On one occasion, I had arrived at the Manila airport after 30 hours of travel. Needless to say, I was exhausted. I was taken directly to a conference center, where I was to speak to a gathering of 300 workers with children in crisis throughout the Philippines. It was a special banquet and celebration that night, and I was trying to stay awake.
eating and during the preliminaries of the program, I was reviewing the
notes of my message. A choir from the CGM home of Joy, a local orphanage had sung and was
standing immediately behind me, waiting to sing again. One of the little
boys, named Raffy, about six years old, was an orphan living at the
Home of Joy and was standing quite close to me. We began to talk. He
reminded me of our son, Robby.
noticed I was reviewing some notes and said, “What are you doing?” I
said, “Well, I am going over my notes for my message tonight.” He said,
“You need notes when you speak?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “You’re not
very smart, are you?” I laughed and said, “No, I’m not.” In his youthful
innocence he said, “I don’t need to look at words when I sing. I just
memorize them and sing.”
night during my restless sleep, I thought of Raffy quite a bit. I
telephoned my wife, Margaret, the next day and said, “God has given us
two adopted children and perhaps we should think about one or two more.”
the next day I went to the Home of Joy and the director, who
is a friend of ours, saw me coming, stepped outside and said, “No, Mr.
Nichols. You cannot adopt Raffy.” I said, “How did you know I was coming
to you to talk about adopting Raffy?” She said, “I saw how you and he
were drawn to each other at the banquet last night.”
said, “Why can’t Margaret and I adopt him?” She replied, “Well, for one
thing, you are too old! But seriously, we can’t release Raffy because
the new law in the Philippines is that you have to keep families
together and he has one brother and two sisters.”
kept in contact with info of Raffy through the Home of Joy over the
His brother became a student at the Philippine Missionary
Institute and after graduation from high school Raffy studied automobile
mechanics. Raffy and his brother and sisters continued on in the
Lord and the Lord has used them for His glory. Raffy is now serving full
time with Christian Growth Ministries (CGM) with the Home of Joy and is
in charge of several projects for the ministry.
James 1:27 says, Pure
and lasting religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to [care for] orphans . . . in their distress . . . .
I am not very smart, but I praise the Lord for allowing me to meet this
little boy, whom God has continued to care for and work through to the blessing of others for His glory!