his post was originally posted on October 16, 2015.
God is so worthy of our praise and I see glimpses of His beauty and glory in this place called Beautiful Gate.
Every day, we witness the innocence and perfection of these orphaned, abandoned and neglected little ones.
One of our playgroup leaders took some of our children for a walk outside of campus through our neighborhood today.
They were so well behaved on this walk, partly because they listen to and respect the playgroup leader, but also because they were so mesmerized by the sights and sounds along the way.
Here are some things we saw on our walk:
Mud puddles from the recent rains.
Construction workers building a house.
Neighbors walking past.
Other children playing in a puddle.
The sounds of children playing at the neighborhood school.
And a few cars and trucks passing by.
The children were just taking it all in. As I observed them; my thoughts drifted off to thinking about their futures.
All of our futures are unknown. But most of us do know who our family is. We do know where we belong.
What will happen to them? Will they join a forever family? Will they go back to their relatives in the village? Will they go to another care center for older children?
How will God be directing their steps as they leave Beautiful Gate?
We don’t know the answers. But for now, Beautiful Gate is where they belong and Beautiful Gate is their family.
There are days that I just stare out the window of my office and smile and have such a warm, blessed heart. I not only see beautiful scenery, but beautiful people.
No it’s not a perfect place, but some days it seems that way.
I see little ones bringing balls to our campus Chaplain, so that he can kick it for them. They go and chase it and bring it back to him for another kick. They could do this for hours.
I see one of our office workers stop and talk to one of our older kids. I see and hear children who are playing outside at the preschool on campus.
I see our school aged boy walking home from school. He stops on the bridge to look back at the office. He sees me…he smiles and waves.
I see so many things that bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. You may have read similar sentiments over the last several months or even years about this place. But they are true and just plain indisputable.
How can this place with so many stories of hard ache be so incredibly joyful and beautiful?
The answer is…the presence of the Living God.
Looking back to the first line of this blog…”how can I keep from singing your praise..” I ask myself, how can I not praise the God who shows Himself here? How can I not see Him in these children and in this staff? This place is here because of His love and grace and He shows Himself in so many ways.
The thoughts of this blog….they are my heart today and many of my days. I hope you, who are far off, get a glimpse of God’s beauty through those of us who witness this and walk it each day.
God is here. There is joy and beauty all around because of Him. To God be the glory! How can I keep from singing your praise!