Posts Tagged With 'Healing'
One of our Home of Hope families recently witnessed a miracle in their family. It’s worth noting before hearing the story that while American culture would deem this topic private and sensitive, Haitian culture is very open about natural life. So this is shared in detail because it shows the power God can bring when we ask for healing in big or little things.
This is the miracle, as told by the Home of Hope parents:
Amhet’s mother left every night…
She was supposed to be asleep, but sometimes she woke up and found her mother gone. Scared, Amhet would shut her eyes tight as she waited for dawn when her mother would quietly come back. Though they never talked of it, her mother would look at her with soulful eyes and she knew what was coming. Soon, she’d join her mother in the night.
Samantha was seven when her world crumbled around her. Her mom died, and her paralyzed father just couldn’t take care of his family. It was that simple. No food, no more school, no mom. At seven years old, Sam didn’t really understand that her dad couldn’t care for her. All she knew is that she was leaving.
Samantha and her siblings were shipped off to their aunt’s house – complete with a leaky steel roof and crumbling cement walls – which was already filled to brimming with her own eight children. Her aunt had a small sewing business, but as the sole provider in her own family, that was hardly enough. I’d imagine the wear of that responsibility just continued to drown her aunt, but later, LSM staff asked the aunt if we provided money, if she’d want to keep Samantha. She said no.
This blog series highlights Diane Elliot’s new book The Global Orphan Crisis. From this highly researched and heartfelt book, we’ll talk about some Elliot’s main points – the causes and effects of the 143,000,000+ orphans, and what your response can be. We’re giving away a copy of the book, so make sure to comment on the posts throughout the series and tell your friends so you can be entered into the drawing! (Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.)
In the next section of the book, Diane Elliot discusses the effects of the orphan crisis. She says: “In the best circumstances, if a child loses a parent, other adults already a part of the child’s life step in and take on the responsibilities of parenting. Thankfully, this does happen for many children…” But for those who have no one in their sphere to care for them – especially those in resource-poor countries – not only is that child in crisis, but layer upon layer of everyday challenges complicate life in general. These vulnerable children will be the first casualties.
Many of you are aware of the Cancer Redemption Project and Zach Bertsch’s support of LSM. (If you’re not familiar with the project, or want to see what’s been going on recently, check out the website here.) Two years ago, when diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, Zach made a decision. He didn’t want the cancer to win, and he wanted to do something for others in the process.
Two years ago, I stood on a dusty street in Addis Ababa, and wanted to weep. Weep for the injustice – the unfairness – between our two worlds.
We’d just finished the bi-weekly group counseling session with LSM, and I could still see the women walking off in the distance, their long scarves fluttering behind them in the wind. I just stood there, thinking of how the distance seemed far more than a dusty block.
In 1993, photojournalist Kevin Carter captured a prize-winning image – a vulture stalking a starving child in Southern Sudan, waiting for it to die of starvation. Haunted by this, among many other horrific images from Africa on his travels, Carter committed suicide the next year, soon after receiving his reward.