I’d like to share a story about the reunion of a child and her birth mother. Yasmina was adopted at age three by an American couple. Now, at 17, she came to Romania to find her birth family. By her own testimony she was a troubled teen, with difficulties relating to her adoptive mom, but now making strides to wholeness and healthy relationships through Jesus. Part of this process was reuniting with her birth mother. Nine adoptions out of 10, this is not a fruitful endeavor. I’ve heard horror stories. Anyway, her family is from a city 2 ½ hours north and the orphanage where she was abandoned was 2 hours south. I was asked if I could drive Yasmina with one of the social workers on a quest to get contact information for her birth mother. We had contact with Yasmina’s Grandmother who wished to see Yasmina. Yet, she seemed to be unwilling to get in contact with her daughter, who had made a life in Austria. At the time, unbeknownst to us, the Grandmother was able to track her daughter down and insist that she come to Romania. Meanwhile, we set out on our first adventure to contact someone who could push through the system.
Through our travels from city to city we all formed a special relationship. So, when it was time for her to go see her birth mom, I was asked to come along. Long story short, it was a very good reunion. Yasmina’s mother expressed genuine regret and now sincere joy in their meeting again after all this time. Despite the typical, he said, she said, the government this and the government that…it was a time of forgiveness and love. I was blown away when Yasmina told her mother how Jesus forgave her and though Christ’s forgiveness she could forgive her. Go Girl! This was one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever witnessed. Even if I was only present to intercede and encourage, it was so worth it.