Alex was brought to the orphanage at a young age, because his mother had died and his father was sentenced to a few years in prison. He wasn't an orphan by definition, but he had nowhere to go, no one to take him in. Now at age 11, Alex's father is out of prison but never came back for him. Because he is technically not an orphan, he can't be adopted. He has no chance of getting out of the orph unless his father returns to either claim him or sign away his guardianship.
This morning I had the privilege of sharing at The Mills about HS and all that I've been learning through this journey so far. I was reminded of how good it is to reflect on His faithfulness, as a reminder of how far I've come and how good He is! So, as I was reflecting on this morning, I thought for the hundredth time how blessed I am to have such a wonderful, supportive, loving community around me. I would not be the person I am today without the amazing people in Father's family that surround me.
Then I thought: the kids in China that we visit have nothing like that. They have no one. You could say they have each other, but even then no one is there to teach them how to share, or be kind, or take care of one another. Alex came to mind immediately as an example of this. He still lives in the orph, and He has no one to show him he matters, to teach him how to ride a bike, to be a positive role model, or to help him navigate the coming years as he grows up into a young man.
Keep Alex in your thoughts this week, and don't take for granted the community of people around you!