We have had some news from Rwanda this week, all coming from various sources, but very encouraging that progress is being made.
1) I believe that the head sister at Home of Hope Orphanage has received several approval letters from the Ministry and is working on the matches so that she can return them to the Ministry for their approval.
2) I received a email directly from the person at the Ministry's office who handles the adoption paperwork. She stated that my previous email to her was helpful in clearing up our request for two children and she asked that I also directly forward it to the Minister herself (which of course I promptly did!). When I responded back with a "Thank You" she responded back again with a "O.k. Thank You." Wow, I feel so close to these wonderful women in Rwanda already!
3) We have been able to follow the process ocurring for the three families who were in Rwanda and now in Ethiopia with their 5 newly adopted children. They have reported on some difficulties in their process so thankfully we have a "heads up" on these issues and can work with our agency and POA to prevent these same snags when we travel. We went into this understanding that adoption in Rwanda was still new and the process changing so I am not overly concerned or discouraged. It might just take some extra perfectionism with paperwork on my part.
So if I was to take any guesses at what could be happening. Maybe just maybe our match has been made by the wonderful sisters at Home of Hope and that match has been sent onto the Minister's office and it was for two children. And that is why today I heard from the Minister's office wanting me to forward our confirmation that we are in fact requesting two children. So if my hypothesis were to be correct then I am assuming that after the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion aproves our match that the children will then receive their medical testing and when those results come back we will receive our referral. Just a warning, my hypothesis is entirely a hypothesis. I could be totally wrong and we may have alot longer then even one more month to wait.