In 2012, the Christian Alliance for Orphans is hosting a series of guest blog posts from respected bloggers from across the U.S. Each offers a fresh outlook on an important issue facing Christians committed to caring for orphans through adoption, foster care and/or global orphan initiatives. Posts reflect the unique perspective of the blogger, not necessarily the entire Alliance. Ultimately, the posts will inspire and provoke, encourage and challenge the burgeoning Christian orphan care movement.
Kristen Welch is no stranger to the Alliance. She was a featured blogger at last year’s Summit, where she spoke on a panel about advocating for orphans as a busy mom. Forever changed by a Compassion International bloggers trip, Kristen and her family founded a nonprofit ministry in Kenya called The Mercy House that seeks to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets. It’s a challenging, heartbreaking, rewarding calling. You can read more of Kristen’s story and thoughts at her parenting blog, We are THAT family, which is known for it’s authentic mix of inspiration and laughter.
She came to us alone, with a baby she didn’t want stirring in her womb.
Orphaned at a young age, she wandered this earth unloved and unwanted.
Charity came to us broken, detached, angry.
Outwardly she pushed others away, isolating herself through pain, distancing her heart from love.
But we loved her anyway. We set firm boundaries and we loved. We prayed. We fasted. We begged God to draw her close. We shed so many tears over this child having a child.
We feared for her unborn son. How would this detached girl attach to a baby she never wanted?
He was born to an angry mother. She didn’t want him.
And we didn’t know what to do.
We prayed harder. Loved more fiercely. Forced her to hold him, feed him. Every moment hard.
We willed her to show charity to her precious new miracle rescued from abortion.
And we reminded ourselves again and again that we aren’t the rescuers.
Today, we catch her cooing at her chubby son. Smiling down on him. Visitors don’t know the miracle they witness. Our hearts catch in our throats with each tenderness because we remember. We know that only God can heal a barren soul.
I am broken. I am angry. I am orphaned, needing to be adopted by God.
God used Charity’s pain to heal a part of me.
“Jesus brings about my own healing by bringing me into someone else’s.” –Kisses from Katie.
There is a bit of charity in all of us.
God is here.