We thought Ethiopia would be the easy part...not so. Yet again, we are faced with another potential delay that would be incredibly difficult. As I'm sure you know, there is a potential shutdown of the US government. What you may not know is that it would in turn mean that the embassy here in Ethiopia would also shut down and not grant us visas for our children. In other words, we would be stuck here in Ethiopia until things are resolved. Previous shutdowns have lasted anywhere from a few hours to 21 days.

In the meantime, Erin now has a fever of 102.7. We're in a foreign country where there are very few who speak English, you have to boil the water to drink it, food is different (which severely affects Erin), and there is no AC. We are all quite dehydrated and exhausted. I'm trying to best to take care of a very sick wife and two children who scream until they fall asleep, who don't understand anything we say, and one of which has giardia infested diapers. And we're here with 5 other families who are also very hot, tired, and stressed with screaming kids they can't talk to.

We need your prayers again. Please. God has been so gracious throughout all the potentially bad scenarios thus far, and we have no doubt in his ability to bring us through again. The ideal situation would be for the government to pass the budget (deadline is midnight tonight). Whatever the case, please pray that we would somehow be able to just get home on time. We don't care what it takes. We still face the problem of our home study expiring (which is an entirely different, but stressful scenario) and the other families all have children they've left at home that they desperately want to get home to.

Of course, we KNOW that God is bigger than all of it. That has never been in question. He's in control no matter what, and He is most certainly faithful no matter what happens. We haven't lost our heads or anything - we just want to come home. Please pray.

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