We are happy to report that we are on our way! We have packed our bags, stowed away the distractions and are in our first stop along the way in the San Francisco airport. We can feel the breeze from across the ocean that tells us that this will be a great trip!
I can only imagine the emotions that Sean and Lia are going through right now. Excitement, fear, nerves, joy, and sadness. (Surprisingly similar to my own feelings.) Who are these new people they have never met who will take them to a country with a language they don't speak to people they have never known? What will happen to the friends they will leave behind? Will they like the food? Is there even another family they would rather go with?? BIG changes.
We have been here before. We have seen it all and know that one thing is for sure: We have no idea what is about to take place. We know it will all work out and that it will be one of the most memorable experiences of our life but we don't really know what will happen. The training has been over for so long and now it is time for us to put those practices to the test. But listing to those quiet promptings that all parents are entitled to is what will carry us through.
My thoughts also turn to the children who do not have families coming for them. Those who will never know the feeling of a mother or father holding them in their arms and telling them how wonderful they are. And those who are in desperate need of medical, psychological, emotional support. It is painful to consider these situations but I believe there is hope. 7+ years ago, our Kristin prayed quietly to an unknown God for a family and we were led to her. She has been an inspiration to us and to all she meets. 3 days ago, I was talking to Kristin about college. She want to major in helping people in need. Is there such a major? I suspect there are many. In this there is hope for other children.
When we arrive in China, we hope to help a few more children find their homes. We hope that our visit to the orphanage will open up doors for other children to have their dreams filled. We hope that their stories will inspire others to take actions in the way that only they can.
Imagine the difference you could make. Make the difference in a way only your can.