Sampson, you have changed so many hearts in your short life. Your eyes have spoken to many all over the world. There was sadness and pain in you that we could not heal on this earth, so the Lord has called you home. Your 2 and 1/2 years on earth were important. You will not be forgotten. I believe with all my heart that you are a child that will bridge many families to the child they were ultimately meant to parent. You are not HIV. You had HIV. You are not AIDS. You had AIDS. You are not poverty. You lived in poverty. You are not orphan. You were orphaned in this life, but in the next you will have adoring parents--two sets--to live with into eternity.
Dear Readers, Sampson passed away this evening in Ghana. He contracted malaria (again) and his frail body simply could not withstand the attack this time. Everything that could be done in Ghana, was done. Please do not let Sampson's story be for nothing. One prospective parent for Sampson asked me, "Why are you advocating so hard for this little boy?" I hadn't really thought about it until she asked me. The truest answer is, "Because I felt like I had to." We have had other HIV+ children in our care at Eban House that I did not share about on my blog. For whatever reason, that was the right thing to do for Sampson. I still believe that even though he won't be coming home to his adoptive parent's loving arms. Maybe Sampson touched you? Maybe seeing his face caused you to be ready to start the adoption process? Maybe his HIV status caused you to consider HIV when you had never done so before. His story was shared on this blog (and many others) for a reason. For many reasons, I suspect.
Please remember Sampson's family in your prayers. His family includes his adoptive family, his father in Ghana, and all who loved him at Eban House. At Eban House he had Aunties and brothers and sisters who will feel the daily loss of him very acutely. His adoptive family here in America counts them as their eternal son. They believe they will spend eternity with him. If you want to share in the comments section how Sampson has touched your life, I'm sure that would bless the family.
Thank you, for remembering Sampson.