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!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I Can See

I saw a new picture of Frank this week. It may have just be the angle of the camera, and that he was standing, but I think Frank is getting taller. My heart aches that he still hasn't found a family. I can't stand the thought of him growing up without a family to guide him. He's almost 13. My brother is about a year younger then Frank, and he has plenty of times when he needs his family. Just because Frank is almost a teenager doesn't mean he's "grown- out" of needing a family. In fact, this is when he needs one most of all. The teen years can be the most stressful.
I can imagine Frank home, with a family who loves him. Maybe he has a big family, with siblings who love to teach him new things. I can see his older brother teaching him how to play soccer, or racing him on the track. I can see him being kind and playing in a fort he and his younger sister have built. I can see the joy in his parents' faces' at his junior high graduation. I can see him, proud of his own clean bed. I can see his first birthday home, and the joy of a day completely dedicated to him. I can see his first Christmas home, learning about the love of Jesus. I can see his first VBS, playing games, singing songs, and learning about Jesus.
But if his family doesn't find him soon, none of that will happen.
He will spend years in that institution. Trying to make up his own games to play. No "graduation." Sleeping on a old, lumpy, dirty mattress in a crowded room with many other residents at the institution. No birthday celebrations. He was luck to receive "Christmas" last year, but it is nothing like what a family would be like. Each resident at the institution got a present, a meal, and a "party". There's no VBS. Nothing to do all day, just walk around all day.
He needs a family to come get him. To rescue him and give him the life he deserves. 

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