It was obvious upon arriving that good changes had taken place. There were Babas (the word for grandmother and these are people who are employed by ministries to come in and are assigned to a couple children each) out and about with children in strollers that were on the road and visible before we even arrived at the orphanage. You could see and hear children. We began to see children who we "knew". I knew them from pictures because they too are being adopted. They were not the tiny and starving children that they once were, but are now beginning to grow. Please understand that these are children still in SERIOUS need, but it is because of the YEARS of lack of care. The adoptable children need families quickly so that they can get individual care and attention only available in families where you have parents (and siblings!) who love and care for you individually. She can't change the fact that they were left in their beds for years, teeth rotted out, they aren't even half the size they should be, bones grew the wrong way, muscles atrophied, and children were left to lay so long that they developed rocking and stopped developing. She HAS however come in and changed their nutrition and started to get them out of their beds more. The changes are evident and much appreciated. They are a definite testament to the work of the new director! Please continue to pray for her, because the needs of those children are so great and she has a HUGE undertaking still ahead of her to help them heal.
The heaviness of the place is gone and it smells and appears clean. We waited in the front lobby area for our chance to go meet my babies. I was so thankful to have my friend Colleen with me. The excitement of the morning had me completely on edge. I had woke up WAY before the alarm and was showered and dressed before poor Colleen had gotten up. She had to have thought me insane, since I am NOT an early morning person! I couldn't wait to get there and now here I was so close, but still WAITING!!!
As we waited there with kids going by, some we recognized and some that we did not, I just couldn't help but wondering which child would be brought to us first once we were taken to the meeting room. I kept hoping that the time would come soon to go there! THEN THERE HE WAS!!! JOHNATHAN WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE!!! He was on his way outside with his Baba and MY SON was standing right there. I had no way to communicate because my interpreter was arranging things in the office. I had to approach though!!! Who waits so many months and can wait longer with their child right in front of them????
So for a split second there he was, Johnathan. . . my son. . . in the lobby. . .
I can't get the video to share, so you just get "still shots" from the video. So thankful that Colleen was quick even when we weren't expecting it. More to come!
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