Okay, so that sounds like an infomercial but its not. It’s really important! Project Hope Ministries has once again started their 143 campaign. Project Hope holds this event every year to fund grants for adoptive families to take their child to their forever home. Maybe you think this is just a gimmick- but I have personally met these kids in Bogota, Colombia and they are so special! Each one of them has a unique wish for a family, and Project Hope helps to make that happen. Last year’s funds went to support 10 year old Ferley, who now has a future family waiting to complete the adoption process. This year, let’s pray for the four siblings Project Hope is supporting prayerfully, financially, and emotionally, as well as the other children at CRAN who God uses to bless hearts.
Just finished watching a special showing of the new film, Blood Brothers, a documentary about a twenty-something who went searching in India only to find himself in an HIV orphanage, experiencing love, heartbreak, rejection, family, and responsibility. There are just so many things I need to say, so with an heavy heart I will be open because I know it’s so precious just being alive and being His child.
Suriiya. Here’s a little boy who followed Rocky Anna around and became a close part of his life. He became so sick the doctors said he would die. His skin started exploding, he couldn’t see, he was lifeless. Rocky Anna stayed with him in the hospital for four months. He wiped his blood filled spit, cleaned his sores and bandaged his eyes. He brushed his hair and helped him walk. When everyone else on the ward died, Suriiya improved despite the medical team saying he wouldn’t live.
Suriiya: “What is your name?” Rocky Anna asks to the camera. “Suriiya”. He says like any boy in the world who is missing his front teeth. Gosh, he’s so much like my Daniel. Yes, my Daniel. Is it possible to love and miss someone so much even though you only spent five days with them, and will probably never see them again? If it isn’t then I’m okay with being crazy, because I miss him so much. I went to the orphanage to love on kids, and he ended up loving on me. I think of him often and how easy it was for him to love me so quickly despite our different skin colors, age, background, and language. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t remember me, but I will remember him forever.
Secondly, I connected so much to Rocky’s dreams. Could he live in India permanently? That would mean making a commitment. Could he find someone who would love him and share the same passions for the children he had? Is it possible that someone would understand that need to take care of children above all else and want to achieve the same goals? Seeing despair made Rocky feel lonely- when you move, or even talk about moving, or doing something “big” people don’t get it. You feel so different, like you don’t belong in this world.
Yet: What God has called me to let no one take away from me. If I have to give up this American dream, the thought of getting married, living in a big house, I would. You never know how much these experiences change you until you meet that one special kid: your Daniel.
Finally, while I feel called, God has also given me a time of waiting, and it is so important. I am growing despite my dreams to teach, to love, to take care of when they are sick.
I just got home for Thanksgiving break and saw that I had been sent a copy of Voice of The Martyrs to my house. I got really excited because one of my role models- Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand were highlighted in an article (an republished and edited article from a VOM magazine from 1994- Richard passed in 2001). Anyway, the article is called “A Holy Christmas Night”. Richard Wurmbrand talks about not only celebrating Jesus birth- but to pray for others in trouble around the world. My favorite point he makes is that while we celebrate Jesus birth, we forget that Mary and Joseph were refugees as well, immediately fleeing harm after Christ was born. P.S. Sorry I can’t find the article online!
Last night, one of my Indiana moms helped us bake cookies and cupcakes for an early Christmas celebration since they are traveling and I am going home for Christmas in early December. We had so much fun decorating- it was nice to just sit and “make art” with all the busyness of my school schedule put aside for a few hours. The best part was watching one of my best friends, a new Christian and foreign exchange student, celebrate Christmas for the first time. (She said she had fun). We enjoyed watching her laugh over the movie Elf more than we did the actual movie.
Notice the angel who displays signs of hypertrophy in one wing…