Dobre den friends! The weather has finally made its way back to warm and sunny! Daniel and I were amazed at the amount of rain and no flooding! We are guessing the dirt roads just soak all the water up! Today was a special day for a few reasons. One, it was our first time to go back to the orphanage we visited last year, anticipating to see some familiar faces and second we celebrated my dad’s life with a homemade Chinese dinner!
Due to heavy, unexpected traffic in the city, our time was limited at the orphanage. We are only allowed to be there at specific times due to their schedule, but we made the most of what we had! The orphanage is age 0-4, and we played with the 2 year olds today! There are about 10 total and know how to keep themselves entertained with the limited toys at hand. Don’t get me wrong, they are not lacking in toys, but some are very old and when you think of 10-15 kids sharing, I can see how monotonous life can become for a 2 year old. Thankfully, the woman watching them was very kind! The Blessing’s have told us terrible stories of some workers there yelling at the children and forcing them, at age 2, to sit in their chair and not move or make sounds for long periods of time. Many times in the winter when they cannot go outside, the workers will put them in their high chairs and force the kids to sit there for long periods of the day, with no play time. The purpose of us going is simply to love on the kids. To get on the ground, roll around and simply interact with them.
They absolutely loved Daniel! There was one who was mesmerized by his phone and wouldn’t let any of the other kids touch it. Another one let Daniel fly his around like an airplane! It’s the little things in life you know? It is good for them to be exposed to men since all the workers are women. Some kids are a little nervous at first!
Please pray for homes for each child. Pray for good workers who will love and care for them with grace. At age 2 you can already see some hardness in their hearts. Pray they feel God’s love daily. What a blessing to have people in each of our lives who we can show love to. It doesn’t have to be in an orphanage in Ukraine. It could be your neighbor, someone you work with, one of your children’s friends who need an extra dose of love. Ask God to show you who you can love on today!
The Word says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8