God’s plan for Eve was to be the mother of all mankind.
God told Adam and Eve to multiply by having children. His design
was for the earth to be filled with many children. Genesis
1:27,28. In early Biblical times children were considered to be a
great blessing, and the more you had the more you were blessed.
Psalm 127:5. The closer we live to God the more we understand His
great plan for mothers.
Globally there are 34.5 million children who are in need
of a mother. In the foster system in the United States there are
111,280 children without a mother waiting to be adopted. Mothers
aren’t always the person who births a child. A mother is the one
who raises and loves a child. Children need a mother!
I am very thankful for my Mom. She gave me life, love, and
opportunities. My mother was caring and loving, though she was not
a Christian. She made sure I was always clean and fed. She took me
places and even gave me perms so I would look like Shirley Temple.
Though my mother was good to me, she did not enjoy having
children. As a young woman I was able to lead her to Jesus, and
she too became a Christian. Thankfully, I was able to enjoy having
my mom well into her 80’s.
When I married I really didn’t want to have any children,
but as I walked closer with Jesus a transformation took place
within my heart. Two years after Ralph and I were married we had
our first child and kept on going. My mother felt like we would
never get stopped when we had four, 3 girls and 1 boy. My heart
was full of love for our kids, and I thoroughly enjoyed raising
them, and still enjoy three of them as adults, our son is in
I love the way Jesus prepares us for new doors. I was
spending a lot of time in prayer and reading when our 4 biological
children were grown. Our youngest daughter was ready to leave the
nest when God gave me the vision of a little girl in China. After
telling me information of her location and other facts He told me,
“Go get her!” Those words threw a log into the wheel of our empty
nester plans. The vision was so vivid, and Jesus’ words to me
about her grabbed my heart, and held it. After praying about it,
and talking it over with my husband, I said yes to God. It was at
that point a transformation began that I could have never imagined
would happen in my heart.
After the vision I traveled to China to look for our
daughter Faith. God miraculously opened many doors for me to go
into orphanages. He connected me with the house churches and they
needed pastors to teach them. I am a pastor so they would take me
into the orphanages to look for Faith, and I taught them the Bible
in the evenings.
Through all the travels and interaction with the orphan
children my heart changed. The vision of Faith was the door that
led me to China and to broken children. It is one thing to pray
for children who are broken, and it is another be the hands of
Jesus to touch them, hold them, and feel their pain. Psalms 34:18.
One time I went into a village orphanage that was
horrific. It was small and the children were dying. The conditions
were sickening. I picked up a little boy that was soaked in urine
and covered with a skin disease. As I cradled him and sang to him
he turned his head towards me and seemed to focus his eyes on me.
Tears ran down my face, as my heart was broken for that little
Leaving him was one of most difficult things I had to do,
but the police had seen us in the orphanage and we had to leave
fast. We all prayed and cried for those children as we traveled
back to our quarters. I found out that little baby boy was
actually over a year old yet he was the size of a 3 month old
On another trip to China 2 years later I was able to go
into another orphanage where the children from the horrific
orphanage had been moved. I stepped into a room and saw the boy I
held 2 years before. He was now the size of a 3-year-old child! I
said, “How are you, sweet boy?” He smiled a huge smile.
God used that tragic situation to break my heart, but more
so to help those precious children. Most of them were moved to a
better orphanage, some were adopted, and they all had better care.
It was a step to equip me to mother and understand our adopted
children who experienced poor conditions and situations, and
others who would come for respite care.
My friend from New Zealand, Sandra King, went through a
tragic divorce when her 4 children were grown. While alone and
broken God spoke to her heart to go to China. She moved there and
waited on Jesus for direction. It wasn’t long before He began
bringing babies to her doorstep. She took them in and cared for
them as their mother. Her heart was filled with the heart of Jesus
Christ for those children. Some passed from her arms on into
eternity, but always more came. Her heart has been enlarged over
the 25 years she has been a mother in China. Through a difficult
and prolonged process she was able to adopt one daughter whom she
raised, and who now serves with her. Hundreds of others she was
able to help get adopted out of the country. As we visited last
year she shared how her heart is still broken with so many going
to Heaven. The blessing is that each one has a mother who loves
them before they leave earth.
Another woman, Lydia Prince, who lived in Germany, was
single when God called her to go to Jerusalem at the time when
they were at war. After leaving all she settled into her quarters,
and Jesus brought her children to mother. She ended up caring for
many and adopted 13.
As a mother you have a great-God given opportunity to help
your children be all that God has designed for them to be. There
is a poem written by William Ross Wallace that declares the
importance of motherhood. “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the
Hand That Rules the World”. To mother a child is to be blessed.
It certainly was not in my plans to become mom to 21
children, but it was God’s plan of blessing for me to be their
mother. He transformed my heart and placed His love within for
each and every one. A pastor saw me with a dozen or so of our
children at a conference. He said, “Better you than me!” My
immediate response was, “Yes, better me than you!” Some people
have said to me, “God bless you.” I say, “He has!”