Playing with our kids at the pool, visiting Kofi's mission home that is almost completed. Our gifts of sheets will be used here.
Meeting little Kofi - He was abandoned ... probably because he has no legs and no hands. What an adorable baby who is already loved .
We had a wonderful week in Ghana ....filled with many positive moments. Playing with our grand babies ( Mary Kate and Keith's twins ) began our week. They are very close to coming home and need to get home to begin treatment for their HIV. They have been gaining and doing well so far . We were able to have court for our 2 newest children . It was the first time Paul and I attended court in Ghana. Exciting and emotional to hear the court decree being read with the children's last names as Briggs. They both expressed that they want to change their first names and they want us to choose them. We have not come up with the new names yet...so for now they are Sondra and Jr ( their Ghana names ). Then we traveled to see how Kofi, our coordinator's mission home was coming along. We also visited children in Kwahu unexpectantly. We traveled a couple of the days in the car 8 to 10 hrs to visit children...this is one of my favorite parts of my trips to Ghana. Actually I have traveled 5 times to Ghana in the past year and loved every one of those trips. We were able to have Sondra and Jr with us most of the week was a gift getting to bond with them even more. Then we met a very special baby boy....oh my were our hearts broken for this child...more to come later about this little one : )
We also got to spend a lot of time with our coordinator, Kofi. Each trip gives us such respect for this man who loves the children of Ghana. He works tirelessly for " his children". Most nites getting only 2 to 3 hrs of sleep. He works in not the best of circumstances with all the many facets of adoption . He is often challenged and still continues to work for the children....when the embassy changes it's protocols in midstream after being told one thing will work for an ID or proof of death he continues to do what is required. Getting the necessary documents , traveling to the village or making and answering numerous emails and calls are the extra things he does as well as dealing with adoptive families, birth mom's , foster home needs and embassy staff. We admire his heart and willingness to serve the Lord in this way. Yes it is part of his provision for his family but it is even more than that....and we appreciate and are thankful for his efforts. God bless you Kofi !