"A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell." Ps. 68:5-6
As orphans in a corrupted country like Moldova, these children grow up in conditions that could be likened to a third world country. One shower. Cold water streaming from a hose. Hard beds. A hole for a bathroom. Corruption within the child protection services. The list goes on and on. Nothing is as hearbreaking as knowing they never heard the words, "I love you." As I have heard the stories (which i would love to share with you) and seen what God is doing in the lives of these girls, as they have literally become part of a family that loves them dearly, I am reminded that every human life has purpose and potential.
They are now in an atmosphere where they can flourish into the women God has made them to be, without the suppression that evil (the orphanages, the traffikers, the abusive parent...) brings about. It is a beautiful thing to see them embracing Jesus, their talents and each other. My words can not yet convey what I have seen and heard from some of these girls (I am still processing how to best put it into words). Everyday they spend here is a miracle. And the miracle happens in the mundane. Things like cooking, cleaning, homework, warm food, smiles, bursts of laughter and countless other things we all take for granted everyday.
After all I have heard and seen in the past 5 days comes down to the one reality none of us can escape...