Saturday, October 10, 2009

Children in the Balance

It is hard to believe that this has all been going on for almost a month. We quickly realized that what we walked into in Sierra Leone was more than we ever expected. God allowed us to see things that our minds never could have imagined. BUT it is all for a purpose. These are children that no one knew existed nor took an interest in until the TRS group discovered them last November. We went there one month ago to simply move them into our center and offer them a better way of life and uncovered a tragic way that people have made money off of these children. They are innocent children and most of them don't even realize that a better life can even be imagined. Their stories stick with me. Their questions about America, chocolate factories, school, playgrounds.....all the things that we take advantage of that they only dream about.....stick in my mind.

These children need prayer and I thank you for the prayer you have given them. Now is a crucial hour. There have been 35 children that have finally been moved out, but not to our center. At the time, I don't know which 35 have been chosen but I do know that the certain children that we came to SL to care for have not been moved. The facility they have been moved to is overcrowded now and they are requesting that they be moved to our center :) So you see, God is moving these kids according to His plan. But they need fervent prayer, especially the particular kids that we showed up to care for. I will include some pictures for you to be in prayer about for these particular kids.

Below you will see the baby that Erica is hoping to adopt. Please pray that she can get moved to our new center.

Below you will find the baby that Kelly M found last December that has stolen her heart. Please pray that he gets moved to the new center.

Below you will find a young boy that stole my heart while on this trip. His name is Tomba (could be spelled wrong). But this is the boy that was brave enough to come to me completely on his own and tug on my shirt to tell me something. When I leaned down to speak to him his eyes filled with tears and he said, " I need help....My mother is dead, and my father is dead." And that is all he said. I just wonder what caused him to have enough trust in me, a total stranger, to come to me and tell me that. Well, I hugged him and told him I would try to help him. So, to say the least, this little one sticks out to me and I am really pulling for him to be moved to our new center and get sponsored. Please pray for him. He had such a sweet spirit.

You see me pictured below with Sam holding onto Tomba. Please pray for Sam right now. I just discovered that he now has Malaria and is being treated in our center. What perfect timing for him to be moved to our center. We have the proper medication for him and he is on the mend.

Below you will find Victoria. She stole Jessie's heart back in December. Please pray for her. We fear they are filling her head with lies. We fear for her physical safety right now around the older men who live at the center. We fear she has experienced more than any 10/11 year old girl ever should have. Pray for God to speak truth to her and for her to be rescued into safety.
This is a little baby named Blessing that seemed to steal everyone's heart.
More sweet children.
Some just seemed to cry out for help just by the look in their eye. You just see destiny on them that is screaming to be unleashed.
This little one, below, literally latched onto me and would not leave my side. She stayed right at my waist with her arms wrapped tightly around me. It was heartbreaking to have to say goodbye and leave her there. I believe her name is Maui. Please pray for her to be released.

This little guy just seemed to light up a room. He had such a sweet spirit.
This little one below just bursted with personality and love. She has so much to offer this world.
This little one below has already stolen the heart of one of our readers. Please pray for her release. She already has sponsorship waiting on her. Below you will find Betty, Sam's sister. Please pray for her. I heard that she is having a hard time because of all the children she left behind. She said she was like a mother to about 10 children which is obvious from the picture below. Her heart is aching right now for them. Bless her heart, she already has a mother's heart and she can't be more than 10 or 11 herself. These kids learned quickly that they had to take care of each other.
Below you will find little Lucy. She was special to all of us because of her physical condition. I heard that she was one that has been moved to the overcrowded facility. So pray for her because she needs special care and we pray that they realize it. She started to flourish just with the limited time that we got to spend with her. Pray that she gets moved to our center. She has sponsorship waiting on her.

I know I have mentioned certain children, but all the children need prayer. Right now I don't know which children have been chosen and been moved and which ones have not. These children's lives are in the balance. Their destinies are in God's hands. I know that prayer changes things and that is exactly why things are starting to move after one month. We think a month is a long time, but compared to how long these children have been living with all this, God is uncovering and bringing things out of the darkness in His perfect time. Now is a crucial hour for these kids. We have one girl out of our group of 10 that stayed behind in SL to see this through. Please pray that this gets resolved while she is still there.
Thank you all for your support and comments and continued prayer for these little ones that are so precious to us and to God. Thank you for helping us be His hands and feet.


  1. Oh my what precious pictures of these dear children!!!! My heart is just so hopeful that God is going to save each one. Let not one be lost kept coming to my mind last night as I went to bed! I kept praying Lord let not one be lost.

    God is moving the mts!

    Thank you Jesus! Let not one be lost!


  2. i love the specific prayer requests and names, and will pray all over this post...thank you for letting us see through your heart...they are ALL beautiful souls!