Sibling Group in Latin America

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The picture above is of my four youngest siblings during the time my Mum and Dad were in country to adopt them. I look at this picture from three years ago and I am blown away by how much they have grown. Not only physically but also emotionally. They have adapted to a whole new way of life and a brand new language.

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We have become a family group that is learning to help each other through the hurts of the past and the struggles of the present. To accept our differences and love our ‘weirdness’. It is my hope and desire that children will not be left behind to work through their pains and struggles alone.

We have not been designed to be alone but to be in community. To have family and friends and people that we can rely on. At church this morning the sermon was on the hope that we have in God and how we can rely on His faithfulness. He is faithful through His promises.

As a children of God we can rely on our Father’s faithfulness but we are also called to action. We are to be people of faithfulness, not only faithful towards our God but faithful to other people. In our love of others we are to act as someone who they can rely on.

It is my hope that we can follow God’s example of faithfulness and be a faithful people. A people that children who are hurt and broken and looking for love can rely upon.

5-sibs-LA There is a sibling group in Latin America that is waiting for a family. They need the faithfulness of a family. Of parents who they can rely on to support them through the past hurts and the present struggles. A family that can help them cling to hope and grow into faithful people. http://reecesrainbow.org/121366/5siblings

Would you please pray with me that a family will come forward and bring these children into their home and call them beloved.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your love towards us. Thank You for Your faithfulness and for Your grace towards those that You have welcomed into Your family. Please help us to act in the same love, to act with faithfulness towards others in times of great joy and great sorrow.

I thank You for the close relationship that these beautiful children have with each other. I thank You for their love of art and sports. I thank You that they have the opportunity to attend school.

Please bring these children into a family so that they may continue to grow in their relationship with each other and have the support that they need. May You be glorified through their lives and through Your work in bringing them into a family of love and support.

May Your name be praised!

Amen.

 

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Marielli

Matt and Amber

I was talking with my youngest sister today and I was struck by how thankful she is. She was drawing a picture of a character she remembered from a book in her orphanage. She told me that the picture that she drew really wasn’t her picture because the book hadn’t been hers. She went on to matter-of-factually say that she didn’t have anything.

I mentioned how she now had her own things and instead of being sad about her past she gave me a huge smile (her smiles light up a room) and nodded. This is her through and through. She is thankful for what she now has and is excited by it.

I love how she is thankful but it hurts my heart that she knew a reality in which she never had anything to call her own. There are other children who are waiting for families and they are the same. They don’t get to experience owning and caring for something that is theirs.

Marielli is one of those kids that are waiting for a family. She has been waiting for years. I remember seeing her face as I looked on Reece’s Rainbow years ago and it saddens me to know that she is Marielli-2still waiting. Her post is also old, the latest update is from 2015! http://reecesrainbow.org/101065/marielli

This beautiful little girl was born in 2011 in the People’s Republic of China with a cleft palate. She was blessedly apart of the cleft exchange in 2012 that was run by Love Without Boundaries. This means that her cleft palate is post-operative. However, in the 2015 update it was stated that she did have a small hole in her palate.

When Marielli was first listed she was described as a social and active little girl who loved to splash in the bath. In the 2015 update she was described as a cooperative introverted little girl. Thankfully as of 2015 she was living in a foster family.

Would you please pray for her with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Marielli. Thank you that she is important and that you have a plan for her. Lord, I pray that you will bring a family forward for her. May they help her to grow in life and in love.

May she get the surgeries she needs for her palate and the help she needs to develop to the best of her ability.

I pray that she is still in a good foster family that will show her love and show her her worth. May you protect the family and help them to live out their roles with wisdom and patience.

May your name be praised for the work that you will do in this little girl’s life. May you show your love and power.

In your name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

 

Aging out with CP

As I was deciding on who I would pray for this week I thought of the children who are running out of time. And then my mind turned to one of my friends at school. She has recently graduated with her Masters of Divinity and has returned to school to earn her Masters of Arts. She is a lot of fun to be around, she loves God, and is passionate about ministering to those with special needs. She just so happens to have Cerebral Palsy herself.

There are kids who are waiting to be adopted who also have CP. They have big dreams and unlike my friend they might never get the chance to fulfill them. These kids wait for families. Some of them age out as young as fourteen, others have until they are sixteen. These teenagers need families and time is running out.

Would you pray with me that families will step forward and give these kids a chance at a family? That they will have the support that they need? The love they deserve? A hope of working towards their dreams?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the beautiful faces of the children in these pictures. Some of these photographs are years old but that doesn’t change the need that they have for families.

Lord, their time is running out. Please don’t let them fall away without a chance of having a family. Please bring forward families from across the globe to step forward and bring these children home. May they be made sons and daughters.

I pray that they will be given the opportunity to be all that they can be. That they may get the therapy that they need to navigate this world and make a difference. That they will put a bright spark in this world with their love, determination, and life.

May your will be done. May your name be known through these children’s lives. May you show them love through their families.

For your kingdom, I pray,

Amen

The children:

Perry – http://reecesrainbow.org/120814/perry

Pia – http://reecesrainbow.org/117129/pia

Donahue – http://reecesrainbow.org/118705/donahue

Simeon – http://reecesrainbow.org/12544/simeon4207

Miles – http://reecesrainbow.org/102315/miles

Sherman – http://reecesrainbow.org/86954/sherman

Frieda – http://reecesrainbow.org/49201/frieda

Anastasia – http://reecesrainbow.org/1698/anastasia4605

Sarah Anne – http://reecesrainbow.org/77082/sarah-anne

Nicki – http://reecesrainbow.org/77067/nicki

Shirley – http://reecesrainbow.org/73136/shirley

Sarina – http://reecesrainbow.org/69764/sarina

Ellie – http://reecesrainbow.org/66260/ellie-2

Fabio – http://reecesrainbow.org/59315/fabio

Jessica – http://reecesrainbow.org/47096/jessica

Tressa

Wow. It has been a busy but rewarding summer and now school is about to start!

This summer I worked with a good friend of mine and we coached a summer swim team in a town that is thirty minutes away. The kids were amazing! Some of them were going through tough times in their lives and others were giving the sport a try for the first time. We were so blessed to be apart of their lives and to see them grow as athletes and as people.

And now school is about to start. I am going to have such a full year but I am excited to see how God is going to lead me, use me, and grow me. I will be coaching a whole new group of kids in the town my university is in. Some of them I have coached before and others will be new. I am excited to be apart of their lives and am thankful for the opportunity.

I will also be completing my final year of my Masters degree which means that I will be writing and defending my thesis. Honestly, I am terrified but also waiting with expectation to see what God is going to teach me. It is my hope that what I have to write and say will make a positive impact on someone.

In addition to coaching and my own school work I will be working as a teaching assistant and as the vice president of the student association. All this is to say – I will be busy!!! However, I will do my utmost to continue to update this blog and bring forward children to the Lord in prayer. Which brings us to the point of why you are reading this in the first place! The kids. The wonderful and beautiful kids who are waiting for families to love and cherish them.

This week Tressa is the beautiful young girl that will be lifted up in prayer ( http://reecesrainbow.org/9688/tressa2006 ). Would you pray for her with me? She was first listed in 2010 and is still waiting. Tressa was born in January 2005 which makes her 12 years old. She is growing into a little lady without a family. Something that I hope will change soon!

Tressa has FAS and is living in Eastern Europe. Because of her age she is eligible for an older child grant from Reece’s Rainbow. She is also blessed to be available to be adopted by older parents and large families.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Tressa. Thank you that you love her and have made it possible that she can be adopted. There are many kids out there who never get the chance to have a family who loves them and cares for them. It breaks my heart as I know it breaks yours that this is a reality for many. May it not be the case for Tressa. Please show your mighty hand and bring forward a family to be Tressa’s family. May they love her and help her to grow into the woman that you have in mind for her.

Thank you for those who care for her. May you give them wisdom in caring for Tressa and the other children that they are to look after. Please care for the other children and give them the opportunity to have a family.

In your name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

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?

 

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