A Picture That’s Worth a Lifetime

It’s hard to believe that my week in Eastern Europe is more than half over already! This has been a busy trip with lots of “housekeeping” work to do as I talk to my colleagues and process important government paperwork that makes all of the work here possible. One of the highlights of this trip has been the opportunity to meet Rory, the young man who is photographer and videographer for the children we work to place in families.

Rory is an enthusiastic man with a good eye for pictures and a warm heart for the children he helps. We sat together and talked, and I could see his eyes brighten as he’d share anecdotes about the children – things that a still photograph can never capture. He smiled as he said, “I love love love to go and visit the kids. I am honored to be a small part of their journey.”


Rory’s pictures and videos have provided many children with a life-changing link to waiting families thousands of miles away. His work is perhaps the single most important piece of information a family can get as they wait to welcome a child into their home. Big dark eyes smiling for a camera. A giggle caught on video. A hopeful glance into the lens that will somehow connect them with their forever family.

On this trip, I visited with a family who is preparing to head home with two new little girls. Those little girls probably don’t realize what an important part Rory has played in their story. After all, he’s just an adult taking pictures. But Rory’s participation in their journey – and in the journeys of the other children who still await adoption – is making a world of difference. For these waiting children, a picture isn’t just worth a thousand words. It’s worth a lifetime.

Note: If you are interested in learning more about the little boy pictured, or other waiting children, please contact us at 253-987-5804 for more information. We have pictures and videos to share with you!