I don't know if you have heard of the international adoption ministry 'Reece's Rainbow'. But it is a beautiful organization started to bring home precious babies with Down Syndrome. It also has 'other angels' with a variety of disabilities- ranging from Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, or Osteoimperfecta to Fetal Alchohol Syndrome, Autism, Deafness, Blindness, etc. I have seen and heard a lot about them, and while my brother was in surgery looked them up in depth. I looked into the eyes of probably hundreds of children- all living in either an orphanage, nursing home, or mental institution. These kids have no hope- and how could they? They spend their lives drugged and tied down to a crib. Their only interaction is when they are fed and diapered. 'Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world!' That song is so true- and for every one of these sweet kids. That same Jesus who loves those kids calls us to care for the widows and ORPHANS. So what are we doing for these precious ones?
I'm going to be featuring one orphan a month. I ask you to pray with me for him, and to make donations to his adoption grant fund if you are able. One orphan. Once a month. That is the least we can do! And maybe..just maybe...you're the next featured child's mama. It's not fair that these kids' future looks like this- they live in a 'baby house' until they are 5 or 6, and then they are sent to a mental institution where they get no interaction and are next to grown adults sucking their thumbs and rocking back and forth. Most die within their first year there. That's no future.
Please look at these pictures. It will hurt. You will fall in love with each one. I cried as I went through them. But please know- this could be you. Or your daughter. Or your son. And God never gets to look away from their pain- so neither should we. Let yourself cry and please let your heart be touched.
|Poor Kolina has nothing to smile about.|
|This is Lauren, waving and saying "Hi Mama! I'm here waiting for you!"|
(She has a kind of common dwarfism that I forget the medical name!)
|Dear Marcia has Spina Bifida and is waiting for a forever family. |
Are you her mama?
|Dmitry has already stolen my heart! Has he stolen yours?|
|This little boy belongs to God!|
|Here is a loved child of the King.|
|Have you ever seen such beautiful eyes?|
|Isn't Diane a little babydoll? She actually has 'babydoll syndrome'.|
Are you going to bring this brown eyed beauty home?
|Kyle has already been transferred to a mental institution and|
is going to be bedridden for the rest of his short life if someone doesn't
|Sweet Sophia dreams of a mommy and daddy...|
|I'm in love with dear Tara!|
|This sweetie has Cerebral Palsy and is facing imminent transfer|
to a mental institution. Is Olga your daughter?
These are the faces of neglect and abandonment. They are the faces of hopelessness. And they are the faces of those who we need to be fighting for. The faces of people who need us. Please don't forget these faces...
Prayers work! Let's pray these babies home! Your blogger,