Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Starfish Story

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed

a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"

The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.

The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."

"Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?

You can't make a difference!"

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,

and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…"

I made a difference for that one."

Love this story! So many of us get overwhelmed with the numbers, the number of orphans, and we think we can't make a difference. You can make a difference, for that one orphan!! I hope this little story encourages you as much as it did me, we can make a difference, don't let the numbers scare you, if you rescue one orphan, the number would go from 147,000,000 to 146,999,999! Imagine if we all rescued just one orphan!!

Can't imagine my family without the children we adopted! Boy, has God blessed our lives with the "orphans" we rescued!!

James 1:27, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."


  1. You know how else I see this make a difference in the lives of the parents or hopeful parents you work with. YOU make an everlasting difference in out lives, because of the hard, emotional, amazing work that you do.

    Thank you for making a difference for us!

  2. WOW, EMILY! This made my morning. Thank you! What wonderful encouragement this morning! We had a family that went home last night without a baby, their BM changed her mind. I am devastated for them. I am amazed at the Lord's timing, you left this message on Wednesday, yet I didn't see it until now, the morning after such a rough night. His timing is so perfect! Thanks for always being so encouraging an supportive, I love you!!