Last night the Stoddards invited us for a second visit to their home for homemade raspberry cheesecake made from freshly picked raspberries. Oh yum. They had some special guests they wanted us to meet.
It turns out they have friends who are fellow missionaries, a doctor and his wife. This couple works with orphans like Zoya here, with medical needs but with no family to help them through it. We learned that not only do these people work with 'kids like Zoya', they actually worked WITH Zoya, even helping pay for some of her medical procedures. Another missionary family was responsible for paying for her cleft lip surgery years ago.
It's funny, 'cause just two days ago I was talking to Sherry White-fighting back my tears, about little Zoya's medical history, and wondering what it was like for her being in the hospital for so many months with no mommy and daddy by her side? Sherry said we just have to believe that God brought 'Somebody' to her to lay a warm hand on her back and to love her through it.
Well would you believe I got to HUG that 'Somebody' last night, Marianna Peipon, and with happy tears in my eyes I thanked her for loving my little orphan girl through what was surely a very traumatic and lonely time. Marianna even said that she has photos of little baby Zoya somewhere on her computer back home which she promised to get to me soon. :)
I am so thankful that God allowed us to meet these angels and share a hug and a tear in rejoicing that Zoya is alive and loved. Makes my heart so happy.
THANK A MISSIONARY!! They deserve it!
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.