|A Small courtyard for kids to play in. Their only outdoor space.|
When we arrived at the gate, we could not even see the orphanage. It was hidden behind a big fancy apartment building for old folks.
Hidden. The kids are hidden away from society. No one even knows they are there.
The orphanage was very sterile and very plain. There was nothing "soft" or comfortable about it. Nothing homey about it. No carpet or couches or fluffy pillows. Just concrete and beds and a few toys.
No Jesus. No church. No Sunday School. No VBS.
Her orphanage has about 50 kids. About 20 of them are available for adoption.
We were encouraged that Meiqi Hannah was excited to leave with us. That means she has formed a good bond with us this week and that she trusts us. She was proud to show the nanny's our matching necklaces. She was proud to leave with us. She was not upset.
|A room full of babies in cribs. Meiqi Hannah shared her candy with all of them.|
I think she spent a lot of time helping the Nanny's with these younger kids.
The word "no" is foreign for orphanage kids. They have no concept of boundaries. But Meiqi Hannah has received more loving discipline in 10 days, than I think she has received in 10 years. It is amazing to see the change a child undergoes when she is well loved.
Even tough love!
It is amazing to see the peace that overwhelms her when we pray for her.
Meet Jesus, Meiqi Hannah Pate.
It's also pretty awesome to see how well she is learning English! She's been greeting everyone here "Hello, how are you?"
|Ummm, Todd, can we bring another one home?!|
|Telling the Nanny's Goodbye.|
We are sooooo ready to come home!!!!!!