Orphan Beds

Devotionals from Leslie Ludy and the Set Apart Girl Team

Orphan Beds

by Leslie Ludy | January 11, 2011

When my son Hudson was three, he found out about orphans. His beloved nanny, Annie, had recently taken a trip to Haiti, and when she returned she showed him photos of all the children that did not have a Mommy and Daddy to take care of them. He was horrified at the thought. And then he came up with an idea. Why not share his Mommy and Daddy with all the kids who didn’t have parents? He presented this proposal to me as we were driving down the road one day. “Can we bring all the kids from the orphanage in Haiti home to live with us?” he asked me.

Struggling with how to explain to a three year old all the complications of governmental red tape, financial obstacles, and practical restrictions of trying to adopt fifty children from Haiti, I finally replied with, “Well, I don’t think we’d have enough room for that many kids. Where would they all sleep?”

Hudson thought about that question for quite some time. Then he came up with the perfect solution: orphan beds. As soon as we arrived home, he went to work on his plan. He found all of the spare blankets, pillows and sleeping bags around our house and proceeded to set up “orphan beds” wherever there was free square footage: three on the floor in his room, two on the floor in our room, one on the floor in Harper’s room ,and several more scattered in various corners of the house. And then, he found his very favorite stuffed animals and placed one on the pillow of each orphan bed. He wanted to share his very best with these precious children who had never had toys of their own.

Needless to say, Eric and I have been aching for the past three years to find a way to make Hudson’s dream a reality. We would love nothing more than to have real live orphan beds around our house and children from around the world finding lifelong refuge and love in the Ludy family. While we still have not practically figured out a way to adopt fifty children at once, something profound happened this last week. Six boys from Danita’s Children’s home in Haiti are here in America as part of the His Little Feet children’s choir, staying at the Ellerslie campus in Windsor, Colorado under the care of our dear friends Mikey and Christa Hahn. And last week, Hudson had the privilege of having a sleepover with these precious boys at our home.

As I stepped into the playroom and saw Hudson helping the boys lay out six little quilts, pillows, and blankets on the floor, I immediately remembered the orphan beds from three years ago, and through a sudden flow of grateful tears, I smiled. Even if only for a night, we had the honor of ministering God’s love to boys without a Mommy and Daddy. Hudson was able to share his family, his toys, and his food with orphans in need.

God has a way of making childlike dreams come true. I pray that this is only the beginning of many more orphan beds in the Ludy home.*