Winding Down our stay in DRC
We are down to our last 3 days on this amazing trip! Although it saddens us to have to leave, we leave rejuvenated in our desire to help these beautiful children find families like yours!
Before we depart, we still have a lot of work to do. We will be processing the new referrals and medicals we received while here, visiting additional new orphanages, and distributing humanitarian aid! We will need to hire additional nanny's to care for the younger children.
Last but not least, we are still working on obtaining an appointment to meet with the DGM. Even if we do not obtain an "official" invitation, we don't take well to being told no, so we still plan on "visiting" them and having an opportunity to plead with them.
We have also been invited to the U.S. Embassy for a happy hour Thursday evening, so we are looking forward to who we can meet and speak to about orphan investigations.
Unfortunately, the reality was we had to return the children back to the foster home, and the families boarded planes back to the U.S., their hearts filled with joy, yet empty at the same time. It reminds us we have one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and it drives us to work even harder for each of you.
The families wil hopefully soon return, only this time the end result will be completely different. Their hearts will be filled, the emptiness will forever be replaced by the child sitting next to them on their return flight HOME!
In the meantime, the children will continue to be well cared for by the in-country staff and EAC team. They will have the added benefits of the love they experienced, the gifts provided to them, and improved living conditions thanks to the generous water purification systems donated by Chad and Shellie.
We'd like to thank each of you for your commitment to these beautiful children and for spreading the word to others that there is an indescribable need to help these children.
Together we are, and will continue, to make differences in the lives of the orphaned children of Africa!
May God continue to bless each of you!
Debra and Robin