Exactly 2 years ago Joe and I made our first trip half way around the world to meet a little 2 1/2 year old boy named Aibek. Today, as this wonderful little boy sits on my lap and we watch this video, it's hard to believe he's the same boy. He's grown in so many ways. It's hard to understand from these pictures that before we arrived we had been warned that he was so afraid of people, that he would shy away to the back of the room whenever there were visitors to his orphanage. He was so fearful of people, a fact that scared potential parents away. But in my heart, I feel he was waiting for us. Within a few minutes of meeting him, he was in my lap, something his orphanage director was amazed by.
It was an amazing visit but getting on that plane to return home without him was heartbreaking. To have him bond with us, to trust us like he had never trusted anyone else... and then to have to leave him for 2 months was beyond difficult.
Adoptions have now currently stalled in Kyrgyzstan. Please pray for the parents who know their children's names but remain a half a world apart, and for the children who remain in orphanages without the daily love and presence of parents that every child deserves.