|Dinner at home with new daughters Julia and Milana|
(both 16) and moms Selene and Pam
I've had 3 sets of mom's and teen-daughters stay with me over the course of the month. Since I have had a passion and a heart for girls in this vulnerable stage of life it has been an awesome privilege to get to open my home to these families and see these teen girls making the transition from orphan to daughter. It is not easy that is for sure.
There is a bit of fear, mixed with unruly independence, mixed with excitement and laughter, mixed with tears, mixed with mood swings, mixed with being a teenage girl! :) It keeps the new moms on their toes- that is for sure!
|Ashely and 13-year-old Natasha|
One thing I will say, and that I've come to strongly believe, is that it is a calling. It cannot be a good deed to feel good about yourself or to help some poor child. It is not for the faint of heart. I see the wide range of emotions these teens are dealing with as they exit the orphanage and prepare to leave for a country they know very little about-- and what they do know is simply fantasy from the movies. On one hand I know that a brighter future awaits them- but on the other hand I know that it is one that is full of pain as well as they navigate the newness of everything at such a challenging age of life.
These mothers have inspired me as they set out to love these girls that many have deemed unlovable, or unreachable. I know the road before them will not be one that is easy-- but with their hand held tight to the hand of Jesus, I know it will be one that will not be walked alone.
Heavenly Father, please be with these young girls as they transition into their new lives in the US. May they understand you as Father and may they come to know you and receive your love. Protect these families from the attacks of the enemy and bind them together as they seek to build trust in their homes and teach these daughters what it means to be in a family. Bless them Lord Jesus, and may you raise up many more like them to turn orphans into sons and daughters.