This is our reality this summer:
* a child many of us know (an orphan graduate) was killed by shrapnel as he innocently walked down the street
*we have swam, rode horses, roller coasters and water slides
*one of our guardians (a government official) has returned to Ukraine; he was shot at and a bullet grazed his head; for the last week, he has been hiding in a bomb shelter as his village was under heavy fire; he is now riding around in a tank surveying the unbelievable damage to his community and asking for humanitarian aide: medicine, food, clothing.
*we have laughed, loved, and learned of the God who created us
*our hosted children sat at my kitchen table and cried as they watched the video of the damage to their orphanage during battle
*nine of twelve children have a family committed to them as mentors, future host families, or hopeful adoptive parents
Pray for these children, and for their country.
"I have told you these things so that in me, you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!" John 16:33