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A couple weeks ago, my assistant, Caroline Smith, came by and took some pictures of me and my family.  If you know anything about our life here, you know how hard it can be to nail all of us down at one time.  It’s even harder trying to get us to all look at the camera at the same time.  That’s why we love that Caroline was able to just come over to our home and take photos of us while we were hanging out.  It feels more real for our family that way.  If you’re interested in using her as a designer or photographer, you can check out her work here.

Praying for Others

Had a great day today and continuing to see the kids progress.  Thanks again for all the prayers, and I hope you enjoy the videos.

Tonight I wanted to ask you all to share a burden for a family we have met here.  Scott and Cheryl have two biological girls ages 11 and 8 and are adopting an amazing little guy named Paul (8 years old) here in Uganda.  Cheryl and Paul have been here at the guest house going on four months now.  It has been a difficult time for their family as Scott and the girls are back home in Alabama, and Cheryl and Paul are stuck here in Uganda dealing with a mess of legal and bureaucratic red tape.  They should have been home two months ago, but the roadblocks keep stacking up.  Little and I and the kids have gotten close with Cheryl and Paul and love them very dearly already.  This is the international adoption nightmare that you hear about often, and it is truly a nightmare.  They cannot do anything, and their hands are tied, waiting on cooperation from both governments.  We will be going with Cheryl tomorrow to get her visa renewed, as it is about to expire.  She wants so badly to be home with the whole family together and we want it for them.

These guys are an amazing family who love the Lord and love the Gospel.  Please pray with us that they are reunited as a family soon.  God broke the heart of the Kings of Bablyon and Persia and crushed the authority of Pharaoh.  He can certainly deal with uncooperative government agencies in this situation.  Please pray for a breakthrough.

I will keep you posted.

And then there were seven.

Leaving court with Orphanage Director Hillary

Leaving court with Orphanage Director Hillary

The amazing outpouring of support through prayers, texts and social media has blown Little and me away.  We are indebted to so many of you and humbled at the size of our extended family in the States.  It has been a blistering pace since we arrived, but things are progressing.  We took the kids to a local clinic today for checkups, and they are both being treated for worms, parasites and bacterial infections.  They will fit right in at SWO!

Thursday and Friday will be important days as we meet with the lawyer to discuss documentation issues.  Much prayer will be needed, so please keep it up.  We are not surprised that it is working!  The prayer of the righteous has much power.  God’s people are driving this whole thing, and we are grateful.

Tuck telling Mo to man up during his physical

Tuck telling Mo to man up during his physical

We have learned much more of JuJu and Mo’s story, and it is truly an act of God’s grace that he is bringing them out of it.  They come from a background of severe abuse and neglect and suffer from pretty intense complications from malnutrition.  They are responding so well to our family, and our biological three have been an amazing asset.

One quick story for now:

When we were in the courtroom (six hours in a 90-degree room), the judge asked JuJu if she had the choice, would she go back to the orphanage or back with her great-grandmother or go with us. She pointed straight at Tuck, without hesitation.  I cried.  The judge then made her biological father pick her up, look at her, and tell her that he didn’t want her and that he couldn’t support her so he was giving her away to us.  He told her to be a good girl.  It was heart wrenching.  I think Little wanted to throw blows with the biological father, and I wanted to let her, only I was broken for this man’s sin and spiritual need.  We are trusting God to heal JuJu through Gospel love in our home.

Thank you all for loving Planet Holloway so well.

Greetings from Uganda

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We have been completely blown away by the support we have received on our adoptions.  God has led us, for now, to a little four-year-old girl and her one-year-old brother, living in the city of Kampala, since their mother died last June.  Pray for us as we are currently in Uganda.  We have a court date set for February 11, and we ask that you pray that we would have favor in the eyes of the courts and the judge.  A lot will need to happen while we are here, and we don’t even know how long we will be in-country.  We are trusting God to provide in every way. All five of us are here together, as this has been a family thing from day one.  Our kids are so excited, and we cannot wait to see what God has in store for our family through all of this.  Planet Holloway is in Africa (the lyrics of Toto are ringing in my head right now)!

Thanks for all the support both through prayer, and through giving over the past year.  God is faithful, and so are his people.