Recently, three families who have adopted children from YWAM orphanages in Ethiopia gathered in southern California for a little mini-reunion. Their children all came to us as babies and spent their first several years together in the orphanage we had in Gimbie. Monica Barlow was serving as a missionary in Gimbie and knew each of these children well so it was a special bonus that she could be a part of this get-together. To know the stories behind each of these children is to know the miracle-working power of our God!
Two of our YWAM adoptive moms sent their thoughts on the reunion…
|Chala, Samuel, Ella and Kayla|
~Julie Steimer, mom to Chala (5) and Samuel (4)
|Samuel, Ella, Kayla, Chala, Sam and Hwii|
A sweet YWAM mama told me that our girls are not just friends they're "cousins" and she's right. When they are together it's more than seeing playmates… you are watching family forged many miles away in our precious children's hearts. They relax around each other and let their guards down in a way that is so comforting. It was nice for the parents to have a chance to catch up, share and ask questions that many times only other adoptive parents will "get". It was such a joy to see the kids reconnect too. They ran, played, laughed and loved every minute together. It was so special to have the Barlows here with us. They were able to share stories about the kids and answer questions some of us had about Ethiopian culture and our kids. What a gift to have time together, we are already looking forward to the next time we can be together!
~Leasha Taggart, mom to Ella (5)
|Monica Barlow with the Gimbie kids!|
The only thing that would have made this weekend any better would be having every YWAM family attend! We absolutely love it that so many of our families are making it a priority to keep their children connected… via reunions, on Skype and Facetime, through pictures and visits.