1. There is a new director at Pleven as of May 7th. She is one of the doctors who previously worked at the orphanage.
You can deduce from this news how best to pray. Please do pray!
2. We are still waiting to hear whether arrangements can be made for donations of outrageously expensive specialized formula to be accepted at the orphanage. It might be $75 a can in the United States and the equivalent of $150 a can in Bulgaria. Hundreds of cans of this formula have been donated for this purpose and are being stored as we wait. Some of the formula that already went to Bulgaria has been used for the children from Pleven who were admitted to Tokuda, but there are many, many more children in Pleven who need this nourishment!
Please pray that God would break up this nonsensical blockade and open the way very soon for this formula to get to the children!
3. We should soon begin to receive reports of the treatment that some of the children from Pleven have been receiving at the Tokuda Hospital.
Please pray that the Tokuda fund would continue to grow to meet the great need.
4. Also, we should soon be able to report that nurses have been hired to care for the children on the top floor, the “hopeless” floor of the Pleven orphanage. Only $400 is still lacking of the initial goal for this fund!
Please pray that compassionate, conscientious, competent nurses will be hired to do this crucial job. Pray that donors would commit to regular donations to keep the nurses in place.
5. We had hoped that after the Bulgarian government learned about the conditions at the Pleven baby house, that they would expedite the adoptions of the children there. So far, this has not happened. Before Katie’s adoption, the time between the first and second trips to Bulgaria was at least four months. This part of a Bulgarian adoption is called the second stage, and a lot of the process takes place in Bulgaria. For Katie, the second stage took three months, and even at that there were a couple of weeks of unnecessary delays.
It appears that the time frame for the second stage hasn’t changed. The emotional and physical condition of some of the waiting children is very poor, and their adoptions sit waiting, with no action, for seemingly no reason. The adoptions of children like Sophia, whom I wrote about in the post titled, “One small girl.”
Sophia has ordinary Down syndrome, but she was so malnourished and neglected for almost sixteen years that her bones are very fragile, like Katie’s. When her mom visited her almost three months ago, she discovered that Sophia’s spinal cord had been damaged by mishandling of her fragile bones, with resultant spinal fractures. The spinal cord damage resulted in permanent paralysis of her lower body.
Please pray that the appropriate officials would move these adoptions quickly! Pray that God would brush aside every obstacle that is keeping these children from their families!
6. Right now, my dear friend Stephanie Carpenter is in Bulgaria with her new daughter Lina! Lina is finally liberated, thank the LORD!!! She can now begin to heal from the damage that has been done to her. I can hardly wait to see a joyous smile on this precious girl’s face!
Please pray for Stephanie and Lina’s travel home this weekend, and for Lina to stay stable until the Carpenters can have her seen by a specialist as soon as possible after she arrives home.
7. Do you remember Kolina?
The mom who’s adopting her will get to visit her for the first time in Pleven this coming Monday! Linda plans to post pictures and write down some thoughts each day on her blog, Gather My Children.
Annie’s mom will also be traveling to bring her home soon!
Please pray for Linda and Kolina as they spend time together next week, and for Annie’s family as they bring their sweet child home with two other children.
8. The Mission: Makayla fundraiser auction will open on the Hidden Treasures site tonight at midnight. (Look for a message from Amy Rainey to follow this post.)
Please pray that God would bless this effort to raise funds to help the Booth family bring little Makayla home!
9. What about the children from Pleven who are available for adoption?
Please pray for a family for tiny little Beacan who turns eleven this year and is the size of a toddler…
…and tiny three-year-old Lana waiting for her family to love her and help her grow and progress as she should!
10. What about the children still in Pleven who are not available for adoption?
Please, friends, please do not cease to pray that God will work miracles for the rest of the children to bring them into loving families!
Their greatest need is for loving families!
And last, but far from least…
11. Little Gabby now has a family committed to bringing her home!
This precious treasure is hidden no more!