My friend Meredith is the most amazing 23 year old I’ve ever met. For sure.
We met on the Rwanda trip last summer and with each story she told (ie. how she got her parents to adopt her little sister) and each adventure she had been on (ie. living in Iraq serving heart babies), we were all more and more amazed with her. Meredith is one special lady and she is the living hands and feet of Jesus. She wouldn’t necessarily say that – I think anyone who is doing what they’ve been called to do just feels like they are doing the best they can – but I assure you that her heart, her service, her faithfulness and advocacy for the babies she cares for is making a big difference.
Currently, Meredith is the director of a foster home in China where they care for babies with severe heart defects. The insurance system is much different in China than it is in America and so many times parents of babies with life-threatening illnesses can’t afford the surgeries their children need. So they have to choose: keep their child and he will likely not live or abandon him in the hopes that he will get the necessary medical care. Can you even imagine? It just breaks my heart in two.
Morning Star, where Meredith works, is a foster home that takes these abandoned babies and cares for them – providing heart surgeries, nutrition and so much love. Just peek at Meredith’s Instagram feed and you’ll see the most precious little faces, sweet personalities, purple lips and toes that turn pink after the scariest of surgeries. After necessary surgeries, they place the children with forever families through adoption. What their organization does is beautiful and I feel so thankful to women like Meredith who sacrifice so much to advocate for little ones who have no voice.
As wonderful and necessary as adoption is, family preservation is a top priority to organizations like Morning Star. Keeping families intact, keeping children in their countries, with their loved ones, providing them with the resources and medical attention needed even if they can not afford it – this is a worthy cause to fight for.
“The LOVE project aims at forming a community of believers who come together to reach out to families parenting children with heart disease who because of financial limitations are faced with this terrible choice. We aim to change the conversation. Stand up for the orphan by preventing them from ever occurring. Orphan prevention. Family preservation. Friends, if we are “for” the plight of the orphan, we MUST be for the family as well.” (from the Morning Star website)
One way Ashley + Meredith are raising awareness and funds for these families is through a brand new shop filled with lovely donated artwork by several artists. Each art print is $20 and can be downloaded instantly for printing. All of the proceeds go to The Love Project to help support families, children and medical expenses.
When Ashley approached me, of course I said yes. I created this watercolor heart to add to the collection of love/heart inspired art for The Love Project shop. You can purchase the pdf here and print as many as you like. Ashley tried out a handful of different printing options from mpix – round prints, magnets, business card size, a calendar to show just how versatile the artwork is.
We would love your support of this project.
To see all of the work, to purchase a print, make a donation and read much more about Morning Star and the beautiful work they do, visit The Love Project website.
and purchase a downloadable print.
If you would like to share about this project, we created a few blog buttons and Instagram images (feel free to use #morningstarloveproject). Click here to download those files.