Tuesday, June 5, 2007

God Is Truly Amazing

Sometimes God's world seems so big. And sometimes, God's world seems so very small.

Several years ago there was a baby girl who caught our eye on Holt's photolisting of waiting children. She had cleft lip and palate so we were especially drawn to her and we even called Holt and talked to them about her. We never requested her file because in the end, we decided that it wasn't the right time to adopt again. Patrick was only a year old and life was pretty busy then. As it turns out, it was probably a good thing because shortly after that time, Vietnam closed down all international adoptions, for 2 1/2 years, due to all the unethical problems occurring there. (I have a future, very important post coming on ethical adoptions.) I can't imagine how heartbreaking that would have been to have to wait all that time to bring our child home-tho there are several families who did just that.

Fast-forward 18 months. During this time we continued to pray for this little girl named Phuong, and for all the children caught in Vietnam's shutdown. For some reason, this little girl just stood out in a very special way. We kept her picture, which appeared in a Holt magazine, on our fridge. I continued to wonder if someday, we might adopt her.

Summer of 2004, we thought it would be fun to do a fundraiser for Holt. We decided to do a fundraiser for the Waiting Child Dept. We thought it would be more meaningful if we raised money for a specific child; perhaps a child who needed funds to repair a cleft lip or palate.
So, we called Holt and shared our idea. They said they would get back to us with a particular child in need of surgery.

Can you guess which child it was that they chose for us? Yes! It was Phuong! I hadn't mentioned her in the conversation at all!! Wow! Could we see God's hand, or what??? She was still in need of having her palate repaired.

So, we did a full-of-laughs fundraiser hosting an Elvis party at our home complete with peanut butter and banana sandwiches, one of Elvis' favorite treats. It was very successful thanks to the generous gifts of many people. Of course, Elvis DID make an appearance too!

A year later, Holt called to tell us that Phuong had been reunited with her birth family. We were so happy for her! She continued to be in our prayers and I thought of her so often over the years. I always will.

Fast-forward to today. I was told that our new son, Vu, was raised with four other children in the orphanage, the same age as him. In many ways, these children were like siblings to him. Can you guess who one of them was? Yes, it was Phuong! Her beautiful little face fills several of the pictures we have received with our Minh Vu right next to her. I couldn't believe it! This little girl who we have never met and will never really know is very well known to our son! God's world really isn't so big after all.

Now, all four of the children who were our son's friends have gone home to their forever families. Vu will soon be home with his. God does have a plan. And it is good.

1 comment:

Christina said...

That is just amazing, how God brought Phoung into your lives and used you to bless her (and likely make it possible for her to return to her birthfamily)... and now to know that she was your son's orphanage-sister is just such an awesome thing. Truly he does more than we can ask or imagine.