A Sweet African Boy + A Loving Indianapolis Family = A Healthy Heart {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer}

Every now and then, I have really sweet moments in photography that allow me to embrace the goodness of God and relish in his amazing love.  I love when I have the opportunity to bless someone who has given much to others.  It fills me with unspeakable joy!

Yesterday, I had the honor of photographing baby Razack with his “Indianapolis” family, the Stonekings.  It was a celebration of all that he is, of all that he has overcome, of God’s love and healing, and of hope given to a little boy who was in great need of heart surgery.  Brandie and Joshua Stoneking took Razack into their care a few months ago, acting as his parents who did not travel with him for the trip.  He quickly became a part of their family, and I know a piece of him will forever remain in their hearts.  Today is a day of sadness as they say good-bye, but also a celebration of the hope and life Razack has as he returns to Africa.  I am always amazed by God’s love when I see someone sacrificially love another in such a way as this.  Please pray for their family this evening.  They said good-bye to Razack tonight and soon he will be on an airplane heading back to Africa.  Please pray for little Razack as he transitions back to African culture and to his family there.  I’m sure he will be feeling uneasy, just like the Stonekings.

Razack’s Story (told by Brandie Stoneking)…

When I received a phone call in February from a fellow church member, I never (in a million years) would have guessed what the woman on the other end of the phone was going to ask. She wanted to know if our family would be willing to “host” an infant from Burkina Faso, Africa who needed heart surgery soon.  I, of course, was in shock but after a day of praying about it with my husband agreed that hosting was something we could do. Razack came to us, three weeks later, as a 9 pound 7 month old in need of open heart surgery to repair a significant septal defect (a whole in his heart).  We agreed to love and care for him as if he were our own.  I picked Razack up from the Indianapolis airport on March 21st and instantly fell in love.  Razack’s heart surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Turrentine on March 27th at Riley Children’s Hospital.  Josh and I stayed by his side the entire 6 days he was in the hospital.  Razack recovered remarkably and was able to come home the following Sunday.  Since his surgery, Razack has flourished!!  He has gained close to 6 pounds, which given how often he eats (every 2 hours!!) isn’t surprising:) We have fallen in love with this sweet little boy and we will forever count him as a part of our family.  Razack has been with us for close to 3 months and we knew the day would come when we would send him back to his family. I don’t think I ever could have imagined the impact that Razack would have on us.
 
If anyone is interested in hosting a child who needs surgery that would not be able to receive it in their home country, contact Tami Shobe at www.cmmwest.com.  Children’s Medical Missions is a non-profit organization that reaches children all over the world.

Brandie & Josh, you are heros in my eyes.  A hero is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities.  I admire you for your courage AND your noble qualities, too!! 🙂  You pretty much rock!!!  Thanks for sharing sacrificial love with the world.  Thanks for inviting our church community to join in!  I am praying for your family this week and hoping you are filled with God’s peace knowing you gave this little boy hope in a broken fallen world.  You gave him a safe home filled with love so that his heart could be made whole.  What a gift you have given to him these past few months!
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13 comments on “A Sweet African Boy + A Loving Indianapolis Family = A Healthy Heart {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer}

  1. Tasha Heatherly says:

    Such a precious story and child, He is absolutely adorable!

  2. sheila says:

    Thank You very touching and beautiful.

  3. Emily says:

    How beautiful!! I saw your post on FB and wanted to know more so I followed the link to your blog. Amazing! The pictures are amazing and what this loving family did for this little boy. So sweet!

  4. Kathy Sloan says:

    As Brandie’s mother, this leaves tears in my eyes! When Brandie was a little girl, a missionary from New Guinea came to our church, and showed a video of the children there. She turned to me and said, “Mommy, some day when I grow up, I will help little children like these!” I believed her! She is an amazing woman, and I am proud to call her my Beloved Child! Thank you, Raindancer Studios for your addition to this amazing life and story! May you be richly Blessed! Kathy Sloan

  5. Grammy, Martha Flora says:

    Thank you Josh and Brandie,you are certainly beautiful Christians,and we know you will be blessed! We are proud to be in the same family!

  6. Praying for you. You are a blessed family and this has been such a wonderful experience for Sophia & Jackson. Only our sovereign God, who knows the end from the beginning, knows how these events will be used in the life of “Little Ray”.

    • brandie stoneking says:

      Knowing God has a plan and excited to see what it is for Razack. Our deep desire is to see him again one day…..

  7. Pam Roberts says:

    What an amazing & beautiful story of God’s love. The love that this small child brought to you & that you in turn gave to him…..Matthew 25:40 comes to mind.

  8. Claudette says:

    Beautiful story and beautiful pictures.

  9. Paula Gast says:

    I write with tears in my eyes. When we love with God’s love, it blesses all involved – even when it is difficult. Can you imagine how his birth family appreciates it; how they were blessed by your love? Can you imagine how our Lord delights in this? I can. What a blessing!!!
    Thank you, Josh and Brandie, for loving God in this very practical way….
    Our love to you all,
    Uncle Chip & Aunt Paula

    • brandie stoneking says:

      Thank you Aunt Paula!! It is such a bittersweet feeling…..one that I’ve never experienced before. To love so deeply and to return that person back into the hands of God and his family. I can only imagine what foster parents go through. It has been an extremely humbling and gratifying experience. We LOVE Razack! And he WILL forever be a part of our family. Thank you for your sweet words and reminding us of God’s goodness.

      Brandie Stoneking

  10. Raymond OUEDRAOGO says:

    Thank you so much for having saved Razack from my country. You can never imagine how good and helpful your assistence was. Stay blessed for ever

  11. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for providing these details.

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