Verse of the Day

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."

~I John 4:7

Today's Devotional Thought

June 06, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Loving Baby Razack

I love human relationships. I guess it is no mystery why I went into the field of Psychology and spend a great deal of my career studying human relationships. I am simply fascinated by human interactions and how we form relationships, get to know each other, give to each other, love each other, and just live life with other people. In fact, I think one of the coolest things about life and watching people is seeing stories unfold that touch your heart deeply.

Over the last several months, I have watched a story unfold in one of my friends and sisters in Christ. And I just have to share her story with you. I am quite certain I will not do the story justice here, but I hope to relay some of this marvelous story that just captured my heart. A story that shows the love of Christ and giving to someone in need in such a powerful way.

For the last few months, my friend Brandie and her husband have hosted a boy from Africa in their home. The baby's name is Razack and he is from Burkina Faso, Africa. Brandie and her husband hosted him through a ministry called Children's Medical Missions, an organization that places foreign children who need surgery in the United States with Christian U.S. families who are willing to serve as their parents while they are getting their medical treatments here. Since it is so expensive to travel to the United States, these foreign families in need oftentimes can only afford to send their child to the U.S. And, it leaves these precious children alone in the U.S. and in need of surrogate American parents while they are receiving their treatments here.

When my friend was called earlier this year, she had no idea that she would fall madly in love with this 7 month old little boy from Africa who needed heart surgery in the United States.

In March, they met little Razack at the Indianapolis airport. He weighed just 9 pounds when he arrived and was in desperate need of heart surgery to repair a hole in his heart. The surgery was performed soon after his arrival in March and for the past three months, they have cared for him as if he was their own child. They have taken him to doctor's appointments, loved him, fed him, taken care of him, and made him a part of their family. His surgery was very successful and little baby Razack has just flourished in his time in the United States.

His surgery was successful. His recovery was complete. And just this week, they took their sweet little African boy back to that same Indianapolis airport where they first met him so that he could return home to his family.


Given hope.

Touched by the love of Christ.

I have been deeply moved by the story of this sweet family in Indiana who opened their home and their hearts to this child from Africa who needed hope, love, and a chance at healing. In three short months, Baby Razack's life was saved and my sweet friend's family will never be the same. For three months, they loved Baby Razack with all they had and he now gets to return home, healed and hopeful.

They miss baby Razack terribly today. But, they can be filled with joy at the thought that they were able to show this precious little African boy the love of Christ and give him hope, healing, and a future. A future that he may not have had if this family had not opened their home and their hearts to him.

If you would like to see pictures of Baby Razack and his precious Indianapolis family, please click here.

To learn more about Children's Medical Missions, please click here.

Memorize this verse today:

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
~I John 4:7

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