The orphaned daughter of a prostitute, Cosette has been left in the care of a greedy, heartless family. Rescued by a Christian gentleman, Cosette grows to be a godly young woman. This story of hope inspired our daughter to name her Cosette Hope. "And now they have her at the orphanage, Mom! You need to bring her home! We'll help take care of her Mom, she really needs to be held and loved!" We made a phone call to the orphanage director who told us that the baby weighed only 3 pounds and had no sucking reflex. He said he would be willing to let us take her in if his staff could get her stabilized and asked us to call him the following week.
We spent the weekend praying for Cosette, asking the Lord to sustain her. Monday morning we called the orphanage director. He told us that Cosette had lost her fight for life over the weekend.
Though our daughters saw her only once, and we not at all, we were saddened by the loss of this seemingly meaningless little life. She managed to touch our hearts, and we prayed that her short life was not lived in vain.
Our contact with Cosette Hope initiated a strong, compelling
desire to somehow care for the children of Cambodia who had been orphaned
by and infected with HIV/AIDS. In the weeks following Cosette's death
we met the orphanage director and began talking with him about the possibility
of starting a home for such children. He encouraged us to pursue that
Since starting Cosette's Hope Children's Home, we have
brought in a total of 19 children, all with amazing
background stories to why they were orphaned. We plan to post some of
the children's stories in the near future.
Please join us and pray with us as we reach out and minister life to these little children.
Our teenaged daughters had just returned from visiting
an AIDS orphanage, and they burst into the kitchen, shaking and shaken
up. Breathlessly they recounted their visit. They had seen and held
an 8 day old little girl that was premature and HIV+. Her head was
the size of a tennis ball and her arms so tiny that they were able
to put one of their rings on the baby's wrist. Her mom, HIV+
and quite likely a prostitute, had given birth to her, jumped from
the delivery table and run out of the hospital.