On the 5th of February, 2019, Sarah Maria was born at a small “clinic” and promptly became a “statistic” when her mother abandoned her moments later. Weighing less than four pounds, Sarah entered the world already struggling to survive, and her condition was compounded by the events that followed.
Normally a case like this would be reported to the police right away and we would have been called to collect the infant as soon as possible.
But in this case the clinician had a dark side, and he promptly contacted a lady who was known to be involved in child trafficking. For seven days these people schemed to get counterfeit paperwork in order to “adopt” the baby as they also looked for a willing buyer.
In most of these cases, an infant in this situation will end up being sold on the black market and used by street beggars, or worse.
Thankfully, in Sarah’s case some neighbors noticed the newborn and reported to the police. The man and woman were arrested, and MpM was called to rescue the week-old baby girl. When the police raided the home they found fake paperwork that was ready to transport the baby out of the country.
Sarah came to MpM and thrived as she quickly gained weight and overcame many hurdles. Eight months later Sarah was freed for adoption and went home with a wonderful, Jesus-loving couple to her own Forever Family.
We often get pictures of little ones after they leave MpM, but it is few that we get to really connect with again. In May 2022 we received a call from the mom letting us know they wanted to come visit us. We were excited to see Sarah again, and her parents let us know that they were praying about how to start the process of disclosing to her that she was adopted.
Disclosure is always a challenge for adoptive parents. And even more so here in Kenya where the culture still frowns on the adoption process. We encourage our adoptive parents to start the process slowly and simply do life as they look for opportunities to start sharing little bits of a child’s story. They had said nothing to Sarah up to this point.
But after a couple hours’ visit, as we were saying goodbye, Sarah (not her name now) climbed into Dave’s arms and stated to her mom and dad that she wanted to stay with her “other” mommy and daddy for a little while. More than a few tears were shed as this precious 3-year-old girl revealed that God was already at work in her young life!