May 31st 2012 – Kendy was in rough shape when he was lifted out of the back of the truck and handed down to place his feet on the ground of his new home. He was covered in bites, scabies, and open weeping sores. He weighed in at just 23 lbs and was 33.5 inches tall. Kendy was in shock when he arrived. He didn’t cry, he didn’t fight, he really didn’t have much strength or motivation to do anything. He needed medical attention, he needed nutrition, he needed some to acknowledge his existence, he needed love.
1 yr later – Today Kendy is strong and healthy. He’s still small for a 5 yr old only having gained 5 lbs and grown 3 inches. But Kendy is full of life and ambition. Kendy loves all things active. He loves to laugh, loves to make others laugh, and finds happiness in even the most minor things. He loves to start a chant and have the other kids fall in behind him, if the first to notice the first rain drop fall on a gray afternoon Kendys loud and strong voice rings out, “Men lapli ap tanbe! Men lapli ap tanbe! Men lapli ap tanbe!” – “Oh its raining! Oh its raining! Oh its raining!” His voice getting a little higher and louder with each repetition of the news. Kendy has formed solid and strong bonds with his three primary caregivers and his teacher, and we rejoice greatly in seeing him reach out them for comfort, affection, guidance, love, confirmation, and praise. It is evident Kendy has become very secure and comfortable in this environment. Kendy has learned to block out unpleasant memories and cannot recall things or people from his past previous to coming to us. A mechanism to cope with trauma. We give great thanks for this little boy, his million dollar pearly white smile, his humor, his love of building, his ability to fit into the tiniest places (where is Kendy? Look in the hardest places to get to.), his bubbly joy, and the healing that his taken place in his little body and giant heart.
“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5
To be continued…
Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013