Cradle My Heart Today | Elizabeth and Dan’s story 6-7-17
His mother left Simon alone in the woods in winter, a practice many parents choose when a child is born disabled in China. Listen now:
But Simon didn’t die.
He was rescued and placed in an orphanage, and eventually adopted by Elizabeth and Dan, pioneers of special needs adoption in China.
Dan credits his American mother’s very different response to having a child with down syndrome for his easy acceptance of Simon’s different needs. And while we may not abandon babies here, according to ABC News 92% of parents will abort when they hear a prenatal diagnosis of down syndrome.
A mother’s lessons in valuing all children not only led one little boy to a forever family but continues to teach all who know him.
Disability is somehow part of God’s good plan for us as humans. It is often in and through disabled people that God’s glory shines. In John 9 Jesus said that was the case when he healed a man born blind. Disability and its healing serve God’s good purpose, bringing Him glory among those who witness God’s working in our lives.
It may go against our idea of a good and kind God to think that some are intentionally afflicted with disabilities.
But God knows their needs, and ours, beyond ways we can understand in our human limitations.
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Exodus 4:11-12 ESV
Listen to our interview with Simon’s dad, Dan Kulp here.
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