Pastor Ronnie Stewart and his wife Krystal were not hesitant to welcome the two homeless boys into their lives. The couple now looks forward to them being part of their family forever.
It is the good heart of some humans that makes the world a better place. Once you have a kid of your own and hold your baby in your arms for the first time, your heart goes out to any child you see in pain. It was no different for Pastor Ronnie Stewart and his wife Krystal. When they heard of two little kids abandoned in the trash, the pastor and his wife did not think twice before welcoming the toddlers into their family.
The two brothers, aged 7 months old and 2 years old, were first found outside the Pasco County's Metropolitan Ministries among trash bags by executive chef Mark Purcell in 2016. The man who thought they were bags of donations or food leftovers was surprised to find two children in their diapers.
"There were actually four or five bags here. A child in a car seat was on top of a bag. The other child was sitting here with his feet, cold. They were only in diapers, no clothes," said the man. Mark who realized that their mother was hiding from him also came to know that the family lived in a tent in the woods. The homeless family was also often seen at the church's soup kitchen.
It is then that the pastor and his wife noticed these young children. The pastor, who sympathized with the condition of the young children asked their parents if they could take them home for the night. "They were covered in bug bites, head to toe. They were so filthy, that we actually had to bathe, and drain, and bathe again two different times. The toddler who did have shoes on didn't have any socks on. When we took his shoes off, the little skin on the top of his feet actually came off," Krystal said.
According to Fox News, the pastor, and his wife asked a homeless family if they could take their two kids home temporarily. But soon, the two kids became part of the pastor's family and they hope to adopt the young boys.
The couple, who already had three children of their own took the toddlers to their home. Krystal told Today that the children slept for ten hours straight after they fed and cleaned them. "I don't think they've ever slept in a bed before," said the woman. The couple, who returned the kids to their parents the next day, was surprised when the family asked them if they could take care of the kids for a while.
"We just looked at each other and knew, there was no other option. Of course, we said yes," said Krystal. Though they never imagined it to happen, they readily accepted the family's request. Their family of five became a family of seven and even their children started calling the two boys their brothers. "We had to get a bigger car, a car that seats seven! It takes a little longer to get out of the house," said the pastor.
After living together for five months as a family, the pastor and his wife wanted to make the boys their own. Having made sure their parents were okay with it, they set up a GoFundMe page to help them fund the adoption process, which is now at its final stages. Though it may seem like the Stewarts are doing a noble act, they do not want to look at it the same way. "We don't look at it as we are something special, we know that they are special, and we're just excited to be part of their journey," said the mother.
The family hopes their story would inspire others to take such generous leaps of faith that might help somebody.