These are the keys that will break the chains of oppression for 30 abandoned, abused and exploited children in India. These are the keys that will unlock the doors to their hearts so that they may be washed of all the abuse and words of hate and to be filled with promises of a hope and a future; faith in an unconditional love from an unlimited God.
These are the keys to our new Home for orphan and abandoned special needs children.
We struggled to find a Home to start our Home for abandoned special needs children. I literally searched all over Delhi in every area to try to find the perfect home. I had the picture of what I envisioned for the Home in the forefront of my mind…I dreamt about it and it drove me crazy sometimes as we searched and searched and nothing added up. I think our realtors were ready to strangle us by the second month. When I thought something was right, something would go wrong. On a few occasions, I thought we found the perfect home only to be let down because the owners were not willing to rent their homes to special needs orphans. I started to feel tired. But I never gave up hope. I thought, “Wow, I am learning a lot in the past couple months running around looking for houses.” And I was learning a lot. Maybe that is why God was giving me the experience, but I was still concerned about finding a house. Because without a house we can’t start our work with special needs orphans.
So, “Where am I going to find a house Lord?” I continued to ask. And God revealed to me that I wasn’t going to find the house but the house was going to find me. And that is exactly what happened. When I had only a few days before my schedule return to USA, I thought, let me just try one more time. I called my realtor friend and he showed me an apartment building that was beautiful but not practical for a special needs children’s home. Another disappointment. As we were leaving the building I saw a two-story yellow house with a “For Rent” sign on the balcony. We called, and the owner came over to show us the house.
When I walked in the front door, I saw a cross and a large photo of Jesus in the foyer. My realtor said, “Your God is here.” And I was moved almost to tears, “Yes. My God is here.” The house was perfect, totally within our budget, and best of all, God is there. It was like Jesus was welcoming us home with arms wide open. The cross still remains where it was and we do not have any plans of taking it down. It is a constant reminder to us that this is God’s home, and He is with us and He has great plans to transform the lives of every child who comes through that front door.
Here it is. Our future Home of Hope and Healing for abandoned special needs children. We consider this home holy ground and we commit it to God and believe that He will do many miracles here in the days ahead!
As we sat in a circle that first night in the Home, we began to pray and sing praise to God. Psalm 20 was heavy on our hearts. When we read verse 4, “May God give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed,” we took it as a promise from the Lord. He has already begun to grant the desires of our heart and make our plans succeed. He will make all things beautiful in His perfect time. We wondered at the possibilities and the miracles that lie ahead of us.
Then we moved on to verse 5, “May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God…” Wait a minute. This is our desire. Verse 5 is the desire of our hearts- that we would shout for joy over their victory; that we would see children healed; that we would see children develop and overcome some of their greatest challenges; that would see them be victorious over the common lie that they are conditioned to believe from birth: they are a curse and their lives are worthless. We want to see them come to realize the Truth: they are loved unconditionally by God who created them with a greater purpose. And when all these things happen (which we believe they will) we can lift up the banner of God and praise Him for who He is!
Verse 7 continues, “Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” We are going to face many challenges, difficulties, victories, and triumphs. But we will never put our trust in anything but the Lord- He will see us through, because He loves us and He loves those children more than we could ever imagine. And we have such peace and joy and excitement in this fact.
I cannot thank God enough for providing this Home. I cannot thank Him enough for raising up sponsors and supporters on the other side of the world. It is a miracle, and He is a God of miracles. What a privilege to witness His miracles first hand!