Friday, June 26, 2009
The very first time I walked into an orphanage, I tell people that my life changed forever. I don't think anyone can walk into a room filled with row after row of baby cribs, full of children who have lost their parents, and not have their heart be burdened. The hardest part about that first day for me was all of the children who reached out to me wanting so desperately to be held. I would pick up a baby and they would just cling to me. The importance of human touch to a child cannot be overstated.
This photo was recently taken when one of our team in China visited a new orphanage to LWB. He said the moment he walked by, this little girl reached out her arms wanting to be held. And his heart, just like all of us who work with orphaned children, was reminded yet again that no baby should be on their own. Every child born deserves to be held. They deserve to be loved, to be nurtured, to be cherished. And so we can never give up trying to make that a reality, even if we can only do it one child at a time.