Ask for the Moon

Cheri Strange

Day 16: Ask for the Moon

Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:4-6

Ask for the Moon

Nehemiah might as well have asked for the moon when he petitioned the king and queen to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. Who was he kidding? He’s just a captive. He possessed no ability to govern, build, travel with all the necessary supplies, or order people around. What kind of idiot did he take the king to be?

No. He didn’t worry about all that. All Nehemiah thought about was the taste of chocolate (per se) and the vision God had given. Was it outlandish? Oh yeah! Did he possess the qualifications or anything else necessary for the task? No. But the king had the power to grant everything required. And this unqualified cupbearer was prayed up hoping to see God move as only He could. And see it, he did.

We are just as hopeful about a situation in Ethiopia right now. In case you are unaware, international adoption is closed in that country. Private orphanages have been forced to shut their doors. To date, most agencies and service providers have exited the area. There are now very few caring for the millions of orphans still within the country. It’s a dire situation that is landing young women on the streets, without hope.

But God has been working, awakening hope.

In the heart of Addis Abba lives a modern-day Nehemiah. Amazingly she is perfectly educated, politically positioned, and relationally gifted to do what no one else could. Bete Hosana or House of Hope, AWAA’s transition home for girls, emanated from the dreams and efforts of this woman. It is here that lives are transformed and hope is truly awakened. But before I tell you about that, I need you to know about one critical moment in our journey. It was a crucial twenty-minute meeting like the exchange this cupbearer experienced with the King and Queen of Persia.

A few from our team sat around a table while Joe Wilson, the Chief Development Officer of America World, and our modern-day “Nehemiah” spoke as boldly to a high official as we know the cupbearer spoke to King Artexerxes. They did not hesitate in being outlandish. Oh yes. They asked for the moon as well, before this very important statesman. I watched in amazement as He listened intently, taking notes and making immediate phone calls. Only God could orchestrate such details and open these doors.

Unlike Nehemiah’s unfolding, we don’t yet know how this situation will turn out. We are sort of in the middle of the narrative, waiting and praying with hopeful anticipation. Would you join us in asking for the moon?

I realize it sounds like an outlandish request, but would you join us in praying for the officials in Ethiopia to re-open international adoption?

Could you pray for protection over the hundreds of children who are still in facilities?

Would you pray for God to provide the necessary resources for awakening hope in the lives He is leading AWAA to impact?

And if there is anything in your own life that requires an outlandish request, don’t hesitate to take it before the Lord.



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  1. Cheri Strange

    As I read I became anxious to know what the conversation was in that room. Then finally came the request to pray for the country to open its doors once again to international adoption! I’m the only one awake in my house at the moment and reading that request made me whisper as loudly as I could “Yes! Yes! Yes!” I feel that this will happen and I am just so excited! You know how you get a feeling or understanding that your request has been granted? That’s how I feel this morning concerning Ethiopia. It has been so hard for me since they closed because I have felt since I was in Kindergarten that I would do something in that country. When I was five I wanted to feed the people and as an adult I’m aware of so much more than the need for food.
    So we watch and pray and we will not be surprised when those doors open again. God hears us as well as the pleas of the orphan. To Him be the glory!

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