Well. . .an orphan did ruin my life. I am gloriously ruined because a particular little orphan boy and the world he introduced me to. It's too big, it's too much to write in a simple blog. Can I submit my entire blog? In so many ways, this little face began something in me that is too high for me to comprehend.
This was our referral picture of our sweet boy. We walked a tough road to bring him home that was emotionally exhausting. . .yet after a long journey, we stepped off the plane onto African soil. My husband would say that my next statement is cheesy and over-dramatic, but it's how I feel. . .in many ways, when I stepped onto African soil for the first time, My life began. A new chapter was begun that would blow my mind in more ways than I can imagine or possibly explain.
This sweet face. . .
.opened me up to a whole hurting world. He awoke in me a long dormant passion that GOD had placed in me as a child.
Walking along those dirt roads, with a hundred little children clamoring at my side and my husband walking in front of me carrying our African child. . . .Life could not have felt more perfect.
And that was 2 years ago almost. . .I have been back twice to the beautiful continent I fell in love. . .I plan on spending a bit more time there in the future =) I want to spend my time. . spend myself on behalf of the orphan, the oppressed and the hungry. I cannot express how my life has changed since God brought one. . once orphan now my son. . child into my life. My relationship with Jesus has been more alive, I have developed amazing relationships with others who are passionate about orphans and
I have found in many ways, my life's call.
To even imagine my life and family without this one particular boy would be crushing. To imagine my life without my newfound passion for all of the orphans left behind would be pointless. . .I can't do either. My life has been changed and I am better for it. I feel more alive than ever before and can't wait to see how else God will choose to move me on behalf of the poor throughout the world. I want to continue to be ruined by orphans. . .gloriously ruined for this world.