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

 

 

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A New Year + Kieran

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I pray that everyone’s Christmas season was one of joy and peace. It is my hope that as we reflect upon Christ and what He has done for us in His birth, life, death, and resurrection that we will be strengthened in our faith and inspired to live a life devoted to God.

I do understand that Christmas is often hard for many people. I think of a young man that I have known since I moved to this country seven years ago. He died two nights ago. As I try to process this, my thoughts turn to his family and the sports teams that we were both heavily involved in. This will be a hard time for many. Instead of rejoicing as the New Year rolls in there will be heart break that at 22 he was unable to see another year.

Despite the hardship there is a few things that warm my heart. First, that his long battle and suffering in the grip of cancer is no more. Second, that our university was able to give him an early graduation – he was able to experience this achievement that he had worked towards. Third, and most important of all, he joined the family of Christ and can now see his Savior face to face. Fourth, I know his family was with him in the end. I pray that they may be comforted in this time and that his witness will also bring them into the House of the Lord.

I come now to my greatest hope. That in times of struggle, hardship, and yes, even death, we will have those that love and care for us by our side. It breaks my heart that many children, and adults, do not know the love and support of a family. May we, the Church, those of the family of God, stand alongside these people in 2018 and beyond. May we be family for these people. And for children like Kieran/Wesley who wait for a family. https://reecesrainbow.org/122861/kieran-3

Kieran was born in 2014 with Spinal Meningocele which has resulted in delayed psycho-motor development. He is able to be adopted and has $495 donated to help pay for some of the fees. Would you pray for Kieran with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Kieran. Thank you for his smile. I pray that you will bring him into a family. A family that will care for him and protect him. A family that will help him to grow and reach his greatest potential.

Please prepare his heart and the hearts and minds of the family that you will call forward. May you provide support and care for them so that they may weather the hard times that are sure to come. But also have friends and family around them so that they may rejoice at the blessings and victories that will also come.

Please prepare us and show us how to be the support and care for others. Help us to know what it means to be a family and to be in a family.

For you and for your glory I pray,

Amen

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May you all have a blessed New Year!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.