One small girl

November 5th, 2011

Back before my trip to see Katie, many of you watched a short Youtube video of Katie’s former orphanage.  The video was taken by a group of women from the UK who have been instrumental in providing the babas.

Do any of you remember the very first child who appeared on that video?  The tiny, fragile fourteen-year-old girl being held by the visitor?  As soon as I saw her, I hurt for her.  She was so vulnerable.  I wanted to protect her from unkind, staring eyes just as I would want to protect Verity.

She is kept in the room next to Katie’s.  I was able to go to her and give her as much love as I could in a few moments, knowing that at any time, I might be seen and questioned by an orphanage worker.  While I was still in Katie’s country, I received an impassioned email from a mom begging me for more information about that delicate little fourteen-year-old girl.

Not long afterward, that family committed to adopting some of the other very needy children waiting with Katie.  But our attorney discovered some bad news about this one small girl.

Her file had never been listed with her government, and she had actually turned fifteen years old the month after that Youtube video was taken.

If she reaches her sixteenth birthday next summer without being adopted, she will no longer be legally available for adoption. 

But several people kept pleading with the Lord on her behalf, including the family who already loves her fiercely and wants to bring her home and give her the beautiful name of Sophia!

Not long ago, I received another impassioned email from that same mom, with some incredible news that made me laugh and cry at the goodness of the Lord!

“Please, please, pray very hard.  S. just called me and said the government has the fifteen year old’s paperwork and asked if we were still interested.  They said they just need their lawyer to sign off on it.  [Our attorney] was just made aware and she says it is a miracle.  Please, please, can you have others pray for us that all our paperwork goes well without any hiccups?”

Then just this week, another adoptive mom was able to get news of “Sophia” when she was there visiting her own little one, but the news was not good.

Little “Sophia” has been struggling to keep any food down, and just returned from the hospital.




I don’t want you to miss the significance of what God has done here!


~There is a little girl with Down syndrome who has lain helplessly in bed for over fifteen years.  The humanly logical assumption is that she would live and die in lonely obscurity.

~God sent the right video to the right people at the right time, just before I went to her orphanage.  It went from my friend who was just in Katie’s orphanage, to me, to another friend who is adopting three little boys from Katie’s orphanage, to this very special mom, less than two weeks before I traveled there myself.

~He used this video to draw that family to love “Sophia” passionately enough to pursue her for months without giving up.

~He allowed me to see and touch “Sophia,” and to be in touch with the mom who loves her.

~If it hadn’t been for the miracle that took place at the orphanage that week, our attorney would have been unable to obtain any information about her, or work on her behalf. 

~Then He opened up a way past the legal barriers that kept her from being available for adoption!

~And now He is revealing her need to potentially thousands of people, many of whom will pray fervently for her.


For fifteen years this fragile treasure has been hidden away from the world, and now look what her Father has done for her!


Could you please allow sweet “Sophia” a place in your hearts, even though I may not yet publicly show you her picture?

Could you please pray fervently that God will preserve her life so that she may come into this special family that has abundant love to lavish on her?

That God will show His mighty strength through her little life, sweeping aside every obstacle like the nothings they are to Him?

Thank you, friends.  I am grateful to the Lord for you.


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15 Responses to “One small girl”

  1. Missy says:

    i will keep Sophia in my prayers.

  2. Shannon O says:

    Praying for Sophia to be able to feel the love of a family here on earth.  May His angels cradle her in their arms and keep her safe.

  3. Sonya says:

    I will pray for Sophia!  What wonderous ways God moves!  Praying He sustains her until her family can reach her and bring her home.  Let God be glorified in all this. Amen.

  4. Ginger says:

    Thank you so much for telling us about this precious girl. I will definitely be praying for her and for the family God has for her. May He open every door and glorify His name in the process!

  5. Kristina and Family of 4! says:


  6. Terri says:

    Praying for sweet Sophia!

  7. Shannon says:

    What an amazing miracle.

  8. Heather says:

    God is SO good, I can barely stand it. Thank you so much for sharing these lives. We were prayer warriors for a sweet girl, Lera, that passed away this summer. I am glad she is with her eternal father but my heart is broken that she died alone. There is no such thing as an unwanted child!

  9. Robin says:

    Praying for Sophia!!!

  10. Tami Swaim says:

    “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
    The value of a soul.  How much is a soul worth?  One small girl in a world of about 7 billion is quite an intimidating statistic.  To really wrap your mind around just how large 7 billion is makes it all the more astonishing that God cares for each one of us.   
    – If you took 7 billion steps along the Earth’s equator — at 2 feet per step — you could walk around the world at least 106 times! 

    And yet to our creator He died to save each and every soul! 

  11. Tami Swaim says:

    To God a precious treasure to die for….
    A love so deep, so high…just floors me!

  12. Laura F. says:

    Many prayers for precious Sophia and her family… thank you for sharing the miracle of her story, Susanna!

  13. Leigh says:

    Is there any chance you could repost the link to the video? I have been following for a few months, but not long enough to see the video you reference.
    Praying for you and your beautiful family!

  14. Susanna says:

    I cannot post it publicly, Leigh, because it contains the name of the city where the orphanage is located, but if you email me, I will send you the link. :)

  15. Angelia says:

    I would be interested in seeing the video too.  Thank you.

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