Saving Little Ryan

By Chad Parker, LSW
Executive Director of Residential Services

Death. Murder. Deceit.

Many of us could not apply these words to any aspect of our lives. Even though times have been tough, most of us have been abundantly blessed, and live lifestyles far removed from such words. That’s why it is hard for me to believe that so many of our children at Tupelo Children’s Mansion rarely seemed shaken by the madness. Some of our children have come from such darkness, but the light of Jesus Christ brings them a new hope and a fresh future.

I’m easily reminded of a phone call we once received about a little boy, Ryan. Ryan is the second of three children born to his unwed mother. Mom had lost custody of her oldest child a few years ago.  Ryan’s baby sister, who was 3-months-old at the time, was in the hospital on life support. Then the shocking news . . . the mother and her current boyfriend were under investigation for abuse. Then we heard those words echoing throughout the conversation: Death. Murder. Deceit. The voice on the other line was letting us know that Ryan may not be safe. Urgency gripped our hearts. What’s going to happen to that little boy? With a phone call to our attorney and state authorities, the process of saving little Ryan began.

I’m happy to report that we were able to save little Ryan. He is now an energetic and entertaining little guy. The best part is that Ryan now has a future…a future full of love, support, understanding, and best of all, Jesus Christ! Because of caring and compassionate people like you, who sacrifice to support this ministry, Tupelo Children’s Mansion was successful in saving little Ryan.

It is with all sincerity that I ask you to continue to pray for God to grant our staff wisdom each day.

Applications are processed and calls are received that are not only heart-wrenching, but sometimes unbelievable.

Today, my staff and I will be dealing with apps that involve a sibling group of children whose mother is addicted to drugs, one for a little boy who watched his mother kill two men and then she told him he was next, and one for a young lady whose mother killed her father. We were able to save Ryan, and we will do our best to intervene with these other children.

One thing is for certain, we can’t do anything without the help of Jesus Christ, and without your continued prayers and financial support. Thank you for saving little Ryan, and the many other lives you will help save in the future! I do believe that makes you a hero!