I hear a lot "Boy, those kids are sure lucky to have you," about both my current adopted children and the two we are working to bring home. I like to think that I am a pretty good mother (some days). But any adoptive parent knows this secret - we are the blessed ones. We can never give our children more than they give to us.
And here is a picture of one such little giver.
His name is Henry. His family adopted him 14 months ago from Ukraine, where he would have lived his short little life in a crib, never knowing love or home. So it would be easy to think that Henry was the "lucky" one. But if you've spent any time with his mom Carla, whether in real life or online, you would know immediately that she was the one blessed. The love she has for Henry spills over in every word she says, every photograph. And Henry has made a difference for so many other little ones in his situation. Because Carla has shared Henry's story every step of the way on her blog, many other families have found their children.
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Henry passed on from surgery complications this past week. His family and many in the adoption community are heartbroken. But Henry will live forever, not only in the arms of Jesus, but also here on earth as child after child comes home to bless their family the way Henry blessed his.
I thought Henry was adorable. But in his country, he was seen as a burden, unloveable. Like Jesus himself, "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men." Isaiah 53: 2-3.
So many orphans are not "attractive" by our society's standards. But Jesus says that what we do for the least of these, we do for him.
Today I want you to meet Harvey. Like Henry, Harvey has many needs. Like Henry, Harvey is not loved in his home country. He is considered a burden. But like Henry, Harvey will be a blessing to his family. He is a child of God who needs to be loved. Look at him!
He is despised and rejected! But he is not forgotten!
Who is looking to be blessed today? Please let's continue Henry's legacy of love. Inquire about sweet Harvey. His file has been sent back to his home country but can be requested. Just contact Shelley Bedford at email@example.com.