He was not the most gregarious, at least not right away. He hung back, not shyly, but observantly. He is an artist, content to color and create, but impressively athletic and adventurous when coerced by his peers. He reserves an enchanting smile for those who can earn it that will melt the hardest heart. He's my boy.
One is being reunited with Reyah, our little brown lab. The other, is seeing Yandri again. I think of him each day, even dreaming vividly of him. One day last month I woke up startled and completely disoriented from a dream where I was seeing him again for the first time. I could still feel his hug around my neck when I woke.
Fatima is a beautiful woman who loves and mothers countless children at the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador. Mother's Day was created for people like her. She sacrificed her own desire for marriage and her "own" family to care for the neglected children of others.
I got a message from Fatima this week. Seeing Yandri's name I rushed to translate and understand her words, excited to have news of him.
I was devastated. She let me know he was no longer at the orphanage but they had worked with his mom and she seemed able to take him back again. With so many kids and desperate needs, it is necessary to return kids to even broken family when at all possible. As much as I longed for him to be with a family, I was comforted by knowing that someone like Fatima was caring for him. I could write all night about my fears, worries, and concerns about this news, but to no value.
Though I still long to return, my resolve is broken. There are so many I can't wait to see but I feel raw knowing he won't be there. My dreams of making sure he was supported through college will be much harder to fulfill, as I may never even be able to find or see him again. My momma heart hurts.
After receiving the news about Yandri, I continued exchanging messages with Fatima to get an update on others. I have never known her to ask for anything but on this rare occasion she let me know about one urgent situation; one hurting her momma heart.
She has never asked us for money, even when we were there and the kids ran very low on food. Many of you helped us provide a love offering for them before we left, and it was fresh rain in the desert.
Fatima's momma heart is hurting. She helped raise a little girl at the orphanage who lived there since she was 7. Fatima is her only contact. Fatima is her momma. This little girl has aged out of the orphanage, but did well in school and wants to attend college. She needs shockingly minimal funds to succeed in this goal, and rise above her lonely, challenging circumstance.
So, I have an idea. With my bleeding momma heart, I'm feeling all the more vulnerable to Fatima's situation of longing to love "her kids." Fatima asked if I had any friends able to help; I assured her I'd ask.
Mother's Day is an incredible time to remember mother's who know their kids through GOD's original design - I praise GOD with enormous thanksgiving that I know my mother in such a light. However, there are many mothers whose children are born from broken situations in this fallen world. These mother's bear their children by rescuing them from desperate situations, drawing them close to their hearts. Please help me give Fatima, a mother to many, a gift that she can pass along to her girl. Fatima earns no income but works for the LORD loving His children, living day to day on His provision along with her kids.
It wouldn't take very much for us to help support this young lady through a year of college, less than even one course would cost at my alma mater. Please help me raise $1,000 for this daughter of our King. To help her pay for housing, food, and books - but also to remind her that she is not an orphan. As Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." He can do this through His family today, in honor of mothers everywhere.
It will change her life, as we surround her as family even from afar by letting her know she's loved, that she matters, that she has a hope and a future. Please help - there are countless needs beyond our control in this world - but let's take care of this one, today.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you...