Friday, September 16, 2011

Faithful Fridays - And They Wait, and Wait, and Wait...

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to Faithful Fridays!  Friday has come again so quickly! 

I started Faithful Fridays so that Christians could have one designated day a week (although I don't think they should keep it to just one day) to share something about their Faith--a prayer request, answered prayer, Bible verse, something God's laid on your heart, etc.  To participate in Faithful Fridays, just grab the button above for your post along with a link to my blog somewhere in your post, too.  After you've published your post, please come let me know in your comment that you participated and leave me a link to your blog.  I'd love to come read your post!


I've posted many times about orphans and I've posted the pictures and information of some kids in C*ina that are waiting to be adopted.  I ended up moving my advocacy to a website.  But today, I'd like to bring some waiting kids up to attention again...because they still wait and wait and wait. 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

I don't think we can even imagine what these kids go through.  I've come across kids that were abandoned at eight and six.  One little boy who was abandoned at six was "protecting himself" when he first came into the orphanage and would not let anyone get close to him.  Now he really wants a family. 

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
   you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
   so that mere earthly mortals
   will never again strike terror.

Psalm 10:17-18

Before you go on to read the pictures and information of these kids, please, think hard.  Think really, really hard.  Try to imagine what these kids feel like.  What they go through.  At fourteen, they will "age out" and no longer have even a chance of getting a family.  And then what?  In China, orphans are not looked upon in a good light.

All they want is a family.  No matter if they have a speical need.  I don't think people would have much of a problem with a child that has a special need if they gave birth to the child.  They'd love the child just the same.  And that's great!  But why can't we do that with orphans?

Children are a heritage from the LORD,
   offspring a reward from him. 
  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
   are children born in one’s youth. 
   Blessed is the man
   whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
   when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalm 127:3-5

So please, think really really hard.  Try to imagine what these kids go through.

This is precious Jessi. 

She is ten years old (born in February 2001) and her special need is scoliosis.  Isn't she pretty?  Here's a little bit more about her:

"This little girl was about 8 years old on admission, normal intellectual development, able to take care of herself, but walked slow and easily fall down because of the illness.  She was integrated into the life in the institute soon and now studying in Peizhi Class of this institute, she could be concentrated in the class, and she is a kind girl, can get along well with caretakers and kids and living a happy life in the institute.
She likes the fine arts, writing, paper folding, also loves watching TV, listen to the music and play games, etc.
She is introverted, likes doing things quietly, she is polite to teachers, can greet teacher actively, she likes to be beautiful and always keeps herself clean, everyone loves her. Now she is living a happy life in the warm family. She understands she is just living in the institute for time being and one day she will have her own family, so she expressed she is willing to be adopted."
This is determined Scott. 
Scott is thirteen (born in January 1998).  This means that he will age out in less than a year!  He needs a family to step up quickly to adopt him.  Scott's special need is repaired club feet.  Here's what's written about him:
"Scott is a shy, honest and responsible boy. He has been in the orphange for 4 years now and has adjusted well. He gets along with others well and is very caring. He buys snacks with his allowance and shares with the other children. He does a good job with his chores. Before he came to the orphanage he had not received proper education, so he has some difficulty in school from his lack of foundation. He gets extra help is very studious and determined. He likes to draw is currently learning to draw in the big sisters program. He likes to read all kinds of children's books and novels. He is honest and a good and sensible boy."
This was also written about him:
Scott is an incredibly determined and brave child. Through his rehabilitation training, he never gave up, even when he was covered in sweat. He takes the role of monitor at school and helps the other children. At the orphanage he also helps the other children with basic daily living tasks, like washing their faces. He is extremely generous and shares his delicious food and favorite toys with others. He is part of the Half the Sky program and cherishes his opportunity, so he studies hard. He has an excellent memory and can remember what he is taught. In his free time, he likes to read poems and sing. He is excellent at math. He didn’t think he could draw very well, but saw a beautiful picture and the teacher encouraged him to try to draw it. He tried after some convincing and drew a beautiful picture. He sees his foster brothers and sisters get adopted into families and very much wants a family of his own."
There is a $5,000 grant for Scott's adoption through the adoption agency ASIA. 
This is beautiful Beth. 
Beth is seven (born in March 2004).  She is a Special Focus child.  Here's a little bit written about her:
"She is described as being a little shy around strangers, but when she becomes more familiar with people she is very talkative. Her caregivers are obviously quite fond of her because they describe her as "naughty" which is seen as a very positive trait in a young child and is often used to describe a child who is inquisitive, active, and curious. She likes to sing. She enjoys going to school where she can play with toys, especially the bikes. When we asked her what her favorite animal was, she said that she likes little dogs. She was born with a cleft lip and palate as well as other facial abnormalities. Her speech is very clear and her nanny says that she is just as smart as all of the other little children. She lives in a foster family. She is very affectionate and we saw her take her caregiver's hand several times for comfort while we asked her questions. By the end of our interview, she had warmed up enough to pose for the camera."
It's also been said that "she is an affectionate child who needs the love that only a permanent family can give her."
There is a $4,200 Promise Child grant for eligible families for this adoption and a possible additional fee reduction.  You can contact me about Beth for more information (email below Timothy's information). 
This is sweet Timothy. 
Timothy is six.  Isn't he a cutie?  Here's what's written about him:
"Timothy's special need is corrected bilateral clubfeet and deformed shoulder joints. His clubfeet were corrected successfully at the House of Love with the Ponsetti casting method. He walks and climbs independently without problems. Timothy has blossomed into a smiling, joyful and happy little boy. He is polite, social and loves to build things. Timothy is fostered in a family that is teaching him English. He speaks many English words, writes words, draws pictures and has a very pleasant personality. Timothy is well adjusted to family life. He attends school and does very well in school. Timothy has some joint deformity in his shoulders but he is very high functioning and independent. He has great use of his hands and fingers. Timothy also eats well without digestive issues. Timothy is a smart little boy and there are no limits to what he could accomplish with a forever family. Just look at that winning smile. Look at the kindness in his eyes. Can you see the potential in this little boy? Could he be your son?"
If you are interested in any of these kids, send an email to my mama's email address and I will get back to you.  Her email address is
God bless you!


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...


You know I participated in Faithful Friday! Thank you for doing it!

And I pray these children find a family. Scott just really gets me....a determined boy like that would do so well in an American family! What a blessing he would be!

What a blessing any of these precious children would be! I'll pray they find their families!

Love you! 10!


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