Remember to Celebrate!!!

 

Yay! It is always a good time to celebrate when a child comes home. So far this year twelve children who were listen on Reece’s Rainbow have been welcomed into families and are now home with them. They are now sons and daughters!!!

It can be easy to get lost in the overwhelming numbers of children still waiting for families but seeing those that have come home gives cause to celebrate and reminds all of us advocating and praying that there is hope. Every child counts and every child that comes home has a new life before them.

Anna Mae, Amos, Daisy, Lee, Lanikai, Audrey, Violet, Domenic, Naomi, Ryan, Dex, and Linny all have new names, new identities, and a new hope for the future.They have a new country to call home along with their birth countries of China, Ukraine, and Vietnam. Another country to love, another place that will shape them into who they will be in the future.

This doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. Oh no! The hard work has just begun. The kids and the families have to learn what their new “normal” is. There will be tears, there will be fits, there will be bruises, and there will be times in which everyone will not know if they can go on.

But! That’s not the whole story. There will also be, hugs, kisses, laughs, and some amazing memories that are made. After a child is adopted prayer is so vitally important. Will you pray with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for every single one of these children who have come home in the last month. I pray that many more children will be welcomed into families this year. Please make this year an amazing year where you show Your mighty hand in families’ lives. Bringing families together from across the globe.

As the new families learn new things about each other everyday and transverse the rocky road of being an adopted family I pray that You will infuse joy into their homes. Please give them patience for when times are tough. Please help them to see the small moments of calm and peace among the storm. Help them to see the growth that happens everyday and enjoy the small moments.

I pray that You will use these families to influence others and help them see what adoption is. And that by watching others will also see how You have acted in our lives. How You have adopted us. How You chose us and loved us.

Thank you for these families and thank you for my family. For my biological siblings and my adopted siblings and my siblings made through the sacrifice of Christ.

For Your glory and Your kingdom!

Amen.

Gunther

Gunther started his life off in a hard way. At approximately three days old this little guy was found abandoned and brought to an orphanage (2011), shortly after he received surgery for  his anal atresia.Gunther was also diagnosed with a congenital heart defect but he has not received any surgery, medicine, or treatment for it and the orphanage that he is at has considered to have healed itself.

Gunther also does not receive treatment for his scoliosis but he can still walk, run, and dance! It is also said that he likes to play with other kids. This adorable little boy also has a scar on his face from treatment for a hemangioma. It is reported that Gunther has normal intelligence, though, he has been described as being clever.gunther-joh1-248x300

Gunther has a page on Reece’s Rainbow and I would love it if you would join me in praying for him. http://reecesrainbow.org/100715/gunther

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Gunther. Thank you for his smile. Thank you for creating him in Your image. I pray that You will bring forward a family who will love him and support him. That this family will help him to get any medical treatment that he requires.

Please look after Gunther as he waits for a family. Please keep the smile on his face despite the hardships that he may face. Please use him to shine a light in many people’s lives. Please use him to bless others. I pray that You will be known through the awesome works that You will do in his life.

I pray for Your protection and blessing over this wonderful boy,

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

The hard side of things…

The voices of these children call out but unfortunately their calls for a mum and dad will never be heard. These children have aged out and will never get to experience a family. It’s not fair and it’s not right but it is the reality that they have to face. On Reece’s Rainbow there is a page (it has now had to spread to two pages) dedicated to the kids that have aged out, there are over 75 kids listed and that is only those who have been listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Many more children everyday all over the world age out and lose that hope of having a family. http://reecesrainbow.org/category/aged-out

It’s not just ageing out that causes children to lose the chance of a family. Some kids can not hold onto life and they die. Children lose their friends to death and some adoptive parents cannot get to their children fast enough before the child is lost without knowing the love of a family. This year alone 11 children who have been listed with Reece’s Rainbow are no longer with us. http://reecesrainbow.org/background/in-loving-memory

This is why I fight. This is why I pray. This is why I have chosen to do a blog. This is why I have chosen to study Theology with my thesis being on the doctrine of adoption. This is why I want to pursue a PhD in Theology with the focus on the doctrine of adoption and how our understanding of being adopted by God influences and drives us to fight for those without families.

I see these faces and I see my brothers and sisters. They could have aged out – my brother was 10 when he was adopted, not many people chose a 10 year old boy. They could have died – my littlest brother was very sick and on lots of medication, he was constantly coughing and his gums were whiter than his teeth.

The fight is real and it is worth it. Adoption is not easy but it is so important and so necessary. Please pray with me.

Dear Lord.

Our hearts break for these children. Please help us to never grow numb to the pain that is felt when even one child loses the chance of a family. Please help us to keep fighting and praying and advocating for the children who do wait.

For those that do age out please show Your grace to them and hold them close. Please give them a future and a hope. Please direct them to You and to those that can show them a future and can love them.

For those children that are no longer with us please comfort their friends and the nannies that cared for them. If a family was coming for them but was not able to bring them home please comfort the family as they morn the lose of their child that they never got to hold.

May You show Your power and love and righteousness in the lives of children who are without families and bring them into the loving arms of those that You call to adopt. May those that You have not called to adopt respond to Your call to support those who are and have adopted and to cry out for those that have no voice.

In Your holy and glorious name we pray,

Amen.

Scout

http://reecesrainbow.org/93301/scout

This cheeky smiled little lady was born July 2007. At the age of three she came to the orphanage where they found that she had Cerebral Palsy that affects her lower legs. She was also found to have club feet which was corrected by surgery in 2011. Scout is said to have good fine motor skills and is quite the talker!

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Scout. Thank You for her smile and her spunky personality. Lord, I pray that she will have a family soon who will scoop her up and smother her beautiful face in kisses.

Lord, every child has the right to be loved and be given to opportunity to grow and live and love. Please open up this little girl’s future so that she can change the world around her.

May You be glorified through Scout, the family that You call for her, and those that care for her now.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

Declan

Born in 2005 Declan is described as an easy going and quiet boy who is blessed to be able to attend school where he makes average grades and is a leader in his class. He enjoys numbers and studying as well as playing outside in all sorts of weather!declan-300x300

Declan was admitted to the orphanage when he was just a newborn and is still waiting for a family after all this time. It has been said that this young man has strong language skills and that his actions seem timid and slow due to his impaired vision.

Declan has also been blessed with a $10,000 older child grant. Please pray with me that this awesome boy will have a family soon!

Declan’s link

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Declan. Thank you for his wonderful smile and for his love of studying. I pray that You will bless him with a family who will help to grow his love of learning and numbers.

Thank You for the blessing of a grant for Declan. I pray that this grant will help the family that will come forward for Declan and that they will be wise in the moving forward in the adoption process. Please bring them forward quickly so that Declan can have a family soon.

Thank you for this boy and others like him waiting for their families, may they know Your love.

For Your glory and Your kingdom,

Amen.

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Bailey

Bailey is a special girl but unfortunately her time is running out! In China orphans age out at fourteen and her birthday is coming up soon (January). When she reaches this pivotal age she will lose the chance at having a family. Could you pray with me that this young lady will have the chance of a family before its too late?

bailey               http://reecesrainbow.org/57060/bailey

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Bailey. I pray that you will give her hope even as her time is running short. Please place a sense of urgency in  the hearts of family and call them forward to be Bailey’s parents. I pray that she will receive the chance to be held and loved, to be taught Your love, and to be shown that she is important and that she matters in this world.

Lord, I also pray for her muscles and for her confidence as she struggles to do some tasks due to the low muscle tension in her arms. Please help her not to give up and show determination and beautiful strength of character.

Thank you for those who care for her; please help them as they look after the many children under their care. I pray that there will be enough food for the children, an adequate roof over their heads so that they can stay warm and dry, and proper medical attention  for the children when they may fall ill.

Thank you again for Bailey. Please be with her.

In Your holy name I pray,

Amen.

Wesley

 

Wesley

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Wesley is an adorable little boy from China who is waiting for a family. Wesley was born in 2013 and he has mild Cerebral Palsy and encephalodysphasia rickets.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Wesley. Thank you for those that look after this little boy. Please bless them and bring them into Your kingdom. I pray also for Wesley, please bring a family forward to embrace him and raise him up as a young man for Your kingdom.

You have adopted us into Your family and have restored our relationship with You. May we as Your children, Your church, live out this adoption as we care for and love those around us.

 

In Your name we pray,

Amen.