My little girl has a dream to rescue orphans, hold babies and give hope to the hopeless. I love her heart. She is so compassionate, giving and caring. She spent this week making jewelry to sell to benefit the orphans and she is planning bake sales to raise money.
If you have read my last posts, you would know that my daughter has been asking us to take her to hold orphan babies in Africa for two years. These last few months, my husband and I started praying and asking the Lord if just maybe this could be Him?
A couple of weeks ago my friend sent me a video from an orphanage in Nairobi with whom we’ve had relationship for many years. They are caring for newborn HIV positive infants, most of whom have been abandoned as newborns in gutters, fields and garbage piles. My daughter and oldest son watched the video over and over and over again.
I could see their little hearts break for these children a world away.
As I watched them, my heart felt moved. My heart breaks too.
Last week, I emailed a friend in Nairobi, a missionary with her husband and kids, asking her if we could possibly come visit them and go hold babies at this orphanage which she knows well. She blessed me and said they’d love to have us come and also informed me that as much as she loves the orphanage we want to visit, she would like to tell me about a couple of other orphanages that have an even GREATER need for volunteers to come hold and love their babies. The need is so overwhelming.
Over 300 newborn babies are abandoned every day in Kenya.
She told me about how many people have contacted her recently telling her that their young children are carrying a burden for orphans in Africa and want to help.
She told me, “Sometimes if adults aren’t willing to listen, God will speak to children.” Isn’t that the truth? Out of the mouth of babes, many of us adults are praying about giving our time and hearts and resources to a foreign mission field because God started speaking through our children.
So, my husband and I are praying. I’ve also
asked begged my husband to pray about coming. I feel like the Lord is up to something new in our lives and stirring our hearts in a fresh way. Could this be part of it?
It is also scary. We are in full time ministry. Our income is limited, we aren’t independently wealthy and we don’t just have an extra $4500 lying around in our personal funds to take a trip around the world. We need God to provide miraculously. Our lives are a faith walk and this would be no exception. I just keep thinking that going is more than just to fulfill a dream in my daughter. It’s been a longing in my heart and I feel like may even be significant trip for my husband and our family. I’m not sure how the Lord might weave it into the fabric of our calling, but something deep inside of me feels the Holy Spirit stirring up faith, expectation and anticipation as we pray.
So, pray with me? That God would provide. For miracles, signs and wonders. For Him to really speak clearly to us in order to take the next step forward in this God-sized dream for my daughter….and for me.
Lastly, this week my Isaac and I celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. So blessed for an amazing husband, for a best friend to do life with through ups and downs and for this man of integrity whose purpose in life is to preach the Gospel, extend His kingdom and to love His family well through it all. My partner and greatest cheer leader in child-raising, ministry and life.
Love you Isaac.
Linked up over here today.