[singlepic id=175 w=200 float=left] We currently have 14 children living with us full-time in our Children’s Home. The majority are not orphans. Some are abandoned while others come from situations that required them to be placed elsewhere. A few of our kids get to visit with their moms on occasion. One of those is a 6 year old boy who got “chatty” at bedtime tonight. He had seen his mom at church on Sunday (Mother’s Day here in the Dominican) and I guess they had quite the conversation because he was telling me, “My mom’s going to go to Haiti and she’s going to buy me a ball and a play gun.” I just smiled and thought, “For his sake, I hope she is able to do that. I just don’t want him to be disappointed by a broken promise.” Then he said, “And she said I can live with her again when I’m big!” Uggh! And what if that can’t happen? How will he deal with that kind of hurt? Then his roommate, a 5 year old boy, asked me if I knew his mom. I’ve seen her a couple of times…back when he used to live with her and only came to us for our afternoon pre-school program. In his short life she’s abandoned him 3 times. Each time Gladys, who has been one of our House Moms for almost a year now, has taken him in. This time, since she lives and works with us, when she took him in, WE took him in! He’s lived with us and not seen his mom for 7 months now. So as I’m trying to figure out where he’s going with the question he adds, ‘I don’t have a daddy.” I took his little face in my hands and said, “There are a lot of people who don’t have a daddy, but the Bible says that Father God is their daddy. So you do have a daddy—the best daddy ever!” He’s 5, though, and that answer seemed to fall on deaf ears. His heart is broken and he just wants a daddy that he can see and touch and hear! Please pray for our kids—that God will heal the hurts of their hearts; that they will feel loved and wanted and special and needed; that they will feel that they are a part of a family; that God will meet them where they are in a very real way. And pray that we will have wisdom as to how to raise these children to seek God and his love before anything else, because that is truly how they will be whole!