Congo Connections

This summer has brought two beautiful opportunities for us to celebrate Kiffanie’s journey into our home!

Last month, we attended a picnic for Congolese adoptees and met the judge from Kiffanie’s home region of Lubumbashi. Ken asked the judge if he remembered “Zephanie”, using the Congolese version of her name because he wasn’t sure the Judge would remember her American name.  This dear man said, “Kiffanie?  Yes!  Where is she?” Ken immediately called Kiffanie over from playing and we got this picture:

Kiffanie with The Judge

Kiffanie with The Judge

The judge’s heart for the children of his country, and for God was beautiful to witness!  We also sampled Congolese food including cassava and caterpillars!  Even Ken tasted the insects!  (We preferred the goat meat though.)

Yesterday Kiffanie romped and played with two girls she’d played with in Pastor Didier’s orphanage!  They joined their family a year before Kiffanie came home, but she remembered Jamie and Jordan, and the three girls took up right where they’d left off–albeit on another continent and speaking a different language.

Jordan (4), Jamie (5), Kiffanie (5)

Jordan (4), Jamie (5), Kiffanie (5)

We all had a fabulous time!  Jamie and Jordan’s parents are a dear sister and brother in Christ, and kindred spirits in many ways–they even enjoy some of the same shows we do.  (Their olders and ours snuck off to re-watch Blink together.)  Mostly though, the big-kid/teen/young-adult types stayed outside visiting and playing cards–Jessie (14) trounced Kaira and Kendra (and big brother Jason) at Phase 10.  Email addresses were exchanged between the girls.

I didn’t get a photo of the teens playing cards or visiting–which is odd because most the time they were right across the table from where I sat munching and visiting.  (Edited to add: Jennifer captured some shots I didn’t over on her blog.)

Keianna and Keegan were close in age to Jojo (8).

Jojo, Kieran, Keegan and Keianna

Jojo, Kieran, Keegan and Keianna

Kieran roved from group to group.  Sometimes he hung out with the dogs (not pictured)… sometimes with the middle-kids (see above), and sometimes with the little girls:

Jamie, Kiffanie, Jordan and Kieran

Jamie, Kiffanie, Jordan and Kieran

All the kids

All the kids

The whole crew (The L family is missing a teen son who stayed in California working industriously.)

The whole crew (The L family is missing a teen son who stayed home in California to work.)

Whether across the world or across the country, friendships like these are special.

Jordan (front) Kiffanie (middle) Jamie (back)

Jordan (front) Kiffanie (middle) Jamie (back)

We are especially grateful for Jamie and Jordan’s grandparents who hosted our crew!  The L family intended to come visit at our place the day prior but got into a fender-bender outside Denver en route to our home. With the borrowed van incapacitated, they lacked a vehicle big enough to accommodate a re-do, so we invaded them.

 

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