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.

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.

Tracy and Bart

Tracy and Bart are two teens who are waiting for a family. They need to be adopted together!!! Tracy is the older of the two, she was born in 2002 and is medically healthy. Tracy is described as a good student and she loves to be creative. She enjoys art, sewing, singing and dance.

Bart is only one year younger than his sister, he was born in 2003. The only medical issue that was listed on Reece’s Rainbow is a cleft lip. He is said to like playing games and enjoys soccer. The biggest challenge for them to get adopted is their age. Unfortunately they are very close to aging out of the system Would you pray with me that they will have a family to call their own?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Tracy and Bart. I thank you that You care for them. I pray that You will bring a family forward to adopt them. Their time is running out and I know that You do things in Your timing. I pray that they will experience the love of a family and will come to know You.

Thank you for their friends and for those that care for them. I pray that they will be examples of Your power, love, and grace. May You be known in their lives.

I pray for the family that You will call to be their parents. Please prepare their hearts and minds. Please grant them the patience and the strength to stand beside Tracy and Bart as they go through the hard transition and learn what it means to be in a family.

Thank you that You are the Father to the fatherless and that You stand for the oppressed and the weak. May we all endeavor to be like You. To love and to care and to be the voice of the voiceless.

For Your glory and Your kingdom, I pray.

Amen

http://reecesrainbow.org/103308/tracy-bart

Hadden and Hadley

I have two beautiful boys to show you today! Hadden and Hadley were born in 2009 – which means that they will turn eight this year. Both twins have hearing impairments and have $320 gifted to them on Reece’s Rainbow.¬†http://reecesrainbow.org/82877/hadden-and-hadley

It is sad to note that they were listed for adoption in 2014 and have yet to have a family. Would you pray with me that a family will come forward soon to welcome them as sons?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Hadden and Hadley. Thank you that both boys are wonderfully created. I pray that You will call forward a family to welcome them. A family to call them sons. I pray that this family will help the boys to be confident in who they are and know that they can be successful. I pray that the family will help them with their hearing impairments and help the boys not to feel excluded but to be included in life and all that it offers.

Please bless the boys with peace and hope and let them know that You care for them and love them. I pray that those that care for Hadden and Hadley will be wise in their decisions and will be a blessing for all those that they care for.

May Your mighty and loving hand be seen in these children’s lives. May You be glorified through what You do. Thank you for them and for all the children that are now sons and daughters.

To You be the glory forever,

Amen.

Adrianna & Adrian

Sorry about not writing last week. It has been pretty hectic at my house. My Nana had a stroke and passed away this last week and it has been hard on everyone, especially as she lived on the other side of the planet and there is no way for our family to be able to travel to go to her funeral or see the rest of our family who also lives there.

But that’s enough about that – let’s talk about life. Life is something that is beautiful and needs to be cherished. The two beautiful siblings that I am going to pray about today are so deserving of life – just as every child is. A life of hope, family, and love.

adrianna-225x300Adrianna, an adorable little girl who was born in 2012. She has mild autism and it is said that she talks and understands what others are saying. She is also said to communicate well. Along with her brother Adrian (born 2013) who also has autism she will be available for adoption in the fall.

Will you pray with me that they will not have to wait long for a family to call their own. A family that will give them a chance of life.

http://reecesrainbow.org/116441/adrianadrianna

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Dear Lord,

Thank you for Adrian and his sister. I pray that You will be with them as they await adoption. Please prepare their hearts for a family. It is hard and scary to have to learn what it means to be in a family. I pray that You will bless them and the family that You will call forward with peace and strength when going through the tough transition.

I pray that they will experience this transition and will receive the hope that a family brings. I pray that they will feel safe in their family and will have the structure and understanding that they need to be amazing.

Thank You for their lives and for the lives of the people who care for them. Please bless them and show Your great love to them. May they know Your name and grace.

For You and for Your kingdom I pray,

Amen.