Julie Hwang Duvell “aged out” of her orphanage at 17 and lived alone in Korea until age 22. Here is how she describes it in her own words:
“Being an orphan is not the way you want to live. When I was growing up, an orphan was second class. Some people thought orphans were “no good.” It was lonely, painful, fearful. I worried about starvation. And people take advantage of orphans. After I got out of the orphanage, I was desperate. At the age of 17, I was completely by myself. I couldn’t go back to the orphanage. But no one cared about me and what I was doing.”
Orphans often feel alone in the world. Like Julie, they can think “no one cares about me and what I am doing.” But we know God knows their names and cares deeply about them.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. – Luke 12:6-7 NIV
Prayer: God you love orphans. You know each one. You created each one. Father, we ask that you reveal yourself to them today. Let them be assured of your presence. Let them know you see them and care about them. Father, use us wherever possible to demonstrate that care. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(The rest of Julie’s account can be read here)