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!
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