By Greg Norwine, Associate Director of Church Partnerships
Last week, GlobalFingerprints staff from around the world met for a week of training, planning and encouragement. One of the most uplifting parts of the conference was hearing reports about how God is changing the lives of children at each of our sites.
Rachel Balia, who coordinates our largest site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told a story that shocked and moved us all. While Rachel was attending a devotional time at Tandala Hospital in Congo, their meeting was interrupted by shouting. Someone had found an abandoned baby covered in human waste in the pit of an outhouse.
Hospital staff lept into action, cleaning up the baby and checking all her vital signs. She had multiple injuries and would eventually lose an eye due to infection. But she was alive.
Of course, this raised the question as to what they would do with the child. Amazingly, one of the women in the group had been unable to conceive and had been praying for a child. God granted her wish and gave the baby a home at the same time.
As if God wanted to make very clear that He was at work in the midst of this tragedy, the passage being taught during the devotional was from Psalm 113 including these words.
Psalm 113:7-9 (NLT)
He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
8 He sets them among princes,
even the princes of his own people!
9 He gives the childless woman a family,
making her a happy mother.
Praise the Lord!
Only God could remedy two heartbreaking situations in one fell swoop.
This child will be sponsored through GlobalFingerprints to make sure her physical and spiritual needs will be met going forward.
They named her, fittingly, Grace.
I couldn’t help but think of our story as Believers when I heard the story of Grace. We too were covered in our own human filth when God rescued us, cleaned us up and adopted us into His family. We too are marvels of grace.