Lots of Little Ones

Lots of Little Ones

It’s been a long while since we’ve had nine childrenunder three years old at Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. Many times, the infants arrive with paperwork from the hospital or Welfare Office with little, if any, information. Often babies arrive without even a name. This was the case for seven of the last nine little ones mentioned above.

We always pray over these unnamed “treasures” and ask the Lord for an appropriate name. It’s quite a privilege to have the solemn responsibility of naming a child. It always brings a sense of destiny and purpose. This was especially true in the case of little Destiny Joy.

Destiny was older than most of our recent arrivalsShe was 19 months old when she came in August of this year. Originally, we were told she was being placed at Treasures because her mother was underpsychiatric care at a local hospitalBut then one of the social workers at the hospital changed course and allowed the child to be released to her mother or other family members instead.

After that, the truth about what happened to her over the next month is unclear. How she was released and into whose custody we don’t really know. One story is that she was living on the street with her mother and another rumor was that some extended family members took her for that time. But what we do know is that after a monthhad passed, we were contactedagain and asked if she could come and live at Treasures of Africa.

To put it simply, during that “missing month” she was physically traumatized according to her hospital records. She was not walking and barely able to stand in August even though she was about a year and a half old. She also underwent surgery to repair the damage done to her. It breaks my heart to think that she could have been with us during that time andcould have been spared the early memories of pain and suffering she experienced.

I thank God that she is with us now and on the mend spiritually, physically, and emotionally. She’s a beautiful little girl and the first of our children to have silky long hair. It’s possible that her father was Italian according to initial hospital reports from her mother,but no one can say for sure. As far as we know, her mother is back in the psychiatric hospital. Whether she was released and then re-admitted is still unclear.

After about three weeks at Treasures of Africa, Destiny was walking like a sailor on deck in rough seas but making great progress. Her follow-up visits at the hospital are nearly complete with no lasting physical damage expected.

She had a very rough start in life but that has since turned around.We know she has a destiny in Jesus that is life changing.

A new little baby girl arrived at TOA a few days ago. (See page 7) She’s about two and a half months old and officially brought usto the total of nine little ones. The nursery is full for a while – unless Jesus wants to make some more room in the house!

More Stories About Our Treasures

  • A Baby Named HOPE

    By Rita Langeland A new baby joined the Treasures of Africa family. An abandoned two day old infant found in the bush went from unwanted to cherished in a single day. What a difference a day makes! One of the privileges we have at TOA is being able to choose a name for these precious treasures when they come to us without one. We take that responsibility quite seriously and we pray for God to reveal the identity He has for that child. We named this beautiful baby girl "HOPE" because we believe she will be a great encourager and "hope-giver" to other people during her lifetime. Please pray for Read More
  • From Sorrow to Blessing

    We can only imagine the anguish of a young mother in Africa who feels she cannot adequately care for her newborn son. Her desperation must have been overwhelming to do what she did on that day. Perhaps she was a single mother with no money and no extended family to help her. We don’t know for sure. All we do know, is that she bravely carried her bundled child to a local church in Moshi, Tanzania and stood in a prayer line. After waiting for a while, as a visiting Bishop prayed for those who patiently stood in line, she asked a nearby woman if she would hold her baby Read More
  • Lucy Created Her Own Video!

    Missionaries Vince and Vicki Welch work with our kids at Treasures of Africa doing tutoring each week. When 12 year old Lucy expressed a desire to learn how to make a video, Vince volunteered to teach her the ropes of working on the computer to put together a simple video. She made a video about her life at Treasures of Africa. We thought you would enjoy seeing TOA through Lucy's eyes!  
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