We know her as Rutita “Little Ruth” and also as Kevin’s biological sister. If you are ever with this little one you will certainly be laughing the whole time! Though she is our youngest child in the Point of Impact orphanage, Ruth does her best to keep up with her older sisters. She is all about being girly and loves anything purple and pink.
We asked what her favorite food was and without hesitation she replied—anything my sister Leah makes! In other words, cinnamon rolls and of course corn flakes with bananas—this girl has quite the appetite!
Born on April 11th, 2009 to a mentally challenged mother and a teen father, Ruth’s family, who only made $2 a day, struggled to survive. Ruth’s older brother Kevin moved into our orphanage when it opened in 2009, but after Ruth was born her mother continued to attempt to care for Ruth. As you can imagine, her mother’s mental deficits along with the devastating effects of poverty made this an extremely difficult task. She dearly loved her two children— and still does. But, she simply cannot care for them. As time continued, Ruth’s mother realized how well Kevin was being cared for and she decided to give POI guardianship of Ruth.
When she arrived to the orphanage in September 2012, Ruth was malnourished because of her steady diet of snacks and she also struggled with behavior issues due to her lack of structure at home. Nowadays, you’ll often find Rutita running from one activity to the next, playing dress up in her big sisters’ closets, and laughing at every moment possible. Ruth’s favorite things to do are playing with dolls and skateboarding (which is basically Ruth rolling down the driveway on her belly as she giggles hysterically…) Let me tell you, she is a little ball of energy and sure knows how to run the show!
When Ruth moved into the orphanage almost three years ago, she immediately caught the attention and affection of Leah (David & Ruth Hamilton’s eldest daughter.)
“It was an instant connection the first time I met her. She ran up to me and jumped into my arms.” -Leah
But the feeling was mutual—Ruth found her favorite gringa (North American) and will even tell you that she’s the best! Anytime these two buddies are in the same room they are right next to each other—just like sisters.
“We had all been praying for her as a family for two years before Ruth’s mother consented to us taking care of her. So when I finally met her, it made it even more special.”-Leah
I love watching Leah and Ruth because it’s such a beautiful picture of restoration. As Leah showers Rutita with kisses and laughter, this little one’s heart is slowly being mended.
“Anytime Ruth is around she will run up to me and give me the biggest hug or she’ll just curl up in my lap…It’s hard not to love her bubbly personality! I just love her quick wit, spontaneity, adorable laugh, and her beautiful smile!”-Leah
Our prayer for Ruth is that she will grow up knowing that she has a mother who loves her dearly—and that she will break away from the lies of the world and not see it as abandonment.
Who is blogging?
Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.