In July 2014 I will again be returning to the orphanage in Liberia that my children, Onah and Marie, once called home.
This will be my fourth trip to the orphanage since 2009 and I am so excited about the possibilities. In 2012, God paved the way for our team to remodel the home for the then 16 children. On that trip, God did many incredible things. Since that trip, a part of my heart was left in Liberia and I felt that God was leading me to help be a voice for his children.
The adoption moratorium still prevents children from finding their forever families and the children long to know they are loved by someone. That’s why the main focus of this trip is very simple- it’s all about the children! It’s about learning their stories and their dreams. This time, I will be co-leading a team of volunteers committed to making the 13 children remaining at the house a part of their individual lives.
As a team we will be installing a large water filtration system, organizing a library from donated books and delivering much needed special needs equipment and diapers. We will paint the entire inside of the house. We will be collecting special artwork from the children to help tell their stories as we live with the children at the orphanage for one week. These challenges are great, but the goal is much bigger.
We hope to connect the children personally with 100 sponsors at $40 each month. At first, that seems to be a lot of money each month, but when you consider the cost of living to be very similar with food and rent to America, it might change your opinion. Then include salaries of nine staff members, two teachers and care for 13 children, six of whom are special needs, the cost is drastically decreased. In fact, the average person, workers and children, would be roughly $5.56 per day.