This week our church was able to partner with another local congregation to put on a His Little Feet concert. I had never heard of His Little Feet before this opportunity, but it is such a beautiful ministry. His Little Feet’s Children’s Choir is composed of orphans from around the world. The children come here for 1 year and travel the United States, being the voice for orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide. The purpose of the tour is to bring awareness to the millions of children around the world in need of care, as well as facilitate opportunities for Americans to respond to the needs of children through giving, sponsoring, going and adopting.
While the group was here, we had the blessing of being able to host one child and one staff member in our home. A beautiful 10 year old little girl from India named Dami called our house “home” for 4 days. She is a shy, quiet little girl with a smile that lights up the room. Addy offered her room as a place for Wisline and Dami to sleep, and when we led them to the room, Dami went straight to Addy’s dollhouse and spent hours there during her stay.
Dami has been here since June with the group of 7 children from India. They are selected by caregivers in their orphanage and then given the choice if they would like to participate in the choir. They tour for 10 months all over the US–from recording in California, to performing at the Grande Ol’ Opry in Nashville, to singing in front of 10,000 people at conferences to small venues. And they experience life all along the way. They have a pretty strenuous and impressive travel schedule and receive education on the road, so Dami was able to understand quite a bit of English, and speak when she wanted to…..but I think she preferred just nodding her head and not saying anything! 🙂
Dami and Addy couldn’t have been a better fit, because Addy has a very similar personality. She can be outgoing but is easily overwhelmed by louder personalities. The girls spent many hours playing happily alongside each other, but not necessarily saying a whole lot…just lots of smiles. They built LEGO houses and made bracelets, played doll house, watched cartoons and of course, let Abe and Cora play too.
The choir performed their concert Wednesday night, and it was incredible to see Dami come out of her shell with her friends, and sing and dance her heart out on stage. Each child had a beautiful spirit of worship, and looking at each child’s face confirmed so strongly in my heart that EACH child matters. If you can only reach out and help one child in your entire life, it matter to that “one.” Every child has a story, and it deserves to be heard. That is why I love that this ministry is providing a voice to the voiceless.
I think I made Dami pretty happy with having rice and hot sauce for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch…her two favorite foods. There were lots of smiles. She and Addy spent the entire afternoon making necklaces and bracelets, and it occurred to me that my daughter has spent the last year making necklaces to send to orphans and needy children, and today–in my basement–she made necklaces WITH one of those children. And what delighted my heart even more was that in her eyes she was just making jewelry with a new friend…..children see things so beautifully.
On Thursday night, we took Dami and two of the boys, Kima and David bowling. It was their first time, and it was such a hilarious experience. They had such a good time. Kima and David helped Addy set up the bowling ramp and get her pink bowling ball every time. Kima would line it up perfectly, and David would grab the one pink ball he knew Addy liked and carry it over for her and set it up. Kima would put his arms around Addy to hold on to the ramp and make sure it didn’t move while she pushed it. Addy ended up winning, and I told Kima and David it was because of their hard work helping her! After bowling we went to a Chinese buffet because the kids were craving rice. I sat next to little 9 year old David and have never seen a little boy eat so much in all my life….after he ate 2 heaping plates of food, he topped it off with ice-cream and hot sauce! Ha! What a joy these two boys were, and what a delight to see them wrestling with Abe and carrying Cora, and just being kids!
This has been an opportunity of a lifetime. Dami and Wisline stay in different host homes every few days, so I am certain that they will not remember us out of the dozens of homes they will stop at, but I can assure you they will never be forgotten by our family. God continues to place faces and names in my life to remind me that each one matters, and they are not simply an unreachable statistic.
God is so great. And His heart for children is so apparent in scripture. I am beginning to see that He is revealing His heart to me, and call me to more than I could have ever dreamed!
Thank you Jesus for these little hands and feet, the forgotten, the overlooked, the neglected, the abandoned, the vulnerable, the voiceless. Jesus, raise up Your church to serve and love the least of these, and reveal Your heart to the hearts of man. Open people’s hearts to be used by You, so You can “set the lonely in families.”