We were thrilled to receive a quick response to our status inquiry from the US Embassy. Here is what they said:
Dear DeVol family,
Thank you for your email. We have talked to the police officer three times and every time we are being told to call later. At this time the case is with the consular officer awaiting review of the file. We will contact you as soon as the officer makes the determination if the presented evidence confirms that the child is an orphan under U.S. Immigration law.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
On one hand we were very happy to get specifics about our case. However, on the other hand we are very disheartened and nervous. Please, please, please pray that when the consular officer reviews our case they will determine that Ezekiel is indeed an orphan under US Immigration law. Please also pray that he (or she) reviews our case tonight! The waiting is excruciating!!!!!
If you are awake at midnight tonight EST (8am in Ethiopia) would you please take a moment and pray that as the consular officer heads to work he/she will:
1. Review our case first thing
2. Approve our case and clear us.
If you are not awake will you pray before going to sleep and also just remember Ezekiel should you wake up during the night? Business hours in Ethiopia are from about 1am EST to 9am EST.
Thank you all for helping us storm the gates of Heaven and ask God to work in hearts to release our son to us!!!!!