Bill and I learned yesterday that Dace’s aunt and grandmother want to assume guardianship of her, so she is no longer available for adoption.  This was hard news for us to take.  Dace had grown close to our hearts in such a short time.

We pray that this will be a good home situation for Dace, if it is God’s will for her to go to her relatives.  We can’t help but wonder where these relatives have been for the past five years, while Dace has been languishing in an institution.  Thus, we will continue to pray for Dace and will specifically ask the Lord that he will open or close doors for the grandmother and aunt according to what is actually best for Dace.  If these relatives are good people, then this could, indeed, be a great situation for her.

While Dace is out of the picture, we are still planning to go forward with our plans to adopt another little girl from Latvia.  We have put so much effort into the paperwork already, and we know that there are many other adoptable children in Latvia who would love to have a family of their own.

With your permission, we would like to keep the donations you made and apply them towards the adoption of another child.  We have already spent some of the money to obtain marriage licenses, birth certificates, and other documents.  Having these papers will speed things up as we seek to adopt another child.

Thanks so much for your support for us on this adoption journey.  As we learned by adopting our other children, international adoption is seldom simple and straightforward.  We know, though, that there is a child out there who needs us, so we will persevere.

With love and gratitude,

Bill and Johanna Anderson


What If Dace Is Not Adopted?

What would happen to Dace if she were not adopted before her sixteenth birthday?

Dace would be released from the orphanage and sent out to live on her own in the city.  She would have no family connections, no friends, nor any network of contacts.   Riga is bitterly cold in the winter, and Dace would very likely have no warm place to live.  She would not have a job or anyone to help her find one.  If she is like many Eastern European orphan girls, she would become a prostitute or sex slave, because a pimp would recognize her vulnerability and would promise her money and security.

Without hope and without love, the temptation to fill her empty soul with drugs and alcohol would be overwhelming.  Already emotionally dead, she very likely would die an actual physical death at an early age.  Who would be there to mourn her passing?  Probably no one.

What would become of Dace’s eternal soul?

Of course, God can save anyone, at any time, by any means He chooses.  However, in most cases, children who have never known the unconditional love of parents cannot fathom that a Heavenly Father loves them.  They ask themselves, “If God loves me, why am I an orphan?”  Parents are the most influential ambassadors for Christ on earth.

Dace clearly was crying out for parents during her visit to the US.  Even now, as she has gone back to her orphanage in Latvia, she is at risk for anger, depression and behavior problems because she does not know that we love her and are working hard to bring her home.

No child deserves to live–and die–like this.  We know that Dace is only one of hundreds of thousands of orphans in the world.  We know that we can’t help all of them.  But in God’s eyes, Dace isn’t one of a faceless throng of orphan children.  Her name is engraved on the palm of His hand, and His eyes are always on her.  God has engraved her name on the palms of our hands, too.  

A Day of Promise!

Did Bill get to talk about Dace on the show?  Well, I don’t know.  But whether or not he was able to, this is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

I have to remember that God’s ways are not my ways.  Raising money on TV seemed like such an obvious solution to me, but I know that the Lord will provide in HIS way and in HIS time, not mine.  I so often fall prey to self-sufficiency and lean on my own understanding.  My so-called “wisdom” is foolishness to God, and God’s so-called “foolishness” is, in fact, the ultimate wisdom.

May God grant me the wisdom to remember that He will bring Dace to us His own way.

A Day of Promise?

On this cold, snowy January morning, I have been asking the Lord for a miracle.  Bill is going to be on national TV tonight, on Judge Andrews Napolitano’s show, Freedom Watch, on the Fox News Channel.  I’m praying today that somehow, the Lord will make a way for Bill to be able to talk about Dace’s adoption, even if just for a moment, and for the link to our blog to appear on the screen.  I know that a lot of people will be watching this show, and we might be able to raise a lot of support.

Please join with me in praying for this.  Bill isn’t sure that he should ask permission to do this.  Please pray that, if it is the Lord’s will, Bill will feel comfortable asking the people at Fox for permission to promote our adoption.  Pray that the Lord will open the doors for him to be able to do it, and that the coffers of heaven will open for us.

I don’t want to pressure Bill to do something he doesn’t feel comfortable doing, so I only want him to ask permission if he really feels okay about it.  I know that only God can open the doors for these things to happen, but I know that God can do it and will, if it is His plan for us.  The show will air on Fox Business News tonight at 8:00 Eastern time.

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

`I (Johanna) want to find and print inspirational quotes on perseverance as often as I can.  I know that they will minister to me when the going gets tough.  Maybe they will minister to you, too?

The apostle Paul wrote in one of the epistles, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is the Lord who will acts in you  to do according to His good pleasure.”   God is sovereign, and His perfect will can never be thwarted.  However, we can’t just sit there and do nothing.  God is calling us to PRAY about what He would have us do, then DO it!   We can’t be shocked or dismayed by obtacles; every worthwhile undertaking has some.   “So let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  (Hebrews 12)

Jen and Chris–Dace’s Adoption Angels

We can never thank Jen and Chris Dieh enough for being Dace’s adoption advocates.  With four children of their own, one a special needs child adopted from Latvia, Jen and Chris surely have their hands absolutely full all of the time.  During this holiday season, they have not only welcomed Dace into their home, but another foster baby, as well.

Thanks, Jen and Chris for having the vision to advocate for Dace.  Without you, we never would have heard of her.  Dace’s future definitely rests in the Lord’s hands.  All we can do is trust God and keep on praying.  Chris and Jen, we are very grateful to you!

Jen Diehl at home with Dace



“If you don’t take the chance of going too far, you’ll never know how far you could have gone.”—Unknown

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