Jul 29, 2013

Stella's Voice

We had no idea what we were walking into yesterday at church. Instead of the normal sermon,  we had a few guests there talking to us from a country called Moldova. I'd never heard of it. I have heard of Romania, which is right next door. Anyway, this nice man and his father (they were living in US)  felt God tugging at his heart and pulled him to this part of the world because babies were dying, freezing to death in their beds. He told the whole story how he went back and helped the orphanage many times installing new windows and heating system, only to find out that they kicked the orphans out at 16. When he saw 18 girls sitting outside on benches with no where to go, his heart broke and he decided he had to help them. At the time, he only had room for 3 girls, but vowed to help as many as he could, when he organized a bit better. So, this guy just started building or rehabbing houses to hold these children. And yes, at 16, after spending your whole life in an orphan where no one hugged you, food was scarce, and the were sleeping 4 in a twin bed to keep from freezing to death, at 16 you still are a child, a very broken child.  One young lady that stood out was a wheelchair bound, bright girl named Stella. After organizing and coming back to get the children, he learned that Stella had passed away from HIV.

Determined to love and show Jesus to these kids, he took as many as he could hold and gave them beds- real beds, clothes, food, love, and lead them to Jesus. Now, they have 4 Stella's Houses and they are flourishing! The girls have made their own church! They invite their friends to worship!

After his speech at church, the girls got up and did a dance, then one of the told us her testimonial. Let me tell you, when I say "My heart broke for them" it literally did. I just want to go to these orphanages and take as many kids as they will allow me to! It also makes me angry a bit knowing that we will have to adopt children, but all the hoops you have to go through just to be qualified in this country, and yet, there are babies freezing to death and just ugh, it's something to pray about for sure!

It is such an inspirational story and I am so thankful that this great man and his father had enough faith to go to a foreign place and do this. It makes me look at my own life and know that I'm not doing nearly enough work like this, are you?

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