This is a picture of an orphan from a third world country whose mom died of starvation. No dad in her life.
When this picture was taken this baby was starving and had been eating clay to survive.
You can’t see them in this photo but her body is covered with bites where intense insects were eating her alive.
She has a bloated stomach from starvation and her ribs are almost sticking through her skin.
Stick arms and stick legs.
When her 18-year-old mom died of starvation, this baby’s cousin at 16 was trying to keep her alive. The cousin was starving so she traveled away from her village and gave the baby to some missionaries saying, “Please save this little girl, she is very special.
The little girl in this picture is almost two.
Do you know any two-year-olds or have you within the last few years. I have. It seems like just yesterday my nephews were two.
Two-year-olds know whats going on. This little girl realized that her closest friend and source of love was gone when her mom died. She was left alone.
She was without a family.
My oldest son Josh was eight when this picture was taken. At the tender age of eight, he had orphans on his little mind.
I know this because he asked me what our family was going to do about it.
The little starving girl in this picture became Joshua’s baby sister.
Yes. She is our beautiful daughter Mareah.
The missionary woman who saved her life called us her Forever Family.
It took a long time before Mareah began to heal from the brokenness of the trauma she experienced. There were some very rough years for Mareah, Carol and me.
Now that we are starting to see the other side of the mountain of suffering, Mareah has told me many times that she is so grateful for parents who love her like we do.
Through her years of brokenness, anger, and pain we have told her time and time again that there is nothing she can ever do to push our love away.
Carol agreed with me several months ago and said that Mareah is a different person these days and laughs a lot.
Because we are imperfect parents, there are still days that we grate on her nerves and get under her skin. And there are days that Mareah would admit that she is not a day at the beach.
However, this forever family is here to say Satan will not have the final word in the story of the little girl he tried to destroy.
There are more smiles than frowns these days on her beautiful Haitian face and the truth is, she just needed to really know that there was nothing she could do to push our love away.
Mareah has told me she believes we will never push her away. She believes these days that she is the daughter of a Forever Family.
There are millions of orphans who need a family.
If this Tip is stirring something in your heart God may be trying to get your attention.
Be motivated by God’s invitation to love, never by a sense of guilt.
Ask yourself these four questions:
Do you have a loving environment in your home?
Do you have room in your family to add a son or daughter?
Are you able to adopt? Not everyone is.
Is God stirring your heart to adopt?
If the answer to those four is yes, then there may be a little boy or girl somewhere in the world waiting for you to make the first move.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me,
-Matthew 25: 35 and 36a (NIV)