When you are a little girl, living with 19 other little girls, its important to know that you are special.
That you are different. That you are uniquely cared for. By an adult with the power to protect you.
What if the only people you know as “mom” and “dad” live a 17 hour bus ride away?
How excited would you be to get to live in a brand new home, specifically designed for you and your “sisters”, right in the same town as mom and dad?
Details of the Ashraya Daughters’ Exodus
This summer ITMI announced the long-awaited, much-prayed-for, hoped for, worked for and longed for completion of the new home for Paul and Molly’s girls in southern India.
This ministry is much more than running an orphanage for Paul and Molly. Each of the 19 girls really is like a daughter to this God-can-handle-anything-He-sets-before-us couple.
To give you an idea of how much this blessing was prayed and longed for and how impossible it was that logistics fell into place the way they did, especially considering that Paul and Molly were in the States for a year long furlough while Paul obtained US citizenship at the time, here’s what Molly had to say about the Exodus:
This has been a monumental week in our lives. Thank you for your fervent prayer, for enduring with us on the ride, for your sacrifice, and for your generous care for our family and ministry. We feel so indebted to you.
We are once again in awe of God’s merciful hand over our 19 girls, and rejoice to be able to share with you that their exodus from their mountain home is now behind us!
The girls last home wasn’t the best place for children to thrive.
We have believed HIM all these years for that which we could not see, but could only trust Him for. Now, to see Him working before our eyes, making the path smooth for those who work tirelessly around the clock to prepare for and protect our little ones… this is, without a doubt, one of the greatest of all His miracles in our lifetime.
Giving thanks in advance for what you cannot see rarely comes easily, and I confess: we were ready for the crisis calls when the move began. With much need to take every thought captive and attend to constant motion sickness, eight vehicles, stacks of legal documentation, our neighbor (policeman and friend), our friend (an attorney), made the 16 hours down through the mountains!
We are thrilled and relieved to report they reached their new home without any mishaps, without catastrophe, and even without one hassle from government officials. To God be the glory!
The girls reached, what we affectionately refer to as the “Sunshine Home” as beams of the sun’s first rays shone upon it. Uncle Xavier was able to call us from his phone with shouts and squeals and singing filling the background.
The Skype call lasted only a few minutes, and Isaiah, our 3 yr old son, couldn’t understand why Mommy and Daddy kept crying as our 19 girls piled out of the white bus onto this promised land!
We were shaking while excitedly texting friends who’ve waited with us: praying, fasting, hoping, and sharing the suspense with us.
How wild to be connected to this rural village from our tiny Phoenix apartment!
Shorty after their arrival their faith was quickly stretched: the bulldozer’s driver never imagined he was accidentally cutting a water supply line for 19 beautiful girls!
Finally, they had made it and then…this new challenge. Doesn’t this remind you of Exodus 15?
Thankfully, the water is flowing once again, and they are loving the space…the cleanliness… and the bright sun in all their rooms.
Our second miracle came last week when Uncle Xavier was able to find a school that would accept and enroll ALL our 19 girls together! And it is just about 4 miles away!
Six and a half years ago, when I first held our baby girls, never in a million years would we have guessed God would make a way for us so quickly.
If you’d told me then that we would be thousands of miles away during the move…No way! I’d shake my head again in disbelief! Yet, God led them in His perfect time.
Who would have thought that this could all move so quickly? Praising our Lord—we still can’t believe they’ve reached the promise!!
Indeed. Praise the Lord. And thank you, for your part in making a miracle for these 19 precious girls!