Let us not forget.
If you have been to an orphanage, anywhere in the world, you can’t help but come home changed.
You think about the children who you left behind.
The ones that don’t have a family.
The ones who are eating off a floor that is wet with urine.
The ones who you know are freezing….since there is only coal heat in ONE part of the building.
We of course think of the ROG kiddos who we had to say goodbye to three times already.
But we are thankful for the good care they are getting right now.
They are warm, fed and feel the love of a family unit.
BUT they are still orphans and STILL need a forever family. ROG needs our support and love and PRAYERS that they can keep doing what they are doing for these kiddos.
Today my heart breaks for the kids we met in Ava Mei’s orphanage.
The ones who we know are eating the bananas that fall on the urine covered floor. They are just picked up and eaten without thinking twice about it.
(It happened to us when we visited….I was holding Ava and she dropped her banana and they gave it right back to her! I’m not a germaphobe but that totally did me in!)
Pray about how your family can make a difference in the life of an orphan this Christmas season.
There are many good organizations that are doing a really good job in caring for the least of these. (but RESEARCH them first please!)
And also think and pray about how you can tangibly get more involved in caring for orphans and widows, both locally and globally, throughout 2014. We can all do more.
Remembering the TRUE reason for the season.
(I loved how Ava set up the “kid” nativity. Everyone is facing Baby Jesus. Unlike the one I set up…..)
A timely perspective from a child.
Quote from the Crazyate household this week:
Me to Jared, "I am happy happy happy when you have kitchen duty."
(he is really good at cleaning up!)
Ava pipes up: "I'm really happy I have a family."
Me too little one, me too. <3
I’m so thankful that Ava’s buddy, Simon, has a family to call his own this Christmas.
He is now safe, sound and warm in New York!
(he is the boy on the right with the mickey mouse jacket. Ava is in the purple jacket!)
One less orphan.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27