Doesn’t that precious little face just make your heart melt??? This is Dashsa, she is 6 weeks old and she has Down syndrome. As I held Dasha, I thought about how different these first weeks of her life have been compared to most babies. There would have been no celebration on the day that she was born. Instead, one good look at her would have brought nothing but sorrow. Next, doctors and nurses would have begun telling her parents that the only option was to place her in an institution. I don’t know if the mother was quick to give her up or if it was the hardest decision she’d ever had to make but either way, the decision was made and their tiny baby girl was whisked away, probably never to be spoken of again. Since then Dasha has most likely spent the majority of her time alone in her crib. As I held her today I wondered, has anyone ever rocked her to sleep or sung her a lullaby? Has anyone ever kissed her sweet little forehead or marvelled at her tiny little fingers? Has she ever heard the words, “I love you” or been told how beautiful she is? Has anyone ever dreamed about her future or stood over her crib watching her sleep because they just couldn’t drag themselves away? This precious little angel, the Father’s princess, has become like a treasure hidden in the darkness.
After leaving the hospital Lienna and I went to meet with the director of the special needs orphanage. Out of the three directors, she is by far the most open and worked with us to find a time that would fit both of our schedules. It was decided that I would come in the evenings from 6:00-7:00 to work with a group of girls aged 11 and older who are highly functioning. If it were up to me, I would have chosen to work with the youngest kids (what can I say, I love the little ones) or the severely handicapped children who never leave their beds but Lienna told me that she had the opportunity to work with this group of girls in the summer and that she really felt like God wanted to do something in their lives. Don’t you love the way God works, that out of all the groups the director could have asked us to work with, that’s the one she chose? Unfortunately Lienna is not available to come with me in the evenings but I am meeting tomorrow with someone who is and then hopefully we will start going there on Monday.
So, it looks like things may actually get a little busier for me here. Thank you for your prayers thus far and please continue to remember Thursday, the day we try to get inside the babies’ orphanage, in your prayers.
Praising God for today’s victories and looking forward with anticipation to what He will continue to do.