Remember not too long ago I wrote about wounds beginning to heal? You can read about it here. Today I was catching up on my emails and saw some promising news of things over where our boys are. You see, our boys are in an orphanage that just wreaks of neglect (amongst other things) and it is so very wrong in so many ways. The conditions are so far below what we call for when it comes to animal shelters. This has been going on for such a long time that it has become a way of life for the caregivers and all of the precious children.
We were shocked! We were sickened! We were burdened!
God heard us! He felt our pain because it has been HIS pain! God has begun His mighty work. You see our prayers have gone up to Him for the precious children. We have asked for God to watch over the children, to heal the children, rid this orphanage of the very poison that was spreading, and even for the people in charge to go down to this orphanage and help the children by taking care of all the wrong taking place. I know I even prayed for the caregivers to please see just how special these children are. Many people prayed and our God heard.
This week some very important officials made a surprise inspection of the orphanage in Pleven, Bulgaria. The very place Kelten has spent his 12 1/2 years of life in as well as Teagan who has spent 4 1/2 years there. What they found was no surprise: horrible conditions for these precious children. While over there I do firmly believe we saw seeds of change beginning to sprout. I do believe those changes are continuing. You see, things have gotten this bad because people lost focus of God and settled in on their idea of perfection in this world.
Much like the extreme fires that destroyed an enormous part of Yellowstone National Park back in the early 90's, something has occurred in Pleven that can only be explained by intense heat. When the fires of Yellowstone were put out many wondered if the splendor of Yellowstone would ever return. Ever so slowly it has. We are now even seeing species of plants and trees that had not been seen for over a hundred years. This is happening only because of the intense heat that was able to germinate seeds. These plants promise splendor. The trees promise shade and protection. But it will take time!
Change is happening in Pleven. It has taken great "heat" to break into those seeds; the ones that have laid dormant in their thinking of children with special needs. I know I for one want immediate and drastic change. 'Let's just go get those children and close those doors forever!' is my constant thought but I know God has a plan. He knows what is to happen where and when. Many people have been working hard for change over in Pleven and now those who needed to see and listen are finally doing so. The seeds of change have been planted and now have germinated, and I believe that with the watering of prayer, of thousands of people everywhere, this seed is no longer just a seed but rather the beginning of something so splendorous and magnificent: a sapling that is growing into a strong tree of love!
Below I have listed some of the links to an example of the change happening in Pleven. I think a couple of them are in Bulgarian but all you have to do is translate them. You will see what I believe are the fruits of our prayers. Keep praying for change. Keep praying for the children. Please also pray for those care givers, babas, and those in charge for they need it. Yes, those who have done these things will need to answer not only to their government but ultimately they will need to answer to God. I really feel led to continue to pray for those (and it really is hard to pray for people who have done wrong to these innocent children) but I know God wants us to. So, please think about why Jesus died on the cross and how we are only saved because He first died. Our prayers may be the only ones that can bring change to their hearts.