Answered Prayer

Of all the wonderful and impactful experiences I had during my adventures in Kenya last summer, perhaps the one that still most affects me is the time our team spent in the government-run children’s home in Nairobi.  Those who have had the time-consuming pleasure of listening to my talk of  Kenya have likely also heard the heart-wrenching stories of  the gov. home.  But for those who are just tuning in, allow me to quickly recap:

The gov. orphanage was a place covered by a dark cloud as we walked into the silent building which housed nearly 80 children, all under the age of 6.  It was a self-proclaimed “lost and found for kids” with around 8 workers for all of these precious children. As we walked through the dining hall and into the one room we were allowed to see, I got my first chance to physically see the statistics we turn our heads and hearts away from; ones like “23,000 children die every day due to malnutrition and preventable diseases.”    Aside from the scent of human waste which clogged the mind, the children were all sick and undernourished; it was like stepping into a “save the children” commercial, but there was no one coming to rescue these children, no one to save them from this harsh reality.  But far worse than their tiny limbs and sore-covered bodies was the look of emptiness in their eyes; the look of complete hopelessness.  That look should plague no person’s face, but to see it in the eyes of a three-yr-old child is beyond words.  The experience left me beautifully broken, with an immense desire to love the unloved children there, and a terrible realization that when we left that afternoon I would be just one more person to abandon them.

Well so much form my brief recap, but I need you to understand as much as possible the literal ache in my heart as I recall the children there so that you might then share in my joy as I tell you about the answers to countless prayers with which God has been so faithful!

This year as we entered the orphanage, instead of a brush-off to a single room, our team was given the grand tour! We saw classrooms and bedrooms, physical therapy and consultation rooms; we saw smiling children running through the halls and workers who knew their names.  In the past year the children’s home has undergone some miraculous changes, placing children in homes like Tumaini around Kenya and decreasing their numbers by half.  The children looked better fed, much more healthy, and while I know there are still so many difficulties they are each facing, the spark of life which belongs in the eye of every child is no longer missing!

I don’t have enough words to explain the joy bubbling up inside of me as I think back upon the countless nights filled with endless tears and prayers for these children and am reminded once again of the power, the compassion, and the faithfulness of our God. Isaiah 41:17 says, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”

I can think of few things so wonderful as being reminded of who the Lord is through answered prayers.

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~ by eileendekker on June 17, 2011.

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