Last Update from Addis

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It was another great day in Addis Ababa.  This was the first full day I got to spend with Eli.  Much needed I think for the both of us.

Started the day when the head nanny to invite me to pray with them to start the day in the baby room.  As they started at sunrise, everyone dropped to their knees and filled the room up with sweet prayers.  I was honored to be asked to be a part of this.  The agency we used is not a Christian agency, but most of these workers are and pray diligently and care for these children.

We made some progress today.  Two of Eli’s biggest issues are: 1) sharing, and 2) new environments.  The sharing issue makes sense, he has never had anything of his own, and somehow he is the ring leader in a room of six children but he is the only one who can’t walk.  So other kids can get to stuff quicker than his and so he gets frustrated when someone takes a toy away.  Plus, he is a 2-year-old.  Enough said.

The new environment thing makes sense too.  He has lived in 5 places in 23 months of life.  3 orphanages.  So whenever I walk him towards something unfamiliar, he gets real uneasy.

I took him to our living room today.  First time, he cried until I distracted him with a toy.  Second time, he whimpered a second.  Third time, no problems at all.  He is learning to trust his dad.  I am longing for the day when he is not familiar with the new environment, but his trust in his dad is so that he doesn’t care as long as he is in his father’s arms.

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How I want to be there too.  As God has led me to new places, I don’t want to whimper or cringe, I just want to trust the one holding me.  He has been faithful this far, I know he won’t leave me now.

During Eli’s nap time this afternoon, I had the best worship service since coming here.  Emotions came in like a whirlwind.  As I was listening to Bluetree sing “When I Survey,” once I got to the words, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all,” I just worshiped.  I mean it was intense.  I was worried the nannies were going to check on me because of all the commotion.

I think it finally hit me.  Loving that boy is just an extension of the love that has been given me.  For the first time, I looked towards this very difficult plane ride with expectation.  I have been loved by the Christ, any amount of love, discipline, or effort I exert is nothing compared to what I have experienced.

Tonight, I am very humbled to be loved by Jesus and to been given the call to father this wonderful boy.

Leaving tomorrow evening (Friday @ 10:30PM, 3:30 PM for Eastern time).  Please continue to pray.  Amanda and I wept on the phone today thinking about how much Eli and our family has been prayed for.  We are truly blessed.  You have no idea how much we appreciate each and every one of you.

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

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41 Comments

  1. Anthony A. Gravley

    oh my goodness dude. what a lil rock st

  2. Jo Ann Arnold Graham

    Precious littl

  3. Brittany Robinson Loyd

    So excited for you and the fam! Gosh, I hope to meet little Eli when Mark and I are home for Powell's wedding! 🙂 Safe tr

  4. Shannon Lee Emery

    absolutely adorable! you are definitely going to have your hands full when you finally bring him ho

  5. Jill Burretto Bryant

    I could just eat him

  6. Brantlee Burnett Nickles

    He is such a cutie! I love those

  7. Angie Sanders Robertson

    Such a cutie…and what beautiful teeth he

  8. Sara Craft Thompson

    different color or not – i say he looks like his mama and da

  9. Taylor Rhodes

    Oh, he is so precious! What a ble

  10. Lauren Tapp

    He is adorable! I am so happy for

  11. oh my goodness dude. what a lil rock star! 🙂

  12. oh my goodness dude. what a lil rock star! 🙂

  13. So excited for you and the fam! Gosh, I hope to meet little Eli when Mark and I are home for Powell's wedding! 🙂 Safe travels!

  14. absolutely adorable! you are definitely going to have your hands full when you finally bring him home!!!

  15. I could just eat him up!!!!

  16. He is such a cutie! I love those eyes!!

  17. Such a cutie…and what beautiful teeth he has!!

  18. different color or not – i say he looks like his mama and daddy 🙂

  19. Oh, he is so precious! What a blessing!

  20. He is adorable! I am so happy for yall!

  21. Marsha Lloyd

    Praise God for the Joy!!!! What a Blessed little fellow and what a perfect example of God's love. Be safe and God

  22. DavidandSandra Hjalmer

    his smile is amazing!! Travis safe travel foryou and your sonGod thank-you for all that

  23. Martin Ridgeway

    It's great to see his beautiful smile and chin up. He definitely favors his father. Praying for a smooth trip

  24. Deborah Hudgens

    What a precious little boy! Giving that child a chance at a better life in a Christian home, it don’t get no better than that!

  25. Gina Wagoner

    God has brought you safe thus far and God will bring you

  26. his smile is amazing!! Travis safe travel foryou and your sonGod thank-you for all that you do

  27. God has brought you safe thus far and God will bring you home.

  28. Kim Rogers

    He is precious. Safe travels and cant' wait to meet him. God B

  29. He is precious. Safe travels and cant' wait to meet him. God Bless.

  30. Lei K. Zimmerman

    Awwww…..He's precious

  31. Awwww…..He's precious!! 🙂

  32. Welcome home Eli!

  33. Praise God for the Joy!!!! What a Blessed little fellow and what a perfect example of God's love. Be safe and God Bless.

  34. his smile is amazing!! Travis safe travel foryou and your sonGod thank-you for all that you do

  35. It's great to see his beautiful smile and chin up. He definitely favors his father. Praying for a smooth trip home.

  36. terry willard

    He looks like his B-Pa. I love it

  37. terry willard

    terry willard :Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    He looks like his B-Pa. I love it

  38. Travis Agnew

    Isn't he a

  39. Isn't he a stud?

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