We finally received the updated medical on our little guy. It definitely wasn't the most encouraging report but there could have been a lot worse things on it, so for that I am thanking God. But basically it stated that he is malnourished, very underweight and underdeveloped for his age. He's hungry. He's been hungry since his first months of life. When I asked about it...as any concerned mommy would...I was told that it was normal to expect that kind of health status. I knew that was true....I knew that growing up in an orphanage isn't ideal and that he likely didn't have enough to eat. I've heard these things before. I've seen pictures of hungry kids. I've read books and wept over stories of children who died from preventable diseases. But then my little boy was in this situation and it all hit like a ton of bricks.
Normal??? Normal?? Really? Normal?? It shouldn't be normal that babies are starving!! It shouldn't be normal that their little bellies ache for food because they don't have enough to eat. It shouldn't be normal that they're growing up in orphanages and because of the nature of the situation they develop much slower than a child in a healthy, loving family. My heart was screaming inside of me as I wept on my bed.
And you know, the list of things that shouldn't be normal goes on and on.
It shouldn't be normal that 9 year old girls are "stolen" and raped repeatedly to desensitize them so they can be sold into sex slavery.
It shouldn't be normal that babies die from diarrhea or what started as a simple cold.
It shouldn't be normal that 10 year old kids become "parents" because their mom and dad died or deserted them and so they are left to care for their younger siblings by themselves.
It shouldn't be normal that thousands of people die because they don't have clean drinking water. Clean drinking water. You know the stuff you let run uselessly from your kitchen sink? The stuff you take 30 minute long hot showers in?
It shouldn't be normal that mothers give their babies up because they don't have enough resources or money to feed them and take care of them.
And it shouldn't be normal that a little boy half way across the world is hungry and not growing because he just needs to be home, with a family to love and care for him.
There are so many other heartbreaking things like this that shouldn't be normal. And unfortunately for most of the world, these things are normal. We live in a tiny bubble called America where it's a lot harder to imagine these kinds of situations. But ignorance is no excuse. Especially as Christians. God has called us to be His hands and feet and to love the least of these. If you don't know about these kinds of things...start educating yourself and then start doing something. One small thing...you don't have to change the entire world but you can change the world for one person. On behalf of my little boy...who shouldn't be hungry while I feed my other 2 children 3 healthy meals a day...please start somewhere and start loving someone who needs it.
And please keep praying our little guy home. We're still waiting on more news...we don't have a new MOWA deadline yet and there are new hurdles and frustrations that keep popping up in the process. We're just trusting God's sovereignty and pleading with him on behalf of the cutest little 9 1/2 month old baby boy. And we would be humbled and grateful if you would do the same.
(If you want more help finding resources or ways you can make a difference in someone's life and help eliminate a "normal that shouldn't be" for someone, check out Counter Culture by David Platt at counterculturebook.com . It's an awesome book and he has some great resources for some of these topics on the website.)