Monday, September 15, 2014

Bolivia Mission Trip 2014 - "Face to Face"

Over a year and half ago, we began a sponsorship with a very special girl named Nayerli.  A pair up that for us was solely based on a picture of girl in a pink dress with an age just six days older of Emma, yet God had had it all planned out from day one.
Over the past months, we have written letters of encouragement and received letters of encouragement from her.  We had one picture update through Compassion, and were fortunate enough to have Adam's sister and brother in law meet her through a mission trip they went on in 2013.

We knew of her gentle heart, her shyness, her love for learning, dogs, dolls, the color purple, and crafts.  We knew of her smile, of her long dark hair, and gorgeous eyes...but...her touch...and her voice...and that void where a hug belongs.

Then the day came, Wednesday July 9, that void was filled.  And it was joy unspeakable.

Our first few moments we spent hugging, sharing, learning about each other.  She was staying at her Aunt's home, and we were graciously welcomed in.  In a matter of seconds a girl we had only seen in pictures came to life.  Her descriptions were spot on.  A beautiful child of God.
Nayerli shared of her school work and I shared pictures of Adam and the girls on my phone.  She sheepishly asked, "did Emma come?" The string of my heart were tugged as far as they could be.
Nothing can describe the emotions those first moments.  A glorious unfolding.

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