I can’t believe I get to return to China in a few weeks!!
The reality of seeing, holding and loving on some precious babes has settled on me the past days. Their reality is that they are still orphans…..a reality that will always be hard for me to understand. Pearl River has a new little one named “Leighton” that we are all in love with and have been emailing back and forth that we can’t wait to love on her. The other night I looked at her picture and said out loud “I wonder what her need is?”. Hank’s response was “parents”. I was referring to her medical need but his response is the truth of what her need is.
Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’.
I know that God called my heart to our girls in China and continues to still my heart over the many remaining orphans. I know we are not all called to adopt but the simple truth is that we can all pray for these children. I know Janie was prayed for by many I do not even know and in turn God called us to her. The simplicity of this fact amazes me. The simple act of prayer is what we all desperately need to keep us close to our Savior. This same act allows us to see the the beauty of God’s answers to these prayers.
As the thoughts of orphans swirl around my head so do thoughts of all I have to do to get ready to go! My prayer for this trip is that we can have the impact on these children’s lives that God desires. I pray that my time with Janie’s foster mother will stay with me forever so I can share my experience with Janie just when she needs it most. I know I have no idea of the emotions I will feel when I get to see where she spent the first years of her life and to spend time with the woman who gave of herself so my sweet girl knows how to love and be loved. Most of all I pray that I will come home with these children forever on my heart…..forever in my prayers that each and every one of them will be given a new reality with parents.