- Nathanael Stahler was found abandoned on a roadside in Johannesburg about 19 years ago
- The Door of Hope Children's Mission rescued him before an American family adopted him
- He recently graduated from college and wrote a heartfelt appreciation letter to the Mission
A 19-year-old man who was found abandoned as a baby on the side of a road in Johannesburg is now a proud college graduate.
Nathanaal Stahler has written a heartfelt letter of appreciation to Johannesburg's Door of Hope Children's Mission. The Mission rescued him 19 years ago, Briefly.co.za learned.
He was adopted from the home by an American family a year after his rescue and is now an American citizen, TimesLIVE reports.
Many years later, Nathanael hasn't forgotten the kind caregivers, whom he calls "grannies," who rescued him. In his letter, he said:
God has brought me to where I am today, and He used the grannies at the Door of Hope Baby House to help me. I will never forget Door of Hope, and the love I received there.
Grannies at Door of Hope Baby House make a big difference! I was an abandoned baby — and now I am a graduate. To God be the glory!
Door of Hope operations director Nadene Grabham said the caregivers are always proud to see their babies growing up and succeeding in life. She said:
We are very proud of Nathanael and we were very happy to get a letter from him after all this time.
One or the caregivers who took care of Nathanael replied to Door of Hope's Facebook post and said:
Amazing! I was one of Door of Hope's first volunteers in Berea and I remember you, Nathan! What a blessing it is to hear about your life now and to know that you are well!
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