Grayson

I’m back! Finishing up my Masters degree has been a challenge but I am finally at the end of it. Hopefully this will allow for more consistent updates.

You may be wondering why I have a picture of one of the best superheros ever at the top of the page (Ok, I admit it. I love DCU and Nightwing is at the top of my list of my all time favorite characters). The young man that I am going to pray for today is Grayson. Seeing his name reminded me of Richard “Dick” Grayson aka the first Robin and then later Nightwing (he has also been Batman when Bruce Wayne was unable to be located). All that to say, this character, who lost his parents at a young age, became a hero, a leader, a protector of the innocent.

I believe that every kid has the potential to be a hero. It might look different for each kid but I think that they can change the world. Changing the world happens in different ways. It can be through a change in reality for a group of people or it can be a change for a single person. For that person the world is changed; their outlook has changed and hope can become tangible. We each have a role in changing the world, fighting for justice, and bringing hope into someone’s life.

It is my hope that Grayson will have a family to call his own. A family that will support him and encourage him.  A family that will help him be a hero!

Grayson was born in 2008 in the People’s Republic of China. He has congenital heart defects and has had three surgeries to date. He is described as being positive, active, smart, respectful, and loving. He attends school and the orphanage and is said to be doing well. https://reecesrainbow.org/124757/grayson-2

Will you pray for him with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Grayson. Thank you for the interactions and impact that he has. I pray that he will grow into a strong young man who brings hope to others as you will bring him hope.

May those who care and teach for him show him love and care. May they have patience and the knowledge how to help Grayson and the others that they teach and care for.

I pray for the family that will open up their family to him and welcome him in as a beloved child. May you prepare their hearts and minds as you prepare Grayson’s.

Thank you for the grace and strength that you give to each one of us. May we participate with you as you care and love for people. May we participate in changing the world for one person and for all people. May your will be done and your love be known.

Amen.

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Sage

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When I was in highschool I had to read National Geographic’s Edible, a 360 pg guide to the world’s food plants (I was homeschooled, it was apart of a culinary arts course I did). Among the many interesting entries there is one on the herb known as sage. In British cooking it is often a vital seasoning and flavoring ingredient in poultry stuffing and sausages, while the French and Italians often pair sage with pork. Either way, sage is an important flavor for many dishes. It has a strong flavor and like many other herbs it has medicinal purposes.

Just as sage is an important component in many dishes there is a young boy going by the name Sage who would be an amazing part of someone’s family. Sage was born in 2007, he is missing a kidney and the one he does have was donated to him. He needs to do monthly blood tests and tests needed to observe his kidney function.

Sage is described as smart but due to being prone to infections (such as colds) that are risky for someone in his condition it has become his desire to be able to attend school regularly.

One of my good friends was born with one kidney. He’s a great guy and I am glad that he has a family that cares about him and desires that he does something that he is passionate about. It is my hope that Sage will soon have a family that cares about him deeply as my friend’s family cares about him. A family that he will add an unmistakable flavor too, just as sage is an unmistakable flavor given to many dishes.

Would you pray for him with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Sage. Thank you that he wants to learn. I pray that he will have a family who will care for him, love him, and support him. I pray that they will help him through his medical issues and help him to flourish. I pray that you will also look after this family that you will bring forward. That there will be support for them as they raise this young man into adulthood.

Please protect Sage’s health so that he will be able to enjoy the friendship of others and the experiences that will be laid out before him. I pray that he will be able to be an unmistakable flavor in the life of a family and a community.

May we all be like the herb sage in that we embrace our unique selves and join with other’s in community. Like the herb, may we be apart of a wonderful dish and impart our own unique flavor, adding to the other vital aspects of community that you have blessed us to be apart of.

In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen

https://reecesrainbow.org/123841/sage

 

 

 

Barry

When I think of Barry I think of DC superheros (Barry Allen is the alter-ego of the Flash).

 

 

The Barry pictured above is the product of an awesome world of superheros who fight villains on a daily basis. The Barry I want to talk about is a little boy who is waiting for his chance to be a superhero. Barry is living in a children’s home in Eastern Europe. While he is well-developed physically he does have some delays in his speech development (he has speech difficulties and speaks in short sentences of 2-3 words) as well as delays in learning skills.

Barry likes music programmes on the T.V., ball games, computer games, and drawing. He is available to be adopted by large families, older parents, and by single mums.

Every kid has the potential to be a superhero. Barry is no exception. He reminds me of another ten year old boy who was living in an Eastern European orphanage before he was adopted.

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Three years ago my brother was adopted with his three younger siblings. He was ten years old and in the years leading up to his thirteenth birthday I have seen him grow and develop. He has come so far, and while he still has many things to learn and work through, he is well on his way to being a superhero. Someone who can use his loves and passions, his past and his future dreams to change the lives of others. Isn’t that what a superhero is? Someone who works to help others and to keep them safe.

Will you pray for me that Barry will get the chance to be a superhero? https://reecesrainbow.org/123337/barry-2

Dear Lord,

Thank you for every chance that you give us to step into the lives of others. Chances to make friends; chances to help others; chances to protect others and see them grow into amazing people; chances to be a superhero in someone’s life.

I pray that Barry will be able to be a superhero in someone’s life and that someone will be a superhero in his. Please bring him into a family filled with encouragement and patience. A family that will weather the tough times that happen when adopting an older child. I pray that they will have the support system that they need to help Barry grow into a fine young man.

Please give all of us the grace and strength to be superheros in other people’s lives and that we can strengthen others to be superheros themselves. I also pray that you will help us to be humble and full of grace when we are in need of a superhero. That we will be thankful and welcoming to those that you send to help us just as you call us to help others.

May Barry be a wonderful addition to someone’s family.

In your holy name I pray,

Amen

 

 

Honor

This last week I was in an intensive at Uni, and we were studying ethics. As I am doing a ethics imagedegree in theology one of the major points that came up was that we are made in the image of God. It is this concept that should be a major aspect of how we interact with others and in how we are to make decisions. Though there will always be multiple considerations to be made in every situation it must not be forgotten that we carry with us the image of God.

I believe that this has relevance to the discussion of adoption. Despite the hardships, disabilities, and struggles that make up these children’s lives, they have worth. They are not just numbers in a world wide count or a series of names, or even a story that you hear and soon forget. These children have lives, no matter how challenging, and have so much worth. They are image bearers of God.

While looking at Reece’s Rainbow and praying for the kids I was struck by how behind each picture and silhouette there is a life. They are living each moment, they are not a still picture on a website but a child with hopes, dreams, and desires. One of these children is Honor. http://reecesrainbow.org/121853/honor

Honor-sm-200x300Honor is a girl living in South Asia. Her birthday is estimated to be in 2006 but she believes that she might be older than that. This is a girl with a lot of potential. Not only does she sometimes act as a translator between her native language and English but she also won the state championships in running in the partially blind category (she has limited vision in her right eye)!

Honor is described as being positive, energetic, fun loving, go-getting, and hard working. This shows a lot about how amazing she is! She is someone who is quick to grasp concepts but unfortunately she is the subject of teasing. This awful teasing has caused her schooling to suffer and has made it so that she dislikes going to school. How well would she do with encouragement and a stable environment where she can learn and grow!!!

Honor has craniofacial differences and has had to have a graft for a skull defect but this does not define her! She has so much potential and I pray that she will be able to grow up in a family that loves and cares for her. A family that can help her through the struggles and trials and support her so that she can be amazing young lady that she is. Please pray with me for her.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Honor. Thank you that she has talents and abilities. May she be able to use them for your glory. Please be with her and strengthen her when she has to face the bullies that tease her. They ignore her worth but she is so much more than they say she is. She is an image bearer of you!

Please bring a family forward to adopt her. Help them to show her her worth. Help her to know that she is amazing and that she is loved.

For your glory and your kingdom I pray,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Tristan

This handsome young man is Tristan. He was born in 2003 but was not listed until 2013. Unfortunately it has been four years since then and he is still waiting! His younger sister has been adopted and his older sister aged out.

It is probable that Tristan has F.A.S. Other than mental delays he is said to be a healthy young man. A missionary who met him said that he is very tiny and that he can get very excited. He was also described as sweet, loving, capable, and curious. It is said that he wants a family.

It is such a blessing that he is eligible for an Oldertristan-2016-1 Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow (http://reecesrainbow.org/54397/tristan). He is also available to large families and older parents.

Would you pray with me that his family will come soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Tristan. Thank You that his younger sister was able to be adopted. Though it breaks my heart that these siblings couldn’t be adopted together I thank You that his sister gets a chance at a family. I pray that you will protect and care for Tristan’s older sister and that she is healthy, safe, and loved.

I pray that Tristan will soon have a family to call his own. Lord, please bring forward a family that can help him reach his potential. I pray that they will come forward quickly and that unlike his older sister he will not age out before he can experience the love of a family.

For Your glory and Your kingdom I pray,

Amen