Once in awhile, you'll see a picture or hear a story that just rips at your heart. It makes seemingly important things not matter anymore, and causes you to reflect on the truly important, eternal kinds of things. Tonight I saw such a picture. I won't share it here, because it is too heartbreaking, but I will share another one, of the same sweet girl. In this picture, you won't have to see the horrific burns that cover so much of her body, and her sad little eyes as she is photographed showing her scars.
This little girl, named Calla by the agency advocating for her, is Jessica's age. She was found at the age of 3 months old with severe burns all over her body. This is part of what my friend, Annie, writes about her:
Her file states that as she learned to speak, the nannies taught her to say “mom” and that is was hard for her to say at first but she tried and tried until she was able to say it. It also stated that because her feet were so badly burned that learning how to walk was very hard and painful for her, but she was determined and was able to overcome the pain and learned to walk. Now, with the help of teachers and of other children, she will hold the hands of the other children to go to classroom or to the dining hall to eat. She loves sharing her toys and loves drawing and although her file states that “it is not as pretty as other children’s”, she proudly puts her picture on a wall to show it to teachers and other children. I pray that someone tells her that it is wonderful, that she draws pretty pictures.
Please pray that this precious, beautiful child can finally know love, can finally know how amazing she is.
Surely there is someone out there who has room in their hearts and home for beautiful Calla. If you or someone you know would like more information on her, please email me. (: