Sibling Group in Latin America

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The picture above is of my four youngest siblings during the time my Mum and Dad were in country to adopt them. I look at this picture from three years ago and I am blown away by how much they have grown. Not only physically but also emotionally. They have adapted to a whole new way of life and a brand new language.

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We have become a family group that is learning to help each other through the hurts of the past and the struggles of the present. To accept our differences and love our ‘weirdness’. It is my hope and desire that children will not be left behind to work through their pains and struggles alone.

We have not been designed to be alone but to be in community. To have family and friends and people that we can rely on. At church this morning the sermon was on the hope that we have in God and how we can rely on His faithfulness. He is faithful through His promises.

As a children of God we can rely on our Father’s faithfulness but we are also called to action. We are to be people of faithfulness, not only faithful towards our God but faithful to other people. In our love of others we are to act as someone who they can rely on.

It is my hope that we can follow God’s example of faithfulness and be a faithful people. A people that children who are hurt and broken and looking for love can rely upon.

5-sibs-LA There is a sibling group in Latin America that is waiting for a family. They need the faithfulness of a family. Of parents who they can rely on to support them through the past hurts and the present struggles. A family that can help them cling to hope and grow into faithful people. http://reecesrainbow.org/121366/5siblings

Would you please pray with me that a family will come forward and bring these children into their home and call them beloved.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your love towards us. Thank You for Your faithfulness and for Your grace towards those that You have welcomed into Your family. Please help us to act in the same love, to act with faithfulness towards others in times of great joy and great sorrow.

I thank You for the close relationship that these beautiful children have with each other. I thank You for their love of art and sports. I thank You that they have the opportunity to attend school.

Please bring these children into a family so that they may continue to grow in their relationship with each other and have the support that they need. May You be glorified through their lives and through Your work in bringing them into a family of love and support.

May Your name be praised!

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.

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.

Stacey

 Dear Lord, thank you for Stacey. 

  

Thank you for her cheeky face. I thank you that you made this wonderful little girl.

 I pray that she will have a family soon who can help her overcome her delays and help her to work around them so that she can be all that she can be. 

Lord, I pray for her home country in Latin America. I thank you for the people who help Stacey in her therapies, please bless them and all the work that they are doing.

Please bring her family to her soon and help her heart be prepared for adoption. Please help her to have the food she needs and a warm safe place to sleep. Thank you so much for Stacey!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen. 

http://reecesrainbow.org/88188/stacey