Well today was our last day at Karakastek. It was another hard and emotional day but I actually held it together for most of the day until our goodbyes. We brought the kids pastries, yogurt, apple juice and candy. THEY LOVED IT! We set up a party in the cafeteria for the 33 older children not including the ones in isolation which is 12. There are also 30 babies. So all together as of today there are 75 children. Most of which are unadoptable for reasons beyond my comprehension. People here use the orphanages as babysitters or temporary housing for their children. The orphanage is like a prison for the innocent children, These children have no future, no hope, no love. There are several children that have parents that will not sign away their rights and unlike America, in Kazakhstan they do not make them. Even if the parents haven't seen the children in years, they still control their future. The government here protects the parents rights instead of the children. It is sad. That is something that needs to be changed, maybe I can work on that.
The party was fantastic and the children all gave us hugs to say thank you. Then we played a little and visited with the director and doctor. I cried while saying goodbye to each and everyone of the children. Of course thay have all captured my heart and there are several that I will NEVER forget. They are truly the innocent and have no idea what their lives could be like. This week we brought them coats, hats, gloves, vitamins, medical supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwear, socks, blankets, pajamas, toys, art supplies and playground balls. I am not naive to think the some of these things will not be taken from them. I know that some of the people here will pilfer thru it take what they want and then the children will get the rest. But I know that even if the children get at least one more thing than they had when we got here we made a difference. As we drove out of the driveway today I thought to myself that I know someday I will return. Someday I will be back to love on the children, God willing someday I will return!
We have enjoyed our time in Kazakhstan so much, people have been so cordial and kind. We have had many feasts and lots of tea. This experience has changed us both forever. Almaty is a great place for a mission trip there are 11 orphanages with a 60 mile radius. This orphanage building is so old and is in need of so many things, Windows being the most needed. Tomorrow we go to the special needs and blind orphanages to drop off some more donations and the wheelchairs.
We (Kim and I) really want everybody to know how much we truly appreciate your support. This trip could not have been possible without your generosity, support, donations and prayers. This week has been emotionally and physically draining and SO worth all of it!!!! We know that GOD can move mountains for these children, so join me in praying for their future. Join me in praying that GOD can find them all a home, someone to tuck them inat night, someone to love them, someone for them to call MAMA. Thanks again!