Thursday, December 15, 2011

SWI Visit

Wow. Wow. Wow. There are no possible words to express what we just came from. We knew that our JiJi was in the "heavy disable" area. That is an understatement. We are told that most of the kids we just met today will live in that institution for their entire lives. Some are able to go out of that one room, out of their beds. Others will be there until they die. Each and every one was sweet and lovable. We tried to give as much lovin' to them in our brief time there.
JiJi was distraught when we first arrived - confused, thinking that she was going to stay there. She was assured that she would leave with me, not to worry, that this was her time to say good bye. She broke down a couple of more times - you can see her tear streaks in one photo. She was SO excited to see her best friend, though!
About broke my heart - one little Down's guy kept wanting to kiss and hug me, another held my hand most of the time. I met a 15 year old with severely deformed hands/arms and I don't know what else - he grasped my hand and would NOT let me go!!!!! He was asking if I was from America and what it was like. Another asked if I was his mama, come to take him home. It was heart wrenching. I had a difficult time keeping myself from bawling.
Some of her behaviors and sounds that we deal with each day are now explained. That is what she has lived for the past six years. We were able to take photos of her file, we have the information on who found her and his testimony. We are all exhausted after about 6 hours in the car.
The photo of JiJi in front of all the photos - her baby picture is the top row, 2nd from the right. Sorry about those hideous boots - she won't consider wearing anything else - she even has to know where they are when she is sleeping!
Much love to all!
BTW - can someone tell me if the photos are appearing ok on your end? I can't see it from here!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The photos are coming thru great.
Thank you so much for posting the stories and the photos. These precious little people deserve that and it's important for us to remember this is really going on. Lots to pray for! Rejoicing that one special girl has her mama now!!