Sunday, April 1, 2012

Prayer Requests

Well, we're just a few days away from leaving on a trip of a lifetime, one that will change three lives forever!  As we go and as we are in China, we would ask for prayer.  The following is a list of some specific things we will be praying for and would ask you to pray for, as well.

  • For Safe Travel - We will be on at least 7 airplanes and 1 bullet train while we are there, plus taxis, buses, and various other transportation.  While Brian and I are experienced in traveling, Shen Yao has probably been in a car just a few times in her life.  On the day we get her, she will have traveled many hours on a train. 
  • For Lack of Jet Lag - We will be on a plane for many hours and the time difference is 13 hours.  We will arrive in Shanghai in the early afternoon, so we'll try to stay awake there as long as possible. 
  • For Health - The last time I was in China, I got food poisoning and felt like I was going to die.  I won't be venturing out and eating any street food, but still, the food preparation is different than our stomachs are used to eating.  I have a tickle in my throat right now, too, so I'm hoping that doesn't turn into a cold.  I've been hand sanitizing a lot at school, as many of my students are sniffling, sneezing and coughing! 
    It is somewhat common for children to get sick after they are adopted because of the many changes they go through - different food, schedule, etc.  In China, they also dress their children in many layers, so Shen Yao may be used to being warmer than what we may think she needs to be.  This change in temperature may also weaken her immune system.
  • For Bonding - Shen Yao has probably had many caregivers in her young life.  We want her to know that we are here for her forever.  Please pray that her bond to us will be strong.  Also, there are few men who work in the orphanages, so sometimes children have a difficult time bonding with their fathers right away.  Pray that she will bond and trust both Brian and I.  We will have many hours together to get to know each other, but the communication will probably be difficult because of the language difference.  Pray that we will be able to figure out her needs quickly. 
  • For Adjusting - Pray for the adjustments that all of us will be making.  Sleeping, eating, free time, etc. will be changing for all of us.  Pray that we will be able to function and have patience with the amount of sleep that the Lord gives us each night. 
  • For Our Orphanage Visit - We have been denied our request to visit Shen Yao's orphanage.  We would really like to go, so that when she asks about it someday, we will have had an experience there.  They can still change their mind, so please pray that they do. 
  • For Work and School - Please pray for us as we prepare to leave work and school.  We are preparing as best as we can for our absence, and we are very thankful for those who are assisting us during our time in China. 
For those of you who have been through this before, please feel free to leave comments with other things you know we will need prayer for.

We enjoyed a special treat and time of questions and prayer in Sunday School today.  Thanks to our youth group and fellow leaders for the send off today!  We really appreciate your love and support. 


  1. Thanks for posting specific prayer requests. I have made copies for Dad and me so we can have them in front of us and pray continually. We love you three so much. Many said prayers and requests have already gone to our amazing Father for you. He is able to do abundantly more than we ask or even think. He is the God of the impossible! We are excited to see the answers to prayer as you behold your "treasure who is loved beyond measure"!!!
    The time is finally here, E!!!! We are so excited for you and for our little China doll to part of our family!! Have a good week as you wind down being two! Next week you will become 3 forever!!! Love, Mom

  2. Just found your blog. Congrats and I will pray for you. Also be aware that there are some children that have trouble accepting their mommas right away and bonds with daddy very quickly! I never read any blogs where this happended so I wasnt prepared at all when my sweet Ella wanted NOTHING to do with me and just wanted her daddy! I have several friends who adopted that also went through this! But just to let you know-it didnt last too long (3-4 days) and then she started to come around. It is such an amazing journey! Enjoy it and marvel in God's amazing plan! Jeannine

    1. Thanks, Jeannine. Keep watching the blog and we'll let you know how it all goes!