About a year ago this week, I flew back from my second trip to Congo with a heavy heart. I’d spent a week with my girl and there were lots of reasons why my heart was crushed, but one of the main reasons was knowing the kids at the orphanage were literally starving. They faced many days without access to clean water when the city well would dry up. It was gut wrenching to leave knowing they didn’t have their very basic needs met.
After everything fell apart in January and our Congolese adoption officially ended, Adrian and I felt we were being called closer to home. But for another family we’d journeyed with, the story was just beginning.
Our dear friends Nicole and Will O’Brien, whose adoptions also ended with ours in January 2015, have been called back to that small city in DR Congo. They’re taking what was a very dark situation and turning it into something beautiful.
This week, my friends are headed back, not for “their” kids, but for all the vulnerable kids in the city. They’ve received a Fulbright scholarship to do medical research in the area, and will also be establishing a care center for kiddos and families at risk. It really is the start of something very beautiful rising out of the ashes.
I’d love for you to join me in praying for our friends (the O’Briens) as their family makes this move. They’ll be splitting their time between America and Congo, but they’ll be there for the next four months or so. Please pray for the ministry of Restore Elikia and their work on the ground there.
And for those wondering, “elikia” means “hope”. Restoring hope, indeed.
Thank you for joining me in loving this family well!