Rachel’s Story

During my recent visit to the Lev LaLev Orphanage, I got to ‘shmooze’ with Rachel, a girl who was recently placed in the Home by the Welfare Department.

Rachel taught me a powerful lesson.

Her story:
A few years ago, Rachel’s mother was forced to run away with her and her sister to a shelter in middle of the night, leaving their possessions behind. They stayed there for a year. Rachel and her sister were physically abused by their father. I won’t share the graphic details, but it was not a pretty story.

Hearing her story, my heart goes out for her. This innocent girl experienced horrible things in her life. I want to be there for her. I ask her, “Rachel, is there anything you would like to see more here at the Orphanage? What do you wish for?”

Her response shocked me.

Thinking for a moment she responded, “I can’t think of anything”.

Huh?

Noticing how surprised I was, she continued, “I get everything I want or need here, I love this place, I can’t think of anything I’m lacking.”

This got me thinking.

There are so many children out there, being raised in a healthy home and have clothing and accessories for every need.

Yet, when presented with the question of what they would want, what would they answer?

When they have nowhere to turn, who will be there for them?