The moment we heard about Stela, Henry and I knew instinctively that WE were the family she had been praying for. By the time we received permission from her living, non-custodial grandmother (in July 2000) we had only four months remaining to complete the screening, paperwork and legal procedures required for an international adoption. Children sixteen and older are not eligible for adoption and Stela would celebrate her 16th birthday on 3 January 2001. Time was short! Legal offices would close for several weeks over Christmas. The chances of us 'ticking all the boxes' by mid December were slim! But by a miracle of God's grace, we managed to complete all the requirements and flew to Albania in November 2000 to complete the adoption. After a waiting period of a month, Henry flew back to bring our new daughter home.
It was October 2005 when Stela shared her dream with me. I sensed it was prophetic and had asked her to write it down. This was a challenge for her, as she was still learning English! She wrote it down and I tucked it in my Bible.
Yesterday, when the Lord brought it back to mind, I wondered if I still had it in my old Bible. Sure enough, there it was, a bit tattered, in the pocket of my NIV. I had saved it! For the first time in almost fifteen years I read those words, which had seemed so strange. The words and especially her drawing jumped off the page. I knew I had to share it with Stela. We spoke at length and both agree the dream was given for such a time as this. She has asked me to share it with you.
"In my dream I saw six soldiers with black uniforms. They had guns in their hands. I was at one place, with some people that I don't recognize in real life. The soldiers came to us and they took us in captive in their place. It was a small room that they took people in. I saw the man that was in charge of the soldiers. He was about mid 30s years old. A handsome man. There was a woman that was his right hand, writing things down, as his secretary. He had a list that would call each of us. I was one of them, in the list, and they called my name. I went in that room, I saw the guy that was in charge of all the place, his secretary and other employment (I believe she meant employees) that worked for him. They had a gift for me, but this gift it was secret and it would made me to feel good in a sense toward other people. The shape was (here she drew a picture which I will share below) The color was blue, they asked me to put it like that in my mouth, or to eat and to let them know that I eat or that it was on my mouth, but truly it was inside my pocket. I had to lie, and it was a good lie, and they release me from that place or prizon. You could say I took a train to some place. I saw childrens activities all over the world this thing, or higher than anything you have seen in the world people had, it was a life with no sense. The God of all creation was in a little room. No one could hear and ignored that He was there because that blue mystiries thing had peoples' mind and will, by the attractive (I think she means attraction or attractiveness) of that.
The Lord of Creation is speaking to us but our ears and eyes are close to HIm. Let people hear Him He is coming and He is at the Door. The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Jesus Christ. Amen."
I will leave you to prayerfully draw your own conclusions. As for me, I sense Stela has taken us "BACK TO THE FUTURE." He who has an ear, let him hear.
Soli Deo Gloria