Monday, July 26, 2010

A Child of God

Tonight after a fun game of memory match, we read our bedtime story and devotion (which was about Noah obeying God) with the kids. We then got talking about how Noah obeyed God without whining or complaining or arguing with Him (and related that to how they should obey us and God in the same manner). Somehow we got onto the subject of salvation and Hermela said, "I want to be a Christian and I want to be baptized." So, she prayed the sweetest prayer, "Lord, I want to follow you all my life, forever and ever. I believe in you. I trust God." We told her that the angels were rejoicing in heaven and that she was a part of God's family now. She was very excited and wanted to be baptized right away. Our church does beach baptisms twice a year, so we told her she could do it next time they do it.

At bedtime, she wanted me to lay with her. She said, "Mom, you lay with me. We talk about Etopia long time." So I laid and she talked about one day seeing her birth mom in heaven and telling her and her brother that she was a Christian and how happy they would be. She said my mom and brother are Christians-they told me. I have been talking to the kids about the Korah dump and all of the kids and people that live there and she said, "Mom, when I get big, I'm going to go out and change the whole world and tell them about Jesus. I'm going to get 100 (the standard number she uses to convey "a lot", pronounced one hundrrrred) kids from the dump and bring them to my home."

She is such a sweet and compassionate girl and I can just see the understanding look in her eyes when we talk about the kids in Ethiopia that need food/homes/families. I know that she knows exactly what it is like to be one of those kids. It is such a blessing to watch her heart grow for the Lord and to see her passion for helping others. I can't wait to see what God will do in her life and the lives of our other children and what they will do for Him.


  1. What a great night at the Irvin house. I am rejoicing with you. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  2. I'm so happy for you Hermela. Our family is so lucky to have you.
    Aunt Debbie

  3. Wow! This one got me! So proud of her for making the decision on her own to be a Christian. Awesome!!! I know the Lord will use her and all of your children to make an imact on this world. 1 Tim. 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Julie