In the early hours of the day we received an email from the USE that our case indeed had already been sent to USCIS in Nairobi. I realize for most of you, the question is then ‘what does that mean?’ We also are asking that question at some level ourselves. The basics are: based on the evidence provided and the investigation into Lulu’s orphan status conducted by the US Embassy, they were not able to grant her a VISA at this time and have sent her case to US Immigration for their review and ultimate adjudication. USCIS will either:
1. clear us based on the evidence and USE investigation.
2. or they will issue a RFE (request for evidence) in our case. This is hard news to digest as it would be on us to conduct an investigation there on the ground by hiring a local investigator, lawyer, and/or going ourselves to Ethiopia to gather the evidence. This would mean much more time and much more money that we simply do not have.
While we have obvious concerns of what this could mean, we also are hopeful the USCIS is equipped to view our current evidence and clear us. We have the utmost confidence that Lulu is indeed an orphan, and we pray USCIS will also make this determination upon reviewing our case.
We were told it will take 3-5 business days for our file to arrive in Nairobi. We pray this is a speedy transfer.
We continue to pray for favor and integrity over all those who are assigned to our case. We pray for immediate clearance upon review. We pray for Lulu’s health and heart. We pray for our strength and hope to be renewed hour by hour. And most of all, as we have prayed throughout this process, may the story that brings God the most Glory be the one that is written here on the pages of our family’s lives. We are weary and hurt and disappointed beyond words, but God is still very near to us, He continues to reveal His nearness every day and it is how we continue to find breath when the circumstances around us take our very breath away. Please do not let your hearts break for us friends, but instead join us in grateful expectancy for God’s glory to be revealed as we continue steadfastly to seek after Him to bring our daughter home.
All our love,
-Sarah & Rob
A Hard Bend in the Road