Standing in their place

June 22nd, 2012


For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


Marsha is four years old.  Her hydrocephalus has been left untreated by those who have kept her imprisoned in Pleven.  Please pray that she will get to Tokuda for shunt surgery as soon as possible!  Her agency will only have her file for two months.  Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting tiny, sweet Marsha!



For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.  


Beacan turns eleven years old this year.  Last year, at the age of ten years old, he weighed 23 pounds and was 37 inches long.  (Katie is 27 pounds and 34 inches long.)   Yes, he is a boy, and yes, the staff put a flowered shirt on him for his new photos!  Beacan’s file has been available for a month now, and must be sent back to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in July!  Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting this little treasure!




For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God 


Payton is almost eight years old and weighs 17 pounds.  Please, someone, see the worth of this tiny, neglected, malnourished human being, and commit yourself to helping him reach his full potential!  His agency will only have his file for two months.  Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting Payton!



For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  


Penny turns twelve years old this year, and weighs 21 pounds.  Spending her life in a Pleven bed means that nothing has been done to help this tiny girl thrive and progress in her development.  She has been invisible and unloved for so long, and look at her smiling!  Her agency must send her file back to the MOJ only two months from now.  Please email Shelley Bedford about adopting tiny, malnourished Penny! 



Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 


Gemma is almost five years old and weighs 18 pounds.  She spent her first two years with her birth mother before being placed in Pleven, where she has not received the care she needs!  Her agency will be required to send her file back to the MOJ only two months from now.  Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting sweet Gemma! 



For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.


Lana turns three years old very soon.  She hasn’t received anything from the Pleven orphanage that she needs to progress in her development, although it seems likely that she has had a baba all her life.  I can hardly believe Lana wasn’t snatched up right away!  Her file must be sent back to the MOJ in July if no family commits to adopt her!  Please email Nina Thompson for more information about adopting this yummy little cupcake!



Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.

For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.


Bianca is seven years old.  Her diagnosis is similar to Lina Carpenter’s, who arrived home from Pleven a few weeks ago, but she reminds me so much of our Katie when she was still Veronica!  Bianca is only 19 pounds and 30 inches long–so tiny and malnourished.  Bianca’s agency will only have her file for two months!  Please email Nina Thompson for more information about adopting this precious girl!



With a full heart, I am thanking God for opening the bars of these children’s Pleven cages and shining His light onto them for all the world to see.

All has been done for them that their government and agencies can do to make them available for adoption.


Now all they need is parents.


These precious children will stay right where they are, imprisoned in the same beds they’ve been lying in for years, until they turn sixteen and are no longer able to be adopted.

Or until they are committed to life imprisonment in an adult mental institution.

Or until they die.


Or until their parents lift them lovingly into their arms and take them home.


There is so much bad stuff happening in the world that people sometimes feel helpless or get hardened to it, and have no idea what can be done to help.  But there are many ways we can stand and act in the place of these little children who have been so badly neglected for so long.


They cannot speak for themselves, but we can speak in their place!

We are all commanded by God to speak for the poor and needy who cannot speak for themselves, and who are appointed to die.  We can all do something to help spread the word in our sphere of influence!


They cannot pray for themselves, but we can pray in their place with eager hope and perseverance!

Pray for families for these little ones waiting in Pleven!  Pray that God will open people’s eyes to see these hurt children as the precious treasures that they are to Him!

Pray that God will break our hearts as if we ourselves were imprisoned with them in Pleven!

Pray that we will all be compelled to go beyond feelings and words!  That we will go beyond dead faith into faith made perfect by action!


These seven children cannot lift one finger to obtain families for themselves.  But God is asking some of you to act in their place and do what it takes to be their families.  


Jesus, I earnestly pray that You would reveal Yourself to us as You truly are.  Fill our hearts so full with Your kind of love that we are purified of every ugly scrap of self-centeredness and ungodly fear.  Please trash anything and everything that’s holding us back from unreservedly shouting YES to You!  Help us to gladly pour out our lives for You as You did for us.  Thank You for preserving these little ones who are so precious in Your sight.  I pray above all else that You will bring great glory to Yourself through their lives.  All my hope is in You, O Lord.







P. S.  I am also praying that none of you will be able to forget about two important things!  They are always on my mind, even when I am blogging about other things.

~One is a family for Tommy!  Nobody has stepped forward to commit to him yet, and another week of his remaining time has ticked away!  Please keep praying!  If you are Tommy’s family, please do not delay!  Email Shelley Bedford!

~The other is a sweeping and vital work that God has begun, that I mentioned several weeks ago.  I cannot tell you more about it yet, but this work needs tenacious, fervent prayer on a large scale!  Please keep praying!

If you are still praying for these two things, thank you with all my heart!









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14 Responses to “Standing in their place”

  1. Mandy says:

    Praying for families to come forward for these children!

  2. Leah says:

    Praying for these precious children to find families! Praying for the work that is to be done.

  3. Lydia says:

    Oh, Susanna.  This makes me want to get on a plane a get my Nora out of there right this second and take all of these babies with me as well!  I posted on these same children on my blog this morning, but for some reason seeing them here with your Bible selections, makes my heart break even more.  God, please send families for each and every one!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Amen and AMEN!  Please, Lord, bring families to these precious lives…I know how hard it is going to be to visit there as we prepare (probably in less than a month, as soon as we get our plane tickets squared away…) I want to find every one of these children and yet I don’t want to find them because I know how my heart will hurt.  Thank you for featuring them…I get less than five hits per day on my blog and I feel like it doesn’t matter.  That’s why I’m always glad when YOU write about them :)

  5. Amy Joss says:

    Thank you for putting all these precious faces together AND supplying the contact info….will be sharing it far and wide.

    Fighting with you, until He comes….  

  6. sabrina says:

    Sweet little babies. Little Lana is SO cute! I can’t believe she’s still waiting either.

    Thanks for sharing the ones who aren’t on RR. If you can, please update when they get families. 

  7. Carlene says:

    Can any of these children be adopted together? I would take a dozen. . . .

  8. Susanna says:

    Carlene, YES. Bulgaria makes it not only possible, but relatively simple for qualified prospective parents to adopt more than one waiting child at a time from their country. When the children are in different orphanages, there’s a week of visitation for each child, and an extra orphanage fee for each orphanage involved. When the children are in the same orphanage, there is no extra visiting time or fee involved.

    All the children pictured in this post are in Pleven. There are parents right now who are adopting two or three children at once from Pleven. So if you qualify to adopt more than one child, you absolutely can adopt more than one of these children at once!

    I cannot tell you how thrilling it was to read your comment and email. The rest of the children in Pleven are The Main Reason we’re still keeping the blog going at this point, and emails like yours let us know that we’re not blogging in vain! You are an answer to prayer, and your family is going on our prayer list!

  9. Amy says:

    They are all absolutely beautiful! I wish I could scoop Bianca up and bring her home. Her sorrowful expression breaks my heart. Praying for their families to find them now!

  10. CHRISTINE says:

    Off topic…..Happy early Birthday to sweet Verity!!! Can’t wait to see her birthday post! (((hugs!)))

  11. Katie says:

    Is there any way to ask the doctors at Tokunda to specifically give Marsha her shunt surgery ASAP?  Poor baby must be in such pain, and even if someone were to commit to her tomorrow, she’d have months of waiting before she could be in the U.S. for surgery.  She is very much on my heart, precious little one.

  12. Susanna says:

    Katie, Prof. Lilova is working on it right now! Thank you so much for caring and asking!

  13. Susanna says:

    CHRISTINE, thank you!! You are really on top of things; I’m impressed! (That post doesn’t have one word written in it yet, AND I have a small JOYFUL update to write on Katie first! We’re a slow-moving entity around here, but it will all eventually get done!)

  14. Natasha says:

    I have spent the last few days reading your blog and I have been so blessed how God has undertaken for you with Verity and Katie. He is so faithfull and praise and thank Him for all He has done till now. Praying for the children at Pleven and especially little Marsha. My heart goes out to her – praying for the surgery and a wonderful family for her soon. I am in South Africa and I’m not sure how the Intl adoptions work here. From the gov website, they say only family or blood relatives for international adoptions :-(

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