Updated: Tesney just shared this today…
“We need all the prayers we can get and we know that God hears the prayers of the righteous, so here it goes. We found out today that the Supreme Court can rule in our favor and Kirill can come home immediately after the court decree is filed (in 5 days from the hearing). This is different information than we were originally given. We were told that IF we got a favorable hearing, it would be that the Supreme Court would kick the case back to regional court and they would make the final decision. This is one option, but the SC CAN rule that our adoption is approved and KIRILL CAN COME HOME. So please, prayer warriors, please pray that this is the outcome tomorrow. We are praying for a MIRACLE.”
So much happening in the world. It seems that the earth is shaking at the seams as we prepare ourselves for the Coming King. Soon and very soon. Maybe not last May 21st. On many days I can so relate to David as he cried out to the Lord in Psalms asking, “How much longer, Oh Lord?”
Sometimes it’s hard for me not to fall into despair when I see so many people struggling, hurting, and desperation all around. It’s heartbreaking. I have to make an extra effort to remind myself to keep my faith up there on those days–constantly being mindful that my God is alive and well and more than able to carry every burden we will ever carry.
Never before have we needed Jesus as we need Him now. Casting Crown’s song here is one of my favorites at the moment. How true the words are! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m longing for that glorious day when He will appear, riding on the clouds.
But until that happens…we wait. We pray. We encourage. We serve one another. We love much. We help where we can. And we build each other up–always pointing one another to the ONE who will return; the One who holds every care and burden of our hearts in His mighty hand.
Today I wanted to ask you to please lift up Greg and Tesney Davis before the throne of God.
Remember them? I shared their heartbreaking story a few weeks back. They were denied the privilege of adopting their son (simply because he has Down syndrome) by a Russian judge. The Davis family has not given up on their sweet boy, and they have fought with everything they have. Greg and Tesney are back in Kirill’s country and tomorrow they will face a judge in the Russian Supreme Court.
This is HUGE! The destiny of one little boy’s life will be determined.
Please, I’m begging you, please pray in the hours to come. Please trust that God is moving on the heart of this judge already, even now. Pray that the mountain that stands before the Davis family is already beginning to move in the name of Jesus.
I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the glorious body of Christ coming together and interceding for one another…because “that’s what we do in a herd” (as Manny in Ice Age says)!
And I know that so many of you do too.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot in the last few days. God could so easily have moved on the first judge’s heart and granted Kirill’s adoption there and then. So many of us knew of the situation and were on our knees for them. But the judge said, “No, you cannot adopt this child; he is better off in an institution.”
Why did God not act? I have no idea. He is God and I am not (whew!).
The only thing I know is that our lives, our circumstances, our pain, our challenges, our losses and our victories are ALL for His glory. If He never allowed us to walk through the deepest valleys we would never have opportunities to stretch our faith. And He would never have the opportunity to show His faithfulness through seemingly impossible situations.
It’s all for His glory. There is nothing that Tesney, Greg, or anyone else who has been helping them with their appeal to the Russian courts can do to gain the son that they so desperately love. There is nothing that man can do to make the judge grant them the outcome they are longing for.
Only God. The One who holds the hearts of kings in his hands. The One who will not give His glory to anyone else (Isaiah 48:11). The One who loves the fatherless passionately.
He and He alone can do this.
Tomorrow is such a big day for this sweet family and their precious little boy who waits in an orphanage. I know that they are so nervous, but are being carried on the wings of eagles as they go into the courtroom tomorrow.
Please lift them up before the Father. A favorable response will mean countless other children with special needs in that area may also be able to be adopted. That’s enormous.
Please share Kirill’s story with anyone who you know will pray! We need prayer warriors.
One little boy. One sweet family. How urgently they need our prayers.