Abandoned in a Field
God’s faithfulness to the abandoned and outcast!
I’d like to share with a story that happened 13 years ago but continues to inspire us to this day! A local Hani woman went out to her tea field and found an abandoned baby boy with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. He had ant bites all over his mouth and part of his ear was eaten by ants 🙁
The woman was a person of compassion and felt sorry for the baby, so she took him into her home. She asked friends at her church what they thought she should do about the baby. They told her there was a foreign lady who would know what to do with ‘cleft babies’ – that ‘foreign lady’ was me 🙂
A few days later the woman and baby turned up on our doorstep. I could see that she genuinely cared for him. So, my husband and I encouraged her to keep the baby and raise him as her own child. [For the record, local police had already confirmed the natural parents could not be found.]
The woman and her family were concerned the costs of raising a fourth child. My husband shared with them our own story of how Papa God always provided as we took four abandoned children into our own home.
The family did keep the baby and over the next three years their tea harvest dramatically increased. However, it was only the tea trees in their village – all the surrounding villages continued to have standard harvests. Actually, on the third year, they didn’t even need to use pesticides as the bugs stopped attacking their tea trees altogether! (But the bugs did continued to trouble all the surrounding fields). Their son, Zhu An, has been helped by #mekonghope for many years now with speech therapy and general nutritional advice.
Today, it was wonderful to see this family again and even do a quick checkup on Zhu An’s speech and teeth – both no problems!
How faithful is God!! We love seeing redemption, new life, and people being “lifted from the dust heap and being seated with princes!” (Psalms)