“because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.” – Job 29:11-12
In 1990, at age 76, Lois Prater, a widow from Seattle, did a short term mission trip in the Philippines. While on the trip, a poorly dressed man came up to her after a church service and offered to sell his baby to her for $40.
"That impacted my soul so deeply I knew I had to do something," she said.
So, she returned to the United States and sold her home for $65,000. She sold everything she had, determined to build an orphanage. Though she never had worked in an orphanage, she knew the Lord was calling her to a new work.
Lois admitted selling her home wasn't easy.
"I struggled, but I knew that what I was trying to do was something much more important than hanging onto my faded couch," she said.
In 1991, Lois, with her own money, bought 12 acres of land covered with mango and coconut trees near Orion, a small town in the Philippines. Three years later, the doors would open to King's Garden Children's Home, a 2,000-square-foot, white stucco building, giving orphaned children from infants to teens new hope. Over the years, King's Garden tripled in size and launched a school. An average of about 60 children lived at the orphanage.
Lois ministered there for 13 years until she was 90 years old, when she turned over the operations to a capable director.
"All along, I've just trusted in God, and He's answered my prayers," said Lois. "I did what I could do, and God did the rest."
Have a heart for orphans and do something to love them. Today in prayer, ask the Lord how you can help some of the orphans in this world.
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” - Augustine
God’s Word: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27