As part of the process to adopt, we found out early on that Colombian citizens get priority. However, recently we learned through our agency that it is in fact a requirement for at least one of the adoptive parents to be a Colombian national.
Thankfully, because my parents are both Colombian I was able to request my Colombian papers last week. The only document that took a long time to get for this was my Venezuelan birth certificate, which I was able to retrieve back in August in Caracas, but other than that the actual process at the Colombian Consulate in Miami was very smooth, and it only took one day!
Turns out, because my parents are Colombian I am Colombian by right, so this process wasn’t one of naturalization, rather a request based on birth-given rights. I was glad to learn that, because I do not want to lose neither my Venezuelan nor my American citizenships!
My dad was gracious enough to take time off work to go with me to the Consulate. Once there we were both pleasantly suprised at the respectful manners of the diplomatic officers, as well as their willingness and drive to help us get these papers quickly. And, since the motive for this was an adoption, they would encourage and even thank me and bless me for it. I would tell them the blessing is really ours, we want to have a family and this baby will make a dream come true. Regardless, I pray these blessings get passed on to our new child!
I am grateful to my parents, German and Yolanda, and to my heavenly Father, for giving me this gift of being Venezuelan by birth, Colombian by right, and American on purpose. I am honored to be a national of three amazing nations, and Erin and I are so happy our first child will have all three heritages.
“I’m supposed to come and get you and ask you to come up front with me.”
This summer, Alex and I traveled to Venezuela to speak at a Christian camp for young adults. On the last night, as part of Alex’s message, he talked about our decision to adopt a child from Colombia. I had shared this many times before, but for some reason, that night I broke into tears as Alex told them about our initial pain in not being able to conceive. I also cried tears of joy as he shared what we believed to be God’s purpose in not allowing us that blessing.
That night, after Alex finished preaching, the pastor sent someone to bring me up front with Alex and asked for everyone to surround us and pray for our child. That night, halfway across the world, hundreds of hands reached out to Alex and me, surrounding us as they prayed for what is to come.
I will never forget what God did that night. Though our journey has had some bumps, that night for me was a confirmation of God’s plan for our lives. It was if God was reaching out to us through all those hands and saying, “I’ve got this. I am all over this. Just wait and see.”
I know that God has a great plan for the life of the child he is making room for in our lives in a major way. It is confirmed in the prayers of his people over and again in our hearts.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the paperwork process that can be long and slow. We trust God’s timing as we move forward and wrap up this portion of our journey. We will keep you posted when we send that request to the U.S. in the mail. I think we may have a party that night or something!