I am asking with the heaviest heart for prayers for a very very special family. My dear friend Carla is well known in the blogging/adoption world mainly because she is always there when others need her or needs her prayers. She is one of the most compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure to know. It isn't uncommon for Carla to lie awake all night praying for an orphan that needs a home. A child she has never met. Her passion and unlimited love for orphans is truly straight from God's own heart. The kindness doesn't end with Carla. We have had the pleasure of getting to know her daughters as well as they are penpals with my daughters. They are truly just a very special family.
She was preparing to bring Josi home from Guatemala very soon (bringing her family to 6 children). She had just completed PGN, had her birth new certificate, and had received word that it should only be about 3 weeks and possibly that she would be home for Christmas. What a dream come true (as this adoption has already taken a year from the referral). On Friday night, they got the call that no parent should EVER get. Josi had been murdered in a home invasion. NO family should ever have to go through this, and definitely NO child should ever have to go through this. All of you who know Carla know that she is always the first person to post asking for prayers for other adoptive families on her blog. She's the ringleader in cheering these children home or well. I am so sad that she is in the position now to need it from us.
I know Carla knows Josi has now gone to the best home, far better than any of us could provide. She never has to worry about being afraid or insecure again. She doesn't have to learn a new language or go to the doctor for all her "post adoption tests" or adjust and bond with a new family. She doesn't have to "catch up" in school. She is with the GREATEST adoptive father the world has ever known. Now instead of the Azhderians waiting for Josi to join their home, Josi gets to wait on her family to join her, in her home.
Please join me in praying for the Azhderian family. Please pray for everyone involved in this. If you would like to leave a comment of encouraging words, their blog is http://www.azhderianfamily.blogspot.com/