Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
My husband and I take part in the Billy Graham telephone ministry (during airings of Billy Graham's classic crusade tapes people can call an 800 number to receive Christ and we answer the phones-sometimes people accept Christ and sometimes they just need prayer). We used to go together but now with more kiddos my hubby goes and I stay with the kids. I did not realize how much I missed it until your prayer requests started pouring in. I miss that time speaking with people I probably will never meet in this life about their needs and praying together. A quick way to learn how small and silly your "problems" are is to invite people to share theirs with you.
And boy are there some deep needs out there...kids who are very ill, some deep hurts, and the MANY families stuck in the waiting to adopt. I could not believe the amount of people who like us are waiting on governments to finally go get their children.
I cannot thank you enough, this has really changed me. I am returning to a habit of prayer...lots of prayer. My kids are seeing me pray more and their prayers are become more thoughtful. And to think, all of this would not have happened if we had received a travel date :)
Keep the prayer requests coming, I will not post them but I will add them to my prayer list. Honestly. If I have to spend hours going through them and praying I will enjoy every minute of it! As much as all of you have done for us and for Valentin, I am thrilled to be able give back, even a little. It has been an absolute pleasure and a huge blessing!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
“I made a New Years Resolution to donate to Valentin every month until he came home... and I did until you were fully funded. But since Valentin found a family, I decided to choose another child to also donate to until he came home. That child was Kyle. I was drawn to Kyle like no other child.”
This mom, who with her husband have adopted two children, would love to bring Kyle home. Something that is completely out of her control prevents her from adopting Kyle herself.
“I have decided if I cannot bring him home, I HAVE TO find a family for him.”
I cannot imagine the heartache of wanting to provide a home to a child and not being able to. I am so broken-hearted for her and yet so inspired by her strength and resolve to find him a family.
So meet Kyle…
I know, right?! What a cutie pie!
He was born two days before Christmas, 2005.
An adoptive mom was able to meet Kyle in November 2010. She said he was able to dress himself, feed himself, walked relatively well with no assistance. His CP only affects his legs. He didn't speak to her so she wondered if he was nonverbal. He walked right up to her, held her hand for a long time and sat for her for a while, while she talked to him. He offered to share his apple that she brought for all the children. She would pick up the leaves and throw them in the air, and he would laugh and copy her.
The director has said he is only mildly cognitively delayed. But, that was over a year ago. He's been who knows where, getting who knows what kind of treatment since then.
He was transferred either to a mental institution or to an orphanage for older children some time between November 2010 and Spring 2011 because another person went to his orphanage Spring 2011 and Kyle wasn't there anymore. Reece’s Rainbow is trying to find out where he was transferred and whether or not the facilitators can confirm he is nonverbal. You remember the posts about conditions in a mental institution right?
So, do you think we can find him a family? I believe we can. What a precious boy to offer to share his apple…in an orphanage…where no doubt food is typically hoarded, not shared. That is a gentle and kind heart!
Please share his picture and share his story, donate if you can to his fund, and above all please pray that God would move a family to adopt him and would provide the means to do that.
Kyle is sitting either in a mental institution or an orphanage with no family. No attention or any meaningful affection. No one to teach him how to fly paper airplanes. No one to teach him about sports. No one to play catch with him. No one to teach him about God or how to grow as a compassionate and strong Christian man. No one to take extra care of him when he is sick. And sadly, no one telling him he is loved and cherished.
But he IS loved and cherished…by God and by those praying for him. Let’s find someone to bring him home. Please Father, let it be so.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We have decided on a name for Valentin!!!! And no, I am not going to tell you what it is. That’s just mean isn’t it!
Valentin is the alias that Reece’s Rainbow gave our boy to protect his identity. His real name is his countries version of a biblical name that we love.
We have gone back and forth about whether or not to keep his ‘real’ first name. We have heard that many children hate that their parents kept their name because it reminds them of bad memories. I can see how that can happen. Some kids love that their parents kept their name because it lets them keep some of their heritage. I can see how that can happen.
So, what to do?
After a lot of thought and prayer we have decided to keep his given first name legally the same. However we will call him the English version of that name. And no I cannot tell you what it is because anyone could easily find out his name that way. And our first duty as parents is to protect him. But the name is beautiful and the biblical meaning of the name is so so so fitting. We will reveal his name but probably not until the day he is finally in our arms and out of that orphanage. Just writing that brings such hope to my heart…out of that orphanage…has a beautiful ring to it, doesn’t it?
And do you remember me telling you in this post that the name we have chosen for Valentin is the same name that some dear friends of ours had named their child after they lost him way too early through miscarriage? We did not know what they had named their boy until we mentioned Valentin’s real name and through tears our friend told us. When we are paying attention, it is amazing to see how God has weaved lives and souls together in such a beautiful tapestry. It means so much to us to be naming our child in memory of theirs.
I can tell you what we have decided for his middle name. Really, how could it be anything other then Valentin?!?! Valentin is how he is known by so many. To think of the thousands and thousands of prayers that have been said using the name Valentin…it is so part of who he is. So Valentin it is.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Exodus 25: 1-8 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.’”
Exodus 36: 2-7 “Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, ‘The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.’ So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, ‘Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.’ And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.
I have always loved this piece of scripture. Out of love for God the people brought their offerings for the building of the tabernacle…and they brought…and they brought. So much so that the scriptures say the people had to be restrained from bringing! What a beautiful scene! However this morning this bit of scripture means something more to us. “From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering” means something more to us. “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do” means something more to us. Why?
VALENTIN’S ADOPTION IS FULLY FUNDED!!!!
We could not be more elated, grateful, or blessed! Valentin’s ransom has been paid!
You might be wondering “but Reece’s Rainbow shows that your adoption grant is $15,710, didn’t you need $24,000". Yes, we need $24,000, at least, probably even more because the stay in country is growing and it is looking like hubby is going to have to make 2-3 trips, which means more airline tickets. But Valentin has a separate grant of $3711 that will also go towards his adoption. Plus we have received checks written directly to us which puts us just over $24,000!
I want to scream it from the rooftops! I want to sing God’s glory! I want to give all of you a huge hug and kiss…ok, the kiss might be weird, but you understand the sentiment.
How about I take all those kisses and give them to Valentin :)
Soon, Valentin, very soon