When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. -Galatians 6:10a (NCV)

Monday, October 22, 2012


These first couple of weeks of having the foster girls live with us there have been lots of adjustments. The biggest being that the bottom floor of the house that we rented for extra space isn't ready yet, so we are all living in 2 bedrooms. Thank goodness we have 2 bathrooms! I think we all feel like we are falling over each other all the time.

But it's been good too. The girls kinda have to be around us all the time because there is no where else for them to go (insert evil laugh).

One of our girls hasn't had a family since she was 5 years old. The other has been raised by her aunt for the last couple years. These two 13 yr olds deal with a lot of issues on a day to day basis. Among those issues include rape, living on the streets, child slavery, beatings by relatives and rejection by Christian missions.

Their stories make me sad.

But since they have come to live with us and become a part of our family it makes me mad. These aren't just 2 girls living in Haiti to us anymore. We are raising these girls like they are our children. We are starting to love and care about them like we do for Odessa.

How dare someone touch my child...let alone rape her.

I can not imagine my child as a servant in someone's home...not able to go to school or church or anywhere.

One of my friends, Beth (a Christian and teacher), writes a blog at "How do you like them apples?"  She has some interesting views on a lot of topics and she "puts it out there" so to speak. A few weeks ago she wrote a blog post titled, "An Open Apology To My Students."  GO check out the entire post. With her permission, here is the letter:

Dear Students,

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that adults could not get their crap together.  I'm sorry that you have to deal with situations that nobody should have to deal with, let alone a young child.  I'm sorry that choices others made have tainted your view of what it means to be a father, or mother, or a family.

I'm sorry that the church has not been there more for you. To walk alongside you and your family in hard times.  To care for you when nobody else was caring for you.

I'm sorry that, for the most part, we believers are so caught up in our own lives, our conveniences, our schedules, and our "problems" that we don't look for ways to help you.

God says that true religion is looking after widows and orphans.  Many of you have been "orphaned" in one way or another.  May we, the church, rise up and look after you.

Without getting preachy, I agree.

How can I expect our foster girls to become responsible mothers one day if they don't have an example of one? How can I expect them to choose good husbands if they don't have good, appropriate male influence? How do I expect them to want to follow Jesus when other "Christians" deserted them in times of trouble.

When we were looking for somewhere to put these girls a couple months ago and nothing surfaced...I heard God's nudging. On Facebook.

I know...a pretty unlikely place...I know.

But it was a simple picture. Of six pairs of brand new shoes all lined up. Tennis shoes, sandals, boots. The caption said,
 "Back to school shopping a success!!!"

Then I looked at who had posted it. The teenage daughter of one my dad's preacher friends. 

6 pairs of NEW shoes? Really?

I started in on my rant to God. How was this fair? Have people really forgotten about orphans and those less fortunate around the world? Why didn't God spread the wealth around a but more?

It ended with, "God, SOMEBODY has got to take care of these girls."

And His reply was clear as could be in my head..."Yes SOMEBODY does."

But really it is a lot of Somebody's. David and I have opened our home to them and are raising them but we can't do it alone. We need prayer and financial support.

Ayi and Mardochee need monthly sponsors to pay for food, toiletries, school supplies, after-school tutoring and fun outings. We have another (and final) teenager who is waiting to come live with us also. But we have to get the sponsorship completed for the girls we already have before she can come.

So during this Halloween season where 8 billion dollars is predicted to be spent on costumes, candy and decorations and Thanksgiving where people make so much food that  leftovers end up in the trash and especially Christmas (no explanation needed)...please remember the orphans. 

James 1:27
"Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence."

I, too, and sorry like my friend Beth. And like her, I want to help these kids move past the labels. I am sorry that for the 5 years I have been in Haiti I am just now opening my door to give homeless orphans a place to live. 

Church-Will you rise up with us? Help us care for these orphans in a family environment?

To become a Hope Partner in monthly sponsorship with our girls, send your tax-deductible donation to:

Licking Valley Church of Christ
1578 Dayton Rd
Newark, OH 43055
Please put "Invest Hope-Girls" in the memo

If you have additional questions please email me at ginnyandrews@hotmail.com

1 comment:

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing your heart with so many. Thank you for not letting us live comfortable lives. Thank you for giving of yourself, even when it is hard, very hard.