John and I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and love expressed through your prayers and incredible comments on the blog. We feel truly surrounded by love in the midst of a long, difficult journey.
We are coming to you to ask you to pray for Emma. The past 2 days have been filled with difficulty. In addition to having some delay in the processing of her paperwork, she is having some emotional difficulties with our visits.
We are really asking you to intercede for her and for us as we try to love her well and seek the Father for wisdom on how to touch her heart the way it needs to be touched. The past two days she has screamed out and thrown fits that have been quite violent every time she sees us set foot in the orphanage. These have been honestly two of the most difficult days of our lives.
Though the battle has been fierce and our hearts have been weak, we have felt your prayers. Today at our visit just a little while ago, we decide to go in and meet her at her level in her area of comfort. Instead of having the workers bring her to us in the “visiting room” we asked if I could come to where she was playing and just kind of hang out without intruding in her activities. I went in and sat on the floor and played with the other children for a while, and at one point got close enough to stroke her hand and touch her on the nose without her panicking.
Then I left and went to see John and Aiden for a bit. I went back in then with a few of her favorite toys from our toy bag. She read her book with her friends and let me sit nearby. The other kids loved my little puppet show and I got bunches of kisses from the other kids!
We were not able to get her to leave the playroom and come to the visiting room privately with us, but we did make a connect with her. When we left, we were both able to kiss her on the cheek without her having a fit.
So pray. PRAY! This morning we asked the Lord for a glimmer of hope, and we got it. We are going to continue to pursue this little girl’s heart and pray for the Father to break through any fear that she might be experiencing.
We are learning and growing in our knowledge of the Father through this, through tears, hard prayers, and an emotional roller coaster, we are clinging to Him.
John and Tracie