The Little Boy in the Big Blue Shirt.

th_John073[1]I fell in love today.

I don’t know his name but he was very small and he was wearing a smile as big as his dirty blue shirt. He was the first one to come running toward us as we walked through the gate of that unsuspecting children’s home. My heart melted and I could not help but to sweep him into my arms and hold him as if he were my own. He seemed so bright and wonderful. I was compelled to inquire more of him, which led me to a young, good-hearted cambodian man, the one who had found him…

Six months ago…he was starving in a nearby village, very weak and sick…his Aunt, although she was kind to take him in after his mother died, has too many children and not enough rice porridge to go around. So the young man brought the little boy to the home to get better. But he can only stay for a few months…then he must return to his village. This home is not prepared or equipped for long term housing and does not have enough volunteers…a sad situation, if not a little disheartening.

But…here’s the good part. As we talked with this man, we soon came to realize that he is the missing link to our vision for adoption here in Cambodia. That is what he does! He goes to the villages and rescues extremely impoverished children and helps them find a home and a better life. He has many connections which we desperately need…

In the end, I walked away with a very full heart and tears in my eyes…We were both so inspired by his story and the work that he does (on such a meager income!) that it completely changed our plans for the rest of the trip.

We decided to stay here in Siem Reap for two more days, so that we could visit the villages where these children come from…He said he could take us there on Sunday…

So here we are in a two star hotel in this dusty town for three more nights, but somehow it is perfectly ok…

Because today, I caught a glimpse of light in a little boy’s eyes. I found hope in the smile of one of God’s smallest angels, wearing a big blue shirt…and I will never be the same.

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