When I was very single and working in my first place of employment, fresh out of NYSC, it was mandatory for every unit and every branch of the firm to visit an Orphanage at least once a year. My excitement grew when the Business manager nominated me to go with her and the team to represent the branch based on our personal collective contribution.
This afforded me my very first opportunity to visit an orphanage and what an effect it had on me; It was so strong that I made up my mind to make it a yearly event for myself and my family when I got married and had kids… But things never went as planned as I forgot about my resolution and got entangled in my domestic duties as a Wife and Mother coupled with my Career.
Several years into my marriage, in celebration of my daughter’s birthday, I thought of a change from the usual routine to do something different. Then the idea hit me again and we decided to celebrate her Birthday at an Orphanage. It was fulfilling to see how much joy and fun we brought them. The Orphanage experience was one that stirred my entire family to sharing love and affection on another level.
One peculiar moment that I can never forget was when my family posed for a picture and the orphans joined in, the orphanage officials made attempts to stop them from ‘spoiling’ the picture; my husband had to make it clear to them that the orphans are children just like ours and equally precious before God.
Lately, the story of Moses, his mother and the pharaoh’s daughter has shone even more in my heart. What it must have been for Jochebed to give up her son, plant him in a place she hoped would favour him and to watch help find him? I began to think more compassionately about mothers that helps in making with help by the who abandon their children. For all we know, it was the best they could think off at that time to offer their young! It might have been with the hope that someone or some persons will take them and offer them the life, love and care they could not afford to give to them.
I am reminded of the experience of a family friend who woke up to the sound of a baby in their vicinity. Blessed with four children of their own already, they made haste to report to the appropriate quarters and hand the child over for care. It was to their greatest surprise that their nanny broke out in tears confessing that the child was hers. She had hoped when it was found, the family will take on responsibility and perhaps there would be a replay of the Moses episode. Oh well, too bad it wasn’t so.
I have chosen to look beyond the mothers who abandon their children and their intents, whatever those may truly be. I have chosen instead to reach out to as many abandoned or orphaned children as I can by contributing positively to their lives and destiny. Surely I do not know God’s blueprint for any of those children, but the scripture tells me that his thoughts towards them are of Good and not of evil, and I do believe that our expression of love and compassion can go a long way in making God’s Good plans materialize in their lives and by extension in the world we live in. NKBC as an organization is teaching the Kids on such outreaches to show love and care to these kids irrespective of the name tag and unfortunate situation life has put them in. The first visit made us decide to do it years later for another birthday. I remember asking my children to tell me what they think about an orphanage and my daughter said its a place where you throw parties. “Life is what you make of it’ . This is because she had attended about 3 parties in Orphanages.
I urge you also my friends and loved ones, to partner with God as we reach out to abandoned and orphaned children for they are all around us. One little act of kindness every now and again, might be all they need to be what God created them for.
So, let’s REACH OUT!
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