I left my husband with our 5 year old, 3 year old and 1 year old to go overseas for 12 days to serve about 100 abandoned babies, toddlers, and preschool kids in Nairobi, Kenya.
Some may call me crazy, but I know I was called… so I answered.
Although this was my 2nd trip to Africa for missions, it was nothing like the first time. Maybe it was actually living at Happy Life Children’s Home for abandoned children that made the difference. I read through the files of where many of these little ones came from and felt an indescribable amount of emotions. They’ve been…
- …abandoned at the hospital
- …left at the slaughter house
- …stolen but found before sold into child trafficking
- …dragged by an unknown animal from the bush to the city, losing an ear
- … left at outdoor food stands
- … left by a beaten mother in a friend’s kitchen after hiding there overnight
I fed these babies. I hugged these babies. I kissed their skin. I sang to them. I prayed over each one of them – that they would grow to know they are no longer orphans but meet Abba God who calls them His own.
I stared in the eyes of these babies and was beautifully broken to see the gift of life I often take for granted in my own children. I thought I was going to serve these babies and give them something, when they gave me more than I could ever imagine. God gave me them to show me Him. His provision. His sovereignty. Even His strength. Although I was thousands of miles away from my own babies, God gave me the grace to love these babies as my own in a way that was beyond me. He asked me to go, so why wouldn’t He supply me with a surplus of His love to give to “the least of these”? These babies… they are ALIVE despite their parents’ intentions. One couldn’t imagine someone ever leaving them to fend for themselves or just die. But they live. Have been touched by God. They smile. They laugh.
These babies will grow up and continue to be cared for by the LOVING staff and volunteers at Happy Life with the hope of being adopted. Although Kenya has closed its doors to international adoption at this time, I know and believe God is still sovereign over that country and these little ones.
So… thank you husband for sacrificing so much time and energy in order for me to take this trip. Thank you sons for letting mommy share her love with other boys and girls who don’t have a mommy. Thank you friends and family for supporting and praying for me.
And thank you God for giving me the capacity to love like I’ve never loved before. For calling me to serve the least of these and giving me the strength to be crazy enough to forsake my own for a time… and answer Your call.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27