Thursday, December 27, 2012

Meet Mack! And let's make him known!

Oh, how I wish I could tell you everything there is to know about this sweet, quiet boy with Down Syndrome who is about to turn five. But there is only this adorable photo, and the following short description:

So cute! Mack is happy and active. 
Walking, able to use his ride on toys, likes to play with others.

Sounds like the perfect son to me! Mack, surely your mama is out there? Maybe even reading this post?

Click my photo for more info!

Wonderful Lisa is a mom who advocates for Mack, and she has this to say:

My 13 year old daughter Meredith (who also has Down syndrome) and I pray for him with all our hearts. We want him to know the love and care of a family because he is a precious boy who deserves a chance to live up to his potential outside the walls of an institution. I keep praying that someone will see his adorable face on there and claim him for their own!

Lisa and Meredith's prayers to the heavens, combined with some legwork on the ground, is what will make the difference for this boy. It's in spreading his name and face that we will find a mama for this beautiful child! Please, help Mack find his way out of an orphanage and into a real family!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Three with HIV who break my heart. They are just like your children.

Oh, my heart. I have kids this age.

Please meet three older children with HIV, who are fully functioning, typical kids, and who are only in orphanages because of their HIV status. Ironically, these kids are living perfectly healthy lives with a normal lifespan ahead:

Beautiful Estelle, age 14

Dashing Gerard, age 14

Handsome Brian, age 11

Aren't they gorgeous? And, doesn't it frustrate the heck out of you that they are relegated to life in an orphanage for no good reason? It makes me crazy. It makes no sense!

Please click any of their pictures for more information, and please look here for quick FAQs about HIV. It is not scary anymore. It's really not.

This is the part that is just so hard to take: Although HIV is not spread by casual contact, hugging, kissing, being on the playground, or playing sports (the virus is not found in sweat, tears, urine, saliva, or snot), these children have no future in their home country once they age out of the system at age 16. I can't even bear to tell you what they face. Let's just say that their futures are very, abysmally bleak. Again, for no good reason!

Please consider adopting an older child with HIV, as it really is the only chance that child will get. And please, please, please, help spread the word about these precious ones, who are just like the rest of us, in need of families and love and a future.

God bless you!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Anne, the little dolly

What a beautiful little girl, just four years old and waiting so long for a family of her own.

Click my pretty picture for more information!

Isn't she just a doll??? Clearly, she has been cared for, and that is one small consolation as we consider her urgent situation.

Anne suffers from a generalize form of epilepsy, seizures, and mild mental delays. I suspect that her condition is treatable and that she can overcome those delays when she is out of institutional living and in an American home where she can get proper love and care!

She has been listed for as long as I've been following Reece's Rainbow, and yet she has very little money in her adoption grant -- only $15. That's just sad, isn't it? She should be someone's precious princess, not an orphan unknown.

Anne can be adopted by older parents and large families, so there is great hope for her in the pool of potential families that are out there! Please, spread her pretty face around, and let's increase her chances. She is young and clearly has the spark of life! It would be a tragedy to see her transferred to an adult institution (which is usually done around this age… I'm still praying she is in the baby house).

In my mind's eye, I can see someone out there receiving her photo in an email or on facebook, gasping, and realizing that Anne is her own daughter.

For the sake of this little girl, let's work to make that happen!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

The boy no one knows

Brett is just a little boy with Down Syndrome, but he seems like a ghost in some ways -- no one has seen him, and no one seems to know anything about him. The following information, and a grainy photo, is all we have:

Boy, Born August 23, 2001

Diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Severe lagging behind in his development, Alopetio areata.  The photo was taken on May 2009. This child had a rough start in his life. Immediately after giving birth to him in the open country she abandoned him on the field. He was found and taken to the hospital. His condition was poor but the doctors saved his life.


Click photo for more info on Brett.

Brett has a wonderful "spiritual mother" who loves him very much from across an ocean, and who brought him to my attention. Here is what Laura Welchert has to say about "her" boy:

It's so hard to write anything about Brett b/c so little is known about him. I don't have any other pictures, or first hand accounts. Each time a new horrendous picture of some abused and neglected child comes up, I was always wonder is this also happening to Brett? I think he is so overlooked because of the lack of info and I think that fact puts him at greater risk.

I was assigned to be Brett's Prayer Warrior 10 months ago, the same length of time it would take to see a full term pregnancy through. I have prayed daily for this child, the same way I did with all of my children while I was in waiting to meet them. Chances are, I will never meet this little guy. I have hung his picture on my living room wall, the same way I hung each of my ultrasounds on the door of the refrigerator. My hope is Brett's sweet face will grace the walls of his family's home one day. 

My worries of "will my kids get everything they want for Christmas this year" are silenced by my dread of "will Brett get enough to eat tonight". Brett is not my child, but he has shaped this mother's heart. At this time very little is known about Brett. He is in a remote orphanage and is the only child listed with RR from his area, so even his living conditions are an unknown. What we do know is that he is he fought for life only to have it hidden away and he now needs someone to step up and fight for him. I urge anyone to spend some time in prayer over him and allow God to guide you in the ways He sees fit for you to help this sweet child.

Katie Beth also has a great post about him as well. We just love this boy to pieces! Our auction for him ends tomorrow, but of course we will continue to fundraise for him until Angel Tree is over and will do anything to get this boy to his forever family!!

Along with Laura and Katie Beth, I beg you to pray for and about Brett. Share his face, tell his story, so that he is no longer a ghost to people, but a real boy. Laura is happy to talk to anyone who might want to help Brett find his way into a loving home.

Just say the word and I will put you in touch.

May the Lord bless and comfort Brett until his day of deliverance comes.