GoGetGet!

Update posted by Leon Fowler On Aug 15, 2017

Greetings, all.

Once again, it's truly impossible for this overly-emotional new dad to thank everyone for your support of my family over the past two weeks. We will certainly try the best we can over these next couple of weeks to reach out to you individually to thank you for all you have done.

So, this will probably be the last update from Addis. We have completed all of the medical exams and paperwork, and earlier today, we interviewed at the United States Embassy and should be receiving Getch's visa tomorrow morning. Our flight leaves tomorrow night for Frankfurt (LH 9695) and then from Frankfort to Atlanta (LH 444) on Thursday morning. We are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 2:20 PM on Thursday.

If any of you would like and are able, you are welcome to meet us at the airport on Thursday. There should probably be a gaggle of folks there who we wouldn't be able to deter even if we wanted, and feel free to join them. I am truly terrified I am going to get ugly-faced emotional, so if you want to avoid that, feel no guilt at staying home and watching Judge Judy.

Getch has expressed his excitement at meeting a lot new folks, but he is pretty shy when he first meets new people. We've never done this before, but I'm guessing we probably won't be hanging around too terribly long to keep from overwhelming an already-by-then travel-weary little boy (and probably his parents).

We appreciate your continued prayers and are excited about introducing Getachew to his new family and friends.

God's promises and Word do not fail.

We love you all.

The Fowlers



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Update posted by Leon Fowler On Aug 09, 2017

I just wanted to give you all a quick update on our progress here in Addis, but FIRST...

We want to THANK YOU ALL for your generosity and prayers. I still can't adequately communicate how encouraging your support has been.

It has now been just over a week after we flew out of Atlanta and so far we have met Getachew, passed court, received full custody, obtained the court decree, obtained the birth certificate, and submitted paperwork for his passport

We have an in-country guide and a driver who knows every road and passthrough in Addis and who has an uncanny gift at knowing his way around every government office in the city. If it can be done, he can get it done. We would probably be here an extra week without him. He is a personified answer to all of your prayers for us.

Getch has been in our custody since last Friday and we have been able to spend a lot of time with him on our own, learning his personality and the activities he enjoys. He shares the universal attraction to glowing screens and moving pictures (and if you know me and my penchant for road trips, you would know I am especially excited that he is entertained by passing scenery from a car window). He is very thorough and particular when it comes to folding and sorting his clothes, brushing his teeth, and tucking in his undershirt. He is an intense Lionel Messi fan and one living room soccer drill has already left me with a bruised toe after inadvertently kicking a wall. He enjoys praying before we go to bed.

It's looking like we'll be here another week or so, Lord willing. Your prayers have meant and will continue to mean everything to us as we continue to see the provision and faithfulness of God as the process continues and we daily zip around the city in a white van, dodging pedestrians and throwing documents on the dash.

We are excited for you all to be able to meet our little guy!


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Update posted by Leon Fowler On Aug 04, 2017

Hello, all. Just wanted to give a quick update and let you all know how overwhelmed we have been with your support, encouragement, and prayers.

After arriving in Addis early Thursday morning, we checked in at the guest house where we’re staying and then went to the orphanage where Getachew was living. We met him for the first time (!!!) along with several of the other children from the orphanage and their caretakers. After lunch, we came back to the orphanage for a second visit, played some soccer, and thumb wrestled a bit before we left and returned to the guest house.

We spent the evening resting and catching up on sleep. This morning, Getachew was brought over to the guest house for a third visit and then we all went to court. Thanks to your prayers and the steadfast love of the Lord, we passed court on the very last day they were open.

THEN, after a celebratory lunch with our guide and driver, we returned to the guest house with our SON. We spent the afternoon and evening trying to figure out what the magillicuddy each other were saying, wearing funny hats and glasses, and doing soccer footwork drills across the living room floor.

There’s a lot of tedious steps left before we get to come home, but we are able to move forward knowing that the God of Creation and the God of our Salvation is also the good Father of Providence. He has wind, sea, princes, and judges he can move as he chooses.

THANK YOU ALL for everything. We have been completely overwhelmed with your support and encouragement. God is good.

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