Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Mother's Cry-Katie Ganshert's Story

Author Katie Ganshert and her husband, Ryan, have adopted a sweet little girl from the Congo. Their son, Brogan, is excited to meet his new sister. Katie has visited her little girl in her birth land and has received the papers granting the adoption. 

But there is a problem. The government of Congo is not allowing children who have been adopted to leave the country.

Katie has poured out her heart, asking for prayers. Today I thought we cold pray for the Ganshert family. Please post a prayer of encouragement, strength, and continued hope . Katie plans to stop by and chat with us.

Here is Katie's diary of the process:

It's Orphan Sunday and this little mwamba with the awesome hair is no longer an orphan. Now we just need to get her home. Prayers appreciated. For us and all the families trying to bring their children home from the DRC right now. It's been a rough go as of late. #loveher  November 3
Mbote from the Congo! Made all my connecting flights, all my bags arrived safe and sound, and airport pick up was not at ALL scary! Now I'm getting unpacked and settled! I love being back in this country. 
November 8
My baby girl is the quietest sleeper. I guess I've grown accustomed to Brogan's snoring. I keep leaning in close to make sure she's still breathing! November 10
Making pancakes with a wooden spoon with a baby strapped to my back, dancing to Congolese music. I feel so African. 
November 15
One of the best parts of 2013? Meeting my daughter. Hoping this time next year I'll be able to say that the best part of 2104 was BRINGING HER HOME.  Jan 1
Oh this girl.....I cannot wait until this is an every day occurrence in the Ganshert household. Please Lord, move mountains!
An ask for help.....

Hey local friends -  are hosting a night of prayer for my little girl, the Ganshert adoption, Congo adoptions, and the beautiful, resilient country that is Congo. There will be Dunn Bros coffee, as well as Chick-Fil-A (they rock with the donations!!). Ryan and I would be beyond blessed to see you there. If you're not local, but would like to join us in prayer, please do! We're starting at 7:30 pm, central time.  February 3
In a half hour, 2:30 am Kinshasa time, while my little bolingo dreams sweet dreams, so many friends and family will be lifting her up in prayer. I love the Body of Christ. 
February 3
I feel like every person stuck in the middle of an adoption should get to wear a shirt that says "Emotionally Fragile: Handle with Care". All the time. It should be self-washing or something. Can I get an AMEN, fellow APs?  March 17
Many of you may know that we adopted a little girl from The Democratic Republic of Congo in July of 2013. She carries the last name Ganshert. She is our legal daughter, but she is still in the Congo. We, along with hundreds of other families, cannot bring her home until the government lifts their suspension on exit letters (this is the letter every child needs before they cancross any borders and leave the country).

Next week, a delegation from the Congo is coming to the US to meet with the Department of State, but as far as we know, the DOS hasn't made any plans to address the issues that need to be addressed. We have joined a national campaign to bombard Congress with faxes, emails, letters and phone calls. We want Congress to realize the importance of these meetings and to urge them to spur these officials to let these children come home. Would you consider writing a letter on our behalf to Congress, or if you're feeling particularly brave, making a phone call?

I have the template already written, as well as a template for what you would say if you made a phone call. You simply need to fill in your information. I can email you the template and all of the state rep info. We've been blessed by an ARMY of supporters who are already doing this on our behalf and all of them have commented that it is SUPER quick and easy to do. Leave me your email address in the comments if you are interested.
We need to bombard them this week. The delegations will be coming the following week, so we need to get this to our state representatives before then. Thank you so much!  April 2
So many of you have sent emails and made calls to state representatives on our behalf! Ryan and I are humbled and from-the-bottom-of-our-hearts grateful. Some day, God-willing, we will have some AMAZING stories to tell our little bolingo. The number of people fighting to bring our daughter home brings tears to my eyes.

If you have a couple seconds, here's one more way you can help. Please sign this petition on behalf of our family and HUNDREDS of other families like us - who have legally adopted children in the DRC, but are unable to bring their children home. Please feel free to share and ask others to sign too!  April 2

I write novels for a living. Yet ask me to write a 300 word love letter to my daughter in the Congo and all I can do is blink at the blank screen. It's not that I have no words. It's that I have too many. April 11

Because sometimes, ya just gotta dance..... #FeelTheMusic 

(My little bolingo had a play date today with a couple of dear friends who are in Congo visiting their children. The pictures I've received today have been PRICELESS. FaceTiming with my daughter, blowing kisses to her while she kissed the phone back? No words.  April 16~~~
Sent my bolingo an Easter dress. Praying one day we will get to go Easter dress shopping together.... April 20

I'm sitting on my couch with a million things to do, but all I really want to do is sit on the couch.
Has there been any progress on that front, Katie?
No, no progress         May 19
Listening to Brogan talk to a little girl at the post office about his sister in the Congo.
Dear Brogan,
I apologize in advance for today. Your mother cannot think. Nor can she seem to pull herself away from the computer. Come to think of it, she can't even really breathe properly. Those random crazy tear-stained hugs of terrified hope you keep getting in the midst of her computer stalking? They won't continue forever. I promise. 

Your Insane Mama

#CongoAdoption #HOPE #pleaseLord
People who pray - would you lift up all families trying to get their already adopted children out of the Congo, right now? Looks like things are finally moving and these children are being allowed to leave the country AT LAST!! Please pray for swift answers for those still waiting. My friend Katie Ganshertneeds her daughter home!!  Posted May 27 on Katie's page

Happy birthday, sweet girl. Take care of our hearts over there in Congo. Posted May 30

Let's share a word of encouragement, 
or prayer for Katie and her family. 

Dear Jesus, Please comfort Katie, Ryan, and Brogan while they wait for this little girl to join their family. Cause the government in the Congo to allow these little ones to go to their new families. Amen.


Joanne Sher said...

Oh, Katie. Absoutely, positively praying for you, your family, and all the precious children and THEIR families as you wait. God's timing is perfect - though right now, it sure doesn't seem like it. Sending you hugs (and chocolate!) through the Internet.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Joanne. Always love chatting with you.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

God's plan for each of us and His timing for that plan is always right but we don't always understand and we forget that our clocks and calendars are set on Man Time, not God Time. Katie, I pray That you will soon hold your daughter in your arms so that your family will be complete. May you receive peace from knowing so many people care.

Mary Vee Writer said...

What sweet words, Connie. :)

Katie Ganshert said...

Thank you so much Joanne!

Katie Ganshert said...

Thank you Connie!

Katie Ganshert said...

Thank you so much for this post, Mary!