Amy and Peter

Amy and Peter

Globetrotter

Ordinary people. Extraordinary purpose.

by Barry Rodriguez

How did a suburban mother of three from Carmel, Indiana end up visiting a tiny Ukrainian cottage in the dead of winter? Well, it started with World Next Door.

Peter in Romaniv orphanage in 2009.

Peter in Romaniv orphanage in 2009.

Back in 2009, during the very first World Next Door trip ever, I had the privilege to meet and write about an amazing boy living at the Romaniv Disabled Boy’s Orphanage (see World Next Door Magazine, Issue 1). Little Peter has muscular dystrophy and was, at the time, confined to the severely disabled ward of the orphanage.

I wrote about him on the WND blog, but had no idea how great the impact of that simple post would be. Unbeknownst to me, several families back in the US read that article and decided they wanted to financially sponsor Peter to get adopted by a Ukrainian family. One of those people was Amy Sorrells.

Amy, her husband, and their three boys began to pray together for Peter’s adoption, and eagerly read any news they could get about his status. To everyone’s delight and surprise, a wonderful Ukrainian family stepped forward and said they wanted to adopt Peter, but had no way to pay for it. Our partner ministry, Mission to Ukraine, made the connection to the American families’ sponsorship funds. One thing led to another, and Peter was brought home to his new family just a couple of months after the original blog post.

Peter with his new sister in 2010.

Peter with his new sister in 2010.

But the story wasn’t over for the Sorrells family. They continued to pray for Peter, Amy’s sons began taking a real interest in his livelihood, and then, in January of 2013, Amy did something she never dreamed she’d do. She got on an airplane bound for Ukraine, witnessed the amazing work of Mission to Ukraine firsthand, and got to sit by little Peter’s bedside and talk to him face to face.

A suburban mother becoming a globetrotting prayer warrior. Huh. I guess you never really know what God has in store until you take that first step of faith.

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Click here to see a powerful video about little Peter’s homecoming and the Sorrells family’s story.