There are so many of you whom we have never met, but we readily recognize you as our brothers and sisters in Christ, just by the stamp of our Father’s features on your lives.
When our missionary friend visited Katerina’s orphanage, she didn’t just take pictures of Katerina. She was also allowed to capture photos of some of the other children, and in the process, she unwittingly brought great joy to an experienced mom of fifteen, named Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and her husband Tom are ordinary people with an extraordinary love. This love is not the sentimental wispy sort of love, but the kind that is solid and genuine. The kind of love that is willing to go to great lengths to bring five little boys with Down syndrome from Katie’s country home as their own sons.
This year, they are adopting two of them, Julius and Paul. As soon as these little guys are safely home this summer, Tom and Elizabeth plan to turn right around and start the process over again for Noah, Moses and Jacob, the last three they have officially committed to adopting. These three are in the same orphanage as Katerina, and are also very small and delayed.
When I first heard how Elizabeth described her great longing to spend the rest of her life caring for these five little boys, I immediately recognized her. Her love makes her look like her Father.
This past week, some of that love spilled over onto Katerina.