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the end of a dream

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
In those days when you pray, I will listen.
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. ”
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Friday morning we got a call from our adoption agency. They told us that Canada has declared a moratorium on DRC adoptions and since we were so early in the process with them they can no longer work with us.

We have not yet heard any word from the government on whether this moratorium is actually happening but this agency was the last door open for us for a DRC adoption.

The door is now closed.

The dream of our children being in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now over.

I’ve sensed this coming for a while now and I had been praying that if the door was going to close it would happen before we sent a huge chunk of money down to the agency. The money order arrived in our mailbox from the bank Thursday afternoon and we had not sent it when they called us. God does answer prayers.

I can’t say where we are going from here, we’ve got some major searching and praying to do but it does look like the door to international adoption has closed for us, at least for now.

We ask for your continued prayers as we try to figure out where God wants us to go from here. While this is the end of one dream I can only hope that it is the beginning of a new one.

Thank you for your prayers throughout this entire journey.

with love,

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  1. Aww, Chan, I’m so sorry! And yet, your post has God written all over it! He has a wonderful plan for you, the verse you posted is so appropriate and so meaningful. We will keep praying!

  2. So very sorry to hear that! Glad you hadn’t sent your cheque. Will pray for you as you grieve and search God’s will and begin to understand God’s plan.

  3. Sorry for this lost opportunity Chantel & Jared…keeping you in my prayers as the two of you find peace with this turn of events. God’s plan for you is bigger still, and I’m excited to see it unfold!

  4. Aww, Jared & Chan, I’m so sorry to hear this:( it’s been a long journey for u guys & I love your faith & strength throughout. God WILL fulfil His plan for your family in His time

  5. It’s really sad to hear this, but I trust that God has an even better plan in mind for you and your family in adoption. If He’s called you to adopt, then why would He not have you in mind for a specific child of His? He will continue to orchestrate circumstances until that vary child is yours. Praying for you!

  6. Hi Chantel,

    We are a Canadian couple hoping to adopt from DRC as well. We have been trying to find any information about the moratorium, but no one seems to have heard about it (even our Manitoba agency and Manitoba Child and Family Services know nothing about this). Could we talk? Our blog is

    Sean & Yuliya

    1. Thanks for your comment! I just sent you an email, if you don’t receive it try checking your spam folder, sometimes my emails end up there.

  7. Chantel…I am SO so sorry to hear this news. My heart was so heavy when I read it. You are so strong and brave, and I will be lifting up prayers for you today. Blessing and favor upon your family as you move forward. All my love from Nepal, Katie

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