WHAT IF you were born into a family of 11 boys and girls, but none of you, not even your mother knew who your real father was. WHAT IF you were treated like a discarded file in a stack of cards, and you were simply tossed aside as a worthless addition to an already dismantled family? Because your birth mother had no way of feeding, housing, or caring for you, you were left on the streets of a big city. WHAT IF the only water you had to drink was from some puddles left from rains, or from a river that flowed nearby? You were hungry and lonely, so you reached out your hands begging for food or most of all for someone who might just love you enough to take you to their home and care for you? WHAT IF no one ever seemed to want you? Maybe a few people stopped long enough to give you a piece of bread to eat, or a drink of fresh water.
But, WHAT IF one day a kind man stopped to speak to you, and asked you questions about your family, or where you lived? And WHAT IF that kind person came to see you again, and again, and finally picked you up and held you in his arms, and took you with him? For the first time in your life, you felt safe, warm, and cozy. He took you to his home and fed you fried banana and goat meat, along with rice and beans, and for the first time your small stomach seemed so full you could hardly manage it? And what if the big home where he took you had a bathroom with big white towels and soap, and he took you and gave you a clean bath, and dried your little body off, then put you in clean clothes! And WHAT IF he took you and laid you down in a clean bed, covered you with a sheet and kissed you on the cheek, and sang a simple song to you, until you closed you r eyes in sleep? And what if that kind man allowed you to call him father, and promised to help you, give you an education, and help you to grow up to be a good man? And WHAT IF you found there were other boys and girls just like you, who were part of the man’s adopted family, and you learned that you now had many brothers and sisters who also loved you? And WHAT IF the kind man had friends of his who promised to pay money to support your education, your clothing, and your food? WHAT IF the kind man gave you a chance to learn how to grow a garden, or taught you how to sew and make garments, how to raise rabbits, or even do masonry work, and enabled you one day to become a successful father or mother yourself, and be able to provide for yourself?
That’s the common story of every orphan child that is admitted into Place of Hope In Haiti Orphanage, where the founder, Mr. Andre Forges, along with a few other paid staff members, care for some 60 children who have no other home, and who would go hungry, and uneducated, if it were not for some people, like yourself, whom choose to help in some way to provide the resources needed to care for one of God’s little ones. REMEMBER that Jesus said in Matt. 25:35-40 “34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’