First Things First. Who Are Paul and Molly?
Paul and Molly serve in southern India with their three sons under four years old.
They also have 19 daughters.
The girls are not legally adopted, but they are loved as if they were.
These are precious girls who were rescued by a midwife from female infanticide as babies. This is a localized problem that stems from a combination of a dowry system, poverty and belief in reincarnation.
In the eyes of the government, they don’t exist or have paperwork, so providing for them can be a challenge. But Paul and Molly manage it, believing the Holy Spirit is going ahead of them to care for HIS girls.
He has never disappointed.
Recently, the girls moved from the mountain home they grew up in to a brand new home in Paul and Molly’s town, built especially for them!
The 19 girls live in what they affectionately call the “Sunshine House.” The Indian sun spills into the house through the generous windows. This was novel for the girls because it’s different than their old mountain home located in a more damp and rainy climate.
They have several female caretakers.
When Molly visits, they help out with the cleaning. Let’s have a cleaning party,” she says, smiling as she passed out rags like little gifts.
Their Mom and Dad
Although they aren’t able to live onsite with the girls, they visit often.
When Molly returned to India after being gone for more than a year while Paul became a US citizen (so they can hold citizenship in both countries and never risk separation), she and her two youngest boys visited them every other day. (Paul and their oldest, Isaiah, remained in the States a little longer while the red tape ran its course.)
Traveling with two small boys is no small feat in the mayhem of India’s streets.
Paul and Molly are “mom” and “dad” with all their hearts.
Molly said, “I LOVE to shock them [the girls] going in the big white bus with the driver to their school. They are sooooo thrilled and proud as the whole school in the village freezes watching me.
“See, I have a mommy,” my girls tell their teachers. I speak to the teachers with the crowd of sticky fingers all over me…and this lump in my throat makes it hard to carry on a conversation.”
Paul and Molly’s desire is to provide a quality education that will equip their daughters to be leaders in their community. Their goal is to prepare the girls to be advocates for a new generation of baby girls with their powerful and moving life stories.
The girls attend school together in a village about 4 miles from their home. Finding a school that would accept them all was a recent provision from God for this family.
The recent purchase of a van big enough to transport all of them to school was also an enormous blessing and provision; hiring a van each day was getting expensive!
Three of them recently told Molly they wanted to be pilots when they grow up. Then another chimed in, “And I will be a car.” Too cute!
Real children. Enjoying a real childhood.
Several of the girls have faced major challenges. Two have had to travel for heart surgeries. Paul and Molly were with them through it – emotionally, spiritually and financially.
Again, God provided. He used believers who cared and who partnered financially.
Paul and three of the girls on a family trip to the beach!
The girls get to enjoy occasional trips to the beach with Paul, Molly and their three young boys. Breakfast on the beach is always a treat!
They love to have Molly paint their nails. When they got new dresses last Christmas, you should have heard the squeals of joy and seen the beaming faces!
Paul and Molly couldn’t provide for these girls without help. Want to be part of something beautiful?