With orphanages being closed, Grace Center is receiving more and more children in the full-time residential care facility, known to many as the children’s home or temporary care center.
Six of our children came from one corrupt orphanage when it was closed. All of these children have different stories of how they actually came to be declared “abandoned”. One of these stories amazes me every time I think about it.
Ten-month-old Yohannes was said to have been abandoned until our reunifications officer, Melese found out differently. Melese’s job with Grace Center is to search for the true stories of how and why our children might have been abandoned. Melese is always finding amazing, breathtaking solutions for these children that could only be the work of God. Of course, this was the case with Yohannes. Yohannes came from the local hospital and after Melese spoke with them many times they told him that Yohannes did, in fact, have family.
When Melese found the family, they were shocked that Melese was even asking about Yohannes. Yohannes’ parents brought him to the hospital when he was just a month old. Yohannes was very sick. The medical personnel took Yohannes into another room. Someone returned shortly after saying, “I am sorry, but your child is dead.”
Someone returned shortly after saying, “I am sorry, but your child is dead.”
Because death of infants is so common in Ethiopia, there usually aren’t any burials or proper mourning when a baby dies. Yohannes’ parents left the hospital heart broken that they had lost their precious baby boy. The person in the hospital who told this lie was being paid by the corrupt orphanage that would in turn receive hefty sums of money to do an international adoption.
When Yohannes’ family heard that their son was not dead but alive, they came to Grace Center immediately to receive their little boy. Yohannes now lives happily with his mother, father and five siblings. He even has a twin sister who looks exactly like him!
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