The Lord gives us a life full of blessings, so we can bless others. That is part of our purpose, along with sharing the gospel with others. How can we bless orphans? How can we do and help this work? Are our hearts changed? Do we see the need? Do we just see our own lives?
At Phillip Hayden Foundation, there is a little boy named Charlie. He is so sweet, the smile he gives you is like sunshine on a cloudy winter day. He threw himself bodily at us, we had to be prepared to grab him so we didn’t get hurt or him. To look at him, there were no deformities, nothing that you could see. A rambunctious, very active, crazy little boy. One day when we were visiting all the children he kept singing, singing with pure joy and a radiance that was so wonderful.
Also there is a girl named Mariah, when we were there we didn’t know what her name was. She kept grunting and smiling, this sweet toothless smile. Her teeth looked like they were rotted, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t change how beautiful she is with her little pigtails. She kept wanting to see herself on my camcorder. She was very pushy in a little girl way. This little girl stole my heart. I found out when we came home that she is partly deaf, didn’t even know at the time.
It did not matter that she didn’t hear me, it did not matter that I only knew a few words of chinese, it did not matter that she spoke no english. None of it mattered. I held her, played with her, sang to her, was silly with her, like I was with my three daughters. This child is a precious child of God’s. God loves her the way she is, with her toothless, pushy, heavenly way. We communicated what we needed to, thru laughter and having fun.
I remember when my girls were babies singing pony girl pony girl, won’t you be my pony girl and putting them on my knee like a horsey ride. I was right back there after all these years and now having teenagers. When we first got there and saw some of the children, I felt intimidated and wondered how am I going to minister to these children. At first all you see are deformities, and that right there makes you feel like I am not good enough or prepared. After a while, probably a few days of being in their midst, they reach out to you and you to them.
They are children, that want to play, laugh and be held. The deformities are no longer there. You realize that they are the same as any other child, wanting love, needing love and just wanting to be loved. I noticed along with the other missionaries in my group, that while we were doing other things or sight seeing, all of our minds were on those children.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14
More to come later!