Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Some Travel Prayer Requests

Yes, we are finally going to China to meet our daughter! We've been waiting for this day for over three years now, so you I'm sure you can imagine our anticipation.

We would appreciate your prayers as we embark on this adventure, with 22 other families from our agency. Dawn had sent this list of requests out to our friends and family, and thought I would post it here. If you would, please pray:
  1. That we will have safe flights. We have seven flights over the next two weeks.

  2. That we will stay healthy.

  3. That we will not be quarantined. The U.S. State Dept. has a travel advisory regarding the quarantines, which last up to 7 days. Upon arrival in Beijing, you stay seated on the plane while people enter in hazmat suits and take the temperatures of all the passengers. If we or anyone within three rows of us have fevers or exhibit H1N1 symptoms, we will be quarantined. This would be difficult to accept as we would miss the Beijing tour (The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and more), but it would also delay our "Gotcha Day" when we meet and receive Olivia. This would also add expense. We have also learned that some hotels are checking the temperatures of guests. There have been adoptive families quarantined on their trips, although overall, quarantine percentages are low in comparison to the amount of travelers.

  4. That we and the other families will have fast and healthy bonding with their babies/kids. We witnessed that this can happen with our kids in Haiti and with fellow travelers. We believe it can happen here, too!

  5. That Olivia and the other kids will have smooth transitions and don't get sick. It is stressful for the kids as they have to adjust to so much -- new caregivers, different schedules, food, surroundings, etc.

  6. That we will bless others around us and be an example for Christ. We have to show our passport to attend an International Church service, which reminds us of the blessings we have in this country.

  7. Please pray for our older two, Patricia and Philippe, in Haiti. There are families visiting in June and July and we know it must be hard for them as they watch to see if we will get out of the van. Patricia kept asking if we were coming back in June and was so sad when we said no. They know about Olivia, but will see her picture for the first time on July 15th or 16th, when another Haiti mom will visit and share pictures with them.
Above all, we want to bring glory to our Heavenly Father, who adopted us into his family.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Stacie said...

Praying for you and can't wait to see Olivia in your arms!!! Stay safe and hurry home!

Stacie (TN)

Dan and Karen Herman said...

Sending you our prayers, love and encouragement as you enbark on one of the most wonderful journeys you will ever have in life!!

Karen & Dan

kayder1996 said...

Thinking of you at the exciting time!

Jay and Kelly said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip. Thoughts and prayers with you.

Kathy C. said...

Safe journey. Can't wait to see pictures of her at home.

Beth said...

Beautiful Lee - Blessings on your next couple weeks!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Have an outstanding trip and I pray that all goes smoothly!

Megan said...

I'm praying for you guys. Hope the Lord protects you all and keeps you safe and healthy!

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