Today they asked me to draw a rabbit and an Easter basket for them. They did not care that I am not a good artist and my rabbit is just a smiley face with big ears. While I was drawing rabbits one of the little girls came over to show me a picture of a heart that she drew. I told her that it was beautiful, in poor Macedonian, but she repeated herself a few times, and on the fourth time I finally understood what she was saying to me. She told me that she drew it for me. It was amazing! It blows me away that they would want to gift something to us!
The orphanage needs many things. Many of which require tangible or monetary donations. We aren’t there to meet those sorts of needs. We know that to some, what we offer is of little value but we aren’t there for them. We are there for the children and it means a lot to them. Showing love to a child is simple. It’s not about the crayons we bring. It’s coloring WITH them while they create masterpieces. It’s not about the play-doh we bring. It’s about sitting RIGHT next to them while they design works of art. It’s about being consistent in spending time with them. It’s about BIG hugs just because they need one, or two. It’s about showing love to the “least of these.” Being the presence of Christ is about being present.