We wait again.
Today our facilitator met with the attorney he was advised works with the judge assigned to our case and the attorney said he has no idea why this has gone this way but will make contacts to try to learn more on Tuesday.
Monday is a national holiday, Victory Day in Europe, where they celebrate the war we know as World War II, that they call The Great War. All schools, government offices and courts are closed.
So we wait 4 more days…on the bright side the time is sweet with our children. It is our prayer that God is using it in a mighty way to prepare their hearts for home and joining our family. We can tell they bond to us more each day. Today the little guy kissed me on the cheek for the first time. I said, “I love you” and he replied so sweetly, “I love” and then he ran out of English.
The only thing that sends us into panic is wondering if the day is going to come that we just have to leave. Either they stop adoptions or our time allowed in the country expires or ??? We trust that God would not have called us to these precious children and gotten their hopes up to have them be left again. It is just not His way. He loves the orphan passionately and there has to be more to what He is doing in the delays than we can see.
We spend each day from 2-5 at the orphanage with 25-40 of the children. The 25-30 children ages 9 and up are with us the whole time and we love playing UNO with them. When the weather is nice we go outside for the last hour and a half and all 45 of the children are together. Barney is the hero of the hour playing soccer or a netless form of volleyball with 2 girls that just cannot get enough. He is getting a great workout!! I love the time watching them play, ride bikes and inline skate as I hull sunflower seeds for the tiniest little ones ages 3 and 4. They are so precious surrounding me for those seeds. As I drop each one into the next hand they are like little birds. And my heart breaks to know that not one of them has a Mommy or Daddy that loves them and tucks them into bed each night. They all call me, “mama” and call out to me to watch them go down the little slide or kick the ball.
We’ve had a wonderful week with a missionary couple living here at DCU as well as many others we have met and grown to love. God is so good to have us here for this season. It is beyond amazing to meet these precious people, many of whom have been so persecuted for their faith.
We know God is at work and this is far bigger than us. It has never been about us. We trust that God is at work even though we cannot see the details from here. Nothing is impossible with God and in Him is our trust that this will be accomplished. Please pray for us to not become discouraged or anxious and for wisdom for our facilitators as they discern how best to move forward to resolve this issue. They both share our faith in Christ and are so passionate for the orphans’ adoption into families. We are blessed to have them working on our behalf.