Within the first fifteen minutes of arriving in this country, I sensed a heaviness weighing down onto my spirit. Sometime during that evening, I remembered through a fog that we had prayed that God would send help to the whole orphanage, not just to our baby.
The whole orphanage? Had we really prayed that? It feels kind of crazy now. What were we thinking? That’s a lot of children. Impossible. Why weren’t we just coming in to get our own baby like normal people? Why would we imagine anything more could be done? We are getting too big for our britches, I tell you.
I turned and looked back in the direction of retreat. But there was a barrier in that path.
I pulled my little Bible out…
…and within a few verses…
“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”
…God opened my eyes to the tactics of the enemy. My discouragement was the work of the enemy, beating on me while I was in a weakened state like the coward he is. He wanted me to feel overwhelmed and foolish and give up before trying.
Yes, of course our strength is small! But the power of our God is without limit. He is our strength for us!
On Monday morning, God set me before the director, and said, “Now.” I sat and smiled into the director’s eyes and asked her the questions I had prepared for her.
“We care about more of the children here than just our girl. We care about all the other children with special needs in this orphanage. What must be done to make them all available for adoption? Is there anything we can do to help?”
She shook her head and explained that it was impossible. All had already been done on her side. It was someone else’s responsibility to do the rest. She could do nothing more. All had been done.
God’s people pled with Him boldly and God has answered by showing what He can do. This morning, He amazed us again. He again brought the director out to the car to say more words that did not come from her. God has swept open the first set of doors that are keeping the least of these children captive.
God did a miracle in the midst of the enemy’s stronghold, and this orphanage will never be the same again.
But please, please do not stop praying for our attorney! She is extremely drained from the intense drama that has been playing out before us this week. The demands on her have just increased. This precious woman is on the front lines right where the action must happen next, and the enemy knows it. He is up to his usual dirty tricks, beating on her while she is in a weakened state, throwing up obstacles, telling her of all the impossibilities. Please keep praying for her as she fights through the maddening red tape and government inertia that the enemy loves to put to evil use once all the drama passes through town and things settle down to long, hard work. He will not let these children escape his clutches without a fight.
Please pray that God would pour His strength into and through her weakness.
Please pray that God will raise up parents for the nearly fifty children with special needs here who will need families to come forward to love them with the love of Jesus.
The enemy sneaks around and wins hearts that have been lulled back to sleep.
I will not stop pleading with the Lord to break the hearts of His people and open their mouths to say “Yes,” to Him, no matter what.
O Lord, You can do this thing!
We need to be extremely cautious. I cannot post the pictures of the other children right now! I must be vague in how I tell this part of the story!
But God has opened up the doors to let these oppressed ones go free.
Praise His name.
“…He shall gather the lambs in His arms…and carry them in His bosom…”