FOUND! The boy with the soulful eyes

January 8th, 2014


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.

Twelve-year-old Mikah~



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.









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6 Responses to “FOUND! The boy with the soulful eyes”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing and advocating and loving him. Obviously the power of prayer has already touched his life.   Lost and then found, one of Jesus’s little lambs and the lengths that the Lord will go to find the lost.  He is using you mightily and you have followed in his footsteps.   He is beautiful and is very aware and interacting with his world, even after all his neglect.  This child wanted to be found!!  I will continue to pray…

  2. Julie F-K says:

    Thank you for sharing over these past years.  I have been blessed to read your stories.  To pray along side you for these children, and to share financially when we were able.  As an adoptive parent of two children, it has been an encouragement (and sometimes brutally painful) to read about your children’s (and other children you have posted about) lives….their struggles…and their achievements!  How exciting to see God’s work come to almost completion with Pleven, and to know you were able to be the hands and feet of God.  All the best to you and your family!!!

  3. MamaV says:

    I wondered who he was! So glad his file has been found!

  4. Tiffiny says:

    Oh, Susanna, he is such a handsome little guy! So sweet, too! We will pray for him and the children from U!

  5. Ann says:

    I believe that he was just listed at

  6. Susanna says:

    Ann, thank you for the heads-up! Added that in to this post!

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