These are pictures of our precious friends, Greg and Tesney, holding their little boy when they met him for the first time in his orphanage. His name is Kirill. He's 4 years old. These pictures were taken many months ago. Too many months ago considering Greg and Tesney have not been given permission to travel back to his country and bring him home. The judge that is responsible for hearing and approving Kirill's case just can't understand why Greg and Tesney would CHOOSE to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. In his country, these children are placed in orphanages which are built out in the middle of nowhere for the sole purpose of keeping them out of people's sight. This makes the judge very suspicious of our friend's motives. If only she could grasp that they have but one motive - a deep desire and call to love and be Christ to this precious little boy. They are passionate about these children. They are especially passionate about this one. And they just want to bring him home.
Tuesday night while we are sleeping in our cozy beds, this judge will be deciding whether or not to trust that Greg and Tesney have Kirill's best interest at heart. She will be deciding whether or not he will grow up in a loving family or spend the rest of his days in an institution. And what she decides will have a long reaching impact on other families who are committed to rescuing these children.
I've watched my sweet friend weep so many times because her arms ache to hold her little boy. They have walked through fire and jumped through hoops - anything to bring him home.
I know this one thing - The judge who has made this process so very difficult for my friends is no match for the God I serve. In fact, He created her. He loves her. And my prayer is that He will open the eyes of her heart. The heart that He allows to keep beating. I am praying that she will see clearly for the first time that my friends are overflowing with the love of Christ and that is the ONLY reason that they are ready to jump on a plane at a moments notice and welcome this precious one into their family.
Kirill is need of rescue. Seriously. Desperately. And our God is mighty to save. Will you PLEASE pray and fast for our friends over the next few days, especially Tuesday.