This photo was sent to me by my former university in Kyiv of an orphanage they visited in Ukraine. It has the appearance of being well maintained but there are happy and sad faces represented by each little person in this photo. These little ones need a family to belong to rather than existing in an institution with rigid rules and lack of hugs. Right now I’m thinking of my friend Linda who is in Kharkiv with her husband ready to adopt two or maybe three little boys. I’m also thinking of my MN friends and their two biological sons who were just in China for ten days adopting a 5 year old albino boy who they named Brian. They are back home in MN adjusting to new family patterns, no doubt there will be communication meltdowns for both families once their blending begins.
Also, I’m thinking of my own 8 year old nephew who came from an institution similar to this photo, but he came from Russia. He has been in his new family for two years and there are still many adjustments that all are making. However, I think instead of these adoptive families making a “carbon footprint” to go overseas to rescue these children, they are making an imprint on these little souls who are starving for love. Looking closely at these children’s faces makes me realize there is so much we can do to eradicate “global harming.” That’s a new term I just made up and it means to neglect those widows and orphans who need our love and our help. According to James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”