Newly-Orphaned Boy Seeks New Parents at Church
Davion Only takes action after learning of mother's death
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2013 1:35 AM CDT
Davion Only headed to church to seek a family.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Davion Navar Henry Only was born 15 years ago to a mother imprisoned for petty theft and drugs; he's spent his life in foster care, struggling with anger. In June, he looked up his mother online—and learned she'd died just weeks earlier. Now knowing she'd never come to pick him up, he decided to take matters into his own hands, the Tampa Bay Times reports. So on a Sunday last month, he headed to a local church in hopes of finding a new parent, or parents, to guide him.

To help his cause, he has been turning his life around, improving his behavior, losing 40 pounds, and earning nearly straight As. "He decided he wanted to control his behavior and show everyone who he could be," says his case worker. At church, the preacher discussed imprisonment and the plight of orphans before bringing Davion to the pulpit. "I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either," he told the 300 listeners. As of last week, Davion still had not been adopted. Click for the full story.

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BufordDoyle
Oct 17, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
I find it disheartening that of all these charitable Christians there is not a waiting line of people wanting to take this kid into their homes and lives. Is this what Christianity has become? Selfish, self centered, name only believers? Does the pastor care only about tithing than pastoring his flock like his bible commands. Having grown up in a fundamentalist home I can say one thing for where I came from and that is to this day, a child in need is always, 100% of the time taken in. I don't worship or believe the way I was raised but I still help where I can.
britdamsel
Oct 17, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
None of the church members, who continually preach to others, will house him? Pffft!
plain_speaking
Oct 17, 2013 6:25 AM CDT
This one hit too close to home...made me cry...What an amazing young man...after a life in "care' he still has hope and wants to trust people....he will have a home and a family some day...even if it is one he creates...I am proud to be able to call a similar young man (who is now 24) my son....