These are a few pictures from Bulgaria. Visiting the "children without parental care" was both heart-warming and sad. The kids were so happy to have visitors, but it was hard to look into those faces and not wonder why they were in the orphanages. Most of the children have at least one living parent; some in jail, some divorced, and some who just abandoned their children. I cannot even fathom what it takes to drop off a child and never look back. Even more frustrating is that most of these kids are ineligible for adoption because the parents refuse to terminate their parental rights. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
The widows also loved having us there. Some cooked lunch for us, and more came to the women's Bible study. One saw us on an evening walk and herded us into her home, praising God all the way.
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.
James 1:27 (New International Version)
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