Our sheep, the youth that we have been blessed to minister to, are just about the most amazing kids I have ever known. I love them deeply and they love me, and my sweet babies, so well. They are a HUGE part of our lives. In fact, there aren't many days that go by that at least a few of them aren't sitting in our living room or around our table. Saying goodbye to them..This part of leaving this place in our lives is HARD. We are excited to go into the future and know that we are in God's will, but OH we love these kids and the thought of not seeing them every week is enough to make me want to cry my eyes out. They love my babies. Oh they love my babies.
They saw our Jillian at 15 pounds, neglected, broken, sick, and loved her anyway. They have pursued her with a relentless passion doing all that they could to connect with her. They have modeled Christ's love to her, learned her sign language, wrestled with her, and prayed for her healing. She is a tough one to connect with, but my sheep they have, without counting the cost, given completely of themselves to love her.
Many, many of these beautiful kids have given to our fundraising efforts and have actually been a part of bringing these treasures home to our fold. They have volunteered for and ministered to our family again and again for the cause of the orphan. These two treasures, our daughters, have been loved well by our sheep and this momma is touched again and again as I watch these kids interact with my girls. I am grateful to them for all that they have done to help heal the hearts of my babies by loving them with a Christ like love that is just so beautiful and pure.
Honestly, I know that I am the one who was supposed to "give" something to these kids, but truly they have done so much more for me than I could ever do for them. They have touched the deepest places of my heart. They have shown me what it is to live out your faith and how to love others even when it is hard. They each have changed a little piece of me for the better. I now am leaving this place changed because of them and leaving them just makes me sad, but I know that God has great plans for where we are going. I am doing my best to keep my watery eyes on the road ahead, but giving thanks for the many, many that God has given to love us as we have walked this road we are leaving behind. I never dreamed I would experience the richness of love that God has allowed us to feel as we have ministered to these kids. I am grateful to Him for it and I rest in knowing that He has the future in His hands.