Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One Tiny Treasure

One tiny treasure.

7 months old.

Desperately sick.

Pneumonia.  

One tiny treasure.

I pray over her as I hold her...

Suddenly...

The meanest orphanage caregiver {that I have ever seen} comes in to give her her medicine.  I jump up, "Please will you let me give her her medicine?" She snarls, nods and thrusts the medicine cup in my hand.  

  Holding her tiny little body in my arms, 
tenderly and ever-so-slowly coaxing her to take her medication, whispering how much I love her.

 How she has to take the medicine.

She has to get well.

She has to.

Because

We need her.  

One tiny treasure.

7 months old. 

One tiny treasure.

Without a mommy.

One tiny treasure.

Without a daddy.

One tiny treasure.

My thumb the same size as her arm.

My thoughts suddenly remember....

When we leave....

Who will nuzzle her against their body?

Who will tenderly give her her medicine when the spiteful worker comes in with her medicine cup?

Who will whisper into her ears just how much she is loved?

Just how much she is needed?

Who will whisper of God's great love for her?

Only HIS hands and feet will do all that...

His hands and feet that are dressed up as businessmen and workin' moms and stay-at-home moms and high school students and accountants and architects and pastors and sunday school teachers and lawyers and accountants and home schooling moms and nurses and doctors and shop owners and restaurant workers...

ordinary.


people. 


are 


HIS 


hands 


and 


feet


to 


each 


and 


every


tiny treasure. 

41 Simply Sweet Words:

  1. And that is why adopters become repeat offenders. You never forget the things you see...

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  2. Break my heart! I can't imagine what we'll see when we get to Taiwan...all the need. Its a small, Christian orphanage we're adopting from...and I know they are loved and cared for. But just the need for every little one to have someone to belong to...


    Brooke Annessa
    www.theannessafamily.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh, Lord, heal this child through the medicine and love that Linny is pouring out upon her..

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  4. I agree with Renee, Lord heal this little one and may she feel the arms of Jesus through Linny. praying still. Hugs and love

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  6. Oh, I WANT her. My heart hurts. This world of ours is such a hard place. I almost can't even hold myself back from jumping through the computer to get there to help, to save her. I wish my husband felt the same way NOW. I continue to pray for his heart to catch up to mine. Thank you for being there Linny......

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  7. Made it home safely. Please tell the ladies I am lifting them up in prayer! I love to see you all loving and being a demonstration of Christ to others... and allowing others to demonstrate Christ to you! Hugs!

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  8. Oh that sweet little precious one! My heart goes out to her and I will pray hard for the worker....The Lord needs to get a hold of her heart!

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  9. linny, as someone who runs a child foundation, may i just say that it is unacceptable for a caregiver to have this kind of attitude, and you should feel free to report her to the management. we often find that our caregivers get careless and crabby from the stress of their job, and need constant teaching, encouragement, and discipline to love the children as Jesus would. i hope you have time to report this and either change this person, or 'change' her. blessings!

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  10. Praying for tiny (God's healing of the baby's body) and big (God's healing of the worker's heart) miracles.
    Sometimes I leave your blog up for hours because your playlist is so inspirational. I like to have it in the background while I work.

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  11. tears. that's all i've got - tears & huge prayers...

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  12. No words...but the Lord knows my heart.
    Praying.

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  13. Hugs, prayers for this little treasure. Wish you could bring her home to me! :) Wish I could go get her. Hoping to have our 3rd treasure home soon. Wish I could bring so many more home.

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  14. Oh Linny!

    Tears for this precious little one, be strong, fight, little one as we fight for you in prayer!

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  15. Ok Linny! My eyes are surprisingly dry but my heart is outraged! What is her status? Adoptable? We are working on updating our paperwork right now and haven't specified country yet. If it is even a chance feel free to email me at eveleth@hotmail.com Thanks Linny and I will continue to pray for her little body to experience healing and for her to soak in your sweet touch! ~Becky

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  16. Ok Linny! My eyes are surprisingly dry but my heart is outraged! What is her status? Adoptable? We are working on updating our paperwork right now and haven't specified country yet. If it is even a chance feel free to email me at eveleth@hotmail.com Thanks Linny and I will continue to pray for her little body to experience healing and for her to soak in your sweet touch! ~Becky

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  17. I am praying for this sweet treasure! God will heal her!

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  18. I will pray for the little baby to sense Jesus' love through you, and also for the orphanage worker that she may share the reason for her being hard hearted, she may have experienced trauma herself.

    Is there a chance that the orphanage children who are believers, could hold and visit these babies, to share Jesus' love as well? They will still be there when you return home. Perhaps you could teach them how to be Jesus' hands and feet by modelling to them?

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  19. Oh my!!! How do you go about adopting from Uganda? God has been pushing us towards another adoption, but just not sure where...
    amy

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  20. AMEN. may more and more of His hands and feet get out in the thick of it and LOVE.
    praying for her. praying for you all.
    i want to love on her. =)

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  21. oh my heart weeps for her! we all need to get out of our comfort zone and reach out.

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  22. Oh Linny-God bless these dear dear children...

    It just cannot be this way- it needs to change...

    Absolutely heartbreaking...

    Thank you for this post...

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  23. Linn, I am praying tonight for ALL the babies. For the pneumonia to be healed. For these babies to receive love the rest of their life from Mommies and Daddies who love them. I can't imagine how hard it would be to be there. I can understand how difficult it is.

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  24. I meant I can't even fathom how difficult it is for you there. Oh how your heart must break for those sweet babies. I think it's time for this Minnesota girl to get her booty out there. I too am afraid of how I will react. But your so right that it's not about how WE feel. It's about the impact we can make for others. Thank you for staying true to who you are. Thank you for setting the example Jesus set for us all. Thank you friend for doing the difficult. I am praying for all of you. Praying against the enemy. Praying for the light of Jesus Christ to shine into the hearts of those sweet little babies. Lv, jen

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  25. Praying for this sweet treasure...praying the caregivers' hearts are softened and tender toward her...that the medicine will work...that she will fight until her family comes for her!! Lord God be her Father...her healer...her Savior...she so desperately needs you!

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  26. Praying that that precious little one will have a mommy of her own someday.

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  27. My heart is ripping right out of my chest. All I can do is hand it over to God. I pray for this little treasure.

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  28. Praying, and praying some more. I wish you could just take her with you now...

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  29. Tears spilling as I read this. Praying for the precious treasure....praying for the caregiver and that her heart would be softened...that she would feel loved and worthy....that she would find Jesus.

    Blessings,
    Julie Hoagland

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  30. Oh sweet babies... I am so choked up that I can't speak... My heart breaks for these little ones. My sweet baby boy of 21 months just prayed with me for the babies... Only God Himself can bring forth the miracles needed for these precious children: Carers hearts to soften. More volunteers. More mummies and daddies. Healing. Love. Hope... We continue in prayer for them, for you Linny, for the other volunteers, for us all...
    Hugs and love from my heart to yours,
    Mel G

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  31. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is worth ten thousand.

    Oh.my.heart.

    Linny, thank you for being the 'hands and feet' of Jesus in your everyday walk. This post is both inspiring and heart-wretching. Praying God's hedge of protection over this precious little one... and the many others like her who long to be held. Oh the things that burden His heart, may they continue to weigh on ours...

    Hugs,
    Tanya

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  32. That breaks my heart. I am holding her up in prayer. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.

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  33. praying for this sweet little one and the care giver. My God work in both of their lives.

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  34. Since you all have a heart for orphans and for Uganda I hoped it would be all right to post this plea from a friend who partners with a couple in Uganda that has a house full of orphans.

    http://ranchedonjesus.blogspot.com/2011/04/love-offering.html

    There is an opportunity to encourage this couple with a gift. They have an incredible story.

    Thanks,
    Sue

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  35. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog.. I will be praying so hard for this sweet child.

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  36. heart breaking - and if it breaks our hearts, imagine how much more it must be breaking Gods... If you're able to email me details of the home we may be able to visit and love on the babies from time to time. teamgordon@teamgordonuganda.com
    Also be wonderful to meet up while you're over here if at all possible!

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  37. Sweet precious baby!!

    Hey, does everyone's computer have "accountants" listed twice or just mine??? Just wondering...I am an accountant. :)

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  38. Dear Linny,
    Thank you for being the hands and feet of jesus as well as the lovely lady's on your team.
    My triplets were 10 weeks early and their arms were the size of my thumb. It's (i'm struggling to find words)unimaginable to see that in our countries in the third world nations, i'm guessing you would see it a lot more.
    I know God has a purpose for the sweet wee girl in your arms. I pray that it includes her healing and a mummy and daddy to love on her.
    I know all the lovely ladies on the Go Team are where God wants you. Breaking your hearts with the things that break His. I pray it inspires them to make a difference after they get home too. I also pray that what they have seen and felt won't wound too deeply.
    Thanks for updating us from Uganda and know we still pray for OUR street boys as well as that the babies can be adopted before it's too late. It's precious to hear my 4yr olds pray about this.
    Love to you all,
    Relle

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  39. The babies/orphans of Uganda and the rest of the world, have been on my heart all day....i so long to hold them and comfort them and whisper Jesus love in their ears....thank you, Linny, for doing what you and your team are doing...i am in awe and unceasing prayer for you. i wish you could take all the empty luggage you have from the shirts/ties, etc. and make them into cradles and take all the babies home with you. i know there would be a long line waiting for you to get off the plane...i being one of them...to take one of these precious treasures home to love and care for forever. i will never stop praying for these lambs...asking the Lord to use me in what ever way He chooses....in helping these precious children. Thank you for the updates and the picture that will stay with us forever...a true Thumbelina, oh so precious... <3

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