An orphan has made a heartbreaking plea at his local church: "Adopt me... I'll take anyone."

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Davion Only, 15. Photo: Melissa Lyttle, Tampa Bay Times

An orphan has made a heartbreaking plea at his local church: "Adopt me... I'll take anyone."

Fifteen-year-old Davion Only had been in and out of foster care his whole life, but never had a family. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.

In front of a congregation of 300 people, he stood up to say that God had not given up on him, "so I’m not giving up either."

"I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."

Davion's caseworker told the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported on the touching speech, that the boy had "heard something about God helping those who help themselves."

Although nerves nearly forced him to pull out just before the life-changing speech, he found the courage to expose his troubled story.

Davion didn't know his father, and he was born while his mother was in jail on a string of charges.

In June of this year, Davion sat at a library computer to try to find his birth mother for the first time.

He found her mugshot, and with it the news that she had died, aged 55, just a few weeks before.

The knowledge that his mother was never coming to rescue him filled Only with a new determination.

"He decided he wanted to control his behavior and show everyone who he could be," his caseworker, Connie Going told the Tampa Bay Times.

The overweight teen lost 40 pounds and began earning A grades at school.

"He's come a long way," said Floyd Watkins, program manager at Davion's group home. "He's starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you've been rejected so many times."

At the time of publishing Davion's story, no one had yet stepped forward to adopt him, although there were immediate offers of help from the congregation. Child agency Eckerd said its phone lines would be open, waiting for the right family to call.