I am writing with a heavy heart. A few days ago I posted a photo on our Facebook page of a young girl named Priya. I was walking down the street one day when I felt a tug on my leg. I looked down and was horrified by what I saw. My heart sank and my whole body went numb. Here was little 8-year-old Priya sitting in the dust, covered in filth, her legs mangled and incapacitated.

She asked me for money. I knelt down to talk with her. I asked about her family and where her parents were. Her responses were robotic and I immediately understood she was well-trained. By well-trained I mean the crook who is exploiting this young girl has coached her on how to answer such questions with enough sincerity that any average person would take the responses as truths. But since I have experience with street kids, I could easily understand that Priya is a slave and her master has threatened to do unspeakable harm to her if she reveals this truth.

As I spoke to Priya and her big brother it was painfully clear that they not only needed help, but they longed for help; they longed for someone to hear the cries of their heart. All I could do at the moment was offer them the little food and money I had. But I am not satisfied and I am never satisfied with such giving because I believe it does not cure the sickness. I long to see these kids healed and transformed by the power of God’s love.

As the temperatures drop I am beginning to feel a heavy burden on my heart for children like Priya and her brother. Will they survive the harsh winter? I can literally feel God’s heart break when he sees these little ones suffer. Many people cry out, “Why God?! Why?” but I choose to ask myself, “Why Courtney?! Why?” In asking myself this very question I am moved to action to do whatever I can so that these children will experience the love and care that every child deserves and so that others might also catch a glimpse of Jesus in those kids.

We are praying every day for God to open a way for us to provide a Home of refuge and transformation for abandoned and exploited special needs children. Please join us in praying. Your prayers and support are priceless to this mission. I also ask you please share our Facebook page and invite your friends to ‘Like’ our page so we can get the word out and harvest more support for children like Priya and her brother.

Again, I want to thank you for your prayers and support for children like Priya and for all of us here who are trying to reach them. We always pray for you and thank God for you 🙂

One Life to Love envisions a world where every child has a home, a family, and equal opportunity to be and become who they are destined to be.

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