Thursday, June 28, 2012

Worth the Fight

Two days ago, I decided to shut down my blog to avoid being bombarded by the media who has inaccurately told our story. I figure that after 24 hours, our news is history and will soon be forgotten.  I am truly thankful for that because this adoption story was never intended to be about us but only a picture of GOD's incredible love for us.
Thankfully, their version of our story doesn't affect or change who we are and the validity of our adoption. It won't prevent me from finding my voice and speaking up.

Whether or not I am taken seriously, I am speaking up for children that deserve our love and commitment.

Honestly, I don't have any regrets as to how we handled our traumatic situation. I am proud and surprised at the amount of strength and courage all 8 of us had to push through.  In the midst of all the uncertainties and discomfort, we were well loved and cared for by Ghanaian friends and other Americans in Ghana.  The assurance of prayers for us from around the world became our hope and our comfort.

We were however disappointed that there were others who took advantage of our situation and tried to blackmail us for the their own fame and for money.

Do I have anger and resentment towards those that falsely accused us for child trafficking at the expense of emotionally traumatiziing all 6 of our children? 

Absolutely not.

We didn't deserve to be treated the way we were. 
I admit it was hard to forgive the officer that interrogated us and detained us for no reason.... but we have chosen to because we understand that child trafficking IS real and to some extent he had every reason in his power and limited understanding to be suspicious of us only because of the several trafficking cases that have gone under the radar. 

I get it. 

My hope is that all this happened only to show the Ghana CID our genuine commitment and love not only towards our adopted children but also to the many other orphaned children in Ghana. 
And at the end of the day...I think they saw a glimpse of it.  We were released under the care of 2 amazing Ghanaian officers who asked for forgiveness for the way our case was handled and eventually shared their contact information with us in hope of visiting all 8 of us in America one day. 

I remember sitting in the dentention cell wondering "how much longer?" and asking God all the "whys" when it dawned on me....EVERY child is worth fighting for even at the expense of being detained for false accusations.
Even our eldest adopted son told us that he knew we were going to fight for him and his siblings.
He had no doubt. 

It was and still is worth fighting for.  EVERY CHILD deserves to be loved and given a chance. 

Prior to our separation, I reminded our children of the sacrifice that Jesus paid by dying on the cross for our sins.  He was an innocent man yet falsely accused and humiliated.  He didn't deserve any punishment and yet He chose to do it because of His incredible love for us.  The unnecessary punishment we (the Moghadam family)  were given was nothing in comparison to what Jesus has done for us.  That was the only comfort I could give to our children and ourselves. 

At the end of the day, we are accountable to God.  I can leave it ALL at Jesus' feet and just walk away.  It doesn't take away the emotional scars from this traumatic incident but I am left with a greater love and compassion for the officers that work in the Ghana CID, the hundreds of inmates that we met in the dentention center and the several orphans at the orphanages we visited.

God can still be glorified in all of this.  He has brought many beautiful people and ministering angels along our path.  We are truly thankful. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thank you

Words are not enough to express how grateful to all of you that have been praying and taking action on our behalf. We are emotionally exhausted and traumatized from the entire incident but we are thankful to have support and prayers from friends and family worldwide. Our case is not complete yet but our chief officer from the Ghana police department has apologized for their overreaction and stated that our detainment was a mistake on their part. Although we have many pending circumstances before uniting our family, we have complete trust in God that He will provide a way out and heal our family from this traumatic situation. We are SO thankful to our dear friends here, our adoption agency and to all of you that reported our case to the State department and the US embassy. Action is being taken place and we are praying for God's justice and mercy to reign.

During our detainment, a pastor was able to share his Bible with Sol. Sol opened the Bible right to Psalm 31. That night on the floors of the detention center, the Lord gave comfort to Sol through this scripture.
" In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame, deliver me in your righteousness...
(4) Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
(8) You have not handed me over the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.
(21) Praise be to the Lord for he showed me his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
(24) Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord."