What if the only family you knew… abused you?
What if the only time an adult talked to you was to discipline you?
What if no one had ever told you that you were important?
What if no one ever said, “I love you”?
What if the only interaction you had was with peers?
What if there was no one to teach you how to live… how to love… how to talk… how to handle life?
What if you were never taught how to handle your emotions and feelings?
What if you had nightmares every night?
What if you were afraid every time you lay down to sleep?
What if every gift you were given was stolen?
What if there was nothing that was yours?
What if you had to fight every day to defend the weak?
What if you were hated by those you lived with because you would not go along with their plans?
What if one day you were taken from everything you knew and understood?
What if one day you were taken to a different country to live?
What if everyone around you spoke another language?
What if you now had to live completely different than you have ever lived?
How would you respond?
How would you do it?
How would you handle it?
“It is hard.” Karina has told us this several times.
“I love you. I love my brothers and sister. I love living in America. I am thankful for all that God has done for me. I am thankful for all that you are doing for me. But it is hard. Be patient with me, I am learning how to be a daughter. I would not change anything… I just need your prayers… and love.”
We know many orphans.
What do they need? They need Jesus. They need people to minister to them in the orphanages. They need parents.
We have many friends that are adopting or have adopted.
What do they need? They need prayers as they adjust… as the children adjust to everything new and the parents need prayer as they learn to love a child that has been neglected their entire life.
It is a great journey… I imagine it is one of the greatest journeys life on this earth can hold for us… because it is exactly what God has done for us… adopted us.