Today just zipped by...as much as I tried to make it go slow so that we could soak in every moment, and say all the things that we wanted to say...it was over in the blink of an eye.
Tomorrow is our court day, so today we entered the orphanage knowing that it may be the last time for awhile that we get to go there. We took Vova outside for a change, and kicked the soccer ball around with him for a little bit. It was a beautiful day, so that was nice.
When we went back in, we set up our computer again, for there were so many things that Jeff and I wanted to say to Vova and his friends. But we could never get a good connection, so we could not say the things that were on our hearts. All we could do was just enjoy being in the midst of these amazing boys, and pray that they understood our hearts without many words being said. There is a chance that we might be able to briefly return to the orphanage for a bit after court tomorrow, but just in case we can't, we hugged all the boys real tight, making sure that they know that we care about each and every one of them.
When we said good-bye to Vova, it was with the knowledge that the next time we see him, it will be in court. That thought is both thrilling and scary, all at the same time. It's a bit scary, because we do not know what the judge will ask us. But even more than that, it is exciting because we believe with everything in us that God will see to completion this great thing which He initiated way back in March.
Right before we left for Ukraine, my mom gave me a notebook with Bible verses and prayers to be read each day...prayers that she had personally written for us, and verses that she had asked God to give her. I usually am good and just read the prescribed day's verses/prayers, but today I peeked ahead to tomorrow's, and it said, "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you". Oh, how perfect, for I needed a verse I could hang onto in court, and this one is a wonderful reminder that God will be right there with us!
We will be in court at 2:00pm our time (7:00am for you people back in NC). We would greatly appreciate your prayers. As soon as I can, I'll blog about what all took place.