So one of the things we have to do before traveling to Ethiopia for the adoption is to get our vaccinations. Amanda got hers about 2 weeks ago, she is able to get almost all of them (6 shots I believe). Because of a medical condition I have, I wasn't able to get any with live vaccines in them, but they still stuck me with 4 needles yesterday. I received the meningitis, Hep A, Typhoid, and Polio vaccines. Amanda received those plus the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and the yellow fever vaccine. We won't be leaving the city of Addis Ababa, so we won't have to worry contracting Malaria at 8500 feet above sea level. And because we will be staying in a pretty nice hotel, we won't be super-exposed to most of these diseases. But we do plan on visiting the orphanage where we will pick up our child. I pray they don't have this problem, but I bet there are some crazy bugs going around the orphanage at times.
Well, keep praying we get the call soon, we are trying to "be anxious about nothing" as Scripture says. And just trusting that the Lord has a specific child that He will have us adopt. We just give all Praise to Jesus Christ for this opportunity to build a family this way.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This is the only other thing really going on with the Duda Family, but as it will involve where we live probably in the future I thought it is worth putting up here. About two years ago I (Dave) started going to school towards a bachelors in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I'm over half-way done, and Lord willing, I will finish in June of 2010. After that, the Lord will put Amanda and I somewhere to serve Jesus Christ in a church or some type of ministry. It has been amazing taking classes where I get to spend time with the Lord while doing school work. This is probably the first time I've ever taken classes where I actually love getting into my school work.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Well, Amanda and I have been talking about setting up a blog site for quite a long time about the adoption. I finally got a chance to get going on it. As many of you know we are just waiting right now for THE phone call. This is called the referral, which will be the information on the child the Lord chose for Amanda and I. After receiving our referral (which will include pictures) we will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4-6 weeks later for approximately a week. So hopefully we will get that call from America World any day. It's so crazy knowing that our child is alive, and playing, and eating, and sleeping on the other side of the world. As soon as we get the info and any pics I will definitely post them on this site with any of the info that I know.
The other big thing besides the adoption this year for the Duda family is we are part of a group planting a Harvest Bible Chapel in Franklin (Milwaukee), WI. We are already meeting on Sunday nights as a core group, and Lord willing we will have our first service in September of 2007. We are just excited to see a solid, Bible-believing church that will glorify Jesus Christ in our area. Also it will be cool to have a church where our little son or daughter can call home if the Lord keeps us where we are. If the Lord puts this on your heart, or if you are interested, let us know.