Ever Thankful

Recently my sister wrote a letter to the Central Authority, Children’s Services in her birth country. This is what she wrote….

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is A_______, I live in Canada. I am twelve years old. I was born in Lithuania. My Lithuanian name was E_______. I was adopted on May 19, 2014 by C_______ and A_______. I would like to thank you for finding me a family.

Sometimes we go out to the beach on family day when we celebrate becoming a family. We take photos there and play in the water. We may go to the movies, or the park where we have fun as a family. At meal time we eat together, and talk, and laugh. When we go to bed Mummy comes up to pray for us!

On Sundays we go to church and we pray. A person teaches us about Jesus. On Holidays like Easter and Christmas we remember Jesus. On Thanksgiving we sit at the table and talk about what we are thankful for. I am always thankful for my family and friends.

Once a week I go to Youth Group where I can spend time with my friends and do Bible study! Sometimes our friends come to our house to play. We play tag, hide-and-go-seek, and other running games. We have lots of fun.

In the summer time we play water fights and take turns on the swing. We climb trees and eat cherries off of the trees in the back yard. We also say hi to our rabbits, chickens, and our barn cats.

We stay at home and do school with Mum. We can do school as fast as we want or as slow as we need. Daddy buys us the supplies we need for schooling and then the delivery truck brings the books. I read history that is about wars and about how we got governments. We read the Bible; it tells us about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and what miracles he has done! I read science books about how things work and where electricity comes from.

We also do drawing and art for school. I love to learn about different animals from all over the world. And on Fridays our friends come to do science experiments with us.

I love my family very much, I think being in a family is the most glorious thing there is. Thank you for finding me a family.

Sincerely,

A_______

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As we get closer to celebrating the birth of Jesus I am reminded that though the exact date of his birth is unknown we can still celebrate with joy. As my sister grows and learns what it means to be in a family she has shown joy and thankfulness for what she has. I think this is a testament for us this season. To be thankful for those around us that we celebrate with.

Though people we love may be missing this year and despite the hard financial times that many are in there is still a chance to be thankful. My sister has many things sheImage result for christmas could complain about and while she is not in a perpetual state of contentedness and thankfulness (who is?!) she does remind me of all the amazing things that I do have. Such as the great blessing of being able to call her my sister.

May this Christmas season find you ever thankful and looking to the One who given us so much to be thankful for.

Dear Lord,

Thank you that we can anticipate when Christ is coming again by celebrating when you sent your Son to us the first time. As we celebrate Jesus’ birth please helps us to remember why you sent him. So that we could call you Father. So that we can be joined in relationship with you as your children, saved and redeemed from the sin that had held us captive.

In your precious gift we have found life. May we be thankful for the life and for the love that you have shown. You gave Jesus, the eternal Son, so that we could be called children of God. You continually give us the Holy Spirit who cries “Abba, Father” with our spirits, testifying of who we are.

I pray that as we celebrate this year we will not forget those that still wait for families. My we show love and life to them as you have shown it for us.

Thank you,

In Jesus Christ’s holy name,

Amen.

 

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We must not forget

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Though I have not posted in a few weeks due to sickness and a heap of coursework that I am slowly making my way through, I don’t want to give the impression that I have forgotten why I do this. Why I write and pray.

Unfortunately, I think forgetting is something that we are all guilty of. The busyness of life catches up and we find ourselves trying to just stay afloat, and that which is close and dear to our hearts gets choked out, pushed to the side, and forgotten. But we must not forget!

amberWhile I may not be posting as much with the busyness of life I am striving not to forget those that have been forgotten by many in the world. In tears and joy there is prayer for those that are still waiting. Not a prayer given in haste once a week or once a month but a heart-felt yearning shared with our Father in heaven for those that wait.

As we approach a time of year that is marked with busyness, whether in school, work, or life, please join me in remembering those that have been forgotten. Pray for them, talk about them, decide how you will remember them.

In the world of orphan care there is many ways in which we can remember. We can advocate, support, sponsor, pray, foster, or adopt. No doubt that there are other ways in which we can remember. So in this season of busyness please remember.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your gifts of grace. Thank you that you are with us wherever we go and whatever we do. Please help us to make a difference in other people’s lives. Thank you for those that you have placed on our path so that we may walk with them.

As we get busy and find ourselves overwhelmed please grant us peace and strength for your name’s sake. Please cause us not to forget those that are downtrodden and forgotten by others of this world. May we be a beacon of light in their lives and within the world.

Please bring children home, bring light into their lives, give them a chance to see that they are loved and have immeasurable worth.

To you be the glory forever,

Amen.

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Thankful

There is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! I am thankful for thought provoking classes. I am thankful for amazing professors and mentors. I am thankful to be able to coach an awesome swim team and work with some great students as their TA. I am also thankful for good friends and amazing family (my parents have been married 25 years this month!).

Speaking of my family, there are some challenging circumstances that they are going through at the moment. It has been and will continue to be a hard time in my family but I want to say that I am exceedingly proud of all of them. They have truly shown what it means to be gracious under pressure.

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As we continue to walk through this challenging time in life I am exceedingly thankful to our Father who is heaven. Despite our circumstances and those times our actions are less than gracious He continues to love and care for us. In His gracious love and mercy He has given us the gift of salvation through Christ and continues to sustain us through the Spirit.

Truly God is a good God. He is holy and His holiness perfects His love; a love which He chooses to show to us despite the trials we may face. For this I am so very thankful. I choose to rest in His love and strength as I walk with my family through this time and as I work towards the completion of my thesis.

These three are Sophie, Bronson, and Brenna (http://reecesrainbow.org/category/sponsorafamily/newcommitments). They have families that have committed to them and beginning the process of bringing them home. They are embarking on a long hard journey that won’t end when their children come home. Lives will be changed and it will not come easy but that does not mean that it is not worth it.

This year many beautiful children have made it home (http://reecesrainbow.org/category/sponsorafamily/alreadyhome2017). Surely this is a wonderful thing! May God be praised for His provision! Daniel, Mikayla, and Poppy Mae are among these children that are now home. Would you pray with me for God’s continual providence over their lives and their families? Would you also join me in a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness?

Dear Lord,

You have done great things this year. You have shown Your love and mighty power in the lives of children like Daniel, Mikayla, and Poppy Mae. Thank You that they now have a family to call their own. May You be glorified through their lives.

Please be with them and their families as they learn what it means to be a member of a family and what it means to love and be loved. Please be with them and strengthen them. May they know that You are with them both through the times of hardship and the times of great joy.

To You be the glory forever!

Amen

I just want to make one more comment – I am extra thankful for my wonderful sister. We are very close and though it has been hard since she got married and moved with her husband (a wonderful man) to the other side of the country she has remained a rock in my life. I am eternally grateful that God has blessed me with her. She is a great encouragement in my life and I do not know what I would do without her.

Tori and Nick

May we always be thankful!

Single Mums

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Timothy John

A few weeks back I did a post on adopting as a single dad. In the case of single mothers there are more countries that are open to allowing adoptions by single mums. Just as Reece’s Rainbow has a page for the children that can be adopted by single dads there is also a page that is especially for single mums. http://reecesrainbow.org/category/singlemoms There are a number of children on this page, ranging from young children to those kids who are about to age out. Also, individual children and sibling groups.

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With Mother’s day coming up in a week, here in Canada, I thought it would be right to showcase some kids who don’t have a mum. They aren’t able to make a fun little card, or cover themselves in glue trying to make something for mum. They aren’t going to wake up at some ungodly hour and run into their mum’s room to plant wet kisses on their mum’s face. They also don’t get those day to day moments of cuddling in their mother’s lap and listening to a story or watching a movie. They don’t get to hold their mum’s hand as they cross the street and know that she loves them. They don’t get to be held and allowed to cry when they hurt themselves or when they have had a bad dream.

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Charlie

A mum is so important and I know I wouldn’t be who I am without my mum. Sure we’ve had fights and sure there are times when we don’t get along but I love her with all my heart. She is so supportive and even when she disagrees with a decision that I’ve made I can trust that she is still there loving me and there for me. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have a mum and I am cut to the heart about the idea that there are kids who will never know the love of a mum or dad.

Please pray with me for the kids who are still waiting for a mum, dad, or both. Kids who are waiting or have given up hope or have never known a life where they have a mum or dad who loves them. Thank you.

Dear Lord,

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My sister told me the other night that she would never have a family and while that is not true she still struggles with the fear of what she was told. She struggles to understand that a mum and dad can love her and won’t hurt her or leave her. Lord, I pray for other children around the world who think that they will never get a family or who think that family means someone who hurts you or the people you love. Please give these kids hope and strength. Please show them that they are wrong. Please get kids out of bad places and into families who love them.

So many of Your children have come from bad places. We didn’t know what it meant to be loved or how to love or how to accept love and yet You chose to love us. Please help

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these kids to also know what it means to be loved, supported, and seen as important. Please help them to have a new future. A future where they can feel safe and know that they have a family – a family that cares and a family that loves.

Lord, in order for these kids to have families people have to step forward. They have to choose to be that family that loves and cares. That family that supports and protects. That family that loves even when the children push back against the love in fear. Please bring people forward and equip them to be these families.

In Your name I pray.

For Your glory and Your kingdom,

Amen.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Giving it another shot

 

So it has been almost a year since I last posted and honestly that’s not acceptable.

I have begun my Master of Arts in Theology (yay!) but I do not want that to stop me from continuing my prayer blog. Therefore, I am creating a new goal for myself. I am going to endeavor to post a prayer for a child in waiting every Sunday.

Here’s to new beginnings!

Dear Lord,

You have placed a burden upon my heart for those children who are without families. For the children forgotten by the world but so loved by You. You have created them and have chosen them to be apart of this world. A world that would not be the same without them.

Lord I pray that Your grace would abound over them and that Your steadfast love would surround them. I pray for these children, please bring them into homes and families that will show them of Your holiness, justice, grace, and mercy. That they may begin to heal and that they will be able to grow into the men and woman that You have created them to be.

For Your glory and Your Kingdom I pray.

Amen.