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Princess Ruthie

by davidnliney on Aug.15, 2010, under All

“…the Kingdom of God really looks like one smiling child at a time until nations are full of people who are passionate lovers of God.” Heidi Baker

Josiah, Ruthie, Megan, and Timothy

Many of you have been asking for an update on Tete—now referred to as Ruthie. When we arrived at the center on Tuesday, she ran, wrapped her sweet arms around me, and hugged me affectionately—it was moving. Ruthie looks healthier and is always happy. We’ve discovered more of her sad past though—it seems that for years, her mother chained her to a post and left her in her own refuse—drugged with sleeping pills to keep Ruthie quiet. The chain marks are still evident on her tender neck. It’s hard to imagine now—her insistent smile, her bright eyes, quick obedience, and almost palpable love belong to someone else—someone privileged enough to have be given a daily meal, bathed with loving hands, and dressed at least in underclothes…Ruthie was given none of this. Only a chain, scathing looks, curses, and abuse. But, she loves

On the practical side, she needs dental work, a speech therapist, and special education. Ruthie doesn’t know of her needs—she only knows she’s in a place where no one dare hurt her again—a place where she dances and everyone applauds—a place where she’s the princess. Imagine being the only child in a house with 20 adult Bible students We just hope she doesn’t get too spoiled! So, it’s time to give Ruthie a home…and find more Ruthies. The safe-house project is on!

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