When I was growing up, there was a saying that went ‘I know I’m special, because God don’t make no junk’. As appalling as the English was, this phrase stuck with me through to adulthood. Just last week I had this phrase come back to me, but this time it raised a deep sadness in me, mixed with a sickening feeling that grew as I pondered the images and story that Worku, our Grace Social Worker, had just sent me. A new born baby left in the trash.
This baby is special because….God does not make junk! My heart broke…
Today Alan, who has been volunteering with Grace Centre for the past 3 years shares his thoughts with you…..
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I am sure I have read this passage of Scripture a few hundred times, maybe even more than a thousand times. I never tire of it, and I will gladly read it thousands of more times and forever be in awe of these words and this promise. How can the creator of the universe do such a thing? How can we sinful humans believe such a thing? How can we not? What a great state of depression I would be in if I did not believe these words.
This blog however is not an exegesis of this passage, but rather a promotion of something happening that God has ordained and sustained;
that something is the work of Grace Center in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia…
So, I have entitled this blog saved by Grace (pun intended).
It is with a heavy heart that I write this because just a few days ago yet another new born baby came into the care of the Grace Center children’s home. And by new born baby, I mean a baby with its umbilical cord still attached, so probably 2-4 days old.
This baby, like many others before, was abandoned by its mother. According to what local police have told us, the baby was found in a box in an open field where people dump trash. This can only imply that the mother of this child intended to leave this baby for dead.
That is the implication. And that is an unbelievably heartbreaking reality we have been set apart by God to deal with.
It is not unusual for a mother in the 3rd world to want to give away her child. I understand all too well that extreme poverty makes child rearing an unbelievably difficult task to handle.
I understand why many women here in Ethiopia feel unable to care for their child and why they feel it is better to give the child away to an organization. But to leave your new born baby in a box in a field??? I do not understand that. It makes me want to scream and curse Satan. For me, only demonic forces, can explain why a mother would do such a thing.
Fortunately, for these precious children of God, places like Grace Center exist. Fortunately, for these precious creations of God, made in His image, wherever you are in Ethiopia, someone will show up, usually within a hour. The place where this baby was abandoned was an open field that is actually a flood plain. It is on the outskirts of our city, but somewhat secluded. However, there are farmers and shepherds that roam around this area daily.
I am so thankful to be a part of something that God has built in order to save the lives of His children. One of them must have heard and found the baby and took it to the local police. The police where able to get the baby to the hospital, and then contact Grace Centre, which is now the only place in our city that will take in an abandoned child. This child has been saved by Grace. Grace Centre that is. But our heart and prayer is that this life that was thrown in the trash and left for dead will become a life that is truly saved; by God’s grace.
Originally posted by Alan Montgomery in his blog “In Our Weakness“