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, December 25, 2011
I went to a deaf coffee house Friday night. I am in my second year of taking ASL, and it was sign only. One of my friends from school, M, came and talked with me. I know him from our Christian Club, he's one of the leaders. I was signing with him, and its amazing to talk with him.
I want to point something out for you. The Lord of the universe, the God that breathes stars, that can make everything out of nothing, came as a BABY! People don't understand how amazing this is! He came as a BABY! THE GOD OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE CAME AS A BABY!!!! Why can people not understand that? It seems to me that its been, for lack of a better phrase, watered down, mellowed down. Most of us have grown up hearing it, so it doesn't seem like that big a deal. M gets it! He was 'freaking out' about it. We all should freak out! GOD HAS COME!
Christmas isn't about Santa. If it was, it would be called 'Santamas'. Frankly, Santa's creepy. He sneaks into your house, always knows when you've been bad or good, and eats your cookies. CHRISTMAS is about CHRIST JESUS!
I want to give you an example from the play I helped with:
The main characters were really excited because it was "only two more days untill Christmas and one more day till they got to perform their show in Town Square. But the pagent was then canceled, because it would cause too much traffic, and was a little old fashioned. The kids get together and go Christmas Caroling, trying to gain support. The first house has lots of fancy decorations and lights. But that couple is happy it is canceled, because "it kinda belongs in church, not the town square". "Why do they have all those lights if they don't like Christmas?" one character asked after the couple had gone back inside. Another character replied, "Oh, they like Christmas, its Christ they have a problem with." At the next house, the couple celebrated everything. "But if you believe in everything, you don't really believe in anything."
Where are you this Christmas? Do you know, that Jesus came as a BABY? Do you understand the magnitude of that? Let me know if you want to talk. I hope you all have a great Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Who knows what will happen next year?