Lauren Akins Shares Emotional Post of Uganda Orphan, Frances & His Road to Recovery

     Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins are no stranger to the adoption process and giving back to the community in a very positive way. They have expressed many times their passion for adoption and the helping of orphans and children worldwide. They, without doubt, have some of the biggest hearts in country music, we can’t help but love them both. 

 Photo: Lauren Akins Instagram 

Photo: Lauren Akins Instagram 

     Lauren recently shared a series of photos on social media that show the transformation of Frances, a young boy whose life she has been able to make an impact in, living in Uganda. It shows the pictures of how he was found, fragile and malnourished, and the progress of where he is today and all the love he is surrounded by now. 

     "The reason he looked like he did is because of complete malnourishment, he had no one to care for him," She captioned.

     "He cried when anyone touched him, and he cried when they tried to put clothes on him because he wasn’t used to any loving human touch. He had no idea how to accept it," She also captioned. "TODAY he’s not even the same child, thank you Jesus. He loves to be loved now not only from Ugandans but mzungus (white people) too, now he has clothes, his fingernails are almost completely healed, and he has yummy healthy food and water, medicine, education and shelter-all of this provided by @147millionorphans in Jesus’ name."

     Lauren has been in Uganda recently with 147 Million Orphans, an advocacy group that she works very hard and close with, which includes fundraising money to help these children. 

     In addition to working closely with this group, Uganda is also where Akins and Rhett met their future daughter, Willa Gray and adopted her in May 2017. 

Check out the Instagram post here:

So this is sweet little Frances. And if you scroll through these pics **WARNING some of them are hard to look at-but it was his reality** he was found by our @147millionorphans ground team in Masindi, Uganda. He is a total orphan, meaning no living relatives, he weighed about 12 pounds-yet he’s about 5 years old. The reason he looked like he did is because of complete malnourishment, he had no one to care for him. The community would put cassava root in a little bowl and he just sat there in the dirt with jiggers eating up his fingernails, no clothes and barely anything to eat. Enoch, on our 147 team, took him to the hospital then brought him to our new 147 Million Orphans Reclaim Center. He cried when anyone touched him, and he cried when they tried to put clothes on him because he wasn’t used to any loving human touch. He had no idea how to accept it. Oh my goodness. TODAY he’s not even the same child, thank you Jesus. He loves to be loved now not only from Ugandans but mzungus (white people) too 💛💛 now he has clothes, his fingernails are almost completely healed, and he has yummy healthy food and water, medicine, education and shelter-all of this provided by @147millionorphans in Jesus’ name 😘🙌🏼 y’all he’s the most precious little boy and there are many more just like him. So many of y’all ask me how to help. A huge way to help is by donating to @147millionorphans and giving children like little Frances a chance at a new life😘 I held him the last day we were there and he fell asleep on me, we ate some snacks, we sang songs, we played & laughed and when I held him he held on to me so tight😩😭💙 so thankful Jesus brought us to him and I cannot wait to watch him grow! Stay tuned for more pics of the little sweeties at our reclaim center :)

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