After being with us for almost two years, we were suddenly informed that these three siblings were going to be transferred to a different orphanage. The director of DIF had determined that all of the children who were on the path toward adoption were to be concentrated in one specific orphanage. We were devastated. Heartbroken. Distraught. Danny was like my son’s brother and was his best friend. Yet there was nothing we could do. They left us, and ever since then, we’ve never stopped thinking about them, wondering about them, praying for them, and wishing that we could somehow have them back.
In January of this year, we attended an event here in Juarez, a breakfast and holiday celebration for the children of many of the different orphanages in the city. To our surprise, we spotted Danny in a group of boys from another orphanage, much taller than years before but with the same adorable face. A little while later we spotted Sarahi seated with a group of girls, and later we saw Adolfo as well! We made our way over to each, hugged them, and chatted a bit with each. It turns out that due to different issues, the three children had been moved around among different orphanages since leaving us, and they were currently separated at three different orphanages! What a shame. Still, it was a treat for us to get to see them.
Later on that day, just a couple of hours after we got home from the event, I received a phone call from DIF. I couldn’t believe what she told me. She was wondering if we'd like to have Adolfo, Sarahi, and Danny back with us again. She told me that they really missed each other and that they also missed Rivers of Mercy and wanted to come back. This was one of those occasions that I didn’t feel like I needed to consult with Emmis about the decision—I told her an adamant yes! A few hours later, they were dropped off at our place!
I know that what I’m about to say sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. As soon as Adolfo, Sarahi, and Danny were back with us—that very night—I felt like our family was complete. I was overwhelmed with a sense of contentment and gratefulness to God for bringing them back to us. This experience is testimony to the fact that our God can and does do miracles! We would have never imagined that we’d be able to have all three of them here again, and here they were. Who would have known? God did. So, when I feel discouraged, I think about this miracle that God did for us and for these three kids, and I’m reminded to not give up hope, because my all-knowing God is in control, and He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine! He has a perfect plan!
|Sarahi, Danny, and Adolfo|
|Best friends - Danny and Joel|