Grace is at the age where she wants to see movies and read books that are scary or have a thriller theme to them. I have always told her to be careful what she allows into her head.
When God opened our hearts to adoption this made us aware of the growing orphan crisis in the world.
And because of Teresa's medical condition we were compelled to partner with others with the same vision to form a Heart Home for the most critically ill children in China.
When I think of the babies we have met over the past few years, I think how lucky they are right now. I look at these photos and see smiles , love and hope in their eyes.
They are lucky because they do not know they are orphans yet.
And then I think of the older children we have met.
They know they are orphans. They do not have a family to love them or a home to call their own. Most do not even have a single possession.
One little girl we met could not have been more than 8 years old. She knew she was an orphan. She stood and stared out of a window to a world she knew she would never be allowed in. She had lost all hope and was resolved to just starring aimlessly. As we told her we loved her and tried to make her smile she could not take the pain of knowing we too would soon be leaving and she would remain, unloved and without hope. She raised her hand to block her view of us, it was too painful to look at our happy faces.
We left there feeling hopeless ourselves because we knew there was no way we could help her. I was very angry at God for putting this experience into our heads. Why would He show this to us if we could not do anything?
I can not get this little girl out of my mind. I think about her every day. I ask God what are we suppose to do? Why did He show her to us?
What will it take to help her? Money and love.
This is the reason we return to China, why we adopt and why we will help to build a Heart Home for orphans. Not because we are special but because once our eyes have been opened to the suffering of others , it is impossible to go back to a life filled with only our own desires and self gratifications. We feel compelled to help. I remember this little girls sad face and her eyes longing to be loved.
She represents just one of the over 153 million orphans in the world.
Why doesn't the world know there are 153 MILLION orphans ?
Do we just not want to know?
Please consider adoption. You have the ability to change a life for the better. If you can't adopt then help someone who can.
I promise you YOUR lives will be changed forever for the better!
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.-Mother Teresa