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!

Friday, May 18, 2012

In the Future

I got this idea from Renee from But By Grace

In the future I see Carter with his family.
Wednesday morning, he'll wake up, surrounded by siblings. He'll go to school and learn some stuff. At lunch, his friends will share food, trading desserts and sandwiches. They might do silly things or make towers of food. At recess, he might not play soccer yet, but he'll watch. He's just learned how to do the monkey bars, and he'll swing across. He'll come home and show his mom what he learned in school. He'll be proud that he did it right. His family will all gather around the dinner table, and they will share about their days. After dinner, he'll go to Cub Scouts. It's a special night because he has earned a new badge. He'll stand proud in front of his peers as his dad paints on his face, and pins the badge to his uniform.
Thursday after dinner, I see Carter wrestling with his dad. His mom keeps telling them to "be careful, there's breakables in there!" I see Carter getting flipped over his dad's shoulder and spun around till he can't see straight, giggling the whole time. He'll fall over onto the couch and watch as his dad picks his brother up by the back of his pants.
On Friday night, his family will take a bike ride. Carter can't ride his own yet, but he loves riding in the wagon behind his dad. They go around the neighborhood, seeing all their friends out on a nice evening. When they get home, they settle down and watch a movie. They spread blankets on the ground in the living room and make popcorn (oven made, not microwave). They all settle in and watch the movie. Carter gets his fingers all greasy from the buttery popcorn, and has to use multiple napkins. He falls asleep during the movie, and afterward his dad carries him upstairs and puts him in bed.
On Saturday night, his family goes to church. He loves the music, crafts and snack. He makes a crown and colors it, and he writes his name in green marker across the front "CARTER".
Sunday morning, he and his siblings help their dad make waffles, bacon and orange juice. His mom is surprised when he eats a whole waffle by himself, but he just giggles.
On Monday morning, it's time for school. He makes sure he has his folder in his backpack. His new AFO's are camouflage, and he loves them. As he gets off the bus, he sees his best friend. He sneaks up behind him and yells "BOO!" His friend jumps and then laughs.
On Tuesday, he has music class, which he loves. The teacher is really nice to him, and he gets to play the xylophone. The third grade class is going to do a concert, and he gets to play a small piece.

Rewind to today. If Carter doesn't get adopted, none of this will happen.
If you can't adopt, donate.
If you can't donate, share this.
If you can't share, then pray.
Everyone can pray. Imagine what would happen if we lift Carter up in prayer. Prayer can do amazing things.
Did you know? From the kids on Reece's Rainbow from 39, eight have found their families. Six are left. Erin. Clarice. Carter. Mabel. Marcus. Greta.
To be on the Moving Mountains page, a child has $2,500 in their fund
Clarice is $216 away from the Moving Mountains page
Greta is $207 away
Marcus is only $483 away
Carter is $2,473 away. That's a big gap. But imagine what would happen if we could help bridge that gap between Carter and his forever family. His family is out there, help them reach him.
This week alone, there's been so many new kids on My Family Found Me! Last I heard, it was over 20! (UPDATE: 40 IN THE LAST 18 DAYS!) That's amazing for all those kids and families.... but what about Carter? Why isn't he on that page?

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