To you I’m Isabel, Izzy, or even Belle, but to two little ones in Zambia, David and Ruth, I’m mom – they are my beloved babies. Although I’m only 19 years, I count it a great joy, privilege and responsibility to be called mom by two of the most precious jewels in my life. In the bible, Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” I pray I’m setting that example.
I wanna tell you a few things about my two babies and how I really became a “mom.” Ruth (5) and David (2) are brother and sister. They grew up in a compound called Kanyama 1 outside of the capital city of Lusaka, and lived a very difficult and tragic life. They were raised without a father in their lives and went without food for days on end. David and Ruth are both HIV positive, and witnessed the death of their mother last year. Since they had no caretaker after their mother’s death, the government had to find a place to deliver them. They ended up at Family Legacy’s full-time care (The Tree of Life Children’s Village) on July 2, 2016.
The day that David and Ruth were dropped off at Family Legacy was the date that I was scheduled to return home from Zambia after Camp Life. By Gods providence, just a few hours before my flight was scheduled to depart for the US, Holly Scurry showed me a text that she had just received of two new children that were delivered to Family Legacy. I told her that I wanted to go see them before I flew home. We rushed to the location where they were waiting. It was truly love at first sight; God nit our hearts together immediately. They needed a sponsor and of course my orphan loving self didn’t hesitate to say YES!! A BIG YES! And, that’s the day I became a “mom.”
Saying yes to the orphans is saying yes to God. A yes to being His hands and feet for these precious children. Saying yes is saying yes to Gods mission – preaching the good news of His grace and mercy to His children and rescuing them from the grip of the enemy. Saying yes is showing God’s love to these little ones who never imagined someone would love them. And lastly, saying yes means I get to be a mommy to David and Ruth, one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
In John 10:10 Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, BUT I have come that they may have LIFE and have it abundantly.” The thief was definitely trying to destroy these two babies but God had a different plan. You see, that verse has a promise after the comma. Jesus wins! He gives them life; an abundant life. That’s His amazing grace. It’s a new life that he has given David and Ruth.
So, I’m a “mom”!! And it’s the greatest gift and blessing to me!!
Enjoy the before and after’s below…