January 7th

So what is significant about January 7th?  Glad you asked…..

Relevance of this date in history is garnered by the following significant; to somebody I’m sure, events:

  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei observes the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time. He named them and in turn the four are called the Galilean moons.
  • 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
  • 1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
  • 1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 1894 – W.K. Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1927 – First transatlantic telephone call – New York City to London.
  • 1948 – Birth of Kenny Loggins, American singer
  • 1953 – President Harry Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1957 – Birth of Katie Couric, American television host
  • 1964 – Birth of Nicolas Cage, American actor
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation. **Can anyone say deja vu?
  • 1990 – The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
  • 1999 – The impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.

Relevance of this date could take new meaning in 2009 for us and anyone else swimming upstream through the adoption waters in Haiti.  The adoption law “officially” on the books in Haiti since 1974 says a lot, but this is the most significant for the majority:

  • If married, at least one parent must be 35 years old
  • If married, you must have been married for at least 10 years
  • If married, you may not have any biological children from the current marriage, children from a previous marriage are ok

I say “officially” because this law hasn’t been followed for some time.  There has been a law in the works, let’s call it the unofficial “working” law, for a couple years that basically states this:

  • If married, at least one parent must be 30 years old
  • If married, you must have been married for at least 5 years (some say 10)
  • If married, you may have no more than 2 biological children

Under the “official” law we are NOT eligible to adopt from Haiti, falling short on all accounts.  Under the “working” law we ARE eligible to adopt from Haiti, passing with flying colors.

So what does this have to do with January 7th, 2009?  The word is that come that date; the “official” law will once again be enforced.  The “working” law will not be utilized until such date it becomes the “official” law; should that ever happen.

This is not a post for me to comment about the fairness associated with requirements of the “official” law versus the “working” law.  This is a post for me to call your attention to the situation so you can be PRAYING.  Here is what we, and others (here and here), need you to be specifically praying about:

  • Pray that our paperwork makes it into IBESR (basically Haitian Social Services) BEFORE, state that again, BEFORE, January 7th, 2009.  If this happens, we are being told that we will be grandfathered in by the “working” law.
    • For us this means praying that those petitioning on our behalf in Haiti will be able to navigate the strong current and miraculously defy time requirements to get our paperwork through all the initial, and sometimes lengthy, stages before getting to IBESR
  • Pray that the “working” law becomes the “official” law so that other loving and well suited families like ours will be eligible to adopt orphans from Haiti.

Now, let me say this….laws change all the time in Haiti.  This is the situation as we know it today.  With prayer we are trusting that it will change “tomorrow”.  But have no doubt, whether or not we get in before the 7th, we are going to continue to trust God and move forward anyway we can, under the current restraints of the law, towards our adoption.

So, please join us in prayer.  Pray that our paperwork gets through the system and into IBESR before the 7th. Pray for wisdom and encouragement for all families that don’t make it in.  Pray for the “working” law to become the “official” law.  Pray that our faith would be strengthen as we choose to trust Him! Most importantly, just pray as God leads you…but PRAY!

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9 Responses to “January 7th”

  1. praying for you guys.

  2. Catherine Asher Says:

    Ohhhh, we are PRAYING. By the way, 1975 on January 7th, Jeremy Asher was born! Always been a special day to me since he came along into my life…

  3. hey sarah..

    I just tagged you on my blog.

  4. We will be praying, too, for you and the other families racing the clock against this date.

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