There are no words to describe this amazing experience; the dichotomies are too numerous to journal. I am in a race against the clock since the electricity is going down again in ten minutes, and we just walked in the door.
One truth is beyond evident. Unconditional love is exponential. Even though I met my precious nephew only days ago, there is no difference. Time stands still. My heart overflows. He is an living example of grace.
We spent the day traveling around Quito, the capital, attempting to finalize paperwork.
Nestled in the Andes Mountains, Quito is a cement village. In the town center there are many large buildings, but the poverty seeps through every block, and there are been many tears because you feel so helpless. We realize our role this trip is to just “save one.”
We are flying tomorrow get Edison’s Visa at the US Embassy. It’s going to be a puddle jumper (death flashes before your eyes type of flight), so we covet your prayers. 🙂
Nothing has been easy about this process but we know this is the last hurdle. Then we will fly back to Quito and fly home to the US on a red eye flight that leaves at midnight, arrives in Atlanta in the morning and then on to NC.
Sending you prayers for a safe journey home!
Thank you for sharing this trip with us! safe journey! Jen
WHAT a blessing! We praise You, great and mighty God for Your work in these lives! Amen.
What a week you’ve had! What a chance to witness the work of God. I will pray for your safety in travel today and tomorrow. And I will be so glad to hear all of the story when you get back to dependable electric and internet service. What things we take for granted!
Hasn’t this been just the best Thanksgiving story EVER??
Thanks for sharing those photos. Edison is a beauty — congratulations on an amazing journey (and really, it’s just the beginning!).
Wow, I just happened to pop over here from Cooking During Stolen Moments and wow. Your sister’s story made me cry. As an adoptive mom, and as a future missionary to orphans in Africa…this was an encouraging story to start my day. Gorgeous photos and a gorgeous little sweetie. Congratulations.
What an amazing, faith inspiring week you’ve had! I’ll pray for a safe journey home.
I love that first shot. So sweet!!! 🙂
Praying for you to have a safe journey home. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, blessings!
Wonderful. Makes a little part of me that thought I’d be overseas during this part of my life wake up and squirm around. And I ask myself what I can be doing right here, right now.
Oh Jen!!! Thank you for sharing this precious time of your life with us. The pictures are amazing. I spent a few weeks in Quito many years ago, helping to build a church in the rural area. Yes, poverty. Yes, sadness. But you are another light reaching out the hand of God to those people.
Praying for your safety!!
Praying for you and R. to bring home that sweet bundle of joy. I read a wonderful quote recently: “Judgment is getting what we deserve, Mercy is not getting what we deserve, and GRACE is getting MORE than we deserve.” Amazing GRACE, how sweet the sound. Love you.
Congrats on the new nephew. He looks like a doll.
As the Mom of a 25yr old son with Down Syndrome/Autism ,I know he will be a joy and a welcomed addition. Prayers coming at you for the plane ride!
Oh he is so precious I just want to kiss those little cheeks! I have been thinking of you all week and my heart just swells every time I stop in and see how things are going!
WOW! WOW! WOW! Safe travels and can’t wait for more!
LOVED Quito when we were there 13 years ago. It’s such a great city. We went to a nice language school there. Also, I am sure you visited “Mitad del Mundo” Center of the earth..
thanks for sharing! I’ve been able to travel to Quito, and your photos brought back a flood of memories — thanks.