Lauren Akins Shared A Powerful Redemption Story About An Orphan That Will Bring You To Tears

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It is hard to imagine what it is like to be an orphan in a developing country. For some of us, a difficult day is made up of not getting our morning coffee and accidentally deleting our favorite TV show off our DVR. But Lauren Akins, a woman faithfully committed to serving the needs of abandoned and impoverished children, won’t let us stand so far off. She recently shared a story of Frances, a Ugandan orphan whose miraculous rescue will make you want to join her work.


Akins shared a series of photos on her Instagram account of Frances both when he was found starving in the streets and as a healthy, happy boy with 147 Million Orphans. The pictures of Frances before he was taken in are difficult to look at. If you want to see the images, you can scroll through Akins’ post below. They are difficult, but as Akins says, “his reality.”

Meet Frances

“[Frances] was found by our @147millionorphans ground team in Masindi, Uganda. He is a total orphan, meaning no living relatives, he weighed about 12 pounds-yet he’s about 5 years old. The reason he looked like he did is because of complete malnourishment, he had no one to care for him. The community would put cassava root in a little bowl and he just sat there in the dirt with jiggers eating up his fingernails, no clothes and barely anything to eat. Enoch, on our 147 team, took him to the hospital then brought him to our new 147 Million Orphans Reclaim Center. He cried when anyone touched him, and he cried when they tried to put clothes on him because he wasn’t used to any loving human touch. He had no idea how to accept it.”

He’s come a long way since he was found abandoned and starving.

Oh my goodness. TODAY he’s not even the same child, thank you Jesus. He loves to be loved now not only from Ugandans but mzungus (white people) too 💛💛 now he has clothes, his fingernails are almost completely healed, and he has yummy healthy food and water, medicine, education and shelter-all of this provided by @147millionorphans in Jesus’ name 😘🙌🏼 y’all he’s the most precious little boy and there are many more just like him.

“So many of y’all ask me how to help. A huge way to help is by donating to @147millionorphans and giving children like little Frances a chance at a new life😘 I held him the last day we were there and he fell asleep on me, we ate some snacks, we sang songs, we played & laughed and when I held him he held on to me so tight😩😭💙”

“So thankful Jesus brought us to him and I cannot wait to watch him grow! Stay tuned for more pics of the little sweeties at our reclaim center :)”

There are many more children like Frances. To learn about ways to join Lauren in he work, visit the 147 Million Orphans website

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So this is sweet little Frances. And if you scroll through these pics **WARNING some of them are hard to look at-but it was his reality** he was found by our @147millionorphans ground team in Masindi, Uganda. He is a total orphan, meaning no living relatives, he weighed about 12 pounds-yet he’s about 5 years old. The reason he looked like he did is because of complete malnourishment, he had no one to care for him. The community would put cassava root in a little bowl and he just sat there in the dirt with jiggers eating up his fingernails, no clothes and barely anything to eat. Enoch, on our 147 team, took him to the hospital then brought him to our new 147 Million Orphans Reclaim Center. He cried when anyone touched him, and he cried when they tried to put clothes on him because he wasn’t used to any loving human touch. He had no idea how to accept it. Oh my goodness. TODAY he’s not even the same child, thank you Jesus. He loves to be loved now not only from Ugandans but mzungus (white people) too 💛💛 now he has clothes, his fingernails are almost completely healed, and he has yummy healthy food and water, medicine, education and shelter-all of this provided by @147millionorphans in Jesus’ name 😘🙌🏼 y’all he’s the most precious little boy and there are many more just like him. So many of y’all ask me how to help. A huge way to help is by donating to @147millionorphans and giving children like little Frances a chance at a new life😘 I held him the last day we were there and he fell asleep on me, we ate some snacks, we sang songs, we played & laughed and when I held him he held on to me so tight😩😭💙 so thankful Jesus brought us to him and I cannot wait to watch him grow! Stay tuned for more pics of the little sweeties at our reclaim center :)

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