It was an odd phone
call from another agency. Could we locate a mother that had given birth to her
son at Gentle Hands and had given him up for adoption?
It seemed to me
there must have been a mistake. At the time of the birth, Gentle Hands had not been
involved in adoptions, just birthing services under the supervision of my mom,
A quick phone call to my mom with the only details I knew. She
thought for a moment and suddenly remembered. She knew the whole story, why the
baby had been surrendered at placed for adoption at
birth. Through an old midwife, we were able to locate the birth mother and the
“meeting” was set.
The adoptive parents had come to the Philippines to pick up their newest adopted daughter. They were from Norway and spoke
a little English, Samuel spoke only Norwegian. I knelt beside the birth mother and translated her many questions into simple English. The adoptive parents were so very pleased to
meet her. Somehow, they wanted to assure her of their love for her little boy.
There was no mistaking their love. The bonding was evident.
Although he had been the one requesting the “meeting”, he sat on his adoptive
mother’s lap and observed. For the past few months, he had been curious,
demanding almost, to know about his mother. Something in his spirit was
unsettled. He needed to meet her. With tears streaming down her face, she
hugged him and told him how much she loved him and that he held a special place
in her heart. He nodded and looked for reassurance from his adoptive mom.
mother was reunited with her son, even if only for a few moments. But in those
few moments, through her tears, she saw the fruit of that painful decision. Her
baby was loved and cared for. He had a future, and a hope she could never have
given him. She had been completely selfless and sacrificing and now, 7 years
later, she saw him, healthy, strong, happy, and oh! So loved. Little Samuel
will always know that he was not “rejected”. While he may not have understood the emotion
all of us adults had, he will someday look back and he will know. The sacrifice
of love was real.
families and children is a very difficult job. There is so much responsibility,
much paperwork, and there are sometimes other factors that come into play. So
much is unknown. For me personally, much prayer is spent before I go to look at
files of families. The decision is forever. As I relive this particular reunion,
I see how God in His grace, His wisdom, and His love, made this match. I am so
honored to be a part of the adoption process and see the miracle of His love
proved over and over again as waiting children are placed with parents whose
hearts are longing to love a child.
you for your support of Gentle Hands ministry both financially and in prayer.
Please continue to share our stories and raise up partners so we can continue
to do this very important work among the children of the Philippines.