All week my mind has raced like mad. Why is this happening? What is the purpose? What are we supposed to learn through this? How much can a body endure? When your child begs for surgery to relieve pain or asks you through tears of despair why none of this can be easy – your blood runs cold. No one ever imagines this for their lives. And then to top it off a challenge of such immensity that your stomach falls to your feet in fear and anxiety. The overwhelming burden seemed so unrealistic and left me feeling incapacitated. Thinking through all of the details that have to work out and wondering where to start. All of the steps with so little time and no contacts. Every visa process in the past took multiple months to prepare and execute.
The past 72 hours are a complete blur. Phone calls, emails, texts, whatsap, IMO, letters, applications, logistics and more. Many people committed to our child either through prayer, encouragement or serious and relentless work. Aunt Lauren you are like a machine – you need a bubble bath and pizza! What started out as a hopeless battle became our glorious unfolding.
After repeating our story over and over again one cold call after another, I started to wonder what in the world it was going to take to move this process along. I’m not quitting – just keep dialing the numbers I thought. We were determined to call as many people as it took until we found the right one.
We didn’t just find the right one. We found the right team. Honestly, I have no clue what took place exactly amongst the people who really make things happen. I don’t know who moved who for what reason or how. All I know is that a group of people accomplished an amazing challenge for a child and a family they don’t know personally. Compassion beyond words. Our immigration attorney called it miraculous. What a blessing to behold!
Late Friday night we received travel approval. Saturday afternoon visas were issued and in hand. Travel begins in a few hours. So many tears of joy!!
Our story is far from over. Khaleda is so strong. Just as my sweet friend Amy says – “she is magic!” This has been our latest miracle. During the midst of this, our friends Laura and Brandon sent us a you tube link. They said to listen – this song reminds us of your current trials. We are praising God for his continuous overflowing grace and mercy. Khaleda is stable but miserable. Her brother will be here soon to give her more stem cells. Keep your powerful prayers coming. He hears our cries! This week has truly been a Glorious Unfolding. Thank you to those of you who made this happen!
Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman – hopefully this link works for you. It’s worth your few minutes of time.