We arrived safely after a long flight to Kiev. Fortunately, we didn’t have a real long lay over like those in this picture.
And have been so blessed to be able to spend our first day in Kiev with Jim and Marianna Peipon, missionaries from Ukraine Medical Outreach (who are doing awesome things here). We’ve been able to learn a little more about Vanya from them as well as enjoy some great fellowship. Our facilitator is great! He’s good friends with our new missionary friends here, and seems to have good morals and ethics. Another detail that God has taken care of for us – especially when you live at the mercy of the facilitator to take care of every little detail in the adoption process. We had our SDA appt today, and our facilitator is currently hard at work to make our first visit with Vanya happen tomorrow afternoon! We are praying this can happen because there is a long holiday weekend coming up and we if doesn’t happen tomorrow, we have to wait until Wednesday. That will be hard. But God is bigger, as we’ve already experienced today. While we were waiting for our SDA appt, an official came out to where we were waiting and with a much worried look, told us that Vanya was not in the official registry to be able to be adopted. A few phone calls later (and much silent praying) it was realized that they were looking in the wrong region for his file, and things were cleared up. Then, we had to sign an official document that stating that if our Interpol clearance wasn’t complete before the July 11th SDA shut down, we would be going home without Vanya. Thankfully, it was already done. Oi!
So, what I know about Vanya….He’s in a unique orphange where he has had good care. He’s had 2 years of schooling, likes math, but not writing (hmmm…sounds like my other son). He’s active, doesn’t sit still for too long, has leader like qualities, and is affectionate. His parents officially lost their rights to him in 2009. He has an older brother (half?) who lives with the father There is the possibility that the father was in prison during the time when Vanya was conceived, so the father does not believe Vanya is his son, and does not achknowlege him. No one knows where his mother is (or if she is even alive), and suppossibly led an immoral and reckless lifestyle. Hopefully we will learn much more tomorrow!
The director asked Vanya “what if a family was coming for you?” and he got very excited. She then asked, “what if they came from a different country and didn’t speak your language even”? and he said “that’s OK, my momma and papa will teach me”. That just makes me cry!
Here are two pictures at the Dnipro River that me and Mat walked to last night before we went to bed.
Thanks to my dear friends back home who got our bedrooms rearranged so that Vanya has a bed when he comes home and for helping cat deliver her kittens!