Mother's Day is tomorrow and I can't help but think about the woman who gave birth (or will give birth) to the precious little boy who will become our son.
Based on solely on the fact that she lives in Ethiopia means her life has been anything but easy. All over Africa AIDS and Tuberculosis kill thousands. a. day. Thousands.
In Ethiopia, 1 in 14 women die in childbirth.
Her untimely and unnecessary death may be the cause of her precious baby's orphan status.
If she lives through childbirth, she will give him life a second time by taking him to an orphanage.
She will make a mother's ultimate sacrifice to prevent her child from becoming one of the 24,000 children who die. each. day. due to poverty - unclean drinking water, malnourishment, preventable diseases.
I pray she knows Peace and Hope.
Obviously, adoption will not solve all of Africa's problems.
Ideally there wouldn't be 147 million orphans in the world today.
Ideally mother's could always feed and clothe their children.
Ideally famine and drought wouldn't devastate entire countries.
Ideally fraud and corruption wouldn't wreak havoc on governments and economies.
Ideally her son wouldn't become an orphan. We obviously don't live in an ideal world.
And while we know we can't change the world, we know we can change the world for one.
147 million minus one.
This Mother's Day we thank God for "Eli's" birth mother. We pray she knows Peace and Hope.