It has been just shy of three weeks since I landed in New Zealand. It has been a wonderful and challenging experience to return to the country that shaped my childhood. I knew that both I and my birth country had changed, but to see it all first hand and to experience the feelings of homecoming and homesickness (for Canada) was overwhelming to say the least. However, I wouldn’t change my decision to come back, if only for a while.
I am in the unique place, along with many others around the globe, of having two countries shape my childhood and teenage years. It has proved a challenge for the formation of my identity and if I’m honest it continues to do so. That said, I am glad for the challenges and joys that comes from having two countries be central to my national identity.
Internationally adopted children have the same challenge, although to a higher degree due to the added question of family identity; they must struggle with the question of their national identity.
As I prayed and looked through Reece’s Rainbow this morning I was pleased to note that 143 children who were listed on the site arrived in their new homes in 2018. I hope that over the course of this year more children will find families who will love them, support them, and help them through their own challenges of identity.
One of the many children that I hope will have a family this year is Jack.
I think what stuck me so much about this little boy is that he will be turning ten at some point this year. The reason it hit me more than it might otherwise is that my own brother turned ten shortly before he was adopted into my family.
Ten is an important and special age (as my youngest brother who turns ten this year would tell you). It marks a milestone in any kid’s life. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this year was also the year that Jack found himself in the arms of a loving family?
Jack is described as being charismatic, funny, loving, bright, and smart. He can walk, run, jump and navigate stairs independently. Those simple tasks are a big deal for a little boy who has had surgical removal of cataracts and who has low vision!
Due to having spent some time in a small foster home for vision impaired children, Jack has learnt English (what a blessing that will be if he moves to an English-speaking country). One more interesting thing about Jack, other than his desire to have a family, is that he loves dinosaurs. Who wouldn’t want to play with some toy dinos and read books about dinosaurs with this little guy?
Please pray for Jack with me,
You place passions inside of us for a reason. I pray that you will continue to grow passions for learning and adventure inside of Jack. May you be glorified through all that he will achieve.
I pray that he will receive a family soon who will support him and help him to grow his interests. I pray that they will love him through the tough times and the good times.
Please strengthen this family and provide in them a heart for others. May their journey be an example to others. May they be a blessing to Jack as he will be a blessing to them.
Thank you for those that have cared for Jack and the others in his orphanage. I pray that you will provide them with a sense of peace and the knowledge that what they say and do has an impact on these kids. May their impact be positive, and may they come to know you.
In your name I pray,