Sunday, 18 April 2010


It's been a while since we were offered a baby for keeps. On several occasions when we lived in Liberia, complete strangers tried to persuade Sally to take their babies back to America with us (where they always thought we were from). Their reasoning: they had little chance of providing food, clothing, education, medicine, or a future for their children, and reckoned their babies would have a better chance living with the wealthy white family. Today John, one of my old Beninoise friends came to visit, with his wife and 3 year old daughter Shelby. Over a bowl of rice and fish, he asked me if Sally and I would consider adopting Shelby, as they had little chance of giving her a future in Benin. They were willing to say goodbye to their beautiful daughter, so that she would have a better life with us on the ship or in Europe. Absolutely tragic. Can you pray for the tens of thousands of parents in West Africa alone who can't afford to keep their children, and would rather give them away to a white family they hardly know? Olly

1 comment:

Pam said...

That is heartbreaking!