Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Heaping Helping of Truth

See that little girl up there, holding Mebrate's hand? That is Batri. Batri is near and dear to Mebrate's heart as the two of them were best of friends in Ethiopia for who knows how long. Long enough for the memory of her to be permanently lodged into our girl's head. Long enough for her to bring her up and talk about her. Often.

I had the opportunity to meet her in Ethiopia last January while visiting Mebrate. She can command a room and she can run things!

She's a spunky little bugger - full of life and leadership qualities. I am so anxious to see the plans God has for her as they unfold over her life.

Oh yeah... she is also HIV+. More on that in a minute.

But first - look at how our girl and her friend love each other!

They broke bread together...

They spent time like two little old ladies showing off each other's family photo albums...

They just did life together. No prejudices. No judgment. Just love. A Lot of it.

Recently - Batri got invited to a birthday party. Anybody who has kids knows how exciting this is. I have watched Meron get giddy and wait for weeks for the party to arrive. Pure excitement about hanging with other kids (and cake too...).

So I am SURE Batri was pumped.

But then - the party throwers - through Batri's family blog - found out she was HIV+.

And next - in what I can only pray was a moment of blind ignorance - they UN-invited Batri to the party. Via email. Basically saying "she is not welcome any more."

Batri has an amazing family and an incredible mom and dad. These guys handled this with such grace and love. Me? I am STILL angry. But I am choosing to follow their lead here. And I wanna give ya the opportunity to soak in the truth.

If the idea of HIV scares you - or your kids having friends who are HIV+ terrifies you - I am BEGGING you to go live in these resources here right now - read every word of it. Understand it. Allow it to wash over you. And then send it on to everybody you know. So nobody else, anywhere on this planet will ever feel it is necessary to un-invite a 4 year old child from the fun, happy, loving environment of a birthday party.

Batri... baby girl you are an AMAZING child and a stunning princess built and created by a heavenly Father who loves you more than we could ever imagine.

You can come party at our house any time you want to!


Anonymous said...

Truly sad. Not for her but those people.
My brother also was + . He is no longer with us but I learned so much from hi.
Beautiful child.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I can't even imagine the stuff this little girl will have to deal with. The ignorance is so sad. Thanks for posting the story. I just prayed for her. God has great things in store for her. That's why she has great qualities you mentioned above.


Lennah and Delylah's mom said...

How heartbreaking. She would be welcome to a party at our house anytime. I am so surprised with all the research out there how little people know about HIV.