(Photo: Becky Morlock)
Christian missionary Becky Morlock landed on U.S. soil March 24 after being stuck in India for more than four years due to complications in obtaining a visa for her adopted son, Kyle.
"I am so incredibly happy and thankful to finally see my family and friends. And, I am really excited for everyone to finally meet Kyle," said Morlock in an interview Thursday with The Christian Post.
"Kyle is doing pretty well, adjusting to his new home," Morlock continued. "This is a big change for him … new faces, a new house, a new car seat … new everything. He is enjoying it and warmed up to the family right away, but we definitely need to take a lot of breaks and just go slow."
Kyle's birth mother, who was from a remote village in India, gave her newborn son to Morlock just a month after the missionary arrived. Although Morlock legally adopted Kyle in both India and the United States several years ago, the uniqueness of her case considerably lengthened the time it would take for her to obtain a visa for Kyle.
When The Christian Post first spoke to Morlock in January for a series on international adoption, she did not know when, or if, she would be able to return home with her son.
Morlock speculates that a stream of steady pressure from her home state congressional delegation, Congressman Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), was instrumental in resolving the issues concerning the delayed visa.
"They were pretty relentless and really helped me a lot," Morlock said.
Morlock appreciated most the "really great friends" she made and the simplicity of life in India. She is not sure what she will do next, other than write a book about her experience.