Friday, May 16, 2008

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST - MISSING CHILD

WE just received a call from Gladney via Belay in Ethiopia, M. is MISSING from the orphanage!

Ever since we got home from our last adoption in November, we have had the photo of M. posted all over our home. We have been praying for her and waiting for the required 6 month period to start the adoption process again which we started several weeks ago. We have fallen in love with her and have already considered her to be our daughter.

Well, our precious daughter M. is missing from the orphanage since Tuesday, May 14. She is approx. 11 yrs. old and she is currently wandering the streets of Addis Ababa, a city of 3 million people. M. is a precious young lady who needs to know she is loved and wanted. We are asking all of you to join us in getting on our knees before God to ask him to bring her back safe, sound, and immediately. The police have been notified but, honestly, the streets are full of children begging and homeless. It is going to be a MIRACLE that brings her back to us! We are absolutely heart broken...... PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!!!

She doesn't even know about us yet because the paper work has not been approved in ET yet. She has no idea she is in the process of being adopted. This could also be contributing to her depression and desperation. She watches people come for the little children every day and thinks no one will come for her. I believe this is what all of the older orphans are going through. She is so sad, her entire family has died of AIDS. She has experienced more sorrow in her short life then most of us will see in a lifetime! She is heart broken and she has no clue that the Lord is working in her life to bring her a forever family! She is out there in the dark, cold, hungry, scared and in great danger!!!! Please lift her up until you hear from us again. Our God is a God of miracles, I know HE IS WITH HER RIGHT NOW! ONLY HE CAN HELP HER!

THOSE WHO KNOW YOUR NAME WILL TRUST IN YOU, FOR YOU, HAVE NEVER FORSAKEN THOSE WHO SEEK YOU. PSALM 9:10

BUT YOU, O GOD, DO SEE TROUBLE AND GRIEF; YOU CONSIDER IT TO TAKE IT IN HAND., THE VICTIM COMMITS HIMSELF TO YOU; YOU ARE THE HELPER OF THE FATHERLESS. PSALM 10:14

THANK YOU for your help!! Please leave a comment to let me know you are out there. MY DAUGHTER IS MISSING AND MY HEART IS BREAKING!! I COULD USE SOME ENCOURAGEMENT!!!It is so encouraging to think that there could be people all over the United States of America and Canada praying for her right now, lifting her up to the LORD of the heavens and earth! She is out there right now desparate and all alone and she has no idea that the power of prayer is surrounding her. Please share this with everyone you know, please!!

CALL TO ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU AND TELL YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS WHICH YOU DO NOT KNOW... JEREMIAH 33.3

AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD, TO THEM WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. ROMANS 8:28

I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS; NO PLAN OF YOURS CAN BE THWARTED. JOB 42:2

I TRUST IN GOD'S UNFAILING LOVE FOR EVER AND EVER. I WILL PRAISE YOU FOREVER...
PSALM 52:8-9

70 comments:

Sara said...

Praying for all of you!

Natalie Fournet said...

Prayed and will continue to do so!

Drew Carey Show said...

Oh my! We are praying for your precious girl...

Tracy said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about this. I'm praying Jesus will keep your sweet girl safe and bring her back quickly.

Anonymous said...

Our family will be praying.We will also spread the word for others to pray.

Monica said...

Mestas Family,
You have our prayers! Our family will be praying for you and for M. We love you guys!
monica for the Damings

MommytoAJ2 said...

Praying for her safe return!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for "M" and praying for that miracle that she will be found. God is in control!!!

Paul family of 6 from Texas

Nikki said...

I just read this on Ellie's blog, but thought I would post hear as well that I will be praying for you...

the albertsons said...

Oh sweet family... we are praying... I can't imagine what your sweet M. is going through but I pray that she receives a SIGN from GOD that she is safe in His arms... that she has HOPE in Him and that she somehow knows that a family is waiting for her and already loves her...
becca

Cyndee said...

Oh Guys I was so saddened to read this and you can count on Chuck and I for prayers. I can not imagine your fears. We are thinking of you.

The Freeland Family said...

We're praying for her safe return. Also will post on our blog for prayers. ~Sabrina

Annabeth said...

You and M. are in our prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Please know that some of your neighbors in Canada are praying as well! Our God is a God of miracles!!

Sas in Alberta, Canada

abigail said...

The Taylor's are praying for your daughter and all of ya'll!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Hi I found your blog through Gladney and have been reading it for a few weeks! I am simply heartbroken for you and your family. We will be praying for you all until she is safe!

The Quinn Girls said...

I am thinking and praying for M. May she find her way into your arms.

Anonymous said...

We are so sad to hear about this. We are all praying for M's safe return! Love you. Quetita, Jim, Sandro, Jackie, Jimmy and Chris XOXO

Anonymous said...

We are very sad to hear about this. We are praying for you and for M's safe return. Love you, Quetita, Jim, Sandro, Jackie, Jimmy and Chris.

Renee said...

Sending M prayers and love to bring her home safely.

Holly said...

I am so sorry and I am praying! Oh LORD God, please bring M back safe and sound and give her peace beyond the understanding of men. Bring peace and strength to the Mestas family as well!

The Roberts Family said...

PRAYING!!!! .... and go read our recent blog post ... I gained a son! :) Trusting in the Lord to bring M to safety and that SOON she'll be able to receive the news that you all are here and working to bring her home! ~Shelly

InGod'sHands said...

Joining you in prayer!


Blessing! Rebecca Kepley

keelstar said...

I'm hearbroken at this news and I'll be praying for your family and for M that God will protect her and bring her back soon! Love, Keely

Bill & Michelle said...

Jerry & Eileen... we're on it... I hear the sound of marching in the tree tops...God has gone out before you! 1Chronicles 14:15

Anonymous said...

i have been following your blog and my heart goes out to you all. my husband and i will continue to pray until we hear she is safe.

Anonymous said...

our heart goes out to you, we will continue to pray until she is found

Ian's Sissy said...

My heart is breaking for you!!! My prayers are bombarding Heaven as I type. Lord be with M. and with this precious family!!!

Russ said...

Absolutely, we are praying for your family this minute! I'm without words. I can't imagine how you and your family must feel. I pray that you and your family are being comforted as much as possible and that M is safe and found soon.

Anonymous said...

Praying from Michigan!
Blessings,
Allie

Lindsey & Cortney said...

We are praying for you all.

Lisa & David said...

Pray said!!!!
I'm so sorry..."Lord Bring her home safely so that she may find good news that she will be taken care of by this beautiful family"
Lisa

R. Pauls said...

M. is NOT missing!!!! God KNOWS where she is!!! She is only missing from us! I am prayng fervently for God's protection, guidance, and return of this child TO YOUR HOME.
Ps. 126 (remind God of the miracles He has performed for you in the past---then ask that He do it again!)
Standing with you in faith,
R.Pauls, HSC homeschool board

Missy said...

I am praying for you and have posted a prayer request on my blog as well. We will pray you sweet girl to safety.
Missy

Anonymous said...

Dear Mestas Family,

We are praying for "M" to be found quickly and that the peace of God will surround all of you.

With His love,

Reise, Dave and Katie

Anonymous said...

HE has HER in the palm of HIS hand! You are ALL in my prayers!!!!

Brandi said...

Praying for you right now in Orlando, FL. I'm going to post it on my blog to gather other prayer warriors too. I'm so sorry. . May Jesus wrap His arms around her right now and whisper His truth into her ears. . may He bring others into her life that will speak truth. Oh Jesus, move on behalf of this little girl and her family.

Brandi

Christine said...

I'm so sorry. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this- my heart just aches for your family and for her. Praying praying praying for her safe return, for peace for her sweet heart and for safety-praying for the people looking for her, praying for you guys as you wait for news.

blessedmommy said...

Praying for M to be found soon and brought back safely.
In Christ,
Melissa A.
(USA)

Michelle Riggs said...

I am so sorry. I will be praying for your family.

Do you mind if I put a link to your story on my blog?

amber said...

My heart is juat aching for your family and your daughter -- I can't even imagine how hard this is. We will be praying!

Jess said...

praying!

Jocelyn said...

I just heard about your precious M. I will be thinking of you and her.

Aimee said...

Prayers are heading up from West Virginia...for M and for you and your family in the US.

Erica said...

Oh my goodness. My heart is breaking with you. Praying for M's safe return and encouragement for her sweet heart.

Joy said...

I feel such deep sorrow for you/her. I am praying. Now is when our faith is tested, when it is refined by fire - will we praise Him? Oh let us praise and trust our sovereign and compassionate Father while also begging Him for her safe return.

Holly said...

Praying for the Shepherd to lead your daughter HOME.
In His love,
Holly from the Purpose Driven Family

Amy said...

Lifting all of you up in prayer right now!

Avery said...

Praying for you. I know the heartbreak and trust that the Lord will make Himself known to you, that He will comfort you and that He will bring your daughter back to the orphanage soon.

Creech Family said...

Continuing to pray for her and for others like her, as well as for your family and your peace in this hard time.
Love ya!
-F

Anonymous said...

Praying for M. and you.
Kim in NY

Sean and Lisa said...

Where 2 or more are gathered...

Father God we beseech you now to cover precious M with your hedge of protection. Hold her in the palm of Your hand and protect her Lord. Please speak to her heart and direct her steps back to the orphanage and into the arms of this waiting family. Father we cry out to you and thank you in advance for your answer to our prayers.
Amen.

Karen said...

I will be praying for all of you

Dena said...

oh Eileen, I hadn't heard yet. I'm crying and praying, we will not stop till she's found. Hugs to you.

Amy said...

I will be praying for you and for your daughter M. in Ethiopia. I pray that God will put his protective arm around her and lead her to someone who will take her back to the orphanage.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you in Los Angeles!

I WOULD GATHER CHILDREN said...

Here in Michigan and praying. You are not praying alone.
with all love and prayers,
jen garrison

Kayley said...

I'm sad to hear this... I hope she is back safe and soudn! Many prayers!!!!!

Deanna Jones said...

Praying for you..I am so sorry. They will find her...God is Sovereign Eileen please hold on....we will hold you and your family up in prayer...

hopingforgirl said...

praying from Texas!!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Lord I lift M to you and ask that You would put a hedge of protection around her. Protect her spirit, body, mind, and emotions from any kind of evil or harm. I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, injury, mental, or emotional abuse. Hide her from any kind of evil influences that would come agianst her and give her refuge in the shadow of your wings. Keep her safe from dangers and let no weapon formed against her prosper. Thank you Lord for your promises of protection. Keep her safe in all that she does and wherever she goes and Lord please bring her back to the Gladney center. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Praying for your family,
Kristy

~Laura~ said...

Praying for you guys and for your precious daughter.

Robbin said...

Praying with you....

Jana said...

Praying for sweet M.

Christin and Robbie said...

Praying!!!

renee lightford said...

My heart is broken over this sad news. I have been praying with you through this long and incredible journey of yours. God is not done yet. He will hold her in the palm of HIs hand. I pray that she ends up in your home in North Carolina very soon!

Leslie said...

Praying for you all.

DC said...

I've been lurking on your blog for months and you have been such an inspiration to me! I am praying for M and hoping she knows she is loved and wanted.

I finally started my own blog recently. Here's the link if you're interested:

http://lupuspie.blogspot.com

I've told many people about M and we are all praying for her safe return.

Mum to Six Boys said...

Eileen,

My heart breaks for you!!! God knows all that you have done, and so does the enemy. He knows that your family has a heart for these children. I am praying that this little one will be returned safely and quickly to the orphanage and that she will know in her heart that she is loved and special and that she needs to go home *right now*.

Praying for God to give you peace as you wait through this frightening time.

Blessings, Justine