During our August 2010 West Pines and Crossway Missions trip a woman came to Tou Tou’s orphanage to give her 2 starving children to the orphanage. We have talked much about how desperate and heartbroken this woman must have been to give her children away, but this was her only hope at saving her kids. But I get ahead of the story…
Monday mid-morning our team was at Tou Tou’s orphanage conducting VBS, playing games, singing, dancing etc. Out of nowhere a mother appears with two children. The baby is seemingly lifeless. He is limp in her arms and the team wondered if he were alive. Then she asked Pastor Marchel (our Haitian pastor with us on the trip) if the orphanage can take her kids, because she was incapable of feeding them. She had dressed them in the best clothes she could find in hopes of making them good enough to be accepted.
God had planned for this. He knew exactly what we would need and what this woman and her children needed before we ever left. Prior to heading down, one of our church members (works in a pediatric ICU) gathered up a pile of unused high calorie baby formula. It was heavy, bulk and a pain to transport. But we found space in our bags.
As the conversations were happening with our pastor staff and this woman, Sheri and Kallay were feeding the lifeless son this formula. As they poured it into his mouth, he instantly woke and started interacting. He had energy and life again. It’s impossible to describe the magnitude this had on the team. God sent us there with that formula for this child at that moment.
Let’s think about the mother again…
While she’s obviously heartbroken by being unable to care for her children, at the same time God answered her prayers. Imagine being so desperate that you’re in this situation. Showing up, not knowing what to expect only knowing this was your last hope to save your starving children. Then witnessing your limp, lifeless son coming back to life in the arms of two blanc women who have the resources he needed. If it were me, this would have been all I needed to see. Knowing that God will care for my children here in this orphanage through these people. I wish I had the same faith in our God as this woman does.
That afternoon, the woman was sent away with her children. We needed birth certificates and signed papers. Everyone thought that she would not return…
The next day, she returned with everything that was required. That day, she left alone. Her children ate and slept with 20 other orphans that night.
This woman didn’t feel she had any other choice, but God provided her comfort by illustrating (through two blancs and some discarded formula) that he had control of all and that her children would survive.
Do you faith to willing give your children over to God?