'I was an abandoned baby - now I'm a graduate': Man's letter to children's shelter will give you the feels

12 December 2018 - 08:00 By Ntokozo Miya
Nathanael Stahler was the fourth abandoned baby taken in by the Door of Hope when it opened in 1999. Today, he is 19 years old and has just graduated from college
Nathanael Stahler was the fourth abandoned baby taken in by the Door of Hope when it opened in 1999. Today, he is 19 years old and has just graduated from college
Image: Supplied/Door of Hope

The fourth baby that the Door of Hope, a shelter for abandoned babies and children, welcomed after it was established in 1999 was named Nathanael.

Nathanael is a 19-year-old graduate now and has penned the sweetest letter to the children's home that took him in after he was found near-death on the side of the road.

Though he was adopted a year after he first came to the shelter, Nathanael still remembers the women who took care of him, and the stories he was told about his time at the home. 

Nathanael Stahler wrote a heartfelt letter to caregivers at the Door of Hope who cared for him after he was abandoned as a baby.
Nathanael Stahler wrote a heartfelt letter to caregivers at the Door of Hope who cared for him after he was abandoned as a baby.
Image: Facebook/Door of Hope

Nathanael was adopted by the Stahlers, an American family who also gave a home to a boy named Thomas.

The boys moved to the US with their new family and never looked back.

Nathanael has finished his technical college training and is an active member of the church. 

Door of Hope operations director Nadene Grabham told TimesLIVE that the caregivers at the home want nothing more than to see the babies grow up to be responsible, caring and successful adults.

"We are very proud of Nathanael and we were very happy to get a letter from him after all this time."

Grabham said there were other older children who checked in with the home once in a while, but they were especially glad to hear from Nathanael because he was one of the first babies to move into the shelter.

In the letter to the women who cared for him, he wrote: "God has brought me to where I am today, and He used the grannies at the Door of Hope Baby House to help me."

He said he would never forget the love he received at the home.

"I was an abandoned baby - and now I am a graduate. To God be the glory!"

Letter written by Nathanael Stahler to caregivers at the Door of Hope.
Letter written by Nathanael Stahler to caregivers at the Door of Hope.
Image: Facebook/Door of Hope
Letter written by Nathanael Stahler to caregivers at the Door of Hope.
Letter written by Nathanael Stahler to caregivers at the Door of Hope.
Image: Facebook/Door of Hope
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