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Have You Heard Her Story?

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Today’s post is for those who have not read about The Life Of An Orphan in Eastern Europe.  I have felt a tug in my heart to put this story out there as a post rather than a blog menu section.  Thanks for reading!

The life of an orphan in Eastern Europe, more often than not, goes something like this…

She is born, beautiful, pink, and tiny.  She coos, cries, and likes to be close to her mommy.  But she has Down’s Syndrome.  The doctor tells mom and dad that the best place for her is in an institution, where doctors and nurses can appropriately care for the immense and expensive needs of this flawed child.  The mother wants to keep her baby, but the doctor continues to discourage her, filling her mind with thoughts of her child being bed ridden, and the burden of being in a wheel chair all while needing expensive medications and doctors visits, not to mention the shame she will bring to their family.  Her parents relinquish their rights, and she is sent to live in a cold and drafty orphanage.

She is only a week old, yet she lays in her crib alone all day and all night.  Her hands are the only comfort she has, so she keeps them close to her face and chews on them when she needs to feel safe.  She is changed one or twice a day in the crib.  She is so uncomfortable lying in a soiled diaper for so long all the time that her skin burns, but they never put any medicine on her.   She gets a sponge bath every once in a while… in her crib.  She is fed, while laying flat on her back… in her crib.  She chokes and aspirates her cabbage water formula into her lungs, but nobody picks her up to pat her back.  She continues to eat from her bottle, but since the nurses have cut the end of the nipple on the bottle off for faster feeding, she continues to choke.  She chokes during every feeding.  She is lucky that she is able to clear her lungs herself.  Nobody ever picks her up.  She is never held or rocked or sung to or comforted.  Her head hurts, she is too little to roll herself over, and her muscles are too weak, so her head is flattening on the back.  Her body aches from always being in one position.  She often cries for hours sometimes in hopes that someone will come and help her or hold her.  She is desperate to feel the warmth of someones arms holding her close.  But no one ever comes.  She wonders if her mommy will ever hold her again.  What happened to all the promises of medical care the doctor was talking about?  The doctor was lying.  There is barely any medical care here.  Her orphanage is one of the worst ones.

She was finally listed on an adoption site!  Maybe, just maybe, she will be chosen.  So many have scrolled past her listing, watching her precious round face and big brown eyes go right by.  She is left to disappear into the sea of  “lost children”.  She lays in her crib and watches as a few other children around her are taken “home” with a new mom and dad.  Why won’t anyone come for her?

She is now 3 years old.

She spends her days exactly the same way she always has, in her crib, 24 hours a day.  Some foreign aid workers came to her orphanage and gave her a toy which hangs on the side of her crib.  This toy is all she has, and she loves it!   Her hands are raw and sore.  She has chewed on them for comfort and entertainment since she was a baby, and now they are close to infection, they are so red and raw.  But it doesn’t matter.  She continues to chew.  This new toy helps take her mind off her boredom and gives her hands some healing time.  She cannot sit up on her own because her muscles are too weak.  She is barely 11 pounds, a product of the very nutrient-deficient formula.  She does not know any other food besides cabbage water formula.  She hates it.  It’s sour and chunky and gross.  But it’s the only food she ever gets, so she eats it anyway.  The nurses still feed her while laying flat on her back.  The bottle nipple hole is still too big and she still chokes.   She no longer cries, ever.  She has lost all hope than anyone will ever really hear her.  No one has ever come for her.  She does not know how to use a toilet.  She has never seen one.  They give her 1 diaper change every 24 hours.  Her skin still burns from her soiled diaper.  They still never put any medicine on it to soothe her irritated skin.  The nurses say she is to be transferred soon…

She just had her 5th birthday.  Alone.  She is 9.5 pounds.

She amazingly has survived her first year inside the adult mental institution.  But barely.  She is one of the less than 10% that make it the first year.  Her Down Syndrome diagnosis makes it a miracle that she survived this long.   They took her only toy away from her when she was transferred.  She has nothing… again.  The windows in this prison are too high up for her to be able to see what outside looks like, so all she has to look at is the haunting environment around her which she calls “home” .   The bars, the suffering, the darkness.  She wishes she could see outside.  She remembers seeing it once, when they transferred her to this place.  It was like nothing she had ever seen before, it was very bright, but it was new, and she liked it.

Her precious, thin little face has bruises and cuts and scars all over it, and all her hair is shaved off.   She wants to feel something besides the numb that consumes her.  So she lays on her side and bangs her head against her crib bars.  She can’t even feel it anymore.  Her hands are raw once again.  She chews all day and most of the night.   She doesn’t get sponge baths anymore.  Her skin itches from the filth.  She used to love getting her bath because someone was with her, touching her, looking at her, acknowledging her.  But that is gone.  She lays awake at night, pitch black dark all around her, afraid by all the sounds she hears.  People screaming and moaning.  The child in the next crib over is choking for breath. His muscles are atrophied, and he can’t move, so he, in a way, suffocates as he lays there.  Her life in this dark, cold, scary place is fading.  She is growing weaker by the day, and nobody cares.

She, this little girl with no name, has been sentenced to a life inside a tiny crib where she will never be allowed out for any reason.  She will never get to celebrate a birthday.  She will not ever be loved, hugged, sung to, cuddled, smiled at, played with, tickled, given toys,  or spoken to.  She will never know what ice cream tastes like.  She won’t ever run and play or explore the world outside.  She will barely be fed and will know only pain, suffering and distress.  She has since suffered a great deal of neglect and inhumane treatment that comes with living in such an awful place.  A mental asylum is a scary place for a little child to be.  She is not crazy, and she doesn’t have schizophrenia or some other mental issue that may make her a danger to herself or others.  Her only crime was to be born into a society which labels her imperfect (like we all are!).   She has medical needs, but don’t we all?  Stories like hers are not rare.  They are not uncommon but, in fact, happen to thousands of children in over 25 countries all over the world.   Can you imagine how her life could have been different if her parents were given the chance, the education, and the encouragement needed to raise her themselves?  Or how different her life would be if she were adopted by a loving and good family?

Thousands of orphaned children in Eastern Europe are regularly transferred to mental institutions between age 4 and 6 where more than 80% die in the first year.  That number goes up to a staggering 90% or more if the child has Down Syndrome!  Kids do not even need to be mentally ill to be sent to such a place.  Any disability makes a child an outcast in this part of the world.  Like in my story above, many, many of these orphanages and baby houses are poor, receive little aid, and the children are malnourished and underweight.  That is just where they start out.  It gets even worse at the mental institutions.

One more, lost… Severely malnourished and dehydrated. Notice the restraint around this child’s waist which is tied to the crib? Does this child look like she is going to try and go anywhere? An example of the cruelty these kids endure.

Children in institutions  all over the world may not experience this exact scenario.  However, each and every child growing up in an orphanage will most likely live lives filled with loneliness, abuse, neglect, starvation, and sadness.   They will all share the similarity of a life without love.  A life without freedom.  A life without a chance to be who God created them to be.  They may never know what it is to giggle out of pure joy or get hugs and kisses from a mom and dad who loves them.   They will never get the chance to just be kids.  Many of them will die alone and scared.

This is where God has recently placed my heart: to advocate for these kids, to do my best to bring about awareness, and to strive for change in the systems which choose to treat these children in such an inhumane way.   I need the support of all my family and friends to make this successful!  So when you see a post about a child in need, step out in faith with me and help get these kids stories out there!  And please, don’t underestimate the power of prayer!

 (The photos of children pictured are as examples,and the scenario above was written by me, not about a specific child)

Orphanage 9

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Today’s post isn’t about anything new.  It isn’t new, but it is a matter of life and death.  Folks, it’s all about prayer.  It’s about getting on our knees and begging God to help find these special children families!  It’s about getting their faces seen so that maybe a mom or a dad will see one of these kids as “their child”.  Today is all about Orphanage 9.

Orphanage 9 is a sad place.  It is one of the poorest orphanages in the region.   All of the children here are extremely malnourished due to the nutrient poor diet which barely keeps them alive.  Of course this also means that all of the children are incredibly tiny for their ages and have many other health issues as a result.  This ophanage receives little outside aid and transfers all children to mental institutions at the age of just 4 years old!

These 5 children are the only children who are listed available for adoption from this place.  Why so few?  I have no idea, but it sickens me.  I know there are so many more children in this sad place just waiting for a chance.    But instead, they lie in their cribs day after day, month after month, year after year waiting, hoping,  slowly dying.  Most of them end up thrown away like yesterdays garbage, completely alone and neglected in some horrible mental institution.   These children truly have numbered days, and will be transferred soon.   Oh how I pray that God will let their families see them and bring them home before it’s too late!

Please meet the children of orphanage 9:

Tina

Precious Tina is such a little light!  Look at those eyes.  what do you think she was thinking at the moment they took this photo?   She looks sad.

http://reecesrainbow.org/728/tina-9

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Violetta

I have advocated for this little one before.  This little sweetheart has such a sweet face.   I just want to grab her up and snuggle her!

http://reecesrainbow.org/865/violetta902

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Camille

This baby girl looks like she desperately just wants somebody to hold her.  This little doll needs her mommy!

http://reecesrainbow.org/789/camille904

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Giselle

Sweet Giselle.  What can I say, her face breaks my heart!  She looks so sick and neglected and sad.   She will surely not survive in an institution.  We must help her family to find her!!!

http://reecesrainbow.org/12884/giselle901

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Sergey

On the adoption site they call this little one a monkey.  That  is just what I think when I see his little face!  What a cute little monkey!  I would snatch this guy up in a heartbeat if God said “Do it”!    Praying, praying…

http://reecesrainbow.org/1543/sergey905

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To view each child’s full listing click on the individual links or the link below.

http://reecesrainbow.org/category/waitingbycountry/ee-1/orphanage-9

Guest Post and Changes On The Horizon

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Today is actually a “guest post” of sorts, courtesy of Susanna Musser.  This post was recently featured on Susana’s blog:  The Blessing Of Verity.   Susanna has an amazing story of her own, and if you get a chance, go by her blog, and check it out!

The children featured here are orphans in an orphanage that is really the worst of the worst.  It isn’t one of the many terrible mental institutions I have mentioned on my blog before.  No, friends, but I tell you, it might as well be!  These children are living in a  place which has been referred to as “Auschwitz for Children”.   The children here are so tiny and malnourished from years of neglect and a diet of nutrient-poor food in small amounts.  I will elaborate more after the guest post below.

So, here’s Susanna…

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Your light has come, little child

Small dear one,

When you were born, it was a dark time for the mother who gave birth to you.

The people around her used their words to paint a sad and dark picture of her life with you in it.

She put you into a dark place, in charge of a woman who did not love the truth.

For seven long years, you were hidden in that place of no love, of darkness and lies.

The place where four year old Marsha

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eight year old Payton

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…and twelve year old Penny…

…are still waiting for their families to claim them!

Please email without delay about adopting Marsha, Payton, or Penny!  shele337@yahoo.com, orstephanie.carpenter@lifelineadoption.org

You live in a place that made a five year old boy look like a tiny, skinny baby.

Meet Adam, who has endured severe physical, emotional, and medical neglect.  He lies in bed all the time with no baba and is suffering from the lack of shunt and cataract surgery.  I can’t look at him without tears, and cannot read his file without feeling angry.  Please, someone, allow God to move your heart, and email Nina Thompson about adopting this precious boy from Pleven.  nina.t@chiadopt.com

Little girl, you know all about being hungry, just like Adam does.

Look again, and see just how thin, pale, small, and sad you are in this picture.

Then your Father in Heaven opened the Pleven doors and shone the light in.

The darkness has been slinking away, and now beautiful truth is finding it’s rightful place.

A wonderfully kind doctor visited you.

There is a new lady in charge of you now.  She’s glad the light is shining into Pleven!

“She shared lots of changes…that are going to be great for the children and best of all, she is EXCITED about the [donated, specialized] formula!!!   She has completely revamped the “kitchen program”, so the kids are getting better quality food (and learning to eat from spoons, etc), the children with special needs will NOT be isolated anymore and will instead be integrated in with the other children and there is much more accountability in regards to the staff. It sounded like she’s restructuring everything, including mindsets.  :)”

I cannot read this without laughter bubbling up inside me!  Because it means more than simply policies or words, or simply a fundraiser button on a blog and kind people who give.

It means your life is changing, tiny girl.  You are getting better food.  You have put on a little weight, and have a healthier color now!  You are gaining energy.  And smiling.  And laughing.

Not long ago, a loving daddy and mommy saw your face.  They aren’t scared by your needs.  They love you just the way you are!  They sent a paper to your country to say,

“We commit to do all it takes to make this special girl our girl.”  

Beautiful small one,

“Arise, shine, for your light has come.”

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Thank you again, Susanna, for allowing me to share your wonderful post!

So now you know that long-overdue changes are being made in this hellish place.  The children and their well-being will hopefully now be the number one concern for those in charge .   With that in mind, do you remember when I said I would elaborate on something?

Meet 11 year old Liliana…

That isn’t a typo.  She was 11 years old in these photos and weighed only 11 pounds!!  Okay, think about this;  my 19-month daughter is tiny for her age, not even on the growth chart and even she is 19lbs.!  Sweet Liliana was 11 pounds at 11 years old!  It is completely inexcusable for this child to have been so malnourished over so many years.  The amazing thing is that she has just been adopted and should be arriving home with her new family right about now!  Her new name is Amelia, and she waited for 12 long years in Pleven orphanage, this terrible place that has been called Auschwitz for children.  12 years slowly dying, bedridden, and starving.

Here she is all dressed up and looking so much better!  Pretty girl.  However, she is still very sick in this photo.

This is right before her family took her out of the orphanage.  She weighed 12 pounds.  She has gained weight only because she spent time in the hospital over the winter, which is a miracle in itself.  I shudder to think of how many children have simply been permitted to die without intervention of this sort.  Poor thing was still so sick and weak, her new mama had to take her straight from the orphanage to the hospital.  They plan to take her right back to the hospital as soon as they land on U.S. soil.

This is just one small group of kids from one orphanage.  How many more kids are out there who are in equally hellish circumstances?    How many are dying?  How many desperately need that giant “spotlight of hope” to be shone onto them like the children in Pleven have had?  Please everyone, pray, pray, pray for all of them!   Let’s shout it out at the top of our lungs to our Heavenly Father!

I will leave you all with one last thing.  Little Marsha from the beginning of this post, has a family coming for her!!!  Yay!!!   But I know that her family needs prayers that all will go quickly and smoothly so that they can go get their little angel as soon as possible.  Also, the other children in this post still wait for families, so it goes without saying, share it and pray!

Thank you all!

Andrea-

Meet Owen

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Today is all about one.  One precious boy who has never known the love of a family.  A lonely boy who sits waiting each and every day for someone to come for him, but nobody ever does.  One boy who has been defined by the rare genetic condition he was born with.  A condition which has left him different than all the other boys and girls waiting for families.   Aren’t we all “different”?  Don’t we all have imperfections?  Yes!  But does that mean we don’t deserve love?  Does that mean this precious boy doesn’t deserve love or a family?  I think not!

Meet Owen, when his journey began…

Owen as a newborn.

     He was seen as unworthy of love from the time of his birth.

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Months go by, and Owen is still waiting for a family.

Sweet baby Owen

 He is just a baby.  A sweet, snuggly little baby.  Why has nobody chosen him?

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Owen became a toddler.

Toddler Owen

He plays and smiles like any other child his age.  He has so much potential if only he is given the chance.  His tiny little body aches for the hugs and kisses of a mommy and daddy who loves him, just like any other child.  Yet he still waits.

Why hasn’t he been chosen yet?  Are people too scared to adopt a boy who is so different?   Are people afraid of him?   This precious boy is surely deserving of the love and affection of a mom and dad, isn’t he?  So what if he is different!  Aren’t you different from me?   So why is it that Owen doesn’t have love and doesn’t have a family because of how “different” he is?                           

This little boy wriggled his way into my heart while I was searching an adoption site (which I often do).  When I stumbled onto a photo of Owen, and it had me in tears.  I mean hysterical tears.  Why?  Because the adoption site had only one very sub par photo of him.  I understand that for many of the children, the agency only gets one photo and that’s all, so they have no choice but to use it.

 That photo portrayed him in a way that I just knew in my heart was not truly him.  I was so heartbroken that this boy was not even being offered the tiniest of chances to have a family.   I was outraged that this was the photo that the adoption agency was using.  But again, maybe they had more photos to choose from?  I don’t know.  I only know that with this photo could potentially be the cause for the old “scroll past” for this precious child.   I almost don’t want to show you all.  But I feel I have to for full understanding to be attained. Here it is.

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I am so upset when I see this, I cannot even convey it properly!   This was the very first photo I ever saw of Owen.

Through tears as I write this I think to myself, “How is this giving him a chance?”   I have prayed and prayed for Owen.   Owen has been on my heart for so long folks.     This sweetheart is just a baby, not quite 5 years old.    What if this were my child?

Then, yesterday as I scrolled through the many waiting children, I see the sweet a precious face I always knew existed!  I saw this…

A happy, somewhat smiling boy waving to the camera!  Oh praise God!!!   The adoption site gave him a real chance!  Now maybe his mom and dad will see what I see.  Do you see?  Do you?  Can you see the promise in those eyes?  Can you imagine how much bigger that smile could be?  The giggles that could be heard if he were tickled?  Oh my, I cannot express how much I pray this guy’s family will find him and bring him home!

While typing this, my 19 month old came to the computer.  I wasn’t sure what she would think seeing Owen’s face.  But you know what she did, she stared for a moment and then said “baby”.  I replied, “Yes, that is a sweet baby.”   She giggled for a moment while still staring.  In my mind I am thinking to myself, “What does someone like my daughter, untainted by the world and it’s unrealistic standards, think when she sees someone like Owen?”  Many kids would be afraid perhaps since they  have been conditioned to think that imperfection is something to fear.   As my daughter stares at this picture I tell her, “This baby’s name is Owen. Owen is a sweet boy.”  What came out of her mouth I didn’t expect, she said, “Kiss!”  So I helped her reach the monitor and she kissed Owen’s picture.  She then said, “More Owen!”  I scrolled through all the photos of him as she asked to kiss each one of them.  She thought he was beautiful.  The last thing she said really chokes me up.  Very distinctly and clearly she said, “Owen, ocean, Owen, ocean.”  Now maybe it was purely the rhyme she figured out?   But maybe not.  Maybe she she was saying Owen is beautiful like the ocean.  Ari loves the ocean.  I have not been able to get that out of my mind.  Because it’s true – Owen is beautiful and strong just like the ocean.  Leave it to my toddler to teach me something so deep and meaningful.

So…  now I ask the inevitable question.  What will you do to help get Owen’s story out there?  Will you help this little boy to no longer be defined by his imperfections.  Help his new mom and dad to see this face which God created, as their perfectly and wonderfully made SON.

You can go to the link below to see more about Owen.   http://reecesrainbow.org/1585/owen-egxb-3

I will be re-posting this one now and then so that Owen really might have a chance!   Will you do the same?

In Owen’s region, there are so many kids that have either already been transferred to a mental institution or will be shortly.   Remember children who have Down Syndrome have an over 90% chance of dying in their first year in a mental institution.  If they do not have Down Syndrome, they have an over 80% chance of death in the first year.  Survival in these terrible places is not easy and essentially these kids are sentenced to death.   Please keep that in mind as you read about each child.

Cora Lynne

Can you believe this tiny peanut is 5 1/2 years old?  She has Down Syndrome which, in her region, makes her worthy of nothing more than to be thrown away into a mental institution for the rest of her life.  Please click the link to learn more about Cora Lynne.  http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=cora+lynne

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Archie

Archie is facing transfer to he mental institution soon.   He is such a sweet boy, but he has Down Syndrome.  Please read more about Archie and what a little love bug this guy is.  http://reecesrainbow.org/32102/archie-3f

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Anastasia

This little bug is 6 years old!  Like the other children, she looks like a baby.  Sadly this is a product of the nutrient poor diet and neglect these children suffer.  She has downs syndrome and is facing transfer soon.   http://reecesrainbow.org/8068/anastasia-3g

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Abbott

Folks, sweet Abbott is 5 years old and has already been transferred. Nobody knows how he is doing, so his situation is dire!  Please get his photo circulating!  He has Down Syndrome so I fear the worst.  Please click the link to read about what an amazing boy he is.  http://reecesrainbow.org/8104/abbott-3g

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Tomas

Tomas was born in 2005 and has Down Syndrome.  He is at risk of being transferred very soon.  Look at his face.  Does he deserve to die?  http://reecesrainbow.org/8126/tomas-3g

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Orielle

Born in 2005 this sweet little round faced pumpkin is at risk for transfer soon!  Poor sweetie could blossom in a family.  She does not deserve an institution.   http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=orielle

Please remember that none of these kids will have a chance to find a home if there photos aren’t circulated.  So please, share this post on Facebook or Twitter or wherever.  And don’t underestimate the power of prayer!

Andrea-

The Awful Truth

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Today, I was really planning on writing about something new and compelling.  Something that might “grab” a reader’s attention.   But I realized that what I truly wanted to write about should be complelling on it’s own.   I shouldn’t even need to include words in this post.  Why?

Well because…

Shouldn’t this sweet face tell it all?  This is Ivey,  She cannot tell you how she feels.  She cannot describe to us the pain she feels, how lonely she is, how scared she might be or how very long ago she lost hope of having a family of her own.  She only sits in a dark and scary mental institution slowly fading away, utterly forgotten.  She is only 5 years old and has already suffered so much.  Shouldn’t her face be enough so that words aren’t needed?  (click on her name to learn more about her)

If you have not read about The Life Of An Orphan, please, I beg you to go and read it now!  We have no idea in the world as to how greatly these children suffer until we try to step into their torturous reality for a moment.  I realize that we cannot teleport ourselves to where they are at this very moment in order to do that,  so the best I can offer is this story which I have written.    Please read it before you decide to just scroll past this post.

Do it for them…

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And please do not forget about the kids I have already listed who still wait.  All but two of these children have been transferred to an institution!  Please pray, please share, please do not be afraid to help these little ones…

Heath

Heath has a grant of over $9,000 towards his adoption!  Please continue to pass it on!

Heath has already been TRANSFERRED to an institution!  The facility in which he lives houses many boys, and he is one of the lucky few (like 3) who are available for adoption at all.  Heath is now called a “lost boy” for the very reason that his file will most likely be returned to his country at any time, and he will no longer be adoptable.   Heath was born in 2001, so you can see how long he has been waiting and hoping for a family.  We know he is a tiny guy for his age, which is most likely due to the lack of nutrition.  He lives in the same institution as Porter (above).  Please take some time to read about Heath’s institute.  This sweet boy could thrive in a family who loves him, all he needs is a chance.

To learn more about Heath, click the link below:

http://reecesrainbow.org/1518/heath-47

Below is the testimony of those who met Heath at his institute.

http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/2010/10/recalled-to-life.html

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Gemma

This picture speaks for itself!  What a precious girl this is.  Look at those eyes!
Sweet Gemma has down syndrome and she has already been TRANSFERRED to a mental institution!  If you have read my site, you know that over 90% of down syndrome kids die within the first year of transfer!  Oh my goodness, she is in desperate need of rescue!  You can read more about Gemma here: http://reecesrainbow.org/35143/gemma-15h

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Sergey

Sweet Sergey is such a darling little guy!  What a sweet face!  His orphanage is one of the poorer ones with very little outside aid, which means these kids have little chance for a decent life while there.    All of the children are tiny and malnourished.  Children in Sergey’s orphanage are transferred to the mental institution at 4 years old For him there is a desperate need.  Let’s help him find his family before he ends up spending the rest of his life in the confines of a crib, slowly dying.   Sergey has a grant of over $5,000 towards his adoption!  Please continue to pass it on!   http://reecesrainbow.org/1543/sergey905

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Katie

Little Katie is such a doll!  What a smile!  She was born in 2005 and like the others, she has been waiting way too long for a family of her own.   She is very smart and has so much to offer.  Katie was born with down syndrome, but please know that children with this challenge are known to be incredible blessings to their family.  They are amazing kids!  Check out her listing and help get her story out there!  http://reecesrainbow.org/40536/katie-8w

Good News!

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First of all, I am so pleased to announce that sweet, deserving, precious little Porter…

HAS A FAMILY COMING FOR HIM!!!!    Praise God, his mom and dad found him!  Please join me in sending out our prayers to this amazing family.  Pray that all will go quickly, smoothly, and that Porter will be able to come home very soon.  

But what about all the others that are still waiting?  

Today,  while reading another blog, I found this documentary made by the same people who filmed “The Dying Rooms” which I provide a link for in My Research section.  This wonderful documentary takes us to the Ukraine and follows orphans and their struggles.  Please take some time to watch it.  Watch the whole thing.  You will see things that will inspire you.  You will see things that will break your heart.  You will even see the story of Sasha, the sweet boy picture below.  He is an example of the amazing potential these kids have if only given a chance.   Go here to see Ukraine’s Forgotten Children.  Watch it and share it!

 

Sweet Sasha

 

God Bless and thanks for reading!

 

Andrea-

Pondering Our Freedom On This 4th Of July

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Happy 4th everyone!

All of America is celebrating today.  Celebrating freedom.  Celebrating independence.  But while so many are out grilling burgers and setting off fireworks, I can’t help but think of those who have no freedom.  Those precious children have no voice and aren’t heard.  These sweet little forgotten lives are stuck in the confines of a crib or tied to a bed rail.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week they lay in the same crib, in the same room, in the same prison.  They have never eaten a juicy burger or seen an awe inspiring fireworks display.   They, the children who have been tossed aside for their so called “imperfections”, are just waiting for their lives to begin, waiting for a chance, and waiting for a Mom andDad.  This is where my heart is today: the orphans who are stuck in institutions all across the globe.  Their lives are withering away as each day passes.

So today, friends, I invite you to help me help these kids!  Please read each of their stories below and spread the word.  We need to help their future moms and dads to see their precious faces before it’s too late for them.  It’s a sad day when a child’s file is returned to their country listed as unadoptable for the rest of their lives.

Porter

Precious Porter is a boy (despite the pink) who has been waiting a very long time for his family to find him.  He has been TRANSFERRED to an institution that has a very bad reputation.  He is suffering in a sea of  “lost boys”.  The link below takes you to Porter’s listing. http://reecesrainbow.org/12304/porter1603

The article below is written by a wonderful adoptive Mom who has been to the institution Porter has been sent to.  Click below to read her account of what a terrible place Porter’s new home is.

http://happyhartmanfarm.blogspot.com/2012/07/it-finally-hit-me.html

Heath

 Heath has already been TRANSFERRED to an institution!  The facility in which he lives houses many boys and he is one of the lucky few (like 3) who are available for adoption at all.  Heath is now called a “lost boy”, for the very reason that his file will most likely be returned to his country at any time and he will become un-adoptable.   Heath was born in 2001, so you can see how long he has been waiting and hoping for a family.  We know he is a tiny guy for his age, which is most likely due to the lack of nutrition.  He lives in the same institution that Porter (above) is at.  Please take some time to read about Heath’s institute.  This sweet boy could thrive in a family who loves him, all he needs is a chance.

To learn more about Heath, click the link below:

http://reecesrainbow.org/1518/heath-47

Below is the testimony of those who met Heath at his institute.

http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/2010/10/recalled-to-life.html

 

 

 

Gemma

This picture speaks for itself!  What a precious girl this is.  Look at those eyes!
Sweet Gemma has down syndrome and she has already been TRANSFERRED to a mental institution!  If you have read my site, you know that over 90% of down syndrome kids die within the first year of transfer!  Oh my goodness, she is in desperate need of rescue!  You can read more about Gemma here: http://reecesrainbow.org/35143/gemma-15h

Sergey

Sweet Sergey is such a darling little guy!  What a sweet face!  His orphanage is one of the poorer ones, with very little outside aid which means these kids have little chance for a decent life while there.    All of the children are tiny and malnourished.  Children in Sergey’s orphanage are transferred to the mental institution at 4 years old.  So for him, there is a desperate need.  Let’s help him find his family before he ends up spending the rest of his life in the confines of a crib, slowly dying.  Sergey has over $5,000 in grant money towards his adoption!   http://reecesrainbow.org/1543/sergey905

Katie

Little Katie is such a doll!  What a smile!  She was born in 2005 and like the others, she has been waiting way too long for a family of her own.   She is very smart and has so much to offer.  Katie was born with down syndrome, but please know that children with this challenge are known to be incredible blessings to their family.  They are amazing kids!  Check out her listing and help get her story out there!  http://reecesrainbow.org/40536/katie-8w

Thanks everyone!   Now lets circulate!  Oh, and PRAY PRAY PRAY for these little ones families to find them, soon!

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