Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Harder than I thought

We watched the girls disappear behind the security checkpoint at LAX. It was much, much harder than I thought it would be. Having to send them off to the orphanage, knowing the conditions they must live in and the dangers that are there for them, was heart breaking. Can you imagine sending one of your children off to a place where they do not get enough to eat; where they get one shower a week in cold water with no soap or shampoo; where they will get beat-up if someone wants something they have; where rape occurs; where little supervision leads to much trouble?

You can see a little of what I am talking about by watching this video:

Orphans of Ukraine from Erin Freel Best on Vimeo.

I cried. I cried a lot. Right near the end just before the last goodbye, I was hugging Nadya and I started to cry a bit. She looked and me and told me that I should not cry because she and Sveta were coming back to America. She tried to play tough I think. When the last goodbye came, when they were to far away to hug again, I cried anyway. Nadya cried too. In fact, we were all crying. I'm tearing up just writing this post. Seeing Nadya and Sveta walk away was hard for sure. As they cried and waved, I prayed that the Lord will move our adoption process along quickly. I miss them already.

We bonded well with them in the short time they were here. There were certainly challenging times, and I am certain there will be many challenges ahead, but Sheri and I love these girls.

We could certainly use your help bring them home. While we have committed to use our house fund for the adoption, we are praying that the Lord will provide in other ways. And the house fund will not cover airfare either. If you would like to help us bring our daughters home, you can donate online on the God's Waiting Children website (www.godswaitingchildren.com) and look for the "Donate" button. You can also send a check directly to God's Waiting Children (1865 Herndon Avenue, suite K125
Clovis, California 9361). In either case, put "Fontes Adoption" in the memo/comment area. Donations made to our adoption fund are tax deductible if made through God's Waiting Children. You may also send funds directly to us. Though not tax deductible, funds sent to us are more readily usable. You can send a check to James and Sheri Fontes, 7750 N Fresno St., Ste 104, Fresno, CA 93720.

Please feel free to pass on our request for prayer over this adoption and for the financial need.

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