When he was very young, he was in a fire. A propane explosion. He carries scars over much of his body.
After the fire, his mother came to the hospital, looked at him, decided she couldn’t handle it, and left. She has never returned.
Juan P has lived in an orphanage for the past several years. Who would want an older orphan with medical challenges?
Enter my friends John and Emily Wiggins. For the past 2 1/2 years they have pursued Juan P with a resolve that is rarely seen. The journey has cost them heartbreak, time, energy, multiple trips to Guatemala, and a load of money. Just when they thought they could adopt Juan P, a door would slam shut. For more that 2 years, they have dreamed of bringing Juan home.
Today, dream becomes reality.
At 6:45 PM, a plane will touch down in Indianapolis. On that plane will be John, Emily, and their son, Juan Pablo.
Last week Juan got a new name: Juan Pablo Wiggins.
Last week he became an official US citizen.
Today he climbs on a plane with parents who have been dreaming of this moment.
Tonight he lands and will be welcomed home by people who think he is one of the greatest kids in the world.
Welcome to the dream my good friend. I am so glad you are here. I’ll see you soon!