This little face has been looking back at me from my desktop for a long, long time. Countless prayers have gone up on his behalf.
I first saw him in the summer of 2011, less than two weeks before going to Pleven. When I got there, I recognized him as the boy in the Pleven Orphanage 2011 Youtube video here, appearing at minutes 1:39 and 8:57.
I met him that week, still there in the same bed in Tommy’s room, the room next to Katie’s. He and Tommy could look at each other, their cribs separated by a few feet. Can you see Tommy lying to the far left in this photo?
After returning home from Pleven, over the next months more and more files of children were found and parents came forward to claim them.
But where was this little boy? The boy with hydrocephalus and the big, soulful eyes? The boy who reached out and desperately clung to the hand of the visitor to his orphanage, not wanting her to leave him there and walk away.
When we went to Pleven in June to pick up Tommy, I was thrilled beyond words to see this sweet little boy coming in from a stroller ride with his baba. Tears choked my throat.
I know this boy! He’s still here! He’s now twelve years old and time is ticking away! Why hasn’t his file been found? Does he even have a file?
I went to him and took his hand, praying again for God to move for him and bring him into a family.
This week the news came through!
He’s been FOUND!!! Praise God!!! His file is now in the hands of an agency and we can help to find him a family!!!
Could all of you help by sharing this post? Once I see that he’s listed on Reece’s Rainbow, I’ll come back and link to his Reece’s Rainbow profile, but in the meantime…
…for serious inquiries about adopting this precious boy, please email Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.