A few families are in Colombia right now and I so desire to be there too. I am beginning to prepare my heart, my emotions for what is about to come. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.
On a side note, about he books for the orphanage in Colombia. We have had great response so far. Almost 30 books and just a week into the show! Holy Cow! Second, I now have more info on the orphanage we will be donating to. This will not be a place our children will be from, but a much deserving orphanage. If you don’t mind this being a bit lengthy I will explain.
I spoke to the Colombia Program Director from our agency about how to work out donating these books to an orphanage and if we could hand deliver them when we go or should we have them shipped. The shipping verses taking them with us will just depend on how many books we have to take. Will they all fit in our luggage? What city will we fly into, etc? However, in our conversation she gave me a name of this great Christian Orphanage that our agency supports. She gave me some info and I did some research. She also told us we were welcome to visit this orphanage at any point in time, once we are in Bogota. Even if our children are from a different city, we will spend the final week in Bogota. So going for a visit is no problem.
I have spoken to the director and can hear the sincerity in her. I wish I had millions to give. But here is the scoop. They are a non-profit, non-government organization whose purpose is to help the needy and homeless. They take in (as stated on their website) “children that live in boxes underneath bridges; children that not only endure birth defects, but are victims of neglect and abuse. Most children which we receive into our home suffer from chronic malnutrition, bronchitis, parasites, severe diarrhea, as well other intestinal diseases. They are children whose parents are drug addicts, prostitutes, delinquents or victims of war who were forced to leave their homeland and are unable to provide and care for them” They take children who have never been registered, no birth certificate, no record of being alive. These children have no hope with out this organization. These children can not be adopted because the government has no record of them as ever having being born.
Here is the story of one child they have taken in (as stated in their newsletter) “Little Jhon, 5 ½ months old, was an extremely sick baby. He slept in a pile of rags on the floor. His right lung was failing and thousands of parasites were buried deep under his skin. He cried so long and hard he developed a hernia. His whole body was full of infection. Drugs and neglect were part of his daily life. He lived like an animal in an abandoned building; no lights, no water, no windows, no doors and no hope. We immediately started health care. Every two hours we had to do different treatments. It took a month for him to be stabilized.”
Check out the website, your heart will be touched. http://www.childrensvision.org/
I personally can’t wait to meet these children in person. This orphanage is one of a kind. We pray God’s wisdom and guidance for the caretakers, health and peace for the children. The only problem I see if we go for a visit, is that I will not want to come home. I will want to stay and be a part of the lives of these hurting souls. Please, look at the website and pray for these children and the caretakers.
Hopefully, more adoption news for us to come soon!