Today my heart is breaking for friends near and far. These friends have taken such a big, important step in the lives of children they have never met before. They have chosen to do what God is leading them to and yet there are road-blocks. It isn't fair that they are the chosen parents of these babies from across the world and they are "stuck" where they cannot be united. Lots of tears and struggles and money already passed between hands. Their stories have allowed me to feel compassion for people all over the world....to understand their hardships and burdens like it were my own. And it gives me the desire to do what my friends are doing---making these kids a part of their families. These are children who have lost one or both parents, who were born under horrible circumstances and have no one left to care for them, or possibly those who were given up because they knew they were not capable of taking on a child. And we can be judgemental from afar, but we will never know their pain. We will never understand what it's like to care for a child when we are starving ourselves. We will never know. Please pray for my friends from near and from far. These are not the only stories. There are children waiting all over the world for their new families who will care for them. Please pray that their babies will come home to them soon. Please pray that these little ones will feel the embrace of their sweet brothers and sisters in the land of plenty. Because even though America is feeling hard times right now, we will never know what it's like half-way across the world until we experience it for ourselves. We will never know what it's like to walk miles upon miles without shoes to retrieve water that is infected with animal feces. We will never know what it's like to have a disease that cannot be cured. We will never know what it's like to die of starvation. Please pray for these children of Christ who deserve these necessities as much as we do. And pray for their parents who can and will care for them as if they were their own. Pray for them....I beg you with my hurting heart.