Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our daughter, the world changer

My daughter here in Ethiopia- she just turned one (on the day I arrived) and many people look at her body born missing legs and one arm and think "pity" and "how unfortunate" and "so sad." But she's already capturing people's hearts and shifting perspectives and bring unmatched joy.

The nun who runs the orphanage where she lives has been caring for orphans in Ethiopia for 42 years. I haven't even been alive for that long! I can't imagine the thousands of lives she has touched and the countless number of tragic and heroic stories she has witnessed. Sister Lugarta told me that when a priest called her and described Tizita situation to her, she just couldn't even imagine it. "I had never even seen a child like this and I just didn't think we could care for a little one like her. But then God touched my heart and we just had to take her."

We aren't the only ones who chose yes. It just takes a "yes" to what seems impossible for God to do miraculous work.

Sister said when she arrived, they all cried. Not out of pity, but because of her beautiful face and the joy she exudes. Changing the world, one heart at a time.

I met with our adoption attorney on Friday morning. He's worked as an advocate for orphans in Ethiopia for a long time and has a stellar reputation in Ethiopia. He was anxious to tell me a story about Tizita. A few months ago, MOWA (Ministry of Women Affairs) had decided to close down adoptions in Ethiopia due to political pressure. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia found out and said they had to form an Assessment Team first and visit several orphanages (and not just process paperwork) before any definitive decisions were made.

This Assessment Team included the Deputy Minister of MOWA which I assume means he is the head honcho in charge of major decisions regarding orphans in Ethiopia. They visited Kidane Miheret where Tizita lives. My attorney told me, "When they met Tizita, they had never seen a child like her. But when they saw that the sisters would take her in and care for her, and even that she had an American family that would adopt her... this shifted everything. Tizita was a turning point in the assessment and they decided to keep adoption open, especially for children with special needs."

Changing the world, one heart at a time.

And then I met volunteers at the orphanage from Australia and Malta and Sweden and the U.S. who had met Tizita back in March when she first arrived. They were anxious to meet me to talk about the effect Tizita has had on them. "Her picture is all over the world. And it's not even the picture of Tizita that touches people but the expression of the person's face as they hold her like they are being touched by an angel, a very special presence like they haven't known before."

Changing the world, one heart at a time.

And hopefully very soon she'll be home with our family, changing our hearts and our world. I feel humbled and in awe that God has chosen us. I feel unequipped and unworthy, but then I remember that God's not asking me to have it all together or to be Super Mom. He's just asking for a simple "yes" and I'm confident that all the unknowns that follow that yes will be covered by His abundant grace and provision.




10 comments:

  1. We have prayed and asked the Lord for the fast transaction of getting baby home to Daddy Mom and siblings. These pictures and the story just melted me even more, weeping and joyful praise for a little life, loved.... and spared.

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  2. Your words are so true! She is melting the hearts of people who haven't even met her yet. We cannot wait til she is here, and we can hug her and hold her and be her friend!

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  3. Oh, Meagan! Tears are streaming down my face as I read this! What a miracle baby! How awesome to hear how Tizita's life has already impacted the lives of so many who have met her, and God even used her story to allow other orphans to continue to be adopted into forever families! I'm so proud of you!

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  4. And I'm so glad you didn't even have to miss her first birthday. I love you!!!

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  5. God is so good ALL the time - even when He forms a little girl with no legs, one arm and a heart to transform others.

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  6. I think we have been praying for her! Eliza, my 17 year old traveled with Ethiopia Smiles in June. She met and fell in love with her. She did not know her name so we have been calling her "Stella." She said she is beauitful! When I stumbled on your blog, I could hardly believe it! It was nothing but pure blessing to be able to tell her "Stella's" real name and that she had a family! God is soooo GOOD!

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  7. Awesome. I truly believe that God puts an extra special purpose on those orphans who are placed into families. That they may do big things in his name. May God continue to bless her and you.

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  8. My friend Jen sent me to your blog. We had a dental team treat there in June and our team fell in love with your daughter. SO much joy! We have a special guy from Ethiopia and he too changes lives. I can't wait to see what the Lord has for your precious girl. My 13 year old daughter sat and held her for so long! What a blessing, so thankful to have found your blog.

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  9. I have no words...

    Lord God, bless this family as You use them to change the world...one heart at a time.

    :*)

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