Hello family and friends,
Thirteen years ago when I left Liberia, my thoughts were to never return. I never wanted to go back because of how children were treated and not cared for. About seven years ago I married my husband Samuel, who is also from Liberia. Samuel and I were in the same orphanage together. Two years after we got married Samuel got back in contact with his sister and her two little boys in Liberia. Life in Liberia is hard and we knew that his sister was in need. We were willing to help as much as we could.
A year later Samuel’s sister and my cousin passed away from the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Samuel’s brother-in-law contacted us saying he could not provide for the boys, and could we adopt them? My cousin left a little baby girl behind and we began thinking of bringing her into our family as well. While the children were still in Liberia, we provided for them and stayed in contact with them. We prayed for direction and we strongly felt the Lord leading us in the direction of adoption.
After trying to figure out how to go about the adoption process, and after some wrong turns, we finally found people who worked well with us and helped us get started with the first process, the home study. We finally got on our feet, and with the support of our family, we got the process rolling. We spent three years working on getting our babies home, on getting all the proper documents completed, and everything required of us.
When we finally got to the point where we could apply for the children's visas we thought that most of the hurdles were over. We had to go to Liberia for the visa. We thought it would be quick and easy and that we would be back in the States in no time. I stayed there for two weeks before I got sick and had to come back home.
While I was still there, the other children of the village where we were staying got really attached to us, calling us Mommy and Daddy. A little girl in particular, named Blessing, was one of these children. Blessing's mother asked if we could take her daughter with us, or find someone who could adopt her back here in America. We also visited an orphanage called Francis Gaskhim that held about 60 children. These children live very hard lives and live without a lot of hope.
After I left, Samuel decided he wasn't leaving Liberia until our three children could come back with him. Samuel stayed with them in Liberia for six weeks until all the kinks were worked out with their visas. After that time, they were finally able to come back home to us!
Before going to Liberia for my children I told my husband that this was my last time going to this country, not knowing the Lord had other plans for me. The two weeks I spent in Liberia were life changing for my husband and I. I couldn’t believe how much God has blessed us here in America. There are so many children that need parents.
My husband and I would like to start an international adoption service where we can make it easier for other people who are wanting to adopt. With God and your help we can change a child’s future. We also want to build a proper, functioning orphanage home, where these children will be taken care of properly and where they will have all their needs met, such as food, beds and education. We want to provide a place where people who feel led to, can sponsor these children to help meet their needs.
If things go as planned I will be going back to Liberia in the middle of 2019 to see what God has. I know there is no way my husband and I can do this on our own, so please remember us in your prayers each day. Our goal and hope is to take people who would like to volunteer, to Liberia, to help alongside us. If any of you would consider that and feel the Lord's leading, it would truly be a blessing.
Update on my 2019 Trip
The year 2019 was a great year for me. I visited Liberia on the 28 of October, during which time I saw things that broke me down in tears. For instance, kids who should be cared for by their parents were either left alone because their parents can't provide for them, or else their parents had passed away. More so, some children are staying with their relatives who sometimes take them to be their housekeepers, or the kids are sent out to sell instead of being in schools.
While in Liberia, I resided in Rehab Community, a small town located in Paynesville, Montserrado County along the Robert International Airport Highway. During the morning hours, when I usually went for my walk, I saw children in the community drawing water from open wells. These children's ages ranged from six to ten years old. I talked to some of these kids and asked about their parents. A lot of them said their parents had passed on and they were living with relatives. Some were in poor condition, did not have shoes and were only half dressed.
After my time talking to them, I had no words, and had to let them get back to their water duty. Sometimes I would jump in and help them draw their water. There were times when I had to share my meals with children in the community because they were hungry. Most of these kids are deprived of the basic necessities of life, including food and clothes. I saw children walking without clothes or shoes on. This made me very emotional; I shed tears many days seeing their lives this way and I often asked myself why?
Right now some of these children are in our care. We're working very hard to build our orphanage so we can move them to a safe place. In the meantime, we are renting houses that the children stay in with caregivers. We appreciate all your prayers and support. Please continue to pray that God will open more doors for sponsors for these children.