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!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don't Forget About Me

I recently rediscovered a song I love. It's called "Every Child (Deserves A Home)" by Newsong. It's an amazing song. There's a part in it that goes:
"There’s something in their faces that tells us their story
There’s something in their cry that keeps calling out, “Don’t forget about me!”
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus died for all the children of the world"
And all I could think of is Frank, and how much he needs to be saved. That we can't let him be forgotten. But he is overlooked. No one has inquired about him. Before Angel Tree, he only had about $200 in his grant fund. Through Angel Tree, it grew tremendously to almost $1,500, which is amazing! But since Angel Tree, it has grown once, by a donation from a friend of mine for a video I put together for her.
He gets forgotten though. Before Angel Tree, no one really knew him. Even I didn't really know him. But God changed that, and introduced someone who had met him, and I fell in love with this little boy I'd never met. I don't know his story. I don't know how he ended up in that mental institution. But I do know that if he stays there, he is forgotten. Without Reece's Rainbow, he's just another face at the institution. Just another kid who ended up in the wrong place. Just one of 210 million orphans in the world. Just one of 70 at the institution.
"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes." -David Platt
It's easy to ignore just another face in the institution. But can you ignore this real little boy, named Frank? Can you really pretend he's not real? Because he's real. He's real, and he's waiting for his momma.
Don't forget about him. He wants a family. He knows what a momma and daddy is. And he's crying out, "Don't forget about me!"

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