Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy." Psalm 47:1

We've learned a great lesson from our Bulgarian children. This is the lesson of great joy, and having it amidst great loss, or sorrow, or want. Truly, truly...they have displayed to us that:
"Godliness with contentment is GREAT gain!"....1 Timothy 6:6. They have joy in the midst of nothing. They are so excited and joyful to be held, to be smiled at, to go outside the walls of their orphanages, to have a papa and a mama to call their own! This has been humbling and amazing!

So here is some really cool conversations from today:

Jerry to his new friend Bobby who he met at the mall:

"Come, come, come, and meet my Papa and my Mama, come Bobby, come!"

Oh friends, I cried with tears of joy when Jerry was so excited to introduce us to a his new friend at the mall, and to show Bobby that he really had parents, just like him. Bobby's parents were sitting off to the other side of the cafe. 

Jerry has had many firsts in these last three days, and one of the greatest truly was being able to say to his friend..."here are my mama and papa!".....Wow!!!

Bobby:  "Let's go play now!"
Jerry:  "okay!"

Then at lunch time, we were all sitting around the table and before we were ready to eat, we all held hands as usual and Glenn said a prayer. Even Yavor is holding hands with us and will tell Jerry to say amen. Today:

Jerry:  "Why are we saying these prayers, anyway?"

Yavor:  "Because your Daddy and Mommy are talking to God."

Jerry:  "Who is this God...I do not know him, I don't think."

Yavor:  "Oh Jerry, I'm sure very soon you will know him well!"

And they will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they'll know we are Christians by our love!

And that my friends is truly what it is ALL about! Thank you Lord! Today was a good day, a VERY good day!

 So...Jerry's favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse, and we found some Mickey Mouse cartoons on You Tube in Bulgarian! How cool is that!

 So in the men's room at the mall, this boy on the right comes up to Jerry and starts poking him and teasing him and Glenn is wondering..."is this the Bulgarian culture to do this with strangers?"...and then when they came out, we asked through Yavor who this was, and it turns out it was a 14 year old boy named Marshall who attends school with then Jerry got to introduce him to his Dad and Mom! Very cool!
 Glenn and Jerry had fun on the motorcycle video game!
 Jerry's funnest, though, was sitting side by side with Glenn at the car video games and just pretending to drive, making driving sound effects and pretending to crash! It was so cool!
 Then we went to the grocery store, and bought some cookies and some milk. Glenn is going to teach Jerry the fine art of dipping cookies in milk before bed! Wow!  So Jerry was so excited, and demanded to carry all of our purchases to the check out and then to carry the bag to the car!


It's soon dinner time and we will have our last dinner and then breakfast tomorrow with Jerry. We will check out of our hotel, and head to his orphanage and drop him off. This is going to be very, very hard on everyone! We covet your prayers!

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