In 2014, we learned of a five-year-old girl named Celienne. She was raised by her father, who often left for days at a time to work and provide for her. As a result, Celienne spent more time with animals than people and developed animalistic behaviors. This isolation was not suitable for any child, especially one on the autism spectrum. She needed a loving home that could provide full-time care.
Celienne was brought to Coreluv’s Myan Children’s Village and welcomed into a loving family. When she first arrived, she growled at the other kids, stuck her face in her food, and had long outbursts. However, as our staff prayed with her every day, we began to see the LUV of Jesus bring healing. She began to eat with silverware, and her long outbursts shortened.
One day, she was enjoying alone time on a swing. Nearby, children were playing soccer when a stray ball flew towards her and hit her in the head. In the past, this would have led to an all-day outburst. But this time, Celienne stood up, waved her finger, and mumbled something. She crossed her arms and sat down, with a big “humph”! No crying, no fit, no screaming. She was learning to process her emotions! God was bringing restoration to Celienne.
We continue to see healing and growth in Celienne’s life. Her story is a testament to the power of prayer and the LUV of Jesus! We pray that one day, Celienne will be able to share her own story and be a voice for the voiceless and forgotten.
Learn more about how you can provide sustaining care and the six basic needs for children like Celienne at coreluv.org/defender