Thanks so much for your prayers for our precious baby girl. She is an absolute joy, so full of smiles and laughter. We completed all of the Malaysian adoption process in August. We waited for the paperwork to be processed and then got her Malaysian passport in just a few short hours:) We then waited 3 months for the translation of the official documents which finally arrived in December. In January we applied for Kiara’s citizenship through the US embassy here in KL. THey took a few weeks to check everything out and we were called back in last Wednesday to be informed of their research. They are recommending our case and are forwarding it on to Bangkok for the US Immigation approval for Asia. We would greatly appreciate your continued prayers for these last few steps. We hope to be back in America by the end of May for a summer stateside time. Kiara must have this immigrant visa to travel. Please pray for Gods covering that all will move along in a timely manner and that we can finalize her citizenship as we cross US soil this summer. What a faithful God we serve! He has been with us every step of the way. Thank you for joining us in this prayer of praise! He has done great things! We continue to rely on him and trust in his provision.
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Kiara (KEY- ARE- UH) Jeyashree Carter
Born on March 31, 2012
just a tiny one weighing 5 lbs.
These past four months have been a whirlwind and it seems I have gotten a bit behind on blogs and here is why….On Easter Sunday after all the partying we got a phone call from one of our contacts saying that she had a baby girl and we could come and visit her that afternoon!!!! so we quickly made arrangements and headed about an hour south to meet what we thought might be our precious little one. Though we hoped and prayed for the last several months that she would arrive soon and that we would know clearly she was the one, it was so overwhelming and shocking to be driving home with her that evening. We had nothing prepared but our precious friends immediately gathered up all the baby gear they had and headed our way. The kids were so excited and she was showered with much love from everyone!! Lack of sleep and a very surreal feeling pervaded those first few days but what a joy to have Kiara with our family.
We had previoulsy met with a lawyer so she gathered all the necesary papers, got them signed, and applied for a court date. On June 4th we had our first court date for the Malaysian adoption and were assigned a local welfare worker. The welfare worker just did our 1 hour Malaysian home study this past week. He shared that the judge who normally presides was gone on maternity leave and the fill in judge had been making things difficult for others. He asked our welfare worker not to approve us because he didn’t want foreigners adopting, but our worker knew that it wasn’t legal and had the support of his boss to approve us. Just a few weeks later this judge died of a heart attack and our Hindu welfare worker believes many people cursed him because of his evilness and he died. Interesting? I’m just reminded that God will go before us and he will fight for us! Our hopefully final court date will be this week on Aug.16 with the judge who has returned from maternity leave and has a good reputation:) Next we will apply for her Malaysian passport and then begin the process with US Immigration to get citizenship. We’ve been told to be prepared for some possible bumps with the US process. We continue to trust God and seek his pathway. Pray that we can show Gods love to everyone we deal with through the adoption process. I am continually reminded how important the prayers of the righteous are as we move through these processes. THANK YOU so much to all who have prayed for our precious little one to join our family! God has answered our prayers!! Join us as we pray through the next steps and see God’s goodness and faithfulness.
We want to wish all of you a great Resurrection weekend as we celebrate that Jesus is Alive! Yesterday (Good Friday) we gathered with our co-workers for a delicious brunch, encouragement, and a time to focus on the Cross. We’ve already had the opportunity today to share with neighbors the meaning of Easter as we shared Easter treats. Tonight our neighborhood group will gather for a fellowship (our gift is hospitality) expecting some of the neighbors to join. I’m excited that a family from our street will join us. They have two daughters that go to Keleigh’s preschool and the girls often play together and I go walking with the mom sometimes. Pray that we can show Jesus love to these families as we share the Resurrection Story and why we have Easter.
Tomorrow will be a big day at IC@MK as we begin the morning with baptisms, then Resurrection Worship with Lord’s Supper and finally a Potbless (they don’t like to say potluck) Lunch. Pray for many new friends that have been invited, including a group from a local girls home that we are beginning to partner with. Pray for Sunday School and the outreach to the children/youth and their families. Continue to pray for a mother and her young daughter who are faithfully coming each week that she will have a breakthrough in understanding Gods Word as she finds it quite difficult. The men are continuing to meet and to pray seeking God’s wisdom for their leadership roles. Pray for the home fellowships which will begin this month. God has done such amazing things in building his church over the last 8 months. Praise Him!!!!
We’ve had fun celebrating birthdays these past few weeks. Caden turned 12, Crete turned 7, and Scott hit the big 40:) Caden did a TV interview for ice hockey and Crete scored a goal on his birthday. Please continue to pray for our adoption and for God’s plan for the special child who will join our family. I am praying that the open door will be very clear and that all other doors will be shut as we search for our child. Our hearts are anxious yet we trust in HIS perfect timing.
Thank you for joining us through your prayers as we share the love of Jesus and see lives transformed. Have a Blessed Easter Weekend!!!
We were sad to miss the first few days of Chinese New Year while we were away at meetings. Thankfully it lasts for fifteen days so we were able to join the celebrations upon our return. We enjoyed visiting the homes of neighbors and friends and eating lots of special New Year treats. The coffee table in each home is covered with small containers filled with cookies, snacks, and oranges.We heard the sounds of fireworks almost every night and enjoyed exchanging and eating mandarin oranges (a sign of gold and a prosperous new year). The children’s favorite part is getting ang pows (red envelopes with money) from all the aunties and uncles:) We have some new evanglestic DVD’s that we shared as we visited. Please pray for families to watch them and for a hunger to know more about the Savior.
Praying that each of you had a joyous Christmas! As we come to the close of another amazing year we are overhwhelmed by God’s amazing love. Our familyhas been blessed in many ways and what a privilege to be a small part of what Father is doing here in our city and among the nations.
As a family we flew less this year than we ever have in our time living abroad. We enjoyed a beach vacation to Phuket, Thailand after attending the homeschool conference. We also made a couple trips to Singapore for visa runs. We went on lots of educational field trips around KL, and the kids continue to do modeling and fashion shows. Lots of time was spent on the soccer field and at the ice hockey rink. We enjoyed hosting several friends and volunteer teams that they might see Father’s heart for this city as they joined in the work. Another first for our kids was trick or treating at Halloween and a haunted house. A big blessing was having family visit, Mimi & Papa spent Thanksgiving holidays with us. We are thankful for many new international friendships and partners as we watched God building His church while focusing more on Ch planting the second half of this year. Caden thanks all of you who prayed for him to have some friendships with boys his age!
We are looking expectanly to 2012 and all God will do especially the addition of a new member to our family. Yes it’s crazy adding to this crew:) but we are all thrilled at the prospect of a new baby sister. We’ve had a desire in our hearts to adopt for a long time, but this past year the Lord began rekindling that desire and bringing it closer to reality. We completed our Homestudy in the fall and are waiting now to find the right child Father has to place in our family. There are no adoption agencies in our country so it is all done privately. I was told “You all are in charge of your adoption” —that can be a bit daunting:)We covet your prayers as we go through this process and trust the Lord as He sees us through every question and need.
We are so grateful for each of you –our prayer partners who walk with us through these journeys of sharing Jesus love and seeing lives transformed. Thanks for your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that enables our family to be here. We appreciate your faithful prayers that carry our family through the hard days and for the encouragement as we see others obeying and following in the freedom of a personal Savior. We are praying for you!!
A blessed New Year to all of you!!
Sorry it seems last months draft was never published so here it is.
Praise the Lord the Office of Immigration has granted us a stay pass for three more years. We really appreicate your prayers as this process was a bit more complex than we had anticipated. Last month I shared that the long processing meant we would need to leave the country but in Fathers great provision we were given an extension and didn’t need to travel out! Thank you for praying and for the grace that was extended.
Praise the Lord that all the remodeling went as scheduled and IC@MK was able to hold their first service on November 6 at our new home in Gateway Kiaramas. We were overwhelmed by more than one hundred attending representing about 20 different nationalities. The Lord continues to amaze us as he grows this sweet family of believers. Please pray for us as we grow and as others begin serving with their gifts and talents.
Praise the Lord for a great visit from Mimi and Papa. We enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving holidays together, getting to spend time with the people and work here, and a trip up North to Penang. So grateful that travels went smoothly with Mimi’s broken foot. It is always a great blessing to get to be with our family!
The Christmas holiday outreach is already upon us. Please pray for the opportunites we have to share the truth of Christmas and that the hearts will be ready to receive and be set free. IC@MK will be having a Christmas Potluck Dinner and Caroling on Dec. 10. True North will have a Christmas party on the 15th, and our neighborhood group in Putra Heights will be having a party on December 17.
Prayng that each of you have a great Thanksgiving Holiday and that you take time to give Thanks to the Lord for all he has done!
For Fall Fun this week we’ve seen the many fireworks of Deepavali (Indian festival of lights) , had turkey for an early Thanksgiving feast, and everyone is getting their costumes and pumpkins ready for Halloween festivities this weekend.
It is hard to believe that we have been meeting for 8 Sundays already with our family at IC@MK. We have averaged about 70 each week and seen many different nations represented. Thank you for your prayers for the provision of a place to lease. The first place did not work out we believe, because God had another place for us. Some great Christian landlords have happily leased us office space and helped us to get all the necessary permission for the renovations. The walls have been hacked out between the office spaces, painted and today the carpeting will be put down. Furniture and sound system to be arriving soon. We are planning for our first Sunday in our new home with our new family on November 6. Please pray for all the details that must come together to make this happen. The building is called Gateway Kiaramas- we are praying that this fellowship will be a gateway to reaching every nation, tongue, and tribe with the Fathers salvation.
Tonight October 27, will be the second True North international youth club meeting. We have a special Third Culture Kid speaker coming to share.Thanks for praying us through a great first meeting with 25 teens from six different schools. Some were a bit apprehensive and checking things out to see if it really would be fun. They played in pudding, marked on peoples feet, ate pizza,and all the crazy fun teen stuff they like to do. Scott shared a message about what True North means and being pointed in Fathers direction. Many plan to bring along their friends this time and we were excited to have several non believers. The vision is for this to be a city wide partnership reaching out to all international teens from various fellowships and schools. Pray that this would be a time of encouragement for the teens, that they would be overhwhelmed by Fathers love, and that more would follow the Master.
Thanks for your prayers concerning our much needed work permits. Things are taking a bit longer than we expected as the lawyers doing it for us are being VERY detailed. It’s a good thing to be done properly and will hopefully get us a three year permit, however it puts us very close to the expiration of our tourist visas . We have been advised we may need to make an unexpected visa run. Things are busyand it would need to be in the next week. The other option could be an extension or paying an overstay fine???Please pray for this process and that we will have wisdom to know what to do.
We are so grateful for all you prayer warriors out there who are covering us in this crucial time of planting a new fellowship. It can be so overwhelming with so many decisions and of course the enemy pushing back. So Glad God is building this and not us! So thankful for all the partners through prayer, finances, and other ways that he supplies each need. What a mighty God we serve! May you feel his love today and share it with others around you.