The 777 Children Mission
The last baby was adopted in 1989 and in 1990 Brasil outlawed adoptions. This was then when Doris Stewart converted the orphanage to a daycare center to help poor children.
Currently a book is being written and edited by a dear friend, Carole Anderson. It jumps a glimpse into the life of Momma Doris. The preface is as follows…stayed tuned for release date!
Mama Doris and her 777 Children
Faith, Love, and a Life-Giving Dream
Written for Doris and her family with great love and wonder and gratitude
Because of one woman’s deep faith, compassion, and courage, 777 Brasilian children survived the harsh realities of their lives and were adopted by loving families. Doris Gene Stewart, known by many as “Mamma Doris,” spent over 30 years in the mission fields of Brasil. Against insurmountable odds, she founded an orphanage in the impoverished city of Recife in northern Brasil, where abandoned children comprised one quarter of the population. Though she was a missionary, she brought her dream of starting an orphanage into being without the support of any church. The constant lack of funds and the vagaries of Brasilian law were just two of the crushing obstacles that hampered Doris in her life-giving work. But nothing could stop her.
She gives all glory to God for her work and is deeply grateful for the life she has led. At 93 years of age, she lives in The Dalles, Oregon, with her extended family that includes two great grand-babies who bring her immense joy. Throughout the day, she reads her Bible and talks to God and shares her love and wisdom with all who enter her deep, loving presence. She has spent long, peaceful hours in her outdoor swing, enjoying the antics of birds, squirrels, and deer that come to feed; the oak-covered slopes of Chenoweth Table behind the house; the deep blue skies against the white rim rocks. She pages lovingly through the album in her lap, uplifted by the smiling faces of her 777 children and their adoptive families.
And yet, despite the contentment, she is restless. How she longs for Brasil and the work of her heart that she can no longer do. She faces serious health challengers- a massive stroke in 2014, a serious head injury and a second stroke a year later that have resulted in her starting on hospice care in October of 2015. After surviving her last harrowing health crisis, she said to her daughter Deloys, “My ministry is not done yet. Let God lead me.”