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, March 8, 2013

There Will Be A Day

There will be a day, when we will stand before God, and he will ask each of us: "I gave you commandments. What did you do to obey them? I gave you talents and gifts, how did you use them to glorify me?"
When he asks you what you did to obey his commandments, what will you say? "Sorry, I know that you commanded me to be a light in this world, but it was too hard!"
"Sorry, I know you commanded me to care for orphans, but I was too busy on Facebook to do anything. Besides, that's someone else's job! I did plenty of other good things!"
"I know that my eyes were opened, and you held me responsible to act, but I just HAD to get that new purse, instead of giving that money away."
"I know that the orphans needed my help, but it was too sad, and I couldn't do anything, so why did I need to try?"
"I know that there are teenage orphans that weigh less then their age, but what could I have done?"
"I know that you gave me this amazing voice, but I'm scared to sing in front of people."
There will be a day when we will stand in front of God, and he will ask us, what did we do? What will be our answer?
"I know, but .... Was more important."? 
Or will it be "I did everything in my power to save every orphan and obey your commands."?
God loves us so much that he came down as a baby, a helpless baby, and lived a perfect life, and died on a cross so we could be with him. What excuse can possibly exist not to do SOMETHING? He died on a CROSS so we could have eternity in heaven. Is TV really more important? Is Facebook? It takes 10 seconds to share a link on Facebook. You can do that during an ad on TV.
And do we really need to have fast food every night? Consider taking out just one night of fast food, and instead donating it. It's better for you (fast food is disgusting) and it will help someone else.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.       
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.          
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.       
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,       
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?       
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’          
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’          
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46 NIV)

There will be a day. It might be soon. What have you done?

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