Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Constantine: The story of a tiny boy

I stole that title from the blog of Beth Barnes, a woman who dearly loves Constantine -- the tiny little boy with the big and noble name.

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Beth brought Constantine to my attention a while back, and I was immediately drawn to his inviting smile. I quickly looked to his information and was disappointed to find that it was almost non-existent. All I learned about this little boy was the following:

Boy, born October 2009
Gray eyes
The nature of close, calm

Constantine is paralyzed on one side of his body; he is a beautiful child!

Yes, he is a beautiful child. A child who turned three years old this month. A sweet baby who needs a mama so badly. 

The photo, those few words, were not enough. Beth summed up the problem:

"For most of these [Reece's Rainbow] kids, their best chance is for a special person or family to find a sketchy passage and vague photo so compelling that they're motivated to do put the wheels in motion. In a way, it's all in the story. But not every child listed on Reece's Rainbow has the blessing of a compelling narrative to help pull at the heartstrings of prospective parents and donors."

So, as a spiritual mother would, Beth dug hard for more information on this precious child, and she came up with a much richer narrative, and one that just might bring this boy to life in the minds and hearts of his future family. Look what the volunteers at the orphanage in his region had to say about Constantine:

The translation is funny at points, but you can clearly make out that our boy is full of life and curiosity and spunk. My favorite line was "…how Constantine tries!" What a rich spirit in his tiny body!

And Beth was able to find photos of Constantine when he was still just a baby, beautiful photos that radiate his joy to all of us living in the world beyond his orphanage. Here is one to make your heart melt:

There are more, here.

Constantine needs out quickly, as he may only have a year or so until he is transferred from the familiarity of his baby house to an adult institution. He should never enter the walls of that institution; instead, he should be in Mama's arms, getting hugs and kisses and raspberries on his tummy, safe at home where he belongs.

Please, go and look at Beth's blog, join Constantine's facebook page that is linked there, and let's work together to make sure this cherub does not become a statistic.

And if you are able, please share this with one person you know who has never seen Reece's Rainbow, and who doesn't know about the plight of these sweet babies.

God bless you!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Sometimes, no words are necessary...

…but action is. Please share. Lina does not have much time.

Please click the image to find out more, or to donate to her fund.

God bless you.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The "Lost Boys": Heath, Sasha, and Hanson

"Already transferred". Those are the words that chill the blood of anyone who advocates for Reece's Rainbow children.

It's worse when we know that the children have gone to join the Lost Boys. I've talked about the Lost Boys before, and I honestly don't have the stomach to do it again. The descriptions of what these boys and men endure are some of the most horrifying things I've ever read. Go here for some of the back story and context, as you will need to read up on the situation at least once, to really know.

The three boys I am profiling today are Lost Boys now: Sasha, Hanson, and Heath. With your help, they don't need to be Lost Boys forever.

Heath is one of the boys I have prayed for the longest, and I am not alone. People have been shouting for Heath for many years now (you'd never know from his tiny size that he is eleven years old). Recently, good folks have pulled together to push his grant to over $21,000! He is essentially fully funded for any family who is willing to step up and take him home! Finances are not an issue for anyone who will go and rescue this little boy:

I am Heath, and I need rescuing almost more than anyone else in the world.
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From his profile:
Heath is not a recent transfer. He has lived in the stifling boredom of institution life for a long time. He has lost the vivacity of life at the baby houses. In his three years at the institute, he has been given nothing of his own. He has not seen a book or a toy. He has never been gathered into anyone’s loving arms. He is a very lonely little fellow in desperate need of love and comfort.
Where is the hero who will rescue this boy from the hell that is his life? Must he continue in this harsh sentence, all for the "crime" of having Down Syndrome?


Eight-year-old Sasha is living the same fate as Heath. No one knows how this poor boy is doing because no one has seen him -- all we know is that he is still available for adoption, unlike most of the children in the Lost Boys' institution. So in that sense he is one of the "lucky ones" (an irony if there ever was one). His only opportunity to be saved rests in the hands of people like you who are reading this and might consider sharing his plight with others. Maybe you yourself would even be moved by God to go and take him into your home.

Please click my photo to get more information and find out how to save me!

Here is some information we have about Sasha from before his transfer out of the baby house:
He does a lot of rocking…in his crib, in his stroller…to keep himself occupied.  He has teeth marks in his tongue from chewing on it from boredom. We do not know if he truly has autism, or he is just so severely impacted by the CP or other birth trauma that the caregivers can’t really do much with him, and he turns to himself to soothe.
Sasha has over $9,000 in his grant, which can be used to fund his adoption.


To my knowledge, Hanson is the only other boy who is available for adoption from the Lost Boys' orphanage. He is only seven years old and should not be living in that unspeakable place. He may well be cognitively typical (though if so, his chance of staying that way for long is slim), and his medical conditions can be eased and treated in the United States.

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From his profile:
Congenital defect of the central nervous system, rachischisis of transverse part of spine, internal hydrocephalus, ventriculoperitoneostomia, flail legs (low extremities paraparesis).
Keep in mind that diagnoses from this region of Eastern Europe are often incorrect and less frightening than they sound. Hanson has over $2500 available in his adoption grant and a host of loving advocates who will help raise even more if a family should come forward!


I feel inadequate even writing about these Lost Boys who seem so devoid of any hope, but the truth is that they do have hope. You are their hope. Perhaps you are unable to adopt these precious children yourself, but you have a computer, you use social media, and you can spread the word. You can share their names and faces and ask others to do the same. The outreach can be exponential, but only if you have the courage to click the "send" button, or the "share" icon, or the "recommend" link. Silly YouTube video and funny memes go viral all the time, and we can make these boys go viral, too!

It really is their only earthly hope.

Please, share and pray.

God bless you for not turning away.

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, 
you did for me." -- Jesus Christ


Monday, October 8, 2012

OMGosh, there is no one cuter than Marshall!

Meet Marshall!
I'm Marshall, and I'm ready to have some fun!!!
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I just can't believe it. There is no reason on earth that this two-year-old rascal should still be without a family. Look at him! Marshall's only issue is congenital hydrocephalus.

He was born in January 2010, only one month before my own son, so I know the mischievous, clever, and funny things he must be doing at the orphanage. It's so hard for me to imagine that Marshall has not been taken into someone's family yet. How can anyone resist this boy? It's a real head-scratcher for me.

In addition to his irresistible cuteness, his is an easy region to adopt from!

Marshall is blessed to have a wonderful advocate, Theresa Desarro-Revilak, who loves him so. Theresa told me:
When I look at him, I see my son. My son, Andy, is 1 1/2 years old and a ball of energy. He never ever stops moving, exploring, getting into everything. But he loves his Mama, and his daddy and sister. He gives kisses and calls me, "My Mama." I think Marshall will be just like that. Look at him. He can barely stand there. He wants to be off and playing, running around, getting dirty, getting into things, driving his parents crazy. He deserves that too.

Dear friends, finding a family for Marshall should be a slam dunk. Please, come to the aid of this little squirt and get his face out there! I understand that many of the children on RR have severe needs, leading to many reservations on the part of potential families. But Marshall is not a "hard case". Let's move on this, and get him out of an orphanage and into a home where he belongs! He's still so young; what a perfect time for him to join a real family, where he can run and play and laugh and jump and do all those crazy things a two-year-old boy is meant to do.

Please, share, share, share! And consider taking this adorable little man home yourself. You know you want to!



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The greatest poverty is loneliness.

"We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love."  -- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

For some reason, I thought of this quote from Mother Teresa when I began pondering this post for Valery.

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We have all felt loneliness in our lives from time to time, but it is unlikely that anyone reading this post has truly ever been completely alone in life and felt that kind of profound existential isolation. No mother, no father, no siblings, no neighbors, no friends. Just existing, with no one to truly love, or who truly loves you back (save God Himself). 

Valery just had her sixth birthday, on September 27. I actually started typing out the words "celebrated her sixth birthday", but then I realized that there was no celebration, and perhaps no acknowledgement at all. She was not even celebrated on the day she was born. Her entire life has been one of loneliness.

Here is what we know of Valery, from her profile:

Valery was born with CP and spina bifida. She has significant strabismus and “progressive hydrocephaly”.  She is not able to walk, and is significantly delayed in all aspects. But she is still beautiful and deserving and can truly thrive in a loving family, with access to adequate medical care and nutrition. Valery will remain bedridden for life, and will likely not survive the transfer to the institution. Won’t someone consider being her “forever family”? More photos available, please inquire.

She has $4600 sitting in her adoption fund, waiting for a mama and daddy to use, to come and get her before it's too late. Older parents and large families are eligible.

Please, let's end Valery's loneliness and let her know true love. Pray for her, share her face and name, and perhaps consider taking her into your own home.

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." -- Blessed Mother Teresa