Friday, July 18, 2008

I Love you...I will Miss you !

Tonight we were in to it and things got messy... We were invited to the town orphanage for 6 o'clock. We were told to wait at the front gate. They had just got the OK after the chicken pox out break to finally go to the mountain camp for the rest of the month . When we arrived, there where balloons on the gates and the kids came out and escorted us to our seats in the dinning room. The walls were decorated with posters the kids had made for us and the table was all decorated along with personalized name cards. After supper, we went into the family room were again they had stools set out for each of us.... Then one by one the kids came in and gave us a card and told us that they loved us...

One of the boys was missing. Sasha was still out in the hall just out of sight.

The other boys went out and tried to get him to come in without any success. As we were leaving after the concert, we tried to engage him but he still sat pouting ... then as was walking out I found a card on a ledge in the hall...it was from Sasha saying that he loved us......I went back with the card in my hand , showed him I had found it and sat down on the floor beside him.... he turned and melted into my arms ... Deep sobs for about a minute , then he got up and followed us out to say good bye... Even the kids I have blogged about in the past that came to the Orphanage hard and guarded were full of hugs and emotion.... They followed us out and stood at the road.... and waved ... it would have helped if a cab had of come buy, but no we had to walk out of sight... All the while with the kids all standing on the street waving ....

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah altynai! Im so proud of you! Miss you very much! Cant wait to see you John, Julie, Emma and Bekah! I want to come back!

love hannah!

Freakshow. said...

That is the kind of impact that real "love" has in the lives of children. Congrats guys!

LaJoy Family said...

Awww John, images of my own goodbye with two little girls were brought sharply back by this description. These precious lives, these little children...they have all been through so much. What you are doing is IMPORTANT, and it doesn't always have to be a concrete project with a photo attached showing a new home for someone, animals being delivered to help make a future, or a young person entering university against all odds. The single most important thing you are doing there is spreading the Love, man, spreading the Love. It's what it's all about. May God bless you and your family John. May He continue to work powerfully in you in ways that shout to the world "God is alive!!". Your job is FAR from over. There are thousands more kids to be hugged :-)