Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Praying for Levi

Hey everyone! The last couple of days have been a flurry of activity with very little time for updating the blog so I apologize. Here is where we are- there is a lot going on.
  • We spent 8 hours at the immigration medical testing clinic in Nairobi on Monday to get clearance for the boys to travel.
  • At the end of the day, the doctor called us into her office (this is never a good sign)
  • She informed us that Levi's tests for HIV were "inconclusive." This means that he had 2 results that were slightly positive and 2 results that were negative (they repeated the test 4 times on the 1st day). He tested negative in Rwanda before the nuns referred him.
  • She asked us to come back the next day so they could repeat the test and try to find more conclusive results. The results for the second day were the same (2 slightly positive and 2 negative).
  • They took more blood and sent it to South Africa to check his DNA.
  • We cannot receive Levi's visa to leave the country until these results are back, which will take a minimum of 5 working days.
  • If he turns out to be negative, we can leave as soon as the visas are processed.
  • if he turns out to be HIV positive, we will have to go through additional paperwork and processes that could take an undefined amount of time in Kenya.
There are many things that can cause the rapid HIV test to be positive, including antibodies left over from the mother and malaria and of course we are praying that one of these is the case. The head of the lab at the clinic says that he is 99.5% sure that the test did not yield accurate results and that he is negative, and the doctor said it is more likely that he is negative than positive, but we have to wait...I hate waiting. Adam and I both believe that God sovereignly placed Levi in our family and even after the short time we have known him, we cannot imagine our life without him. If he is HIV positive, we are glad that he did not test that way in Rwanda because the nuns would not have referred him to us and then we would have missed out on how amazing this little guy is!!! All things considered, please pray that the test results would come back sooner than expected and that Levi would indeed be HIV negative.

We are in Nairobi until at least next week so we send all our love to you from afar!!!
The Dorband 4


  1. We are praying & waiting with you! And could not agree more that Levi is a Dorband! :) We love him so much and cannot wait to hear the giggles in person! We will hold down the fort here, and keep praying for all of you. We miss you dearly and can barely wait for your return. :)
    All our love from snowy cold Michigan! ;)
    Drew Amanda Ava & Lana :)

  2. Prayers heading your way!! I'm sorry your trip has been extended, but look on the positive side. It's more time to bond and cuddle your little guys before the "real world" sets in.

  3. I will be praying!! I also hate waiting, so I will pray that God gives you patience and peace while you wait for the test results to come back. I cannot WAIT to meet Judah and Levi! Love and prayers to you from cold and snowy Colorado!

  4. "Heal me, Oh Lord, and I will be healed. Save me, and I will be saved. For You are the One I praise!"

  5. This reminds me of when we adopted my sister from vietnam. Someone messed up her birth certificate and we had to hang around in Vietnam a little longer than planned until it was fixed. Hang in there!

  6. Praying, praying, praying for you Katie & Adam! Praying His peace that surpasses all understanding and His blessing and keeping of you all!

    "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~ Phillipians 4:7

  7. Dad said "Levi was given to the right parents-Katie will fight through anything for their son!!" We love our new grandsons and can hardly wait to show them how much. I pray for God's peace as you go through this very difficult time-we are standing with you in spirit.

  8. I am praying for you ... may you see the very handprint of God in each step of this process. I pray that God would show favor and grant full health to Levi and that you will soon be on that plan for home. We miss you all like crazy and can't wait to love on all of you!

  9. I seriously got chills as I read this. Baby Levi will be in our prayers and in our thoughts. He is YOUR baby! There is no doubt about it and I know that with God, all things are possible.

  10. We are SO with you guys in this! Thinking of and praying for you all day, even though I've never met you in person. If it's any consolation re the sleep and routine thing, I remember with both my adoptive children how hard that rhythm and routine is to get going even under the easiest of circumstances. It's one of those crazy making things about the early days that people don't talk about. It will get easier, I promise!
    "To whom much is given, much is expected." And you guys have so much even above & beyond these two beautiful boys, you have such spiritual power behind you. Elizabeth

  11. Adam & Katie, We are praying for your family. Love, Stacy, Michael, & Alexa

  12. Hey- do you guys have a cheap place to stay in NBO??? Let me know if not! lindy (at) run4revolution (dot) com. We have a house and car you could drive :)

  13. oh... and Levi have been prayed for!!!

  14. Hey Team Thompson! We would love some help finding a chep place to stay- we have to move locations today so any insight would be greatly appreciated:)

  15. It is so amazing seeing God at work through this Blog, Videos, Hearts, and of course with Love. Just so Beautiful. The Torres Family has been and will continue to pray for the Dordand Family. We love all of you and cannot wait until your safe return. As always, God Bless and God Deliver. With Love,