Almost a year ago Beautiful Dream Society opened a long-term care center in Lesotho. Four children from Beautiful Gate were transferred to this new facility and we held a ceremony the day they left. It was one of the most heartbreaking ceremonies I attended while in Lesotho, because these children weren’t going to families, but to another facility. They were being adopted into a system that is like a family, with a housemother, but it still not a family, at least not what we think of as a family.
Beautiful Dream Society and the church I attended in Lesotho, Victory Church, teamed up to open up the care center, as they are both under the same umbrella – a church in Oklahoma. Every Sunday the housemothers at the care center brought the children to church and I got to see them many times throughout the year, whenever I attended the same service they did. It was so great to see them and give them hugs.
About a week before I left, I had dinner at their house. I wanted to say goodbye to the kids and tell them I love them. And it was so amazing to be in their house with them and see how they live. They are so happy in their new family and it is a family. It’s not a family as we had dreamed for these kids, but they are a family. The 12 kids in the care center are brothers and sisters. They have a mom and aunties and uncles. They are well loved.
This is me with all the kids and their housemother. Love these kids!