HE WAS SMILING, YET HE WAS DYING
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...