Collin County Living Well Magazine November/December 2017 - Page 19

By Michelle Wallace woman who was clearly out of her mind. She was striking a child strapped in a chair. I went back to my room and told the Lord I couldn’t do it. I was sad be- cause I just didn’t have the strength or the emotional margin to be there. But He gently and kindly wiped my tears, strengthened my arms for the work. “Michelle, the darkness isn’t dark to me. You are my answer to these children. Will you let me love through you?” Do we believe we can shift atmospheres, change cul- tures, bring light to the darkness and life in places of death! Our lives should cause others to marvel. As the Father sent the Son, so He sends you. There’s a scripture that plainly answers the question of a broken world, even as it seems to grow darker. “Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you. “For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60: 1-3 Amp. I travel with my friends Kevin and Cheyenne to Vietnam. We visit several orphanages, but one of the orphanages we support is run by nuns. There’s a little girl named Tram. Most of the children come as infants saved from abortion. The moms are given a home and equipped to keep their baby. But if it’s not possible they surrender the baby. Tram was older when she was left on the steps of the orphanage by her mom. On the streets she was made to sell lottery tickets. In the orphanage she worked as a caregiver to the younger children. From the moment he met her, Kevin was in love with Tram. The lonely little girl in the corner, fell right back in love with him. Kevin and Cheyenne wanted to bring Tram home, but adoption between the U.S. and Vietnam was closed. God spoke Psalm 68: 6 to my heart. “I set the lonely in families.” Only God knew the long and difficult road to His promise. On one particular visit the head nun said she was put- ting Tram back on the streets. Cheyenne was horrified. “What if she is made to sell more than lottery tickets,” she asked. “Not my problem,” the nun responded. Kevin began to speak, “We know your love for these children, your sacrifice and how hard you work to care for them.” Something in the heavens broke in that moment. The power that comes through loving in the most difficult circumstance melted the heart of stone and tears be- gan to flow. Kevin said what His Father was saying. It’s His loving kindness that leads us back to Him. Two years ago, adoption was again open between the U.S. and Vietnam. One of the first children placed on the list for approval was a little girl named Tram. And in September of 2017 Tram arrived safely in the U.S. She’s no longer lonely, she’s part of a fam- ily. Because of Kevin’s commitment to lead a life set apart for God, Tram’s home. There’s great adven- ture in His will. And there’s no better place to be. To learn more about Michelle and see what she’s up to, visit her page on Facebook at “Michelle Wallace-Hand of the King”. COLLIN COUNTY Living Well Magazine | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 17