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!

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


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