The reality of adoption is that we get to pour into children and love them fully but at some point, we have to say goodbye and face the truth that we may never get the chance to see them again. However, there is such joy and excitement in knowing that we get to play even a small part of touching and saving a life, for however long that may be. But, there are times where we are blessed with a visit, or in this case eleven visits so far, from a past New Day child.
Bethany Wright, who is now 16, was adopted from New Day when she was 5-years-old. Since being adopted by her mother Jean on May 26th 2004, she has returned to New Day eleven times to love on kids who she finds much in common with. When asked why she likes to come back, she said that she loves coming back to where her story began. She gets to see up close where she spent some of her life being loved and spoken into. She also gets to see other children who share similar stories or disabilities with her that she now gets to hope for. She hopes for healing for these kids like she once did for herself.
Because of a hip issue, Bethany was told she was probably never going to be able to walk again. But just like many children’s lives tell here at New Day, the impossible is made possible. Not only can Bethany walk, but she is a cheerleader and teaches children back in America gymnastics and cheer. She thrives at all that she does and her presence brings abundant joy and light. She is quick to share all that she has learned and been through to get to where she is now.
Bethany says she has learned much patience and compassion through adoption and she now wants to pursue school in hopes of being an International Civil Rights Attorney. She has a heart for the broken and abandoned. Bethany is confident that there is still more for her back in China and she is looking forward to the next time she gets to visit New Day. We are too!
This post was written by one of our interns, Callyanne