Meet Frank. He’s 13 years old, and is curious, busy, fun happy and bright. He has a mental delay, but that doesn’t stop him from being friendly, engaging and kind. He’s also an orphan in Eastern Europe. This means he is in an institution. If he is not adopted by age 16, he will be thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on his back and his “disabled orphan” status. Let me tell you more about Frank.
He’s little, about the size of a 7 year old. And he’s smart. He is in a group with teenage boys ages 16-24. He does puzzles and he does his chores diligently. He is very kind to the younger children. Frank is friendly and engaging. He likes being with the boys, but is happy being alone too. He plays appropriately with toys and is “all boy”. He could very easily function in a family. Frank is curious, smart, fun and sweet. He likes to play in the dirt and jump on the trampoline. Frank is independent, a good eater, is happy and content. Frank is physically healthy. He walks, runs, feeds himself, speaks, does puzzles and interacts with others well. He's a sweet boy who seems rather unaffected by his surroundings. He has no future where he's at, and without help, he's never getting out. Institutions are a one way ticket to nowhere. And this little boy deserves a future. This little boy will be a blessing to any family.
The Baker family has committed to adopt Frank and another boy, Emmitt. But international adoption is pretty expensive. The adoption would cost about $30,000. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that helps with this cost. They set up grants for children in 25 countries around the world, and any money that is donated to these funds is given to the families to help with adoption fees. With Reece's Rainbow's help, the Baker family only needs about $10,000 to bring home both boys!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Boy, Born October 11, 2003
Patrick is a sweet and able boy who is diagnosed with CP. He does
have significant facial features of FAS, although this is not
documented in his medical records. Patrick is able to walk and play
on his own, and is very high functioning. He is the best friend of
MICHAELA. Although they can not be adopted together, they both
strongly desire a family of their own and are high encough functioning
cognitively to recognize and fear the next transfer.
From our coordinator: Patrick is the very best friend of Michaela.
They spend all the time together: playing together, helping each
other. He is a smart, inquisitive, very friendly and kind boy. His
dream is to have a family and loving parents. He knows he is facing a
transfer to an institution for disabled children of older age, where
he will not have a chance to develop his potential. The orphanage
staff advocates for these two children with all their hearts.
From a family who met him in July 2011: He has strabismus and
cerebral palsy. But, as you know, cerebral palsy is a spectrum
disorder. He can walk, talk, and play just fine. When he walked, there
was a slight halting to each step, but it did not slow him down one
bit!! When he came up to us, he looked in my bag and saw "Chutes and
Ladders." He kept pulling at it, and then he opened the game board and
let out a squeal of delight. Then he went in my bag to find the
pieces. I could tell he really wanted to play the board game, but we
were in the hallway and there was no room, so I pulled out the box of
playdoh. He managed to pull out one of the containers and open it
himself (which is difficult for an adult to do!) I showed him how to
work the playdoh, and he was so happy. He was able to play and shape
playdoh just fine. He was so creative with the playdoh. I helped him
make a duck from the stencil and then he pretended it was swimming
through the air. He was telling a whole story about this pink duck in
his language. I gave (our daughter) the camera, and they kept taking
pictures of each other. He kept making funny faces for most of the
pictures. When he was done playing with one thing, he carefully put it
back where it came from. When it was time to go, he just said
"bye-bye" and left. No fits or anything. Such a happy boy. He might
not be the most active child, but I am confident he would be a great
child for any family.
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Russia Region 02
Boy, Born December 2002
Marcus is a sweet little boy! He is 8 years old and hoping for his
own forever family. He was born with spina bifida. He is not able to
walk on his own.
From his medical records: myelocele; Q 5, hydrocephaly; flail legs
with damage of functions of pelvic organs.
From our facilitation team: " I personally saw this boy and talked to
him. He is a very smart boy. Unfortunately he cannot walk at all, and
he uses a wheelchair. I am not sure whether he is toilet trained or
wears diapers, because he is a big boy who was uncomfortable with
careful attention to him, particularly to his disability. He told me
that he wants to be adopted., and that's why he allowed to make a
picture of him. He did not want to demonstrate his disability, so he
covered his legs with a blanket.
Several kids had been adopted from this orphanage before, and the
Director is rather open to foreign adoption. She keeps in touch with
all the families who adopted the children from her orphanage. She
showed me only the kids who demonstrated their wish to be taken to the
family. And when I made pictures all of them confirmed their desire to
be adopted. I believe the Director will be very glad if this child is
taken to the good family."
The boy is very smart, communicative, and friendly. He wants be adopted.
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Monday, September 19, 2011
I don't know for sure if this story is true, but they had a video of a youth leader saying this at church yesterday at the beginning of service. impacted me thats for sure. So, how would you respond?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
there needs someone who will do whatever it takes to get the word out
about our Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save you. I'm sorry if
that offends you, it's true.
I need to do something. Everyday, I want to think "What will people
remember me as after I'm gone?" What is your answer? What do you want
to be remembered by? That full-of-hot-air person who tells you to do
something, yet doesn't do it themselves? Sometimes I feel like that
person. The hyprocrite Christian? I'm ashamed to say I've been there
too. No, I want to be known as a Christian who loves Jesus with all my
heart, and as a way to serve him, advocate for orphans.
Let me tell you a story, it's a true story. It's about a boy. I will
call him Gabriel James. Now, Gabriel is an artist. He draws and
paints, and is very good. But no one sees his drawings except him and
a few people. Because Gabriel is an orphan. A disabled orphan. In a
mental institution. In Eastern Europe. If he had been born elsewhere,
Gabriel would have had the chance to become a very well-known artist.
But instead, he remains yet undiscovered.
And a note to all of you who know us personally and live in the area;
I am sending a box of clothes and supplies to two orphans in Eastern
Europe. Gabriel is one of them. If you have any clothes you have
outgrown and could donate, please donate! I'd love any donations,
makes it easier for my gift to last longer. Thanks!
Random: Pick a song you would rather see in ASL
One Less by Matthew West
All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman
Monday, September 5, 2011
of Sergey (the one from June 2010). She says "Who's he? He's cute, I'd
marry him." Yep, she said she would marry him. No, she's not five.
She's a teenager. Thanks for making my day, G.