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“I am beautiful like my mother,” Karunia exclaimed. ”When I was mocked because I don’t have normal fingers, my mom taught me to say back that this is what Jesus gave me.”

  • Being born with special needs didn’t stop little Karunia from feeling confident.
  • She’s changing her community’s mindset and standing up to bullying! Karunia was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare congenital condition that makes her look a little different.
  • Because of these differences, this sweet girl has already faced great diversity in her life.

Sadly, in Karunia’s community in East Indonesia, where physical differences are rare, she received many hurtful stares and comments. Children in her village were scared of Karunia’s appearance and cried when seeing her.

Karunia’s mother, Angel, recalls the early stages of her life, sharing that Karunia suffered pain, such as high fevers, breathlessness, and excessive sweating. Her parents couldn’t believe their long-awaited baby girl looked differently than expected and felt unprepared to raise Karunia. Angel shares, “I just cried and wondered why God and entrusted her to me.”

“I am beautiful like my mother,” Karunia exclaimed. ”When I was mocked because I don’t have normal fingers, my mom taught me to say back that this is what Jesus gave me.”

Karunia has taught her family and friends about self-acceptance and true gratitude for anything that happens in life. Candra shares that her daughter has taught her to be a stronger woman of God. “She is my own flesh and blood, and we have to take care of her for as long as God gives us life because God has a purpose for her!”

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