Sunday, September 6, 2009
I AM HOME BUT MY HEART IS BROKEN!
I arrived safely home yesterday and now I am dealing with a whole new situation in my life. I feel like my heart has been broken into two pieces and I left half of my heart in Ethiopia. I have never experienced anything like this before. I am grieving but at the same time I am so grateful that the LORD decided to bring Solomon into my life. I don't understand it all, it is so complicated and so full of miraculous events. Why do I have to live without him here in my home?? Why do I love him so much?? We had an absolutely amazing 2 weeks together. We bonded better than I could have ever imagined. We laughed a lot, talked and shared a lot, experienced a lot of first events together like a mother and son would, and then we cried a lot. It was soooo hard to leave him at the airport. He was crying so hard for the last two days that everyone was comforting him. Our driver even stopped the car at one point and went into a store to buy tissues for his tears and running nose. It was just uncontrollable. We were hugging and holding hands the entire time I was there. He loved to touch my hair and we would just stare at each other a lot in awe that it was really true that we were finally together. It was like having a new baby boy in so many ways but yet we had so much fun as we shared so many conversations and experiences. I have so much to share and lots of photos. I will be posting over the next few days. I have to process so much and I am very tired. So, please stay tuned and get ready to SEE GOD!!! Blessings to all of you who have been writing comments and praying. I can't wait for you all to hear the details!!! WE are embarking on a new journey, a new book....written by the creator of the heavens and earth and the lover of the orphans in the world!! It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of HIS STORY....AND THE LIFE OF SOLOMON BEKELE MESTAS....
Just a note: Jerry posted about Solomon winning the Valedictorian award at his graduation. An important fact that was left out was that Solomon was failing all of his classes until almost two years ago. He shared with us that he was very depressed and hopeless. He had no ambition to study...or anything. He was having one of his very worst days the day I first stepped foot at the Kolfe orphanage when he heard the boys talking about a lady that was outside visiting. He got up off of his bed to go see what was happening and that day changed his life forever! He shared that until he got HIS FAMILY...HE HAD NO HOPE...NO REASON TO PURSUE ANYTHING. HE WAS SHOCKED THAT HE WON THIS AWARD... HE received two honors..top student of the Marketing Division which was his major and then the highest GPA for the entire school of more than 400 students. He was almost kicked out of this school a few months ago because they reneged on his scholarship due to lack of funds. We sent him some money just in time to pay his tuition. Then he began to study really hard and apply himself. He also missed the last exam due to food poisoning that put him in the hospital. All the other students took that exam except him. So, with all of this said...HE STILL WON THE VALEDICTORIAN AWARD FOR HIGHEST GPA OF THE SCHOOL!! Even the director of Kolfe and the other boys who know Solomon for almost 10 years were absolutely shocked that he won!! They all asked how he did it?? He responded: "I just started to study really hard because I wanted MOM to be proud of me!!!"
Solomon Accepting His Award
Solomon Georgie and Misganaw
According to Solomon, if not for having a family, a mom and dad that were rooting for him and supporting him, his life would have taken a major turn for the worst. Through this experience the LORD is revealing to me and you just how important it is to be there for these orphans even if we can't adopt them physically in our homes. IF we had not stepped out in faith and become a part of SOLOMON's life, what would his story be today??? According to him, HE WOULD HAVE NEVER FINISHED SCHOOL NEVER MIND WITH HONORS!!! I pray this inspires you to SEEK GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR ROLE IN CARING FOR THE ORPHANS IN OUR WORLD.
I have a list of boys from Kolfe that have personally asked me to get them a family that will love them and be a part of their lives like Solomon has. I will be posting more...but please pray now to see how the LORD wants you to respond. I have been given another new mission... to be a MOM TO ALL THE BOYS AT KOLFE and to find them all a family!! I have much work to do...I will never be the same again!!! Please stay tuned...the best is yet to come!!
There are many of them who can be adopted and I will be happy to talk with you about it. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org!! TO GOD BE ALL GLORY HONOR AND PRAISE!!