Loving on Africa

"Tell the children I love them.  - God"

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”.  James 1:27

I can't imagine my life with out experiencing the hugs, smiles and tears of these sweet children.  I have been so blessed with the experiences of traveling the world and loving on God's beautiful people.  My heart for missions continues to shape, challenge, and inspire me to do more, serve more, love more.  Seeing a child, an orphan, a baby who will never be comforted by her mother breaks my heart.  My most recent trip to Africa took me to Ethiopia and Rwanda.

With so many sweet memories of these kids, most of whom are abandoned at birth and are raised with hundreds of other children in an orphanage, I can't help but ask "Why them?"  How did I become so blessed? Why have I never experienced true hunger, true need?  I can't answer that question right now, but what i can do is fulfill the mission that I feel called to do.   I am encouraged by God's word and by sharing His Love.

These sweet faces are posted all over my office.  They are reminders of memories, painful moments and realizations that I have it far better than most of the world.  

Sweet girl from Village of Korah in Ethiopia

Noel Orphanage, Rwanda

So many sweet little ones that just want to be held and loved on.

My friend, Kazuma.  Noel Orphanage in Rwanda

“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

The pictures are real, the experiences are real, and the action has to be real.