The Florida church where an 15-year-old orphan pleaded for a family to adopt him has been “flooded” with phone calls.
“It has been just an awesome outpour,” Cynthia Coney, a secretary at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, said. “We’ve been getting calls from as far as Utah and forwarding them to his adoption agency.”
Two weeks ago, Davion Navar Henry Only, 15, dressed in a dark suit and borrowed tie, told the packed church that he was seeking a family to call his own. His requirements were simple.
“I’ll take anyone,” he said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”
Coney said she was moved by the boy’s appeal and asked her husband, who was sitting next to her if they could adopt Only.
“He said we don’t have the room,” she said. “But he agreed that he would have loved to.”
The Rev. Brian Brown introduced Only after giving a sermon touching on a letter from the disciple Paul, who wrote about being in prison “awaiting an uncertain future.”
“You may be in a dark place,” Brown said, according to The Times. “But look for joyful moments when you can praise God.”