someone you know. @bloomfamilydesigns

This is Mathieu’s room from 2011.

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Demo Time!

Finished product coming soon.

Passport…Check

Today we were surprised with this…

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Mathieu’s passport! Praise the Lord! Our file will be dropped off at the US Embassy this week, and we’ll wait for them to approve everything and issue him a US Visa. Prayers are appreciated for these final steps. We are still in shock that everything is happening so quickly now.

Haitian Approved

Mathieu’s file cleared MOI (Ministry of Interior/Haitian immigration) today, and we have submitted the application for him a Haitian passport. This happened much quicker than we expected, and we are still in shock.

We should hopefully receive his passport in the next few weeks and then everything will be transferred to the US Embassy for approval. It is looking like a very special holiday season this year. All praise to God.

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A New Name

We got the most wonderful news on Thursday morning that we were finished with Parquet Court, and Mathieu’s last name is now Bullen! The adoption is complete! What? Praise the Lord!!!!! I can’t believe this day has finally come.

Our file has already been dropped off at the Haitian immigration services/MOI (Ministry of Interior). They will approve our file and issue him a Haitian passport. Then our file goes to the US Embassy for approval. We aren’t sure how long how this will take, but we should be notified as we complete each step.

Mathieu is pretty excited about his new name and asked if we were coming in December. He remembers from February that we said we would be back in December to get him. Please pray that these last steps move swiftly and we can indeed get him in December (or before!)6b230360-a94e-4b03-a69c-2e801f36cd88