Do you ever get so moved by something that it raises the little hairs on the back of your neck? This has happened to our family. I recently began reading about and then actively researching the orphanage system in Eastern Europe. There is a specific country that has a gut wrenching reality. When orphans who have physical or mental disabilities turn 4 years old, the government starts the process to have them transferred out of the "baby homes". They are moved to mental institutions right along with adults. Many reports describe children isolated, left in beds with no stimulation, and even locked away. I know things like this happened even in our country years ago, but I cry to think of it still happening anywhere in the world today. Thank God in some places reform has happened, but to think of the places where it has not....
My Simon is 6, my Danielle is 8, they would have been in these mental institutions for 2 and 4 years by now if they were born in this particular country and orphaned....I can't imagine this for one moment....my heart is ripped into shreds thinking about it.
So, our plates are full, our lifes are crazy, our house is too small, our bank account is even smaller....but our hearts have been broken for the least of these. Guess what friends? One of these boys will be ours!! The Kulp family will expand by one in about 7 months. We are actively in the process of adopting Shea. He is a four year old with good cognitive health, but he was born with Spina Bifida, so he has some physical challenges.
Simon and Danielle have another sibling to welcome to the tribe. Our heads are spinning, but our hearts are full! Dear Lord, bless our new child, protect him from transfers, and give our paperwork wings like eagles!