A Different Kind of Family

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.

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This is me with all the kids and their housemother.  Love these kids!

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