I spent too much of my adult life struggling and without meaningful purpose. Even in the midst of my years of spiritual chaos, God led me through unscathed. Again and again, He nudged me; I knew there was a special mission waiting for me in Africa.
After living away from the town where I grew up for more than 15 years, I retired and moved back to Cartersville to be closer to family and friends. Shortly after the move, my life changed again for the better when I walked through the doors of my wonderful new church home (First Presbyterian Church of Cartersville), and introduced myself to Daryl Roberts. After chatting with Daryl, I made the commitment that day to God, Daryl, and myself that I would travel to Liberia and visit the orphanage. That’s it–no more excuses. I knew it was a “God thing” that Daryl was sitting there on that day, at that time, in that place.
Months later after much preparation and planning, there I was along with a dozen others in a vehicle on the way to meet 125 of the most beautiful children you can imagine. We are greeted by Mother Elizabeth and the children singing “in the name of Jesus, you are welcome.” In the next days we spend walking hand in hands, praying, singing, dancing, cooking, listening, and most importantly, touching.
People ask, “Why Africa when so many people here need help?” Why take shots for diseases such as yellow fever and malaria? Why sleep with a mosquito net in a room with little or no air conditioning? Why eat goat or tuna from a can, or take a bucket bath? My answer is why not if that is where you are led?
Thanks to your generosity and the efforts of the Orphan Aid Liberia family, these kids have beds to sleep in, a roof over their head, food to eat, a school with loving teachers, shoes, deworming medication, and even a tooth brush.
I recently had the opportunity to return to Africa and spend some time working with an organization called Mercy Ships. A number of the African workers on the ship were from Liberia. Their stories about their personal experience during the war in Liberia several years ago were gut-wrenching and horrifying. While I was working in the Congo, I couldn’t help but think about how close I was to the kids in the orphanage and how I longed to hold them close and let them know they are loved.
Ebola has changed everything. Pray for West Africa, Liberia, and ask God to continue to hold Mother Elizabeth, the caregivers, and the children in His loving and protective arms. For only $20/month, less than the cost of a movie and refreshment, you can sponsor one of these children. When you see the smiles on their faces, you can feel the love and deep appreciation they have for their OAL family supporters. They need your help more than ever. To learn more about child sponsorship, visit our “LOVE. Child Sponsorship” tab.
Why Africa? Because that is the seed God planted in my heart, and I pray that God will continue to guide me on this wonderful path He has set before me.
I can’t wait to go back!
Written by Orphan Aid Liberia team-member, Cathy Wall