Well we said our final goodbyes to most of the children and to the orphanage staff and to the Sisters. It was quite a party! To start Kiara had been running another fever. I choose not to give her any medication because by the 4:00 party start time her temperature was around 99 degrees. Needless to say she was not in the best of party spirits. She was feeling lousy. We played with the older kiddos up on the rooftop terrace at the orphanage and then the kids came to the courtyard for a demonstration of Conner’s drone. They loved it! I think that the Sisters and orphanage workers were almost more excited then the children to watch it fly and to see the video that it was making! After watching the drone we went upstairs to celebrate. They hung balloons, and we brought cake and ice cream, juice, carrots and dip and oranges. We purchased party hats, horns and balloons for each of the children. The kids thought it was so fun, all the kids but Kiara. Wyatt kept blowing his horn at her and she kept crying! She was totally afraid! By this point the Sisters noticed that she was not feeling the best and they took her temperature and gave her some medication. Everyone was singing to her, hugging her, holding her and trying to feed her. She was completely overwhelmed! She fell asleep on the walk back at 6:30! All of the children, Sisters, and workers prayed for her and sang to her. It was a sweet time. They gave us a little photo album and a few parting gifts. It was difficult for the one worker (who came in on her day off) to say goodbye! We found out that this worker was her God Mother and she felt especially close to Kiara. It was bittersweet to say goodbye. On the one hand it means we are getting closer to being home and on the other hand it meant saying farewell to all those sweet sweet children!
Today Kiara woke up fever free! Praise God. I took her into town today to get the official notary papers that transferred her care from the orphanage to me. By law I had to have a translator. The sweet man from our first 3 court appointments who was our translator again. We were so moved that he would not take any payment for his time. Today I insisted on paying him and he only charged me 1000 lek. That is only $8.33 for at least an hour of his time! What a sweet man. We then went to the police station to pre apply for the passport. Usually this is done in two days. Day one pre application and Day two actually apply for the passport. May God be glorified. As I was standing at the police station I prayed that God would allow us to do both things today and guess what we got special permission to do just this! Our Albanian guide said that never has this happened before and she has been working on adoptions for over 20 years. We are thankful to God! They said that the passport will be done on Thursday but I can stop back on Wednesday and check on it! Please join me/ us in praying that we are able to get the passport on Wednesday. Thank you all for praying for our family!
Yesterday while I was doing my 2 mile morning loop one of the men who runs a coffee bar stopped me by saying good morning and wanting to know my name. Oh how I wish I could talk with him. Conner is working on translating a gospel tract into Albanian. We will give them out to all of the shop keepers and others that we say hello to on our walk back and forth to the orphanage. Please pray that more seeds would be planted and that all of those we have met will respond to the gospel!
We have enjoyed sweet time the past few days with our missionary friends Fiona, Joel, Joshua and Timmy. Today we enjoyed gelato, the park, and some little kiddie rides. Hands down the bumper cars were the favorite. Oh you should have seen Wyatt’s face! It was priceless!
Please keep praying! We love you all!
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