Zaki

Since June 2015 my youngest brother has been praying for a little boy named Zaki. (http://reecesrainbow.org/76448/zaki ). I did a small post about it when Buttons began to pray for him ( https://aprayerforalife.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/zaki-and-buttons/ ). Since then Buttons and Zaki have grown a lot. Unfortunately there is no new picture of Zaki or any update but a lot of time has passed and he is still waiting.

Buttons prays for Zaki every night without fail and asks me if he has been adopted yet. It hurts me to tell him no, Zaki isn’t adopted. The heartbreak on Button’s face every time I tell him is gut-wrenching. One time he even announced that when he grew up he would adopt Zaki himself.

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Zaki was born in May of 2009 which makes him not even a month younger than Buttons. I love having my little brother around and thinking of him without a family (like he was but a few years ago) troubles my heart because I know that there are other kids out there who are still waiting. Would you please pray with me that Zaki will not have to wait much longer and that I can tell my brother that the boy he prays for is going to have a family as well?

 

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Zaki. Thank You that Buttons has a heart for other kids like him. Thank You that Buttons was adopted and that I get to call him ‘brother’.

Please answer my brother’s prayer and bring forward a family for Zaki. Help them to love him and care for him, to show him the love of a family. I pray that they will help him through his medical needs and help him to be all that he can be.

May Your will be done,

Amen

 

 

Wonderful Boys

It is often harder for boys to get adopted. While this is a sad reality there are many boys who are waiting for a mum and dad. Two of my brothers are adopted and they are wonderful kids. They are great and I am so glad that I get to call them my brothers. I hope that other boys who are waiting will soon be able to be called son.

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Avery has been waiting for a while, it was almost four years ago when he was listed in 2013 with Reece’s Rainbow. Avery was born in 2004 and has HIV (the theme for today). http://reecesrainbow.org/63522/avery-2

 

 

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Henley (b. 2008) also has HIV. In addition to his HIV he is listed as having a slight mental delay. He is described as being a very quiet boy. http://reecesrainbow.org/113974/henley

 

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Dryden was born in 2010. He has HIV and possible FAS, he is also listed as having hepatomegaly with splenomegaly (enlarged liver and spleen). http://reecesrainbow.org/98988/dryden

 

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Harrison and Henry are brothers who need to be adopted together. The older boy was born in 2011 and is listed as being healthy. His younger brother was born in 2013 and is listed as having HIV. http://reecesrainbow.org/119052/harrison-henry

 

 

Every one of these boys are ready and waiting for a family. Please pray with me that they will not have long to wait. If you feel called to do something more I encourage you to do as you are being lead! Thank you for your care and prayers.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for boys around the world. Thank You for their smiles and laughter. Thank You for their wide range of personalities and their potential to be strong, caring, kind, gentlemanly, and passionate. Thank You for the people that care for the boys who are still waiting for families. I pray that You will give them wisdom to look after them.

I pray for the families that You will bring forward who will call Harrison, Henry, Henley, Dryden, and Avery ‘son’. Please give the boys hope as they wait. May they have the medication that they need to be healthy so that they can grow to be the men that You have planned for them.

For Your glory and Your kingdom I pray,

Amen.

A Time to Celebrate

Yesterday was a big day in my family. My sister was married!!! It has gone so fast and to see her continue to grow and become an amazing steadfast strong woman is wonderful. Her and her new husband are now embarking on their new journey as a married couple. I am excited to watch them as they grow in love together and show their commitment to each other through the way they live.

In celebration of this new time in their lives I decided to do my blog on some of the kids who now have families coming for them. On Reece’s Rainbow there is a page for all the kids who have families who are going through the process to adopt them ( http://reecesrainbow.org/category/rescued#top ). These children will soon be embarking on their new journey. A life with a family! Just like my sister and her husband are beginning a new journey as a family, these children will also get to explore the new dynamics that come with being loved and learning to love.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for kids like Hank Alan, Eliza, Lylah, Mayson, Wrayna, and Oliver . Thank you that they are about to experience the new life of a family. Thank you for the families that have come forward. I pray that as they continue to wait for their families to complete the process to bring them home that the children will have hope.

Please help the families to give themselves grace as they adjust to their new normal and learn who their children are – what they like and don’t like, what makes them laugh, what makes them cry, what their favorite food is, and what they wouldn’t touch in a million years.

Please help the children learn to love and trust. Please help them to feel safe. Thank you for the support around the families, please give the friends and family the wisdom to know how to help and when to give the new families space.

Thank you for all that You have done. May You be glorified through these adoptions and through the new futures that have opened up to these families.

In Your name I pray,

Amen

Annie

Today my youngest sister helped to choose a child to pray for. She really wants Annie to be able to have a family. Could you help spread the word that Annie is waiting for a family? My sister knows what it is like to be waiting for a family and she is glad that she is adopted. She wants other kids who are still waiting to get adopted as well!

annie-1-225x300Annie was born in 2010 with the complete absence of her arm. She also has mixed specific developmental disorder, astigmatism,  hypermetropia (farsightedness), and hypertrophy of tonsils listed to her name. She is living in Eastern Europe and is available to be adopted by large families and older parents. So far she has just over $180 gifted to her on Reece’s Rainbow, hopefully it will be a help for the family that will come forward to call her their own. http://reecesrainbow.org/118367/annie-2

Would you please pray with me and my sister that she will have a family soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Annie. Thank you for her smile, I pray that she will have reason to keep on smiling. Please show her Your love and grace. Please bring forward a family for her. May they not be scared by the list of medical conditions but be strengthened by You and remember that she is a little girl not a medical condition.

Thank you that my sister has a heart for other kids who are waiting for families. She remembers how it used to be and loves having a family. I pray that Annie will get to experience this feeling of love and support.

For You and Your kingdom, I pray,

Amen.

 

Single Mums

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Timothy John

A few weeks back I did a post on adopting as a single dad. In the case of single mothers there are more countries that are open to allowing adoptions by single mums. Just as Reece’s Rainbow has a page for the children that can be adopted by single dads there is also a page that is especially for single mums. http://reecesrainbow.org/category/singlemoms There are a number of children on this page, ranging from young children to those kids who are about to age out. Also, individual children and sibling groups.

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With Mother’s day coming up in a week, here in Canada, I thought it would be right to showcase some kids who don’t have a mum. They aren’t able to make a fun little card, or cover themselves in glue trying to make something for mum. They aren’t going to wake up at some ungodly hour and run into their mum’s room to plant wet kisses on their mum’s face. They also don’t get those day to day moments of cuddling in their mother’s lap and listening to a story or watching a movie. They don’t get to hold their mum’s hand as they cross the street and know that she loves them. They don’t get to be held and allowed to cry when they hurt themselves or when they have had a bad dream.

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A mum is so important and I know I wouldn’t be who I am without my mum. Sure we’ve had fights and sure there are times when we don’t get along but I love her with all my heart. She is so supportive and even when she disagrees with a decision that I’ve made I can trust that she is still there loving me and there for me. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have a mum and I am cut to the heart about the idea that there are kids who will never know the love of a mum or dad.

Please pray with me for the kids who are still waiting for a mum, dad, or both. Kids who are waiting or have given up hope or have never known a life where they have a mum or dad who loves them. Thank you.

Dear Lord,

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My sister told me the other night that she would never have a family and while that is not true she still struggles with the fear of what she was told. She struggles to understand that a mum and dad can love her and won’t hurt her or leave her. Lord, I pray for other children around the world who think that they will never get a family or who think that family means someone who hurts you or the people you love. Please give these kids hope and strength. Please show them that they are wrong. Please get kids out of bad places and into families who love them.

So many of Your children have come from bad places. We didn’t know what it meant to be loved or how to love or how to accept love and yet You chose to love us. Please help

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these kids to also know what it means to be loved, supported, and seen as important. Please help them to have a new future. A future where they can feel safe and know that they have a family – a family that cares and a family that loves.

Lord, in order for these kids to have families people have to step forward. They have to choose to be that family that loves and cares. That family that supports and protects. That family that loves even when the children push back against the love in fear. Please bring people forward and equip them to be these families.

In Your name I pray.

For Your glory and Your kingdom,

Amen.

 

 

 

Hailey and Hugh

Yesterday was my youngest sister’s birthday and today is my youngest brother’s birthday. We have been having a lot of fun and our sister has come back for a visit so we are all together. Thinking about birthdays with my younger siblings always makes me happy but a little bit sad. I know they missed out on birthdays with family before they were adopted and I am so glad that they can now celebrate with people who love them.

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Hailey and Hugh are siblings who are waiting to be adopted. I chose them today because they are the same age distance apart as the birthday girl and boy in my family. Also like my littlest sister, Hailey can remember her birth family. It is hard when they can remember but it also brings about a greater joy when they choose to love both families.

Hailey is nine and while she struggles with developmental delays and vision issues she is described in very positive terms. Hailey is said to be easily distracted but is making improvements in her comprehension. Despite her small size, Hailey loves to help others and wants to be adopted with her brother.

Unfortunately Hugh is unable to live with his sister at the moment because of age and gender but they miss each other very much. He is said to be a very curious little boy who is reported to be cooperative and is able to follow rules despite the tendency to get distracted.

For families that qualify there is a $4,000 grant to help pay for the legal fees. Please pray with me that Hailey and Hugh will be adopted soon and be able to be together again.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Hailey and Hugh. Thank You that You love them and have a plan for them. Please bring a family forward to adopt them, may they get to grow up together, to laugh and to love together.

Please bring a family forward to help them be all that they can be. To support Hailey and help her to grow into a beautiful young woman both inside and out; and to teach Hugh what it means to be a man who cares for others, who loves others, and who stands up for others. Thank you so much for this family, give them strength and patience when things get tough and the ability to celebrate the little victories.

May You be glorified in all things! Thank You for what You have done, are doing, and will do. May You be praised!

In Your holy name I pray,

Amen

Single Dads

Wow, so I haven’t written in a LONG time. I’m sorry about that. I could make excuses about how I’ve been studying for exams or how my sister’s wedding is in a month but that’s not going to change that I haven’t done anything.

Today I was looking on Reece’s Rainbow and clicked on the ‘available to Single Dads’ tag ( http://reecesrainbow.org/category/available-to-single-dads ). One of my good friends is a single dad and he is amazing, he loves his daughter dearly and she adores him. He has talked about how he has thought about adopting but is in school at the moment so he understands that right now may not be the best time.

Thinking of my friend reminded me of how very few countries allow for international adoption by single dads. I know there are wonderful men out there who would open their arms and welcome a child as a son or daughter. So I thought that today I would showcase some of the awesome kids who are able to be adopted by single dads.

Kids like:

Ryan who was born in 2012 and has a repaired cleft clip and palate, an amputated right ear due to infection, and a loss of vision in his right eye.

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Lianne who was born in 2014 and has down syndrome.

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Ricardo who is 10 years old and has a Cochlear implant and had a colostomy.

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And Charity, Levi, and Micah who are a sibling group waiting for a family. They are 12, 9, and 6 respectively. Charity is a few years behind in school because she didn’t have the chance to go to school before. Levi has untreated strabismus and has some learning disabilities. Micah has some mild speech difficulties but is doing much better.

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Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the single dads who love their children and do their best to care for them and help them to grow up to be the best that they can be. I pray for the dads who want to adopt and become a father for a child who does not have a family. I pray that they won’t be discouraged but will be encouraged and will walk forward in this path You have called them on.

Lord, I pray that the children who wait will have hope that they will be loved and that they are loved. Please help them to know that they are loved by You.

Lord, You have adopted us all. You are our Father. I pray that as we begin to understand what You have done for us that it will inspire us to also love those who are lost. That we too will open our arms and welcome children into our families as You have welcomed us into Your family.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.