It’s Official: Eli is Now Legally Our Son!

The above pictures are of Eli Botela Agnew.  This is when he was taken to the orphanage at 15 months old, he is now 22 months old.  And now, we have some important news:

We are so excited to tell you all that around 3:30 this afternoon (Tuesday, March 30th), we received our good news email telling us that Eli had passed through court and we are his legal parents.  It is official: Amanda and I are now the proud parents of two precious boys!

We are so grateful to so many of you who have prayed for our son.  Some of you know the recent change in the Ethiopian government concerning adoption (I’ll try to explain later in the week) which threatened to slow down and greatly impede our process of bringing him home.  I looked at my C-Group Sunday night and asked if we could pray in faith that this was the week that he passed through court.

This morning, Obie seemed intent on mentioning Eli in his breakfast prayers, and I asked “Do you think this will be the day that it is official?”  We prayed at breakfast that today would be the day and our North Side staff also prayed this morning that today would be the day he legally became ours and we would be spared some of these significant changes.

When we received the email, our sense of relief was huge but our sense of gratitude towards a faithful God was even bigger.  He has been so faithful during this process – I could write and write telling you all the many ways he has shown himself strong!  We have so much to praise him for!

So what that means is that Eli has been moved to the Horizon House where he will wait for the Agnews to pick him up.  We should hear within a few days concerning travel time.  We are anticipating middle of April (see – I am NOT crazy – God moves in amazing ways) for travel dates.

We plan to be home to celebrate both of the boys’ second birthdays in May, and life just keeps getting better and better when we follow Jesus.  Thank you for your prayers – please continue to pray for Eli that he gets the food and interaction he needs, and pray that hope is welling up in his soul right now and he doesn’t know why.

Eli is coming home.

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.

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133 Comments

  1. Travis Agnew

    Thanks for your prayers! God did it! I'm the father of 2

  2. Sarah Fennell Hasting

    congratulat

  3. Kaley Holt Saffian

    Congrats!! That is wonde

  4. Woody Nivens

    Excellent! Great new

  5. Taylor Kronic Sonik Harris-Mongognia

    Congratulazioni mio amico. questa è delle grande notizie di buona fortuna. mi ha lasciato ora preoccupa della sua classe e la

  6. Rachel Stephens

    YAY YAY Y

  7. Amy Allen

    I'm so very happy and excited for you all!!! Congratulations and God Bless as well as God speed on getting this child home to

  8. Daniel Jamison

    AWESOME.

  9. Lei K. Zimmerman

    Yea!!! Cong

  10. Sarah Williams

    I am so EXCITED for yal

  11. Carrie Breanna Allen

    CONGRATS! He is so hand

  12. Regina Roach Boyter

    When I see those pictures I think how in the world could somebody not want that precious child of god? I am so happy for you and for eli agnew. what a blessing that he will be to you all and ya'll will be to him. God is so good, how can we ever doubt

  13. Roy Cross

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know this is a joyous day for you all! He is a very handsom

  14. Hali Kitchen

    How Amazing He Is!!! I'm so happy for all of you, Eli is preciou

  15. Billy Christy Harvey

    praise God!! he's adora

  16. Roy Cross

    CONGRATULATI

  17. Missy Long Stanfill

    Awwww~ this brings happy tears to my eyes! That sad look on his face won't be there much longer, I hope, after he feels all the love he will feel when he comes here to Greenwood. Praying for his sweet little self, an easy adjustment, and that God will calm any fear Eli

  18. Olivia Ann Rann

    He is just too handsome!!! So happy and excited for you both! Praising God and also sending up prayers for

  19. Katie Moore

    Little Eli is such a lucky guy to have You, Amanda and

  20. Dot Stevens

    Happy, happy, happy for you. Our God is an awesom

  21. Anna Brown Bond

    awesome!! I'm so excited for you

  22. Michelle Attaway Halbert

    That's so exciting! Praise the

  23. Joyce Smith Hendricks

    God is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! Another awesome answered prayer. Welcome to the Agnew family, Eli, you are one blessed littl

  24. Britt Galloway-Dahmer

    AWES

  25. Heather Strawhorn Witt

    Congratulations you guys! He is beautiful! You guys have two beautiful boys (I'm sure I didn't have to tell you

  26. John Kennerly

    Great

  27. Dennis Erskine

    Grea

  28. Gina Wagoner

    This is fabulous!!! I am in awe as always in the amazing power and wonder of our God. I, like everyone else, can't wait to meet the newest member of the Agnew f

  29. Joyce Smith Hendricks

    Sounds like Obie is going to have to start sharing his "drum time" with his new brother so

  30. Tara Agnew Harris

    Can't wait to meet my wonderful new nephew. Love all o

  31. Melissa Little Peduzzi

    What an awesome God we serve! Rejoicing with you

  32. AnnaLeigh Williams Skinner

    Aaaahhhhhh!!!! I'm so excited! Praise the

  33. Emily Boitnott Jennings

    Exciting beyond wor

  34. Laura Fortner Bentley

    Travis, Amanda and Obie…I am so very happy for you guys. We serve such an awesom

  35. Mary Jo Courtnay

    I am SO excited! God is definitely at

  36. Cliff Vicars

    Congratulations guys…and welcom

  37. Jordan Rentz

    So excited for you g

  38. Lauren Cann Johnson

    Oh my goodness!! The Lord is SO good! What an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness!! He's beau

  39. Marissa Mounts

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys. He is precious and will fit perfectly in your fa

  40. Allison Ballew Dempsey

    That is so wonderful. God is good! We are so happy for

  41. Josh Tasha Via

    Praise God, Bo! We're so pumped for you guys!! Can't wait to meet little Eli some day

  42. Jennifer Pruett Glenn

    ama

  43. Congratulazioni mio amico. questa è delle grande notizie di buona fortuna. mi ha lasciato ora preoccupa della sua classe e la scuola

  44. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know this is a joyous day for you all! He is a very handsome boy!

  45. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  46. So excited for you guys!!

  47. Oh my goodness!! The Lord is SO good! What an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness!! He's beautiful!

  48. Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys. He is precious and will fit perfectly in your family.

  49. That is so wonderful. God is good! We are so happy for you.

  50. Praise God, Bo! We're so pumped for you guys!! Can't wait to meet little Eli some day soon!

  51. Ashley 'Petrus' Smith

    What an awesome story of faith, miracles and how awesome our God is!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. Bonnie Travis Kelley

    Congratulations​, Travis!

  53. Kristi Thompson Moore

    Congratulations​!!!

  54. Alice Burdette Storey

    Congratulations​! He is beautiful!

  55. Jamie Lynn Shirley Turnage

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY​!

  56. Woody Oliver

    Whoo Ho

  57. Sara Hill McCoy

    Beautiful!!! So excited for y'a

  58. Linda Prince Klemm

    Congrautations! God

  59. Chris Osborne

    co

  60. Hal Freeman

    Well done and well said, young

  61. Beautiful!!! So excited for y'all!!!!

  62. Adam Langley

    PRAISE TH

  63. Congrautations! God Bless!

  64. Bonnie Travis Kelley

    Congratulations, T

  65. Well done and well said, young man.

  66. Congratulations, Travis!

  67. Kristi Thompson Moore

    Congratulation

  68. Evita C Dendy

    congrats!! what a ble

  69. Brandon Whitehurst

    This is Great…My prayers are with you guys as you travel to bring Eli home!!!!

  70. DavidandSandra Hjalmer

    wow what an awesome story about the faith your family and the church has.Congr

  71. Julie Houser Gordy

    so excited for you and Amanda and Obie—praying for a safe trip and return!!!!This is awesome, can't wait to mee

  72. Kathy L Pinson

    Praise God who walks with us always!!! Travis and Amanda you both are wonderful examples of God at Work. Both Obie and Eli are blessed to have the two of you as living testimonies of how much God is love. I thank God to have you all in my life.

    KP

  73. Alice Burdette Storey

    Congratulations! He is beaut

  74. Ashley 'Petrus' Smith

    What an awesome story of faith, miracles and how awesome our God is!!!!!

  75. Jamie Lynn Shirley Turnage

    YAYYYYYYYY

  76. congrats!! what a blessing!

  77. wow what an awesome story about the faith your family and the church has.Congrats!!!

  78. wow what an awesome story about the faith your family and the church has.Congrats!!!

  79. so excited for you and Amanda and Obie—praying for a safe trip and return!!!!This is awesome, can't wait to meet him!

  80. Congratulations! He is beautiful!

  81. What an awesome story of faith, miracles and how awesome our God is!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Nancy Readett Summey

    He is precious!!! Can't wait to meet him. We are so happy for y'all. God bl

  83. He is precious!!! Can't wait to meet him. We are so happy for y'all. God bless!!!

  84. Drenda Sheek

    He is absoultely beautiful!!!!

  85. Congratulations Agnew family! I’m so excited for you guys!

  86. Thanks for your prayers! God did it! I'm the father of 2 boys!

  87. Congrats!! That is wonderful!!

  88. Excellent! Great news bud!

  89. Congratulazioni mio amico. questa è delle grande notizie di buona fortuna. mi ha lasciato ora preoccupa della sua classe e la scuola

  90. I'm so very happy and excited for you all!!! Congratulations and God Bless as well as God speed on getting this child home to you!!!

  91. I am so EXCITED for yall!!!:)

  92. CONGRATS! He is so handsome:)

  93. When I see those pictures I think how in the world could somebody not want that precious child of god? I am so happy for you and for eli agnew. what a blessing that he will be to you all and ya'll will be to him. God is so good, how can we ever doubt Him?

  94. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know this is a joyous day for you all! He is a very handsome boy!

  95. How Amazing He Is!!! I'm so happy for all of you, Eli is precious! 🙂

  96. praise God!! he's adorable!!!

  97. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  98. Awwww~ this brings happy tears to my eyes! That sad look on his face won't be there much longer, I hope, after he feels all the love he will feel when he comes here to Greenwood. Praying for his sweet little self, an easy adjustment, and that God will calm any fear Eli feels.

  99. He is just too handsome!!! So happy and excited for you both! Praising God and also sending up prayers for Eli!!

  100. Little Eli is such a lucky guy to have You, Amanda and Obi!!

  101. Happy, happy, happy for you. Our God is an awesome God!

  102. awesome!! I'm so excited for you guys!

  103. That's so exciting! Praise the Lord!

  104. God is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! Another awesome answered prayer. Welcome to the Agnew family, Eli, you are one blessed little boy!

  105. Congratulations you guys! He is beautiful! You guys have two beautiful boys (I'm sure I didn't have to tell you that)!

  106. This is fabulous!!! I am in awe as always in the amazing power and wonder of our God. I, like everyone else, can't wait to meet the newest member of the Agnew family.

  107. Sounds like Obie is going to have to start sharing his "drum time" with his new brother soon. 🙂

  108. Can't wait to meet my wonderful new nephew. Love all of you!

  109. What an awesome God we serve! Rejoicing with you guys!

  110. Aaaahhhhhh!!!! I'm so excited! Praise the Lord!

  111. Exciting beyond words!!!

  112. Travis, Amanda and Obie…I am so very happy for you guys. We serve such an awesome God!

  113. I am SO excited! God is definitely at work!

  114. Congratulations guys…and welcome Eli!

  115. Wendy Nichols

    Sooooo very happy for you !!! We will be praying travel plans are arranged quickly and you will soon be holding BOTH your boys in your arms !!

  116. Kate McKinney

    Oh- Eli is so cute! Congratulations and praise the Lord! What an incredible blessing! I can’t wait for you to post pictures of your boys together!

  117. Jarron Gravley

    Yay! What a ble

  118. Yay! What a blessing!

  119. He is precious!!! Can't wait to meet him. We are so happy for y'all. God bless!!!

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