One of the hardest things for me personally was saying good bye to a few of the kids who had made such transformations in their time here. A boy who had arrived withdrawn, trying only to muster up a smile for the camera. But in his last week here, outgoing and full of laughter, even translating our English to the other kids. The girl who literally blossomed before our eyes, arriving as shy and unsure of herself, leaving with self confidence and a sparkle in her eyes.
But despite the pain involved in saying goodbye, our time together was precious and sovereignly ordained by God for each child and each American who helped, prayed, visited, chaperoned, and brought a meal. I feel confident that each child heard the Gospel while here and trust that God will water the seeds planted and bring the fruit. I am already looking forward to visiting these children and their orphanages in October. I am already asking God how we can help water the seeds that were planted.
Four of the children that were here live in Belaroschenka and translator extraordinaire Anton had a camp already organized for their village. Teams from American are traveling there this summer to share the Gospel and love on our 4 kids as well as other needy children in the village. The other 6 children returned to Schotova where an American family was waiting to initiate the adoption process for one of them. All 5 of the other children enjoyed their visit as well. Now those 5 are in a government-sponsored camp for the rest of the summer.
I am thankful for technology; that we are able to see pictures of the kids at their orphanages and hear how they are doing. I am thankful for partners in ministry that update their work there and give us the opportunity to participate. Because of these blessings, we can correspond with the children and continue to build relationships with them, assuring them of God's love and presence. Contact me if you, too, would like to send letters to the children that you met this summer. Our investment in the lives of these children is an eternal one.