This battle belongs to the LORD.

December 13th, 2012


“No more let sins and sorrows grow!

Nor thorns infest the ground!

He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found!

Far as the curse is found!

Far as…far as…the curse is found!”

Yes, even as far as the furthest corners of the world, where human beings created in the image of God are seen as worse than refuse, and their oppressors tell themselves that God will never see.

He comes to make His blessings flow even that far.


Today we received totally unexpected and heart-stopping news.


“The courts in Bulgaria ruled to reinstate the old director at Pleven.

They acquitted her of any wrong doing.  They ruled that what she did was not “significant.”‘


I immediately wrote to Toni, our Bulgarian adoption attorney and friend, for clarification about what this ruling will mean.


Her response~



“I think right now things are under control and all governmental and non-governmental institutions are on board and acting: Bulgaria Helsinki Committee, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, State Agency for Child Protection, etc. I further want to tell you that their involvement very early on, were critical and very timely and beneficial.

There’s still one month for appeal to the High Court of Appeals of Bulgaria in Sofia. However, how politics and administrations’ reactions will work out together, will be very important too.

I am sorry it sounds so fragmentary and confused but that’s how it is right now.”



Friends, you and I are completely helpless to make the authorities in Bulgaria do what is just and right.  We cannot prevent them from reinstating the old director, who was enriching herself at the expense of tiny, hurt children who were and are completely helpless to defend themselves.

But our God is not helpless!  

This battle belongs to Him.   

Friends, do you desire to see the children in Pleven safe from harm? Would you plead to the Lord on their behalf?

So many years’ worth of irreversible damage has already been done to these little ones.  So much more must change before they are receiving the care they need.

Please read this Psalm and then cry out to the Lord.


“Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?

Why do You hide in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire;
He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.

His ways are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

He has said in his heart,

“I shall not be moved;
I shall never be in adversity.”

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.

He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.

So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength.

He has said in his heart,

“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

Arise, O Lord!
O God, lift up Your hand!
Do not forget the humble.

Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,

“You will not require an account.”


But You have seen! 

For You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand!

The helpless commits himself to You!

You are the helper of the fatherless!


Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,

To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.”


 Later note:  

“I heard much more detail this afternoon, and although I cannot explain more right now, to everyone who is praying, THANK YOU.  I am so thankful to know the troops are praying and urge you not to give it up.  One of the enemy’s favorite strategies is to lure our attention elsewhere and lull us to sleep thinking all is okay, and then strike.  I will keep you posted as much as I am able, but please persevere in prayer even if I’m not able to update you yet.  The enemy does not take breaks.  He is constantly waging battle behind the scenes.

The prayer of Daniel…

“Give ear, our God, and hear…

We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.

Lord, listen!  Lord, forgive!  Lord, hear and act! 

For Your sake, O God, do not delay…”



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37 Responses to “This battle belongs to the LORD.”

  1. Bri says:

    I’ll be praying!!!

  2. Lea Stormhammer says:

    Oh my word.  My heart just dropped into my toes as I read this.
    Praying – HARD! Definately.

  3. Michele says:

    Ugh!–I felt like someone punched me in the stomach when I read this terrible news…..I, too, will be praying.

  4. Amy says:

    This is so sad and so wrong.  I will definitely be praying that justice is done and for the safety and well being of the children still living at Pleven.

  5. Sarah says:

    Adam’s mommy emailed that to me this morning…. I am soo sick over this!! Praying SOO HARD!!!

  6. Ashlee says:

    Oh no! This is so heartbreaking!! Praying that our God, who works in BIG WAYS, will protect those little ones He loves so dearly!

  7. sabrina says:

    I don’t understand how this is possible. I’m praying!

  8. Holly says:

    Will the current director be able to stay at least during this month of appeals?

  9. Becki says:

    No! I’ll be praying! 

  10. Valerie says:

    I gasped outloud reading that.  Esp because of all the joyous updates you have been sending!  Shock.  I read the verse outloud you gave and will pray….. …. …. Dear Lord, please help the children in the orphanage. Only You can help them and protect them from the devil’s works.  Change the hearts of the people that don’t care for the childen. Please, change their hearts!!  Make them turn around in the mirror today and see the evil they have caused and fall to their knees in sheer sorrow for their wrong doings.  Please, make them want to change before they stand upright again. Amen.

  11. Carol says:

    Praying with tears!

  12. Katie says:

    How could they be so blind?  Their own newspapers decried the conditions as inhumane, the Bulgarian Auschwitz, Mogilino 2.  Their own government officials set foot in that place and SAW the horrors therein.  How, how, how can they make such a ruling?  Praying with all that I have.

  13. Joni says:

    Unbelievable! Does she perhaps have some friend or acquaintance in that court? 

  14. Jill says:

    My heart sunk when I read this. I had just (and I mean JUST) put a link on my blog share Katie’s story to raise awareness but also to inspire others to do more this holiday season.  (I hope you don’t mind me linking to Katie’s story).  I don’t know you personally, but Katie’s story has changed my life.  It really has. It has helped me to try to do more, to be more, and to teach my children to do more for others.  I don’t know if you will ever know the impact of Katie’s story- how many lives you have changed!  I have read through tears of joy the changes that have happened in Pleven- hope for the children there after so many years without any hope.  I will be praying.  (and if it bothers you that I linked your blog, please let me know and I can take it down- but I just felt your words were so much more powerful than mine trying to retell the story).

  15. Milena says:

    Oh dear Lord how can this happen? I feel sick reading it! Please, there must be a way to prevent this from happening! I so hope the right people there will interfere at the right times and that the good will win!

  16. debbie fitts (momys) says:

    This seems to be awful news!  The battle is most definately His, I am thankful for that!
    To me, it looks like families have found Kramer and Garnet!!!!  I am so thrilled to see this answer to prayer!

  17. Robin says:


  18. Crysta says:

    Praying. Hard.
    This is heartbreaking. Glad that this is all in God’s hands.

  19. Kirstie says:

    apart from praying (which i know is big in itself) is there anything else that can be done? i almost woke my entire house this morning when i read this (i shouted REALLY loud)
    I can not understand why a court would rule that the former director did nothing wrong, and did nothing significant haven’t they seen the amazing changes that have taken place since placing someone who is doing the right thing   in charge 

  20. Miriam says:

    my husband and I just prayed.

  21. Debbie says:


  22. Just heart sick about this So thankful that I know that GOD SEES. And even if corruption/bribery etc. went on behind the scenes to allow this verdict, GOD KNOWS. I have shared on Facebook and will continue to cry aloud for these dear kiddos protection.

  23. Emily says:

    Are you sure there’s absolutely nothing we can do other then pray? Will Dr. Georgiva still work at the orphanage? Will the old director change everything back to the way it was?

  24. Oh Susanna… I’m horrified by this news!  I’m absolutely sick at the thought that those poor sweet children who are still there may have to face this monstrous woman again!
    I’m so glad that so many of them were removed from that place and moved into better orphanages and into foster homes as well! 
    I’m praying that the verdict will be overturned this month for the sake of our children still in the baby house.

  25. Melissa C. says:

    NO! NO NO NO! This CANNOT happen! Our sons and daughters are in that place!! satan knows that good work is being done and this is an attempt to thwart it! We resist it with all the hosts of Heaven!!
    Lord, hear the cries of Your people! Hear the pleas of Your innocent ones! We lift up our eyes to the hills, knowing our help comes from You! We know that You do not sleep; we know that You are the Protector of life. (Ps 121) Please send Your angels to surround Pleven so the guilty ones cannot enter! Oh Father, we cry out for Your hand of mercy to heal us…O God, our Rock, our strength in weakness, come rescue us O Lord…

  26. Kendra says:

    I don’t understand this at all! Will be praying…I think I stopped breathing and a horrible sound escaped me when I read this…

  27. Deanna says:

    I am amazed, but will be praying…

  28. Cinderellamommy says:

    I, too, gasped aloud. Prayed and will continue to do so, trusting that God will contine to move mountains!

  29. Jane says:

    This battle is indeed God’s.  We will be praying.  Keep us updated. 

  30. Dalas says:

    Oh Susanna,
    I heard the news this morning and have been waiting ALL day to hear your wisdom on the matter!  Thank you dear sister for the encouraging Psalm; it is exactly what I needed.  God is good to grant us His promises and comfort when they are needed most.  Praying for the children, the current director, the government and for the director who was removed – she needs our prayers most of all.

  31. Cassandra says:

    Susanna I can nearly hear you crying.  I’m so sorry about this sickening news. 
    Here is what I know to be true: 
    Our God is the God of impossible.  What man meant for evil , He will use for good.
    That said, it is impossible to reconcile why the most innocent and needy children are suffering. 
    You are pregnant and God willing will raise a boy into a Godly man who can make a difference in the world. All to say that I encourage you to take care of yourself as you process this vile news. 

  32. Susan says:

    So much sorrow and sadness  tonight – I’m  belatedly learning this most disconcerting news from P., after being riveted to the horrific news from Connecticut all day.
    We ask, “Why??” – but the answers lie in human frailty and selfishness and destructiveness, in both terrible situtions, not in God’s will or lack of caring or lack of mercy for His little ones.
    More than ever, caring individuals are called upon to be the Hands of God in a fallen world…to bind up the wounds, to share the tears, to care for the helpless…
    May God strengthen all of us to perceive His will, to trust his mercy, and to be His Hands and Feet in the World,  and to reflect Him in all of our actions during this tragic time, both in this country and elsewhere.
    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE

  33. Susanna says:

    Susan, YES.

  34. Deborah says:

    Praying, too! <3

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