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.

 

 

 

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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.

Awards night!!!!!!

Tonight was the awards night for the club team that I coach for, and my brothers, Kiwi Boy and Warrior, swim for. Both boys were recognised with awards!

  
Kiwi Boy received the “rookie of the year” award. 

Warrior recieved the coaches merit award for his group. 
Sawyer and Finn are an awesome pair of brothers (like my brothers) who are waiting in Europe for a family of their own.

  
Dear Lord,

Thank you for Sawyer and Finn. Thank you that they are brothers and that they have the awesome blessing to be adopted together as brothers.

I pray that a family will step forward and adopt these brothers together so that they can stay together as BROTHERS.

Thank you, for Sawyer. Lord, I pray that this 13 year old boy will be loved and cared for. I pray that his family will help him get the glasses his needs for his farsightedness and his astigmatism.

I also thank you Lord for Finn, an awesome 10 year old boy. I pray that the family that you have chosen for this young man will help him be all that he can be and help him to have all the things he needs for his cleft palate, inguinal hernia, scrotocle, and his developmental delays.

Thank you so much for these boys! May you bless them and the family that will bring them home as their boys so that they can be SONS, BROTHERS, GRANDSONS, NEPHEWS, and COUSINS!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Gene

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http://reecesrainbow.org/71268/gene-2

Dear Lord,

thank you for Gene. Thank you that you created him in Your image. Lord I pray that you will be with him as he waits for a family.

I thank you for the doctors that could repair his cleft lip and palate. I thank you that he is able to receive a grant of $4000. I pray that you will bless the people that could help in these ways.

Lord, please bless Gene, please bless him with peace as he awaits.

Lord, please bring a family forward for this wonderful 12 year old boy. I pray that he will not need to wait any longer as he has been waiting for such a long time.

Please bless China as it is Gene’s birth country. Please help him to know that it is ok for him to love both China and any country that you are calling him to. Please Lord bring his family to him.

Please help him to have food in his belly and a roof over his head.

I thank you for all that you are doing in his life.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen