Frank's Freedom

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!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! WE'RE POSSIBLY (PROBABLY) SENDING DMITRIY HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So the other day, Tink was looking on the "RR New Commitments" page. she saw a girl She recognized named Genesis.

she clicked on The Family's blog link and read the 'was then' top post, "In the Middle Of A Miracle" she found out that not only does Dmitriy have the exact same extremely rare 'disease' i guess (they believe, it's called Peter's Anomaly), but they said they were thinking about adopting Dmitriy as well!

it would only be $5000 more. now $5000 sounds like a lot of money, but in God's eyes, that's less than a penny! Tink and i think Dmitriy and Genesis are related, so we've commited to raising that $5000 ourselves. thats rite, 2 young teenagers raising $5000 to bring a little blind kid home! we'll do all sorts of fundraisers (church offering [hopefully], selling knit items at our church...). We will try to make a documentary. PLEASE PRAY that this all works out! we hope to at least send the money to their family by Christmas!

"I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me!" Philipians 4:13

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Presents For Orphans

This year, we hope to send Christmas presents to 8 U*rainian orphans. This stuff is what we have for them. Please comment on what you think would be good for each child.

We also have a dark, thicker twin sheet, a child spiderman blanket, and a child blue blanket.

Dmitriy is five years old, a month until he turns six. He is blind (only one eye, blind). He was recently transferred to (1).

Y is 14 years old. 3 feet and 3inches. She is Severely mentally delayed, cerebral palsy, double hemiplegia, dysarthria. She is at (1).

A is 18. He will be my pen pal. He was recently transferred from (1) to an adult building. He has a repaired cleft lip, injured hands, and no feet.

Sergey is five and a half. His records: congenital brain anomaly, spastic tetraparesis, simptomatic epilepsy, generalized tonic clonic seizures, cryptorchidism, adenoid vegetation, bending-movable contractures of the hip joints, deficiency anemia, mental delay. Pretty much some physical and mental delays. He lives at (25).

Noel is 7. She has severe CP and hydrocephaly. She lives at (25).

I is 13. He is 75cm. From his records: Mentally Delayed, Spina Bifida, lower paralysis, abnormal development of the left lung, right-sided inward turned foot

AJ, formally known as Anthony, is 6 years old. He has CP. He is at (25), and has a family coming for him!

Victoria is 8, almost nine. She has arthrogryposis. She is (1).

Please let us know your suggestions, preferably from the top picture.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

I am thankful for my family
I am thankful for my Loving Jesus who took the weight of all my sin and all our sin so I can be free
I am thankful for my friends, who never fail to make me laugh (I was in stiches x3 yesterday)
I am thankful for my church, which isn't just the building, its the people. (we went out to dinner at a pizza place after service last weekend)
I am thankful that I might have a pen pal in U*raine (more on that later)
I am thankful for everything Gid has given me

I am thankful Sam is home
I am thankful AJ/ Antony has a family coming for him
I am thankful that Katya is home, and is doing well from her surgery (check the blog)
I am thankful that Noel hasn't been transfered yet
I am thankful Dmitriy is alive and well, and still can smile
I am thankful I got new visual of Dmitriy

So i ask you: What are you thankful for today?

'Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Ephesians 5:20

Friday, November 18, 2011

My focus

I have made a decision. Although I will be keeping Sergey and Victoria on the blog, I'm going to be focusing on Dmitriy, as I feel I can better sponsor him, and I feel a certain passion for the blind (I really don't know why, probably because I met E and in my story I am writing, two of the characters are blind). So, please be praying for all three!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


While I was helping at a camp recently, there was a boy. His name is E, and he is blind. He was the sweetest boy I have ever met, and about 2 years older than Dmitriy. He was pretty independent, and his voice sounded kind of like Sam. I believe he had slight autism as well, at campfire, he sat in the front, with his hat covering his eyes, and then his hand over his eyes. He wanted to do everything at camp, including the climbing wall.
His dad told him he would help him, just getting started, and E kept saying "I can do it myself! I can do it myself!" Then, as he was climbing, he would lose his grip and come off the wall, hanging like a pinata, and he would say "why do i keep flying off the wall?". Before, when I was putting on his harness, I would tap his foot and say "E, lift this foot." and he would lift it almost as high as he could. He almost lost his balance the first time. While he was waiting, he was standing off to the side. He kept asking "is it my turn?" I got him in line about 5. So I got to watch him climb the wall. He got about a third of the way up!! May not seem that high to you, but imagine being 6 or 7, blind, and climbing the wall. He got about 7 feet above ground. He also was very adventurous, wandering about 10 feet from his dad, then asking what was in front of him (i think he could tell the difference between light and dark).
I wanted to share this because
1). E is a cute little boy
2). To show Dmitriy's potential families out there that blindness isn't the worst thing out there. This boy climbed a wall. Look at all the possibilities out there for Dmitriy. I know because his eye, people turn away. I don't have a winning smile from him. But take a leap of faith and save this little boy. Imagine the pride if you saw Dmitriy climbing a climbing wall in two years. It begins with you. I want people to pray that Dmitriy will find a family. That they will look past his physical disability, and see a sweet little boy begging for a chance at life. That they will TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH and save him.
Stay Safe, God Bless
Jesus Loves You