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A Special Connection: Orphans Visit IA

SWISHER, IA (CBS2/FOX 28)-- Trust can be difficult to build.

But Saturday, Orphans from Ukraine came to Eastern Iowa for a special opportunity to gain what they've never had.

Bridges of Faith International, an faith-based organization from Alabama, partnered with several area organizations to create this opportunity.

These orphans were abandones by their parents. But when they jumped on a horse, nothing else mattered. They felt like they had everything in the world.

"You can see the connection the children have," President of Bridges of Faith Tom Benz said.

For these kids, riding a horse is a first.

"I really like to ride and direct the horse," Bogdan said in Ukrainian.

The special connection wasn't interrupted by the language barrier.

"Walk on," Miracles in Motion Program Director Katrina Borntreger

"Walk on," one of the kids replied.

But it still isn't easy because they had to learn to trust these horses.

"These kids have been abandoned by people who should be their parents," Benz said. "We have the opportunity to share with them that they have a Heavenly Father who will never leave them."

Benz said Bridges of Faith International brings childrens three to four times a year to the United States to show them love and explain the definition of family.

"I think it's something about trust," he added. " It just seems to be a really growing experience for them."

He explained that most Ukrainian orphans don't know anything but failure.

He said bringing them to Miracles in Motion shows there is still hope.

"I love seeing kids who have never rode before ride," Borntreger said.

That's what Miracles in Motion is all about: Therapeutic riding.

"It's really amazing to not only see the excitement they get from their first time riding but also from the benefits they get and the healing they get from these horses.

At the end of the day, these kids learn to trust someone.

"I want to ride it again," Bogdan said.

A special connection that will hopefully last forever.

"The really neat thing about horseback riding is that you get to make a friendship," Borntreger said.

About 80% of the kids find forever homes in the U.S. Bridges of Faith International is not an adoption agency.

For more information about what they do, here is there website:

Miracles in Motion also has more information on their website:

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