Monday, July 23, 2012

Why do this?

The last few weeks have been spent running around gathering copious amounts of official documents to verify our very existence!  The preparation needed to bring Porter home is overwhelming, time consuming, and expensive.  Why do this?  Because a precious young boy sits in a very lonely place surrounded by unfamiliar faces, noises, smells, and who knows what else.  What Curtis and I are sacrificing pales in comparison to what Porter is enduring this very moment.

Porter has been transferred to a mental institution in a rural part of his country.  The video we have of him shows Porter dancing and full of life.  His life was turned upside down the day he arrived at his current institution.  Only two boys living in this place have ever been adopted.  Porter will be the third.  I have spoken with the families of those two boys and they have given us a glimpse of what Porter is experiencing.  The place he is now living has limited funding and the caretaker/child ratio is high (2 caretakers for every 20 boys). The caretakers not only have to care for the boys but they also do all the cleaning, gardening, laundry etc. All the boys have special needs and range in age from 3-18. They rank the boys according to function (walking ability) so most likely Porter is in the highest functioning group which means he is in a group with the oldest boys.  Porter is not being underfed but getting just what he needs. The facilities are primitive but he does have running water in his building (some of the buildings do not). They have no toys, therapy, books, TV's or any kind of stimulus. They keep the boys in outside sheds to contain them and keep the sun off of them. Porter does nothing all day every day.

To say that we can't get to him fast enough is an understatement.  But I do know that God has a special plan for Porter and he wasn't transferred to this place by mistake.  Porter is bringing light to a dark place and this is an opportunity.  Do we know exactly what God has planned?  NO!  But we will continue to walk in obedience and trust that He has Porter in the palm of His hand.

I am asking for your continued prayers.  Not only are your prayers over Porter and our family needed, but also for the caretakers and the director of his institution.  They are doing the best with what they have been given.  Pray for wisdom, support, and strength for these people.  They need us!

11 comments:

  1. You don't know me but my family has been praying for Porter for awhile now and I was so happy when he made the "My Family Found Me" page. I just wanted you to know we pray for you all every day and for all the people at Porter's institution. We are so excited for your family.

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    1. Thank you Cara. Your prayers and support are felt!

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  2. We're coming Porter...Hang in there, buddy...you are loved!

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  3. Praying for your family, Porter, the institution and the amazing journey God is taking you on. - Amy

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  4. Wow! I can barely read the page, my eyes are so filled with tears. Sara, you express yourself so beautifully in your writing, thank you for letting Jesus' love shine through you. We are praying and praising here in Idaho.

    Rebecca
    "I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked for." 1 Samuel 1:27

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    1. I LOVE this verse....THANK YOU!!!!

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  5. We will be praying for a speedy process! Do you have any idea when your first trip will be?

    Victoria

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    1. Thank you! No idea, but we are praying that we can get there before the end of the year...before December. That would be a miracle as we have been told that it this process could take approx. 7 months.

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  6. Hi, I was just looking on the RR site. I'm so excited that our are adopting "Porter"! We adopted from his orphanage almost two years ago. There was a different director then who didn't allow us inside, so I never saw him. But if ever have questions about his city, feel free to contact me!

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