Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Little Bit of Reality

We went by last night to visit the children and take pictures of them in order to get medical assessments. As beautiful as these children are and all of the wonderful pictures that they take, these next group of pictures show the reality that these children face. Most are malnourished and are in very poor health.

I want to show you the reality of some of the lives of these children as well as show you more pictures of this trip.

The children just cling to me to get any ounce of affection that they can.

Even in the horrible conditions in which they live, they have the most beautiful smiles that sometimes shine through.

These children are just beautiful.

This little one could not move when we arrived. After just two days of interaction with her she was standing, swaying when music would play and smiling.

The children just kept coming and coming.....I think 90 something in all.

These are a few of the village children.

A harsh reality of where they use the bathroom.

Lori is a speech therapist and has already made progress with this little one.

They pull their water up from the well which is too impure to drink.

Kelly has loved on this little one the whole time. They are truly bonded.

Adama was scared when Erica first approached.

Erica broke through her timidness and got her more comfortable with all of us light skinned people. She is the cutest baby!!!

This is such a sweet picture of them bonding. A true Momma's heart.

Tina's daughter, Emily met up with some of her birth family for the first time in 5 years. The above picture is all of them waiting for them to arrive. It was quite emotional and such a special day for them.

Emily, with her birthmom after 5 years.

The two mothers meet again.

Emily's birth father was very loving and happy to see her. They were very sweet.

I feel this picture is a foreshadowing of how God is using Emily to lead her people to their destinies. She is just 14 and carries herself with such maturity and has such a calling on her life. She has grown and blossomed over the past 5 years Into such a beautiful person .
The two families really bonded and had such gratitude toward one another.

Katie met up with a familiar face by chance in the crowd which made them both emotional.
This was a God moment and such a miracle that they saw this little girl.

Peggy, Erica's mother in law has been such a sweet addition to this trip. She has such a mother's heart and cares for all these children so much.

You will see just how emotional this trip is. The emotions are all over the place....up and down. It is all such a wake up call as to how these children live. Sometimes you just have to stop and cry.

They are just so precious and have such destiny if only given the chance which is the most heartbreaking .

Jesse does so great with all the children. She loves them sooo much. She is truly in her element.

Some faces that stay in our minds after we leave. It is very hard to lay down at night knowing that these children sleep on the floor.

Please continue to pray for these children and our mission here to rescue them into a better life. WE are working hard to set up the care center and get it all ready. At that point we need God to relinquish these little ones into our care. We then hope to transfer them into the new center and give them beds, baths, food, nutrition, .......a home, for the first time in their lives. We pray God's favor is with us and his mercy falls on these children and on the people who hold their lives in the balance. We pray they want the best for these little ones and allow us to move them over quickly and with their blessing.
God, help us help them. We feel your prayers and have peace while here in this country.


  1. Tears are freely flowing as the faces stare at me from my screen. How can one see such beautiful creations of God and not be moved to tears and ask God, "what can I do?" Praying daily for all of you and the children.

  2. Thank you so much for posting the photos and stories of how things are going. I am a good friend of Lori's and have been praying for your team since you left. Seeing her here in these few photos just makes me cry with great joy that her wonderful heart and skillset is being used to help these little ones. Having been to Africa myself, I know the road before you can be a challenge so my prayer for your team is His grace with you, His hands be your hands and his peace give you rest. I am praying Ps. 91 over you all...DAILY!
    In HIM,
    Heidi Sekovski

  3. Kelly, I don't even know what to write. These children are so beautiful and we sit here and have everything at our fingertips. Thank you for sharing this journey. I will continue to pray until we hear that they have been rescued to their new care center. The emotional meetings of the birth families is so amazing. As I sit here I am in tears by what God is doing over there for each one of these children and for you guys. Please give them all a special kiss from me. My heart breaks for how they have to live. EVERY CHILD derserves a Mom and Dad to love them. Lord, protect each women there and these precious children. Go forward my friend... and show these beautiful children the love of God. There smiles have brighten my day, Rhea Anne

  4. Thank you so much for sharing Kelly. I saw the post you had up yesterday before it was changed. I'm there in spirit. Praying for you all daily and the children. Wish I could be there in person. God Bless you All.

  5. God Bless You and all of these beautiful, precious children.

  6. wow, I can't stop crying! I kept reading and then it all hit me when I saw them all lined up on the floor to eat. I have not been able to stop crying! You are amazing for doing what you are doing, I wish I could be there with you. I will pray for all that you need and huge blessings on this trip for you and all the people that surround you! God Bless!

  7. Go hug Jesus. Go rock Jesus. Go wipe Jesus' tears away. o. K, Kelly? And surely, as you love these little ones you will be ministering to our Savior--cleansing,helping worship. May our tears be perfume on His feet as we intercede for you all..."Arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.(IS 60-1-3)They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated:they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations...And you will be called priests of the Lord,you will be named minsters of our God.(Is.61:4+6)Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.(IS 55:5)Love, Gillian

  8. Heartbreaking... and beautiful.

    Please, please post more about whether or not there are adoption oppurtunities in this area.

  9. What an incredible amazing journey. I have no doubt God is at work. He knows each little one in those pictures and loves them deeply...thanks for being His hands and feet in revealing that love.

  10. I continue to pray for these beautiful people and such tearful moments with your pictures..May God bless them and keep them and make His face shine upon them...Amen