Scene 1: An orphanage in the Ukraine.

Two little girls are in the "Laying Room," the dreaded room where the orphanage sends "special needs" kids to die.

Scene 2: York.

The adoptive parents, waiting to go and bring them to York, are frantic. At the last minute, expected money to rescue the two children failed to arrive.

Scene 3: A prayer-propelled effort unfolds in York to raise $13,900 within 48 hours to pay legal fees related to the adoption.

Jenny Mehosky, friend of the adoptive parents, Stephanie and Brian, tells the story to the people of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in an article, "I Witnessed a Miracle."

First of all, Jenny explains, she listened to Stephanie cry when the expected $13,900 failed to arrive.

"It would be difficult if you were planning to get two more little girls of an independent nature, but this isn't the calling that the Lord has placed on this amazing family.

"All of the conditions that would frighten away the most devout Christian do not even faze this family. They are called to redeem the lowest of the least of these -- the truly broken, the lost, the abused, the neglected, the starving -- the dying.

"Currently, their to-be-adopted girls live in a room called the Laying Room. This is the room that the orphanage decides the children with 'special needs' will go to die. They receive no love or touch, barely any food and that is why their one daughter, who is 8, soon to be 9, weighs only 16 pounds. It is criminal."

Scene 4: The crying stopped, the praying started, the clock started ticking. Phone lines sprang to life with just 48 hours to raise $13,900.

It was Friday night. By Saturday they didn't have a dime. Still, the phones sizzled. Money started to come in. Hope soared.

"God wasn't done yet," Stephanie writes. "On Sunday morning before I went to church, Stephanie texted me that another donation of $900 had just come in. And there it was, just in time, just the amount needed, as only God could do ..." the final $900 to make it $13,900.

"As I write this," Jenny, continues, "Stephanie and Brian are in the Ukraine making the legal steps necessary to get these girls home!"

Finally, Jenny pleads: "Please consider how you will care for the orphan ... each of us is called to care for them. God requires it! Consider donating to an adoption grant organization, consider sponsoring another child somewhere in the world, consider adopting, consider fostering and consider a mission trip to an orphanage. It is a blessing to be a blessing ... be blessed and ask God how He wants you to care for the lowest of the least of these."

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Once again, The Salvation Army is gearing up for its Christmas distribution of food and toys.

Needy folks may sign up 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, plus 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Applicants must provide proof of York County residency as well as a Social Security card for all persons in a household. Also required is proof of age for children age 10 and under.

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Congratulations to Rutter's Farm Stores, headed by Stew Hart man, for being named "PA's Convenience Store of the Year For 2013" by The Griffin Report Awards.

With stores throughout the region, Rutter's took life in 1921 when George and Bud Rutter sold their milk products from a horse-drawn wagon.

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dispatch. Reach Hank at hmerges@yorkdispatch.com or 854-1575.