Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 12 – Court Day

Thursday, December 30, 2010

We had court at 11:00 AM this morning. It was in a small office with a judge, an inspector, our facilitator, 2 jurors, a secretary, and us. We only had a couple of questions. It was very informal and friendly, and it only took about 15-20 minutes. In Ukraine, they celebrate New Year in the way we celebrate Christmas. When we were leaving, the judge told us we were receiving a very special gift for New Year. She was so right! Today, there is one less orphan in the world and one more member was added to our family.

Andrei Asher Coffman is officially our son!

He may not understand fully what that means yet, but I hope he will come to understand how much we love him, and soon he will know that he is now a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin… There are no words to truly express how grateful we are that Andre has been saved from a life of solitude and abandonment. We are so thankful for your commitment to praying and supporting our adoption.

We are so thankful that God has chosen us for Andrei. What an honor to be entrusted with his little life. As we prayed for our daughter from the time she was in my womb, we also pray that someday Andrei will come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and that his life would be a testimony of the wonderful things that God can do.

This process has not been easy, and it is not over, but one thing has been made very clear to me…God is faithful! This has been a journey of God’s faithfulness in answering every prayer above what we thought would be possible. God has taken care of all of our needs beyond my expectations.

Please continue to pray for:
• our health and safety in the next 10 days of waiting here in Kherson
• getting Andrei’s birth certificate and passport quickly so that we can get Andrei
• safe travel back to Kiev and for Andrei to sleep
• medical appointment and getting visa quickly
• finding cheap flights back home
• safe travel back home with good weather and for Andrei to sleep during the long flight

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


  1. Not sure I can remember that whole list right before bed each night, but I will most definitely pray for everything to go well!

    Will you call your son Andrei or Asher? Regardless, I will help you pray him home!


  2. Praise the Lord!!!!! Congratulations Mom, Dad and Andrei!

  3. I will pray! I jumped on here today to see if you had reached your goal! Congrats! We donated to another little guy with arthrogryposis instead. If there's anything you need BESIDES prayer, let me know. My daughter has arthrogryposis too and just had surgery on her legs. My email is

  4. Congratulations! So happy for you and for Andrei! I have prayed for families for a number of children -- Andrei is the very first of these to be officially adopted! Can't wait till he is safely home!

  5. Congratulations! Love his name.