She was three years old, had milk chocolate skin, jet-black hair and brown eyes the size of saucers. She didn’t speak more than a few words of English. We call her Dhini. Her new father, who is our mission pastor, and his wife had just brought her home from India after spending well over a year struggling to arrange her adoption.
Dhini has had a number of issues. She was born with a large mole on her shoulder that could become cancerous if it’s not removed; a series of complicated surgeries and skin grafts will take years to complete. Also, since she spent her first three years of life in an orphanage where she was left alone most of the day, her motor skills were not so good. And who knows the primal abandonment issues such a little girl may face?