Seventeen years ago, a baby boy was born.
For his first sixteen birthdays, there was no party.
There was nothing in between his birthdays, either.
There was just…
Look closely at the photograph below. Do you see the baby in white lying in the middle of the picture? His head is shaved. See him? Recognize him?
That’s our boy, but he wasn’t a baby. He’d already spent eleven birthdays lying in the nothingness of his orphanage. Helpless, ignored, hungry, nothing to look forward to, nobody to love him.
He didn’t belong to anyone and he knew it.
This week, Tommy had his seventeenth birthday. His first birthday party.
He spent his first sixteen years in Pleven, but he did not belong to Pleven.
For two months, our adoption agency has held the file of another special little boy in Pleven.
But two months have gone by, and not one family has inquired about adopting Mikah.
It would be very easy for me to feel like I’m failing Mikah, because I’m unable to be online as I was previously. By the time my work is done at night, my brain and my eyes can barely focus on simple tasks. Well, I may have to blog less than I used to, but that doesn’t mean I love this little boy any less! It certainly doesn’t mean he’s less of a treasure than any of the other sweet little ones in Pleven!
It does mean that Mikah is going to need lots of help from all of you!!
Please stand up and speak up for this little child who cannot stand and speak on his own behalf! Please help Mikah’s family find him by sharing his photo and his need in any way you can!
Mikah has been waiting in Pleven for too many years. One by one, the other little children around him on the top floor–Sophia, who was in the crib next to his and has been home for almost two years, Tommy, who for years could see Mikah from a few feet away, and Ethan a few cribs over, who is almost the same age as Mikah but is now thriving at home with his family–went home to their families. Over sixty-five children in his orphanage have been going home to the families where they belong.
But Mikah is still waiting for a family to belong to. He knows he doesn’t belong in Pleven. This boy knows!!
Where is Mikah’s family? Where does he belong?
One of my Bulgarian friends emailed me,
“Mikah’s doing SO well after Dr. Georgieva got there and she is taking great care of him. He is progressing and she thinks he’s going to progress a lot into walking, speaking and having a pretty normal life.”
Here’s what Shelley Bedford, Bulgaria specialist with the About A Child adoption agency, wrote about Mikah,
“He is a cuddle bug and LOVES attention from caregivers and visitors. He’s now attending a ‘school’ class, receiving therapy and making developmental progress. I have photos and videos that were taken very recently. He needs a family willing to look past his age and the years of neglect and see the precious little boy who is waiting on a family to help him reach his full potential.”
I agree with Shelley. Mikah is one of the children in Pleven I met more than once and most recently when we picked up Tommy last June. He’s looking so much healthier than the first time I saw him in his bed near Tommy. He’s an alert child who has so much potential for making progress!
Please, friends, pray that God will open wide the hearts of Mikah’s family and give them a fierce love and determination to be the place where he belongs.
If you think you may be his family, please email Shelley Bedford at firstname.lastname@example.org for videos and more information.
After Tommy’s first birthday party was over, all the gift wrap cleaned up and all the little children kissed by Grandpa and Grandma and tucked into bed, I looked through the scores of photos Joshua had taken of the evening.
And was blown away by a certain something that I missed in all the happy noise and confusion of a Musser family birthday.
Tommy doesn’t understand about being seventeen years old, and he doesn’t understand about birthdays.
So much understanding has been stolen from Tommy. His brain was very, very hurt by too many long years of nothing.
But he does know we love him.
He knows we will take care of him.
He knows we want him to be happy.
He knows he belongs.
This week, he learned quickly that presents covered with paper can hold fun surprises that are just for him!
And that it all had something to do with the words he heard over and over for the first time in all his seventeen years,
“Happy birthday, Tommy!”
[Now follows a very long sequence of photos. Do you see what I saw?]