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Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Secret Prayer

I have thought over and over again of a touching experience we had last Sunday in Church while attending the small branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Vladivostok.It was not easy to find the building in downtown Vlad and we had to take an early train to get there on time plus it was a really cold morning but, I am so glad we pushed through it to attend church for the lord had a great gift in store.A gift that will forever touch our lives and build our testimony that God hears and answers prayers. At the end of the last hour of church a beautiful young 19 year Russian girl who joined the church three years ago sat down next to me.She knew why we were in Russia and very much wanted to speak to me.She told me how she wanted to share something with me that she has never shared with anyone else before. The deep conviction of something in her heart she wanted to share with me(whom she has never met before that day)had me glued to my seat and at the same time felt an immediate connection to one another.This beautiful young woman Anastasia began to tell me of how she was an orphan growing up in Vladivostok. She as a young baby had been in the same orphanage as our little girl.Anastasia told me of many of the hardships that linger on in life as one remains an orphan. When she joined the church her life changed for good.She had never felt truely loved by anyone until the missionaries found her and was taught the gospel and baptized. She has felt truely "adopted" by being a part of the church family here in the small branch who care deeply about one another.Since she was baptized however she has had a secret prayer she never shared with anyone.Her eyes began to water as she told me I was the answer to her secret prayer.I just could not comprehend how this could be but, I continued to listen.In a quivering voice she told me she had prayered that someday someone from our Faith would come adopt a child from her former orphanage. She had thought that would be an impossible possibility.Anastasisia's secret prayer has been answered and yet little did Anastasia know that our prayer of getting confirmation once again of his will for us was also answered by her sharing her secret prayer.After this experience we chose to use Anastasia for our little girls middle name to never forget a young girls prayer and how we were the lucky ones tobe able fulfill her prayer request.
In a couple days I return to Russia again FOR THE LAST TIME to pick up the little ones. The children will be ours completely in just a few days !Despite the long trip I am glad I came home to be with the other kids over the 10 day waiting period after court.

11 comments:

Maggie and Randy said...

That is such a touching story....I just cried reading it. Much love to you and your family's journey. We wish you the best of luck. This experience has changed us forever also.

Sabrina and Giorgio said...

I have tears too as I read this. What a beautiful experience to meet Anastasia and know how you've touched each other's lives. Thinking of you as you return to get your babies. I'm forever changed by this experience too in ways I could never imagine.

GuinnessandKillian said...

What a lovely story. God's hand is amazing. I can't wait to read the post that you're all home. Safe travels...for the last time!

Heidi said...

I have been following your blog and never comment. This I have to say brought me to beautiful tears. Anastasia will be kept in my prayers that she someday will have a family of her own to love. I am glad the church has provided that need. Thank you so much for sharing such a cherished story. Good luck on your final trip. Heidi (from Florida)

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW Corinne ! That is just such a beautiful story . Thanks for sharing this with us .It is one of those stories that is so worth sharing with those we know.

Cindy

Heather said...

Amazing story!

Becky said...

Amazing. And even more amazing that your babies will be home soon, and this sweet girl can have some peace in her heart.

Dalin Brinkman said...

Wow, what an awesome story! Just one trip to go!

Jeanne said...

How amazing and wonderful!

Christina said...

To meet Anastasia and hear her story is once again a sign that God is guiding you guys through the adoption of these two sweet miracles.

Kristi said...

Wow! One of those tender mercies!