Saturday, October 1, 2011

Day 7, Karakastek

Today we headed out to the baby house again.  As soon as we arrived we started painting.  We had 3 people cutting in so we didn't have to tape and the others were working on the murals and rolling the walls.  It was so much fun to watch God at work.  We weren't sure we would be able to finish all the rooms in 2 days.  It went so fast.  We were able to finish 5 and half rooms before we left!

The walls are in very bad shape.  They are moldy, covered in mildew and the plaster is peeling.  The windows are rotting out.  They are replacing the windows and the linoleum but it needs so much more work.  My prayer for this orphanage is that it shuts down.  I hate to be so blunt, but that is what it really needs.

The painting and wall decals have brightened up the rooms a lot and it actually looks beautiful.  The colors we painted are pink, blue, green, yellow, purple and orange.  It has been so fun to work with everyone on our team.  We have laughed constantly and there never has been a dully moment.

At one point during the day Lance and I were painting the yellow room (which is the room my youngest daughter was in) and I heard a single baby crying on the floor above us.  It was so so surreal that these children have no one.  I wanted to run to the baby and comfort it.  The emotions are so strong here for all of us.  We have cried through our smiles and yearned to bring every single child home.

While we were there a thunderstorm came through and the entire 3rd floor, the baby floor with about 30 children, started to cry.  It makes me so sad to know there are no adoptions going on right now and these children are probably destined to life here.

Around 5pm we went to play with the toddler and older children.  Today was much better with them.  We gave them all hot wheels, cookies and bananas.  They were more engaged and open with us.  They laughed, giggled and played.  It was a much harder day to leave them.  Seeing the children who were babies last year (when we were here building the playground) was especially difficult.

We left the orphanage around 8pm and headed to dinner at The Patio, pizza and sushi.  We got back to the hotel around midnight.  Tomorrow we head out for our last day at the orphanage.

Keep praying for our team.  Thank you for all the encouragement and comments.

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