“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts.
Okay, it’s like this. There are so many reasons not to write in a detailed fashion this week that I have lost count of them!
I can say this, though! We are going with God’s itinerary, and it’s more marvelous than any plan we could ever have dreamed up!
God’s itinerary for us has included such unforeseen elements as…
…lengthy and very productive meetings with the director of Tommy’s orphanage, in which we witness doors opening before our very eyes. Open door after open door.
…opportunities for me and the physical therapist who is here with me, to interact with other children we are encountering as we walk through doors God opens before us.
…being invited by the director of Tommy’s orphanage to an evening ballet performance featuring a local children’s dance troupe. The director had made the arrangements for several of the children from the orphanage to attend…
…and look who was among them and watched the performance from my lap.
I learned a lot about him that evening. I learned that he responds well to proprioceptive input to help calm him when he becomes over-stimulated. I learned that he has an unmistakable sense of rhythm!
…the completely unlooked-for opportunity to interact with Tommy all throughout the normal routines of his day.
…my new physical therapist friend has been as valuable as fine gold this week. She’s truly been a traveling companion who was made to order for every aspect of this journey, from the laughter therapy late at night to the wise perspective of someone who has been walking with the Lord for many years. We’ve captured video of Tommy’s responses to the assessment of an experienced physical therapist. The combination of osteoporosis, significant scoliosis, and the growth spurt we have reason to expect after he’s with us is the most urgent issue we’ll be preparing for before we bring him home.
…God is also providing marvelous counsel through a dear doctor friend who also gave expert advice during our preparation for Katie and bringing her home.
…seeing proof of the terrible, heartbreaking damage that has been done to Tommy over the course of so many years of profound neglect, and at the same time being awestruck by his responsiveness and ability to learn. Both these things were captured on one twelve second video which I hope to share with you soon.
…observation of so much in Tommy and his orphanage that brings joy to my heart, including his irrepressible sparkle, the intensity and passion of the director for the well-being of the children, and the director’s openness to learning all that is possible from the physical therapist and me in areas where we have knowledge that is vital for the well-being of the children there. Yes, there is still so much work that needs to be done, but there is so much to celebrate. God has moved and is still moving in ways I cannot detail here.
So much fruitfulness in only two days, and there is more that I wish I could tell you! Time is rushing on, and we have been given so much time in Tommy’s orphanage that there isn’t as much time to write.
Next time I sit here, I hope to make up for the pitifully few photos I’ve posted and make the next post all about photos.
But before I limp out the door, I have to add this.
Please keep praying, friends!
Keep praying for open doors during our next three days in Tommy’s orphanage!
There are specific reasons to ask you to pray for protection for Tommy and our family back home.
Thank you so much to every one of you who is praying. We love you!