Trip Start Nov 18, 2011
9Trip End Nov 23, 2011
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Dan and I were able to pick up the boys Friday... praise God!! We picked them up at summer camp, so it allowed us an opportunity to see where they had been staying the last few weeks. Needless to say, we were very excited to see the boys, and they were equally excited about our arrival. Their caretaker walked them hand in hand across the woods. When the boys spotted us from across the distance, they immediately started waving to us... until they finally reached a place where it was safe for them to break free from the caretaker and run to us... yelling "Mama, Papa!" as they jumped into our arms. It was a precious moment. :)
We helped the boys change into their new clothes (which fit them pretty well considering we weren't sure of their sizes). Then they spent time saying goodbye to all their friends in the orphanage. All the children in their play group sat on a long bench, and Daniel and Alexander (Xander) went down the row and gave each of them a hug. It was a touching moment to witness. A few of those kids hung on to them for dear life and were having a tough time seeing them go. The boys then ran and jumped into the arms of all their caretakers to give them goodbye hugs. One of the caretakers was a mess (crying), and the others were struggling to hold back tears. Our translator (Tanya) and I were trying to hold ourselves together. My heart was breaking for the caretakers because I could see they loved these boys and realized they would never see them again. Dan was surrounded by children as he was busy taking video of all the "goodbyes" so we could capture this moment for the boys to have in future years.
As the four of us walked away from the group hand in hand, I spent time (silently) praising God for answering our prayers that the boys were being taken care of by loving caretakers. As far as orphanages go, this was the best possible place for Xander and Daniel to be. May the Lord bless the director, the social workers, and all the caretakers for offering these children love. I also prayed for all the orphans that were left behind... that they would someday have parents. My feelings were bitter-sweet. It was so difficult to look at their precious little faces as we walked away (as I know each of them yearns for a home). At the same time, I was excited about the future of the boys holding onto our hands. We believe God has great plans for their future. He has shown us time and time again how much He has been involved in this entire process. With all the difficulties we have come across in the past year, it's amazing that these boys are now coming home with us. We serve an awesome God. Dan and I simply feel privileged to see Him at work in the lives of these two boys. All glory to Him alone.
More about our adventures to come...
Psalm 68:5-6 "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families."