God’s Heart for Orphans
After I lost four babies to miscarriage, I became even more thankful for the three living children I had. Yet an intense sensation of emptiness in my womb and arms haunted me. My precious kids were getting older, no longer needing to be rocked or hugged as much. I became more aware of how saddened the Lord must feel about a society that throws away its children, whether by the act of abortion, abuse, or neglect. The thought that there were children in the world who would desired to be hugged and cared for as much as I wanted to fill my arms really pulled at my heart.
For a long time I hoped and prayed we would be able to adopt a child. While the timing or finances never worked out due to family situations, still I became more aware of the needs of orphans everywhere.
The Lord’s concern for orphans and widows is mentioned throughout scripture, from provision for them through the law to Psalms 68:6 where it says He puts the lonely in families and in the book of James where it says that caring for widows and orphans is true religion.
Literature is filled with stories of orphans. And why not? They are the underdogs of a society, making their way in an unfriendly world against the odds. Their journeys make great stories.
Perhaps that soft spot for orphans inspired me to write the story of Isabel Jones, in my novella, The Pocket Watch, and the story of Sophie Biddle in my debut novel, Rumors and Promises. Sophie is an heiress on the run with a child in tow. Caira is the illegitimate daughter she tries to pass off as her little sister. Sophie feels abandoned by her family and Caira is without a father. At the beginning of the story, they are both in a sense orphans. The hero, Pastor Ian McCormick, is concerned about helping the poor, and especially unwed mothers, because of his own past failings. He desires to start a home for such “fallen” women. Town gossip doesn’t help as the two fight their growing feelings for one another. Will they find God’s grace and mercy enough to start over and forgive themselves?
Though Rumors and Promises deals with some difficult issues, I enjoyed bringing these fictional characters to life as they found hope and healing through the Lord and His word. Today, in real life, there is still a great need for God’s people to care for orphans and /or to provide foster care in loving homes. One organization that faithfully seeks to find families for children in need, both locally and globally, is Bethany Christian Services (https://www.bethany.org/).
Through our local church we have become aware of the continuing development and growth of an orphanage in Haiti called Centre Loving Hands. Yvette Siliac and her husband, Pastor Jean, were led to plant a church and begin a school in Turbe, Haiti. In 2000 a fulfillment of their prayers for an orphanage became a reality. Though her husband passed away in 2003, this widow has faithfully continued the work. Centre Loving Hands currently cares for 13 children and they hope to eventually open their doors to provide Christ-centered care to more local children. You can learn more about the ministry and helping the children at: www.helpinghaitisorphans.com.
After a long journey of grief I was comforted over my loss and accepted God’s sovereignty, knowing I can ultimately trust Him for His plans for me. Someday my
husband and I will have a lovely family reunion with the babies the Lord has in His hands today. He is caring better for our little ones than we ever could!
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Back cover blurb: Sophie Biddle is an heiress on the run. Worse, she has a two-year-old child in
Reverend Ian McCormick is determined to start anew in Stone Creek, Michigan, believing he has failed God and his former flock. He works harder than ever to forget his mistake, hoping to prove himself a pleasing servant to his new congregation and once again to God.
In spite of their attempts to stay romantically untangled, Sophie and Ian find themselves drawn closer through their mutual love of music and their love for the child, Caira. When rumors of her “scandalous” past surface, Ian must decide whether to stand by the lovely Sophie’s side, while Sophie must decide whether to confess the ruse she thought necessary. Will they accept God’s forgiveness and risk forging a future together? Or will they continue to go it alone?
Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She desires to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She is a long time member in good standing of ACFW and a former board member of its Great Lakes Chapter. Kathleen has been published in anthologies, including the Amazon bestseller, Christmas Treasures, as well as in both print and online magazines. Her first full-length novel, Rumors and Promises, will be published by Heritage Beacon Fiction on April 18, 2016.
Previously a home-school mom of three, she has more recently been a college student and then a mild-mannered dental assistant for a time. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 34 years, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.
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