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Acceptance is golden – “LOA” {5k+1}

Bringing them home {1x1}
Dear Friends,I’m delighted to bring you our latest update on Annabelle’s adoption. We also want to glorify the Lord with some praise reports! I’ll start with saying THANK YOU for your part in helping us get to this point. We are grateful for all of your support and prayers.

Two weeks ago, we received the official “Letter of Acceptance”  (LOA) from the Chinese Annabelle - Feb 2014government, meaning our request to adopt Annabelle was given final approval! Therefore, we are on the final countdown to the day when we can travel to bring Annabelle home. We are estimating that time to be the beginning of June. From that point on, we have 90 days to go get her. The LOA allows us to formally send gifts and make contact with our new daughter. So we are excitedly preparing a box of gifts to send for her 5th birthday, which is coming up in May! We’ve also received some new photos of Annabelle, isn’t her hair getting long?!

Now for the current financial updates… Praise the Lord that we’ve already received two major donations in 2014. One for $5,000 USD which helped us finish off the final portion of the agency fees as well as all the fees related to translating & sending our Dossier (documents) to China. We also received another $1000 USD in March, which will go toward the “Post Adoption Reports Deposit”. Once we receive Annabelle, we are required to do 6 individual reports to ensure her well being. They will be done after 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, and 5 years. And that $1000 USD deposit is kept by the adoption agency until we complete all of these reports on time.

Annabelle - August 2013We are almost there, less than $10,000 USD left to raise by June! We are extremely grateful for how far the Lord has brought us; we’re so close to bringing Annabelle home. Remember, we began with only $3,000 USD. And we trust the Lord to finish what he started. Please check the link below for more details. 

The majority of you are getting this email because you have graciously donated, prayed with us and have been an integral part of this whole process. We are thankful that you have walked with us this far. Would you please pray and intercede for Annabelle and for us? Pray that God will miraculously provide the last part of the finances on time, just as He has with every single payment so far! We know that God is never early or late, but he is always right on time. Would you please forward/share Annabelle’s story with others who may be able to help her come home to her family? One of the miracles of Annabelle’s story is that God is bringing her to us, He alone is providing every step & every payment! This adoption miracle is not happening by might nor by power, but only by the Spirit God. (Zechariah 4:6)
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We’ll keep you updated on any new developments – check our FB & blog for announcements. Please keep us in your prayers in the meanwhile. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  With Love & Blessings,
Mark & Joy Kwong

Please click here to forward an email version of this letter to anyone that can help us bring our daughter home!
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the first 3 letters are… “DTC”!! {5k+1}

We finally did it friends!!! We first saw our little girl’s face on Dec. 22, 2012. We asked China to match us with her file on March 18, 2013 & now we have gotten more than half way to bringing her home…

For those of you NOT in the International Adoption world… “DTC” stands for Dossier to China! It means that we have officially ‘turned in’ all of our ‘homework’ (documents) to the Chinese government folks that will complete our adoption approval!! It’s taken forever to get this far, many documents, homestudy papers & Dr. visits… not to mention all the postage & weirdness caused by us being in Hong Kong right now! Even though it seems like this has been the big goal for over a year, it’s really just the FIRST STEP in a long list of things (& letters) that need to get checked off before we get the big “TA” – Travel Approval to go get our AnnaBelle! And the FINAL LETTERS will be “CA” – Consulate Appointment… the date we finalize all her travel papers to enter the US as a new daughter/citizen!

So… the first three letters that get us to our sweet girl (& the sweetest letters I have heard – so far…) are indeed -

DTC AJK sml

I’d love to stay & write more – so many awesome & crazy busy things are happening in our lives that I haven’t had time to share with you yet… But alas, no rest for the Kwongs, must pack our bags!!! THEN we can rest… in Thailand next week! We’re heading out tomorrow for some meetings next week & then a few days of medical appointments. We’re very broken up about leaving the cold, crisp jacket/scarf weather of Hong Kong & having to wear shorts on the beaches for a week… crying non stop over it really. Can’t you tell?!

Anyway, in case you were wondering what all is next for the adoption – this graphic ought to make it all just as clear as mud for you. From what we (or anyone else) can guess (bc it’s ALL a guess with this thing) – we should be given Travel Approval (TA) to bring AnnaBelle home sometime in April, meaning we will probably actually have her in May. Praying it goes a little faster because we’d really love to be with her for her 5th birthday on May 1st! {We’ve just completed step #7 & now are waiting for step #8 to happen… I think we have some ‘mini steps’ in between that aren’t listed too.}

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Please continue to pray that Father directs us to His perfect provision for our final funds… He’s provided over 75% so far – we only need the last $9,000 that we will take when we travel. (For all the government/orphanage/guide fees.) {You can help!}

-JK

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keep calm & live the Miracle {5k+1}

We are living in a miracle story my friends. There are no other words. The way that God is writing our AnnaBelle’s testimony in living color day by day is simply astounding. I have never felt His presence & His love so profoundly in all my life. The way our Heavenly Father is showering His extravagant love over this sweet little girl is nothing short of amazing. What a privilege & honor to have a front row seat…

We are in the midst of the busiest time of year, which is all about Christ’s love for His people. Mark & I are about to run out for another long gift-hunting session – but I would be remiss if I didn’t take a few moments to share about today’s miracle & answer to prayer for our adoption process… Here’s the short/sweet of it for all those that have been on pins & needles waiting for the most exciting news of the month!!!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20

Last night I went to bed after sending out a special, private prayer request to one of my BFFs in America. I am a woman of faith, but often it is strengthened by the fact that I KNOW I have so many faithful friends praying with & for me! So when i asked for her prayers, I knew I already had them… Then I sent up my own prayers as I went to sleep… “Lord, we trust you, but we simply don’t KNOW where the funds will come from & HOW they will come on time. Please HELP us continue on YOUR PATH to bringing AnnaBelle home!” – You see, we have a quickly coming deadline for our final adoption agency payment & we only have about half of the $4,000 ready to send in. After that, we will still need close to $10,000 when we prepare to actually go get her.

Today I woke feeling refreshed & no longer stressing over the funds. I determined to do some number crunching when school was done, so I’d know EXACTLY how much we still needed & then I could tackle the problem again. Mark surprised us all by taking us out for a Dim Sum breakfast, so school was delayed… While sitting there enjoying our family time & laughing at the adorable kids playing with their grandparents next to us, I got a text on my phone from a very new friend. (We met him while the boys were acting in the recent Christmas musical.)

“Hi Joy… I would like to bless you with usd 5,000 for your adoption. Do you have a local bank that I can transfer it to?”

Later, after my shock wore off & I sent my gushing thankful reply, this friend humbly responded:

“God has blessed us so much, we are simply passing His blessings along to our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ.”

This husband/wife have selflessly obeyed the Father in their generous gift of provision to supply over & above what we needed for this next payment!!! To say that we were shocked & overwhelmed would be the understatement of the year!!! Once again, Father has FLOORED US with His faithful provision!!! He will never leave us or forsake us. He has brought us down this path in order to show others His love & His grace! He loves this little girl so much & it blows me away how He is touching so many lives through her story!

To read about all the other miracles so far go here – {Adopting AnnaBelle}

-JK

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