Our children are currently living at La Casa de la Madre y el Niño. It is a beaufiful and loving environment and we are so thankful that the kids are there! This weekend we had a unique opportunity to meet the director of La Casa. She was in town for Gladney’s 125th anniversary celebration!
The director, Lorena, has a beautiful legacy in Colombia. Her great grandmother opened La Casa de la Madre y el Niño: “until the foundation of the institution unwanted babies were taken to a Hospice, the founder changed this so that these children could find love, respect, a home and a chance to be a part of a family where they are welcomed with open arms.” (excerpt from La Casa’s history page). The first thing Lorena tells us is that this is not an orphanage; this is a home for children where they are loved and cared for until they find their forever family. She has a true passion and calling for pouring her heart out for these children and finding the right home for each child.
We also got to meet Lucy. Lucy will be our saving grace once we travel to Colombia, she will help translate and walk us through the legal process while we are in the country. I look forward to greeting her again as soon as we reach Bogotá!
Please be praying for three specific things:
First, in Colombia a very popular news program has done a four-part exposé discouraging families from older-child adoption this past week. The story was full of lies and has caused unneeded fear in families who have already made the hard choice of placing their children up for adoption. Please pray for protection for our children, peace for their family about their adoption, peace for the country and for the truth to outshine false accusations.
Second please pray for our paperwork to be completed as swiftly as possible. The sooner that we are able to send our paperwork to Colombia the sooner we can have a legal right to the children and travel to bring them home.
Third please pray for the waiting children. Lorena shared a few stories of children at La Casa. The heartbreak that they feel while their friends are adopted into families and they sit waiting, fearful of being forgotten and not having a mom and dad to tell them that they love them.
I pray that more families open their hearts to the prospect of adoption, and I am thankful for the beautiful families that we have gotten to meet that have already taken that step. That step to be brave, trust that God will give you the strength to face the unknown, and the ability to love in all circumstances.
“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27
At the dinnermesa,