“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
One of the first things we did during our two week trip was to visit an orphanage in Moldova that our brother’s ministry, GMI has adopted. There are 76 children that live in this orphanage. Our brother has worked very hard to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of these precious children, but they still have so many needs. They don’t have the love of a mommy and daddy, they don’t own anything. They need to know the unconditional love of Jesus.
My heart wasn’t prepared for seeing so many little souls, with so much potential, but so in need of love. I could hardly keep from breaking down and bawling my eyes out as I snapped these pictures in the slide show below. My heart yearned to love each one. Our little Skipper loved the children and they loved him. These little ones all wanted me to take their picture and then they wanted to see it on the viewer on my camera. It hit me that nobody ever takes their picture and they wanted to see themselves. They were just so precious!
Brother Ghiorghi through his ministry has been able to bless this particular orphanage by providing heat, running water, (they used to have to haul all of their water by a hand well), washing machines, (the workers used to have to wash all the children’s clothes by hand), Bibles, Bible story books, devotional books for the workers, and once a year they provide shoes for all the children, plus they give them little treats when they come to visit. I appreciated seeing how they try to meet the spiritual needs, but also minister to the physical. They really try to witness to the staff and pray for them to get saved so that they can reach and minister to the children.
Who will love these little ones? Who will help them? Where will they go when after the age of 14 they are required to move out of the orphanage and are on their own? How will the make it in this hard world? Who will love them enough to tell them about Jesus? Who will open up their hearts to them and show them the love of Christ? Where is the church?
The church over there is trying. They are trying to adopt them, to love and support them, but there is only so much they can do because of limited resources. GMI helps to place orphans in what they call Homes of Hope. These are Christian homes, who have a heart for these children, but they don’t always have the resources to adopt or add on to their home to meet government regulations in order to receive more children. We must band with them and be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to minister to these precious, eternal souls. Rise up, oh church in America, the time to help is now. God didn’t bless us so abundantly so that we could all just live comfortably. He wants us to help bear the burdens of the orphans and other fellow believers.
On the left is a Home of Hope family. They have 5 adopted children and you can’t tell which are their biological and which are the adopted. They all love Jesus! Then the couple on the photo on the right both grew up as orphans and then were adopted by Christian families. Now that they are married, they want to start a Home of Hope and adopt little ones. Praise the Lord for the legacy that is being carried on!