I had just turned 17 and it was the first semester of senior year. A nun was driving 3 of us students from our all girls high school in East Providence, RI, to our rival for a basketball game. Since she had our undivided attention, she decided to use the opportunity to ask us the pivotal question, “So, what are you going to do with your lives?”
I piped up, “I'm going to have an orphanage.”
“Why?” she asked curiously.
“I have two wonderful parents, and while I realize our family is not perfect, I have one! My Mom & Dad love me and want the best for me, and there are orphans who do not have anyone. I cannot imagine it, and it is not fair. I want them to know they are loved, and that they matter.”
She neither encouraged nor discouraged me.
Time passed. Lots of time. Thirty eight years passed and I never forgot those words I spoke.
I had an on-going conversation with God about it. As I worked on the mission field, often with children, I would ask the Lord, “Is this it? Does this fulfill the goal/dream of an orphanage? I would hear Him say, “No, this is not it.”
It is not like I deliberated in prayer over it, I didn't. I just knew it was still there, the reality of words spoken from a heart that was, well, pure.
In case you did not know, we here in the US do not have orphanages anymore. Abortion has stolen the lives of both the baby in the womb, as well as the parents who have made such a decision. There is foster care and adoptions take place privately, but there are no orphanages.
I did not know what the Lord had in mind...until He gave me the word on a Tuesday morning.
Let me explain: The Lord had given direction to dear dear friends of mine, Gabe & Hannah Bahlhorn to build orphanages in India. I was so happy for them. It was so funny...it never dawned on me that this could eventually have something to do with me. I am laughing as I think about how God works; He is the best!!
On that Tuesday morning this past May, He woke me up and said: “THIS IS IT...and I had you prophecy to yourself when you were 17 years old.” I was flabbergasted! The Lord gave me specifics, He told me to honor my parents with the first one, naming it in their honor. I could not wait to tell my Mom!! I thought I would be taking a picture of the actual orphanage, then mat and frame it, wrap it, then give it to my Mom on Christmas morning. I imagined her beautiful face as she opened her gift, but that is not what happened.
In September, four days before my Mother went home to be with Jesus, I told her the story as she was in the hospital. She was amazed, blessed and she kissed me and held me close. She will see this refuge for 50 girls in India from heaven.
Please give as the Lord has moved you, don't wait, don't hesitate. I need $11,000.00 more to complete it, having already raised $24,000.00 It would take 11 people to give $1000 or 22 people to give $500 or 44 people to give $250. Use the Paypal button, and remember this ministry is an official 501C3 , your gift is tax deductible. I love you for reading this and hearing my God-given vision. Get one yourself:-)!
To actually see where the orphanage is, go to www.missions.me and see Angel House. You will see Dominic & Lindsay Russo and the amazing work of God begun through this young couple. All for the glory of our God!!
The picture above is of me with my Mom & Dad, Barbara & Raymond Sullivan.
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