We arrived not knowing what to expect. The home prefers families come and spend at least two weeks to be with the children. Through that time they encourage each family to pray and trust that God will lead you to the child that He has for you. The usual process for an international adoption is to have the orphanage or babies home refer a child to you. In that case, you would receive a photo of your child and then travel to meet them and bring them home at a later date. This was truly a unique experience! We had no idea how we would choose a child or how we would choose just one!
The home has over 40 babies currently under the age of 3. Many of them brought there because they had been abandoned, others there because their families cannot care for them. Many of these children were sick the week we were there with a stomach virus and many with other medical needs.
We spent the first day or so playing with the children and were drawn to three of them. We spent time playing with them, holding them, feeding them, and just loving on them. Over the course of the next day it became clearer and clearer that God had for us a 9 month little boy who had been brought to the home in March after being abandoned. He is still fairly malnourished and looks about 4 months but to us he seems perfect in every way.
Our next steps are to wait for a court date to be set (we are praying for a July date before the courts go on vacation), then if that is favorable we will proceed with immigration to get passports and visas, and once that is done we are free to bring him home!
Right now we are thanking God for his mercy in this little boys life in bringing him to the home when he was abandoned.
We are also fighting to trust him in God’s hands.
We are trusting that he will continue to gain weight and receive the nutrients his body needs.
We are trusting in God’s timing with the court date and with immigration.
We are trusting in God’s passion to place orphans in families (Ps 68:6) and thankful for the joy and privilege of being a family.
We are trusting that God knows what is best for us and for this little boy we have fallen in love with.
We can rest in that!