We are absolutely thrilled to officially announce that our first “Forever Family” has been established. God can truly take any dream, and make it a reality. With Him there is nothing that we can’t do.
Our hearts have been broken for orphans and vulnerable children. For years now, our hearts cry has been taking care of the least of these. But the best way we can take care of children, is to live out and teach them about the Kingdom of God. To have a local kingdom minded family from our fellowship step up, and inquire about taking in two children who’s single mother was unfit and unwilling to care for them is huge. They get it.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
If anyone has been keeping up with my Facebook or previous blog posts, then you will be familiar with the story of Aliyah and Abigail. The 28:19 Call: THE MAMA DIARIES 2 My heart breaks having to report that their mama is still unable to properly care for them. We did our absolute best to see Mama Abigail succeed, and we were hoping and praying for her every step of the way. But Aliyah’s health is in worse shape then before, so to literally save his life a change had to be made. To see an African child's hair white from lack of nourishment is shocking. To find these children caring for themselves, crawling under barb wire and heading towards huge cows is shocking. To get reports from their occupational therapist that they really need to start bathing before their appointments because they reek so bad of urine is shocking. But the thing that shocks me the most, is that a mother can be so willing and actually happy about giving up her children. I think she just reached to point of knowing that she can’t do it on her own. She has love for her children. She misses her children, and this past Sunday at church she even walked miles to visit with them. She wants to be involved, but she knows she can’t properly care for them and give them what they need. We plan on staying in mama Abigail's life, and showing her the love that Christ has shown us. We will continue to share the gospel with her, care for her, and love her. After all, she is still like a child herself.
Before our “Forever Family” came in the picture, our family was wanting to be Aliyah and Abigail's forever family.
We were ready and willing to bring them into our home as our own. We had a meeting with Mama Abigail, and she was fine with signing over parental rights to us. We also had a meeting with the village chief, and that went interesting-- to say the least. She was really pushing for us to start an orphanage. (That is not the plan, especially here in Kenya. Work permits are only two years long.) The meeting with the chief was anything but fruitful, so I started making some calls. I found out that you actually have to live in Kenya for three years before you can even be considered for adopting a child. I read online that you just have to be a resident for six months… but what you read online, and what the officials tell you are two completely different things. So after we found out that we would not be able to even start the adoption process for another two and a half years we had to switch gears. After much prayer, a brother in Christ named Felix came up to Charlton and inquired about the two children. Telling him that their family wanted to take them in. Totally unsolicited. They had no idea we were asking God to open up a door for these children.
We have gotten to know this family quite well, and feel confident in their ability to not only care for their children, but Aliyah and Abigail. As a man, Felix is very different then the culture that he comes from. He is very passionate about his family, and caring for his children. The first time Charlton went to see Aliyah and Abigail to assess their situation, Felix went with him. They went with Wanda to the house the children were staying at, and what they saw was astonishing. Felix said that he had never seen such severely malnourished children, and that says a lot considering he has lived in this country his whole life. Felix looked at Aliyah that day, and was taken back. In his words, "he was smiling, yet he was dying." After that day Felix decided to make a change. Even though he thought he did not have much to offer God, he said he wanted to give what he could to help others. Throughout the next several months we kept him updated on the little ones. His wife was recently baptized, and it was not too long after that when they inquired about the children and offering to take them in. When asked why he wanted to take in the children, he quoted this scripture...
We want this family to succeed, so we need prayer for this forever family. Please pray. We have also offered to take some of the kids periodically for the day so Ruth, and Felix can have a break. A brother in Christ from America felt lead to donate some money to help the children. So we are giving Felix an allowance for the next few months to cover the special food the children need, clothing, transport etc. God has provided so beautifully without us ever asking for anything. That is Holy Spirit power!