The Un-Photographed Ones

There are many children who are on the waiting list for adoption who due to legal requirements are unable to have a photograph posted. Unfortunately that makes it a lot harder for them to be chosen. It’s hard to fall in love with a child’s face when all you have is a black silhouette to go by. However, this does not mean that they need a family any less than a child who has multiple photographs on their small profile.

On Reece’s Rainbow this week alone, there have been nine children newly listed who do not have the benefit of a photograph. Children like six year-old Marlon (http://reecesrainbow.org/120130/marlon), two year-old Barric (http://reecesrainbow.org/120121/barric), three year-old Mordecai (http://reecesrainbow.org/120119/mordecai), and five year-old Branden (http://reecesrainbow.org/120093/branden).

To make matters even harder a sibling group of five was listed this week and they are unable to have pictures of themselves shared (http://reecesrainbow.org/120126/5siblingsl5). It is so challenging to be adopted when you are apart of a sibling group. This is not without good reason as it takes a very special family to be able to adopt and raise a sibling group. It is hard work but that does not negate the importance of the children having a family TOGETHER.

Would you please pray with me for sibling groups like Friedrich, Kurt, Liesl, Louisa, and Brigitta? And for the other children who are waiting to be adopted but don’t have a picture to go along with their profile on the waiting children list? Thank you.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for children all around the world. Thank You for their smiles and laughter. It is hard to imagine children without a family. I know that You have a heart for the oppressed and the orphaned. Thank You that these children have a chance to get adopted. I know that the sad reality is that some children never get the chance.

Lord, please give these children a fighting chance. Please bring forward families to adopt them, to love them, and to care for them. May they be orphaned no longer. Please bless those that care for them currently and prepare those that You will bring forward for them.

For Your glory and Your kingdom, I pray

Amen

So you don’t go into visual withdrawal here’s two picture of me with my youngest brother. 🙂 Isn’t he looking good?

 

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Lillian & Aston

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Aston and Lillian are siblings who need to be adopted together! Thankfully they haven’t been listed long and will be available for adoption in the fall of this year! It is my hope that a family will step forward to call them son and daughter so that as soon as they are available they will be adopted and will have a family.

Aston was born in 2009. He has spastic tetraparesis but he doesn’t appear to have let that stop him! It is said that he can walk by himself and is able to talk a little bit. He is also said to eat everything and works hard at school.

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Less is said about Aston’s younger sister, Lillian, but don’t you want to cheer up that grumpy little face and see what awesome smile she is hiding? Lillian was born in 2015 and is listed as carrying Hep C antibodies. However, it is thought that this diagnosis may be cancelled at some point soon.

Wonderfully, there has been $100 gifted to them on Reece’s Rainbow: http://reecesrainbow.org/117422/lillianaston

These two sweeties are available to be adopted by both larger families and by older parents.

Would you pray with me that they will have a family soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Aston and Lillian. Thank You that they have the ability to be adopted together. So many children are not able to be adopted with their sibling. I pray that these two will be able to have a family together and that they will grow up getting to know each other and hopefully be close, supporting and loving one another.

May Your hand be on their adoption. May You bring forward a family that will help them to be all that they can be. A family who loves, learns, and laughs together.

Thank You for those that are caring for them now. My You bless them with patience and wisdom. May they know how to care and love for Aston and Lillian and for all the children under their care.

For Your glory and Your kingdom, I pray,

Amen.

 

Tristan

This handsome young man is Tristan. He was born in 2003 but was not listed until 2013. Unfortunately it has been four years since then and he is still waiting! His younger sister has been adopted and his older sister aged out.

It is probable that Tristan has F.A.S. Other than mental delays he is said to be a healthy young man. A missionary who met him said that he is very tiny and that he can get very excited. He was also described as sweet, loving, capable, and curious. It is said that he wants a family.

It is such a blessing that he is eligible for an Oldertristan-2016-1 Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow (http://reecesrainbow.org/54397/tristan). He is also available to large families and older parents.

Would you pray with me that his family will come soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Tristan. Thank You that his younger sister was able to be adopted. Though it breaks my heart that these siblings couldn’t be adopted together I thank You that his sister gets a chance at a family. I pray that you will protect and care for Tristan’s older sister and that she is healthy, safe, and loved.

I pray that Tristan will soon have a family to call his own. Lord, please bring forward a family that can help him reach his potential. I pray that they will come forward quickly and that unlike his older sister he will not age out before he can experience the love of a family.

For Your glory and Your kingdom I pray,

Amen

Austyn

Austyn is from the People’s Republic of China. He was born in August of 2007 but it wasn’t until 2016 that he was listed with Reece’s Rainbow.

Austyn has Albinism as well as significant motion and intelligence delays. Thankfully he has made great improvement since he moved from an institutionalized setting to the New Day Foster home! What is really cool is that the foster home has a blog so you can have a look at what the kids are doing. http://newdayfosterhome.blogspot.com/search/label/Austyn

It is said that Austyn loves music. If you are interested in finding out more about him Reece’s Rainbow has a synopsis of a description from a special education teacher from the foster home. http://reecesrainbow.org/105940/austyn

Austyn also has over $500 gifted to him on Reece’s Rainbow so hopefully that will help the family that will come forward to adopt him. Would you pray with me for Austyn?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Austyn. Thank you for his smiles and his love of music. Lord please bring a family forward for him. May he know the love of a family. I pray that they will help him to continue to make improvement and grow into the amazing person that you have planned.

Thank you so much for the nannies, medical staff, and volunteers at New Day Foster home. Please give them wisdom to continue to care for the children in the home. Please bless them and help them to be encouraged by the improvement that they see in the kids.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

 

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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Now on ‘my family found me’ page! Yay 🙂 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