Friday, October 1, 2010

Message from Harold Harmon, High School Teacher

This summer was a very difficult summer for the Harmon family. Losing my girls that have occupied a major portion of our lives for 4 ½ years was very hard – it literally broke my heart. We were able to see them twice for two hours over the summer and probably will never see them again. The adoptive parents desire to cut all ties between us and the girls. I personally spent most of the summer grieving. I cried an ocean of tears and lost 25 pounds in the process. We still can’t look at photos, of which we have 1000’s, and fall apart when we have to discuss the girls in any context. I know the difficulty of losing the children is why most people don’t open their homes to foster care. Our comfort this summer came from the Lord and the knowledge that the girls now have a wonderful for-ever family that can provide them with opportunities that we never could; that they are no longer foster children but are real children in a real family.

I learned through this a strong lesson in faith and having to trust God during circumstances that are completely beyond our control. The fact that the girls went to a Mormon home was very distressing to us; but, the scripture that keeps coming to mind is that God is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him. We gain comfort in knowing that the girls came to a saving knowledge of Christ while in our care and we trust God to protect their little minds from the doctrine that they will be exposed to in their new home. We also leaned heavily on the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 13 that teaches that true love does not seek its own but seeks, rather, what is in the best interest of the object of that love. I wanted to be selfish and adopt the girls but that would not have been the best for them. Sabrina and I made a pact before they left that I will be waiting for her when she gets to Heaven; that I will show her around and take her to see Jesus, and that we will hang out for about a l000 years. We now have two little girls, ages 6 and 11, and are learning to love them as well.


  1. Harold,

    Awesome testimony. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, as you share your love with so many precious foster kids. You are a blessing to them...and to us.

  2. Wow Harold - you shared this with me earlier but it's such a touching and beautiful story of Christ's love. You guys are such a wonderful example of selfless love and I thank you for having such an incredible impact on me and our students.

  3. Harold, thanks for sharing this. Such a good lesson. I have no doubt that our gracious Lord will continue to sprout the seeds He planted while these girls were in your care.


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