After breakfast we headed to the airport to see the rest of the group and send them off. At first it was a happy time of catching up and saying hello.
|Alya, Katya, Alyona, Ruslana, Andriy|
|Ruslana and Myroslav (her other best friend)|
|Alya, Katya, Andriy, Ruslana|
But then it became incredibly sad. The children were crying because they didn't want to go back to Ukraine. The families were crying because they didn't want them to go. It was a helpless situation as the crying children went up the escalator and the host families were left waving behind the security checkpoint.
Ruslana started crying, and even I, the non-emotional one, got teary eyed. I thought back to a few days prior when at school Ruslana was asked what worried her. She said her friends having to go back to Ukraine. Now was the moment that her worry was coming to fruition. No child should have to experience the emotions that these kids do. It's absolutely heartbreaking! :(
On a positive note, the hosting trip was a big success and the number of children being pursued for adoption looks promising. A few of the children however, are currently unavailable for adoption. Please pray for their status to change as their host families so badly want to adopt them. Pray for God to move mountains and change the improbable so that these children can experience the love of a family.