Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pray for the Sheldon Family *UPDATED*

Sandi and Dennis Sheldon, of Michigan, traveled to China to adopt Hannah, a 17-month old special needs child. Tragically, Dennis died from diabetic shock shortly after being united with his new daughter. To make matters worse, Sandi is not able to bring Hannah home because the family's status has changed and the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou is requiring a new I-171.

Appeals have gone out for people to contact the Sheldon's congressmen, but from what I've heard, that's no longer necessary. Now we need to pray for Sandi and Hannah to come home as quickly as possible so that they can begin to prepare for life without their husband and father.

I can't imagine what they are going through right now. This family is working through the same agency we're using, Bethany Christian Services, so I know they're getting lots of support from their travel group as well as the Bethany's personnel in China.

The following is a news story from one of the Michigan TV stations. The picture is not of the entire family, as is stated in the article, but rather appears to be Hannah's referral photo:

*Update: The link to the above news story now contains a video.

**Update #2: According to the Bethany discussion forum, Sandi and Hannah were present at their swearing-in ceremony and are on their way home. What an answer to prayer!


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