You had to know it was coming. It is not possible in my heart of hearts to know that there are children in this orphanage who do not have a family and to not advocate or beg, really, that you take a second look at them and to share their stories so that one day they too go home. Many of the children, especially the babies, have families who are waiting to take them home. I thank God that he has provided for them. But the hearts of His people are closed to the older children and children with special needs. I would like you to see four children in particular. See them with your heart and pray for them, support them financially, and share their story so that near or far the right family will hear God's calling to take them in.
A note before you read, adoption research has repeatedly indicated that grown-up adopted children prefer that their adoptive story and history not be aired piublicly without their permission. This is a little bit of a catch-22 when you are trying to create sympathy but I want each of these kids to own their story and not feel violated when they find it on the internet when they are 20. Instead, I mostly will share who this child is that I met.
|Shadrach age 5 1/2|
|Emmanuel age 8 approx|
|Success age 5 approx|
I've seen Mokonjay's picture before. The shy 11 year old whose name appeared on the same list of kids that mine did nearly two years ago. She watches me with a mix of hope and grief. My own kids off playing with others in this awkwardly secure feeling knowing that they have been chosen and are leaving, but Mokonjay finds openings when I have a free hand or am not carrying a baby and she holds my hand leading me from place to place. At church they wanted to sit me in the front row, but I asked to sit with the children. Mokonjay asked me in disbelief if I wanted to stay with the kids...translation read in her eyes and emotions, "You find me worthwhile to sit with me?" If I could have brought home another child, I would have brought home Mokonjay. She is an only child and I don't know her history at all but when you meet her you don't care. She is seriously the kindest, sweetest, young lady I have ever met. It would break my heart to see such an amazing child left behind to age out of an orphanage.
This is a privately run orphanage and it receives no government assistance. Furthermore, the government knows that this orphanage takes good care of their kids with special needs and so places children here but they do not provide aid for them. Everything from the physical therapy to the rice to the security guards to the clothes are provided for by donors largely from America. Recently the main sponsor organization has withdrawn its support to open another orphanage in Liberia. While I commend what it is doing, there is a big gap to fill.
I feel as if this is the most important of all my blogs and yet I also feels that it conveys so little. God loves these children the same as he loves my children. Please help these children know that they are not left behind!
Give a one time donation.
Sponsor a child for $40 a month
Pray for them.
Spread their news so that someone will take them home.
Go to: Americans for African Adoptions
There are many others that I haven't mentioned. So if you know an interested family, have them get in touch with the agency and see the beautiful children I didn't mention.
**I KNOW this blog has major tense shifting issues. I am sorry all my writing and English friends.