First of all, lets start with some familiar faces and names.
Orphanage 39 news:
Duncan's family met him. Sadly, after a lot of prayers and thoughts, he decided to stay in his country. This happened with Sam too. "Sadly, the older teens are in communicate with another child who was adopted earlier and that child made a comment that scared the teens from being adopted :( We think the child was likely just mad one day and said it carelessly but it nevertheless affected the teens :( And yes, there is a very unpleasant caretaker who has been intimidating the teens and filling their heads with lies." Horrible rumors that Americans adopt kids just to harvest their organs. It may seem unbelievable to you, but when they are so secluded from everything else, and everyone they know is telling them, it's enough to override what they know about how disabled orphans in their country are treated after they are kicked out. The question was raised why Duncan and Sam would be listed for adoption if they were just going to say no. Here is the answer: it's just the difference between saying yes to a dream (when you think it's unlikely that it will ever happen) and saying yes to a flesh and blood family standing in front of you asking you to leave everything you've ever known (and possibly get your organs harvested). Pray that God will help Duncan and Sam with the rest of their lives. Pray that they will not turn to drugs or even suicide, as most teenagers that age out do.
Tyler's family met him, and he was also asked. He said yes!! Renee got to see him, and she said: "We saw Tyler today, Moxie pounced on him of course and he rolled her around in his wheelchair in his lap :) She loves him to pieces! He looks SOOO happy with his new mom and dad!" I don't believe his family is blogging publicly, but I will see if we can get some pictures!Speaking of Renee and Moxie, they are adopting again! Now they are bringing home Bandit, Babygirl and Rascall. The thing is, Rascall is in a bad place. Not THE bad place, but still really bad. The director is very against adoption. When they get to meet Rascall, they are caged in and watched. Once, some of the other kids were allowed in, and Renee witnessed Everett (a boy there) being slapped for crying when another boy took his toy. Thankfully, Everett and Olson (the two boys there that are available that Renee has seen) have a family coming for them! She is raising money on her blog for them, so they can get there ASAP and get those boys out of there!
Now, for some not so good news. The facilitator Renee is working with, her son fell out of a tree and broke his skull. He was in a coma untill recently, and they are worried to try to fix his skull. Pray he will be healed!
Another bit of bad news. Remember the Clanton's? They were supposed to adopt Sarah (Genesis) and Seth (Dmitriy), but Seth was adopted by another family. So they brought home Selah, who is 8, just like two of her three brothers. Well, let them explain.
"If you've not heard, we've had a terrible accident. Jon took Sam and Selah on a walk on the Erie Canal before lunch today. He stopped for a minute on a level surface, to check the time on his phone & the stroller rolled into the Erie Canal. Jon Clanton jumped into the canal right after them. He was able to hold the stroller up & fought against the current pulling him and the stroller down. ...He couldn't get the kids' unhooked but was able to pull them up some and evidently got Sam's head up. Someone jumped in and took him out and Jon and another lady pulled up the stroller so they could do rescue breathing on Selah until the EMTs got there. The Erie Canal is very deep, cold, and strong currents...the sides are cement with nothing to hold to... Sam is ok, put is being kept overnight since his body temp went down to 90 degrees. At this point Selah is not expected to live...our hearts are broken. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR SELAH!!! We love her so much and have loved being her parents. We are asking God for mercy! She is on life support, currently she is in a study ( the only hope they could give us) The study is to keep her temp at a certain lower than normal point with the hope that could help. But they still give us no real hope and even if she should live, they feel she won't be "Selah" anymore. Please pray that God will give us a miracle for our little girl!!!!!!!"
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We are all praying for God to heal this amazing little girl! Lift her up in your prayers!
For a little bit better news: So, Jacob has a matching grant opportunity. This means that for every dollar donated, an anonymous donor will match it, up to $2,000. This is only lasting until August 25. But here is the amazing part: Last night (8-19-12), at about 8pm, Jacob had $620 in his fund. About 7am this morning, he was at $750, and I'm getting pied (yes, I will share on here :). 12pm this afternoon, he was at about $900. Now, he has $1,000!!! In 24 hours, his fund has almost doubled. Many of your favorite Reece's Rainbow people are getting pied or have been pied for Jacob. See HERE!
Now that we're caught up, here's what I wanted to talk about. Heroes.
Wiki defines a hero as "a person who performs extraordinary deeds for the benefit of others."
I asked the Reece's Rainbow family who their heroes were. Here are some of the answers I got:
"I always look to people who CHOSE to become involved....Corrie Ten Boom, Fr Maximillian Kolbe, Mother Theresa...all three could've looked the other way and made their own lives easier but chose to help others because of their love for God."
"My baby boy, Isaac ♥ He was the strongest person I ever met. He was so beautiful, and perfect, and such a sweet boy. He fought SO hard and I am SO proud of him ♥ I love you forever, bubby ♥"
"Mother Teresa: because she came from a very poor background that never stopped her determination. She dedicated her life to the destitue and poor, having been not to far off herself from the people she ministered to. When I think of Matthew 17:20 and moving mountains-she is the person I think of. She did this for decades before ever receiving any recognition or notority. Once she was acknowledged, she then balanced using that "fame" as a means to educate and bring in more resources to help even more people while rejecting any personal praise for herself. When she was critisized, she continued on, even worked harder, especially during her own times of doubt and crisis, she was human and was so conflicted with the large amount of despair that what she was doing wasnt enough! She inspires me, because she was human, prone to error, she gave everything she had and she did it all for the glory of God---that is not something you see very often!"
"Courtney Roth, mother of Tripp Roth, who passed away on 1/14/12. He had EB, "The Worst Disease you have Never Heard of" as quoted by ABC News. Her blog is actually the doorway to my introduction of RR through her advocacy for the adoption of Anton. Marc and Mandy Seymour are also on the list. They are the parents of Quinn Seymour who also passed away from this awful disease in April. All of these parents show extreme bravery and faith in God in the face of tragedy. You can read Courtney's story here:http://