We have shared some pretty awesome experiences this week with a truly amazing family from San Diego. The Dorseys have come to Burkina Faso to add Sylvain, a delightful six-year-old boy to their family. Being allowed to see the melding of this new family unit has been a privilege and a blessing.
They arrived in Burkina on May 23 laden with gifts to shower on the two orphanages where Sylvain had resided and gifts for Yako and Kimini as well.
Kellan, their sixteen –year old son, and I took a taxi to their hotel while Ruth drove the rest of the family there. It didn’t take me long to learn this was no ordinary family. Kellan is a special young man gifted in many ways. I told Kellan that Sylvain is a gentle boy full of enthusiasm and curiosity and added that I knew he would love him.
Kellan responded, “ I already do. He is my brother.” By the time we arrived at the hotel I knew God was smiling on little Sylvain.
Saturday morning could not come soon enough. It was the long awaited day when the Dorseys would finally meet their boy.
Sylvain ran into the arms of his papa and mama and embraced his new big brothers. With twinkling eyes, he grasped the hand of nine-year old Nathan, a sensitive, compassionate boy. I can only imagine the memories they will make together.
Clearly, Joe and Cris have already raised some wonderful boys. Sylvain is so lucky to have a father and mother filled with boundless love. Joe and Chris are the embodiment of the words of Mother Teresa, “ Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”