Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Least of These

In my last post, I introduced you to three precious children being cared for at Mama Mayila's Cradle in Sierra Leone.  Since then, I am tickled to say, we have had several inquiries about them. Liam now has a family doing their best to get him the medical help he so desperately needs! And Noah has a family pursing his adoption!  That's a BIG Praise the Lord! 

Today I would like to introduce you to two more Littles who also need help.  They are August and Sid.  


"August" is approximately 6 years old.  As you can see in his picture, August has a tendency to fall and when he does, he hits his head.  He desperately needs a helmet to protect him from further head injury.  He is also thought to have epilepsy and "diminished capacity." August was abandoned, and is in need of a loving forever family who can provide him the medical and emotional support he will need to meet his full potential. He really is a sweet boy.  Are you willing to take the leap to pursue him as your son?





This little pumpkin is "SID".  He's about 4 years old, a quiet little thing, but very attentive to that which goes on around him. He has two living parents, but they are unable to provide his much needed medical intervention.  Sid fell in a fire, and because he did not receive good medical care, he has much scaring from his burns. One of his hands healed so that it pulled backward in a flexed position and his fingers webbed together. He still has movement in it so there is hope. He is going to need reconstructive surgery.  We are hoping to find someone to sponsor him for a medical visa where he can receive much needed medical care and then return to his family with increased quality of life.  Are you the person to offer that help? If you are interested in finding out more, please let me know and I will point you in the right direction.












Both of these boys are in need of Sponsors.  For as little as $125 a month per child, you can provide for their housing, food, clothing and specialized care. You can partially sponsor one of them for $75 per month, per child.  Here's a link to their page. Just click on the child's picture.
http://maisonducoeurfruit.wixsite.com/mamamayilascradle/littles

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person - child - you can mean the world.  

Thank you for your help! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Helping the Most Vulnerable



“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. 

They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. 
It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. 
But once you do, everything changes.”
~ David Platt


I've seen them.
I've held them in my arms. 
I've kissed their faces, and I will never forget.

The little bug on the left, the one in his handsome red shirt, spent most of a week wrapped around me.  I wore him in a sling made from a length of cloth.  And I love him with all that's in me.

These children are real, flesh and blood, not just stock pictures, and they need us - you and me.  In the midst of what you and I would deem a nightmare and abject poverty, they still deserve joy, peace, love and protection.  They deserve to giggle and play.  They deserve an education which in their country must be paid for.  They need food - that which you and I would deem meager fare, but is their sustenance. WE need to help them, love them and show them the love of God. 

We need to be Jesus with skin on.

What's that you say?  You can't go to Africa?  No, problem.  There are those who are willing to go and take that which you provide.  But I can do you one better, you can sponsor one of these children. For the cost of less than a Happy Meal a day, you can provide food, housing, clothing and round the clock care for a very vulnerable child.  

Let me introduce you to some of the most vulnerable which I had the honor of meeting.

Meet Noah. 
 Isn't he just beautiful? He's about 4 years old; we're not sure because we have no birth date for him.  That's not uncommon for orphans.  He's a quiet little man.  His whole world is quiet because he is deaf.  He was so lost and frightened when he first came into the center.  I'm sure he was quite confused.  However, he's been there for a few months now, and when I took this picture he was attending a school for the deaf.  Without sponsorship he is not able to attend.  Sponsorship of him, which would provide for his every need including school is only $125 a month.  You can find a link for him and other littles who need sponsorship here.



Then There's Baby Liam.  
He's about a year now.  When I was there in Oct, and took this picture, he was about 10 months old.  His head was at least twice the size it should be for one so young.  He did not wake while I was there, but moaned and tossed in his sleep. I touched him and prayed for him. He is in desperate need of a shunt to relieve the pressure on his brain.  This could be a life or death situation.  His country is not able to give him the medical care that he needs, but they are willing to allow him to come to the US on a medical visa to receive care.  If you are the one whom God is calling to help baby Liam, please email Hope 4 Ebola Orphans Charity.  You can also Sponsor him and other babies who need sponsorship by going here.


 This is Mercy

Like so many others, we are not quite sure of her age.  She's listed at about 12 but could be older.  At first she seemed like such a tough cookie, but when I made sure she knew that I saw her, asked her name and then taught her to sign "I Love You", she began to soften.  I even let her take a stab at braiding my hair!  For one who's had such a tough life, she still loves all things girly and pink is her favorite color.  Mercy is going to school, but without a sponsor that could come to an abrupt ending soon.  In her country, without an education, she has little hope.  She has no special needs, other than she's a teen girl who desperately needs to know she is loved.  Sponsoring her would be only $120 a month and if you are so inclined, or perhaps interested in sponsoring another girl, you can do so by going here.



There are also a few handsome boys who need sponsorship. I met many of them.  Every one had a beautiful smile and sweet heart.  You can find their sponsorship page here


Part of my heart walks around in Africa.  Trust me, getting involved with these children is one adventure you'll never regret.