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.
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”.
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?