We contacted All God's Children International (the ONLY adoption and orphan care ministry that I found that ALSO offers mission trips to the orphanages). After hearing what we were interested in doing, the mission coordinator asked,
"What about Rwanda?"
I heard the music!
You know when you KNOW that you KNOW something is right.
We began planning our first trip, raising money, and inviting others to join us. We brought 3 others with our family (leaving Savannah with grandparents for this first trip). Our trip was set for November 2010 and we would put all adoption plans on hold until we accomplished this trip.
Rwanda stops all adoptions until they enter the Hague Convention. No one knows how long it will be before that process is complete. It's a good thing. But the waiting is hard....especially for those families already in process (sending prayers up for you guys!)
You can read all about our amazing trip here. I shared highlights about it last November and December. We were most impacted by and surprised by how much we fell in love with the older kids. The kids getting closer to "aging out." We knew we would fall in love with the babies, but these older kids....we really love THEM.
This trip to Rwanda, solidified for us our desire and love for older kids who do not have moms and dads.
That is huge.
And we are just beginning to see how HUGE that is for us.