Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Alexander!!

This Teamwork Tuesday post breaks my heart in pieces.  Please meet Alexander.

Isn't he a handsome young man?  I love his eyes, they're laughing eyes.

His eyes are failing him.

Alexander is dying.  Alexander has a brain tumor that can't be treated well in his country.  It's affecting his vision.  The opportunity for treatment here, however, is so much greater.  Can you see past the scary tumor?  Can you see the beautiful soul in those eyes?  Here's from Alexander's Reece's Rainbow profile:

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Boy, born April 2002
Eyes: Brown
Hair: blond
Character: active, sociable

UPDATE FEB 2012:  Alexander’s brain tumor has caused vision damage now, and he is due to be treated again soon.  The doctors there do not expect him to survive  :(    Only God knows the plan for Alexander, but my goodness, the medical poportunity he has for survival here in the US is so much higher.  Hope someone will give him the chance to know that he mattered, even if only for a little while.
From a missionary who visited with him:  “I would say his personality seemed happy, cheerful and sociable from the little contact I had with him.  I did send an email to my friends that worked with his group to get their opinion since they spent several hours with him for a week.  I know he has a brain tumor that is supposedly treatable in the U.S., but the treatment is expected to be lengthy.  He has been treated some in Russia and was in the hospital in the spring for more treatment.   He’s a very lovable kid and very smart.  He remembers people and things that they say and he is very in tune with how sick he is.  He understands and comprehends a lot for his age.  He loves to dance and get one on one attention (what kid doesn’t?)  He’s sensitive and his feelings get hurt easily.    Sasha is concerned about others.  He always asks how you or someone in the group is doing.  He is very outgoing, not shy at all.  He loves to sing songs and recite poems for you, and he knows so many!   Sasha loves individual attention.  You are special to him and he wants to feel that he is special to you also.   Simply put, he is a loving little boy who is such a pleasure to spend time with.   One more thing:  I have lots of pictures of Sasha and some videos of him singing and reciting poems. It would be SO WONDERFUL if he could get adopted and get proper treatment in the USA.
What an amazing young man.  He deserves a chance.  Just a chance.  The worst that can happen is that Alexander finds a family, comes home, and dies.  Guess what?  He's going to die anyway.  

He's going to die alone.  

He's only 10 years old.  

Dear God, save this boy.  Don't let him die without knowing that he is loved.

Are you brave enough to help Alexander?  Are you strong enough?  Of course not, but through Christ... we can do ALL things.  Even adopt a dying boy, just to show him love.  

Alexander's Region has some requirements.  Here they are:

  • 4 trips :(
  • 1st trip, Both parents for 5-7 days
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • 2nd trip, both parents for 5 days for court, both go home
  • 3rd and 4th trip are short, only one parent has to travel
  • No more than 5 children at home, experience with Down syndrome preferred
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Total program fees under $25,000, plus travel expenses
  • Fee includes a $1000 orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply

It's not so scary. It just... is.  If you're not in the position to adopt Alexander, please consider donating to his fund.  Help his family, who is already going to go through a hard time with his treatments, offset the cost of his adoption. 

Share Alexander.  You know the drill... Facebook, Twitter, Google.  Share him.  Love him where you are. 

Don't let Alexander die alone. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Dmitry H.!!

Welcome back to Teamwork Tuesday!  This week, what a cutie we have!

This is Dmitry!  Such a cutie pie, and described as so sweet!!  Just read!

Boy, born November 2004
Eyes: Gray
Hair: blond
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Character: quiet, affectionate boy, easily comes into contact with adults and children. Interested in classes, complete instructions after the joint action. Considered higher functioning and doing well!

Yep, you're reading that right.  He's going on 8 years old.  Way past the Magic Number.  Poor little guy.  8 years he's been waiting.  8 years.

The thing is, his Region doesn't seem like a bad one.  Here's the information:

2 trips

  • Both parents for first trip, about one week
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip. One parent may leave after the court proceedings are finalized, after about 5 days. Other parents stays approx 2 more weeks.
  • No parent age restrictions
  • Single women may adopt
  • Total program and travel fees approx $30k
  • Fee includes a $1000 orphanage donation
  • Only one child can be adopted at a time
  • Judges pay close attention to a family’s income level
  • No criminal background
  • No history of mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, or other mental health issues)
  • Families in British Columbia can adopt from this region

  • Canadians, single women, no age restrictions!!  Awesome.  And, Canadian families in British Columbia can adopt!! 

    So why is he still there?  Why is he still waiting?  Let's fix that.  The best way to be adopted is to be SEEN!  Let's show Dmitry EVERYWHERE!  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Tumblr... wherever you go!  And pray for him.  Pray for his forever family.  Pray for his caregivers.  Let's cover Dmitry's life in prayer. 

    Now you know.

    Ten For Orphans June: GAVIN!!!

    Have you heard of this awesome group?  Let me give you a quick history, since I don't think I've introduced them to you on my blog yet. 

    Ten for Orphans is a project put together by an amazing couple who realized that my widow's mite + your widow's mite = a child coming home to their family.  They, like me, don't believe money should ever stand in the way of an adoption.  I love these people.  They truly have God's heart for the orphan.  The premise is, if 2500 people commit to giving just $10 a month to one specific orphan, then we can fully fund 12 families a year to bring their babies home!!  It's a great idea.  It's an amazing project.  I've personally seen miracles worked with it.  You definitely want to get involved.  This is their page, and you can like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter as well.  

    OK, so that's Ten for Orphans.  Let me tell you now what happened with them this month.  I told you, I've seen MIRACLES.  So, there was this amazing family who wanted to adopt a little girl, Taylor.  Their paperwork was done, from a previous adoption that didn't end up happening, and they were ready to travel. Like, now.  They got their dates IMMEDIATELY after committing to Taylor.  Which is awesome, but provided a money problem.  So, here they go, fundraising away... and they realized that their travel dates are smack dab in the middle of the European Cup.  Which raises the price of pretty much everything, from plane tickets to cabs to food to hotel.  Like, a lot.  Like $10k or more.  What a blow.  They were the June family for Ten for Orphans though, and, guess what?  With some help from a couple of matching grants, they're FULLY FUNDED!! In like 3 days.  3 DAYS!!! HOW AMAZING!!

    So, Ten for Orphans has moved on, and we've got a new family to sponsor!!!  I would love to introduce you to....

    Let me tell you a bit about this amazing family.  Here's their bio from Project Hopeful:

    The Thomas family consists of Andy, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, his wife, Lindsay, who is an RN, and their three beautiful children. Andy has been serving for 12 years now. As a infantry man, he has seen his share of deployments. He has seen firsthand the needs of children in other nations, and his experiences have impacted the family’s decision to adopt internationally. He is a caring compassionate man and has been married to Lindsay for 10 years. Lindsay has been employed in the medical field for 8 years. She currently works as an RN with elderly patients in their homes. They both love children and feel that children are truly a blessing from God. 
    Together, they have wanted to adopt for many years. When they came across Gavin's photo and information, they knew he was meant to be their son. With Andy's medical coverage, Lindsay’s nursing experience, and a warm loving family, Gavin will be loved and cherished as one of their own. Gavin will also have three siblings to play with. Andy and Lindsay have a 9 month old son named Tyler, a 3 year old little princess named Kaitlyn, and a big brother Bradley, who is 8 years old. Their children are already planning bedroom arrangements and Christmas presents for their new brother! 
    Let me just say, I love these people. I know first hand, a military salary is NOT a lot of money. Period.  And I know a LOT of military families that are adopting these kids.  These people have my heart and my help to bring their little boy home.  So, without further adieu, let's meet their little boy!!

    This is Gavin.  Here's a bit about his situation:

    Gavin is a charming little 6 year old boy. His great big smile will lighten up any room. He lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He is in desperate need for proper medical care that can only be found in the United States. GavinGavin is a charming little 6 year old boy. His great big smile will lighten up any room. He lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He is in desperate need for proper medical care that can only be found in the United States. Gavin has one kidney and that kidney is enlarged and barely functioning. He has a permanent catheter draining from his kidney. He is 6 years old but the size of a 3 year old, due to the seriousness of his illness. He needs a kidney, proper nutrition and most of all LOVE. This is where the Thomas family steps in.  has one kidney and that kidney is enlarged and barely functioning. He has a permanent catheter draining from his kidney. He is 6 years old but the size of a 3 year old, due to the seriousness of his illness. He needs a kidney, proper nutrition and most of all LOVE. This is where the Thomas family steps in. 
    Wow. What a little trooper. He so needs to be home.  But, fundraising as a military family isn't easy.  Which is where Ten for Orphans steps in.  You can go to the Ten for Orphans page, and donate directly there.  We're still $21K short for getting the Thomas family fully funded.  

    Your widow's mite and my widow's mite, just $10, will get this little boy home to the treatment he so desperately needs.  It will help him heal and grow.  It will bring him home. 

    Now, as special incentive, the Thomas Family is hosting a giveaway for TODAY!!  Donate TODAY, and get entered to win a $50 gift card from The Cheesecake Factory!!  Just head over to their blog and leave a comment!  

    Please help us get Gavin home.  He needs his Mama so desperately. 

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Teamwork Tuesday--Brett!!

    Welcome back to Teamwork Tuesday!  This week, I'd like to introduce you to Brett.  Brett has had a rather rough start in life.  Besides his physical conditions (which include Down Syndrome and Alopetio areata), he had a very rough birthday.  Here's what his Reece's Rainbow profile says about it:
    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.

    Wow.  I can honestly say I can't put myself in that position.  (BTW... all for UC if that's your choice, before I start getting flames in the comments...  that's still just rough!)  I can't imagine being a mother, having just gave birth, and abandoning my child there.  I imagine she hugged him, kissed him, cried over him... then walked away.  I imagine her like I do Hagar in the desert.  She must've felt so... hopeless.  That poor woman.  I'm praying for her today.  I can't imagine being the person that came across a newborn, half dead, in a field.  Oh my goodness.  What a nightmare.

    But, Brett's nightmare can turn around!!  He can be adopted.  He can finally find a mother who is able to hold him, and cuddle, kiss him.  Let him know he is loved.  That he was lost, for a while, but now he's been found. 

    Will you help Brett be found?  He needs funds.  His grant is rather small at the moment.  And he needs his Forever Family to find him.  Will you help them?  Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, G+, wherever it is you do what you do best!!  Pray over Brett, his Forever Family, and prayerfully consider donating to his fund.  Let's get one more home! 

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Teamwork Tuesday-- Benji!

    UPDATE!!! Benji has a family coming for him!! 

    This week's Teamwork Tuesday post is for Benji!!  Benji's major issues are prematurity and a speech delay.  From his Reece's Rainbow profile:

    Benji was born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation. His birth mother is an AIDS carrier and a drug abuser. Tests have shown that Benji does not have HIV/AIDS, even though his birth mother does. He suffered from Staphylococcus aureus infection and Retinal Detachment. He received laser treatment and a follow-up examination showed normal results. Benji was diagnosed with speech developmental delay when he moved to the third foster family. As of August 2007, he began receiving speech therapy and cognitive therapy weekly. After two years, his developmental assessment revealed that he could attend kindergarten and did not need extra training since.

    Benji needs a permanent family, so he can begin to trust and love.

    Benji is in Asia, which has some requirements for adoption. 

    •Full medical and social info available
    •EASY travel (both parents for 4-7 days)
    •Relatively low cost
    •No more than 5 children at home
    •Married couples only, must be married 5 years
    •Parents should be 30-50 years of age and in good health

    It looks fairly straightforward, and he does have a small grant on Reece's Rainbow. Very, very small. Like, $27 small. Tiny.

    Let's see if this week, we can't raise that grant some.  Pray over Benji.  Pray that his grant is increased, and pray about giving him a donation.  Pray that his family comes and finds him.  Pray that he can learn to trust, and to love, and that he won't be left alone again.  Cover Benji in prayer. 

    And let's get his face out there.  Facebook, Twitter, blogs... wherever.  Share Benji.  Pray for Benji.  We can move mountains!