An Adoption and Healing Miracle
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
Recently, The 700 Club covered a story regarding author Lisa Harper, and how she had adopted an orphan named Missy from Haiti (original story here)
The story tells of Harper, being beyond the age of being able to have children of her own, felt the burden on her heart to adopt.
However, with her history of being sexually assaulted, she was advised against it. She was told that, “Just in case you weren’t fixed, you might unwittingly transfer some of that trauma onto a child. I don’t think you’re a good candidate for motherhood.”
Harper’s internal response was, “… something in me was so damaged that it really couldn’t be redeemed.” She was then advised to adopt a dog, which she did.
Seven years later, the urging for adoption resurfaced.
After several failed domestic adoptions, some of Harper’s friends returned from a trip to Haiti. They told her of a mother that had died from AIDS and left behind a daughter, and asked her to pray about adoption.
Harper declined to pray, because she had been praying about it, in her words, “… for the past 30 years.”
Six weeks later, Harper was in Haiti, holding the 19 pound, two-year-old Missy in her arms. Missy had advanced tuberculosis, parasites, HIV, and had been completely ostracized by the orphanage because the orphanage workers believed the HIV was highly contagious.
Due to Haiti’s strict adoption regulations, the next year was consumed by the adoption process. Harper returned to Haiti to retrieve Missy, who she found hiding in the corner of the orphanage, covered in dirt and wearing only a diaper.
Harper picked her up, and, refused to put her down, and left for the Haitian airport. Upon arrival in America, they were greeted by several close friends and family, congratulating and celebrating the successful adoption.
Today, Missy Harper has no scars on her lungs from the tuberculosis, hardly has any signs of the HIV in her system, will be able to have kids when she grows up, and has the same life expectancy of every other child her age.
Posted by Michael R. Murphy