Advocate & Pray: J’mya

J'myaJ’mya has had some major health struggles in her short life so far, including leukemia and sickle cell disease.  At eight years old, J’mya is energetic and fun-loving, and is working with a counselor to develop coping strategies for her various medical treatments.  She needs a family to help her through all her health issues.

J’mya is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

J’mya is a sweet little girl with a charismatic personality. She is energetic and vivacious. She is described as having a rambunctious personality and will let you know what she needs. J’mya enjoys the simple things in life like coloring and playing outside. She has a great personality and those around her enjoy how bright and alert she is.

J’mya has a fighter’s personality and has been able to deal with things in such a positive and endearing fashion. She is diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Anemia (Leukemia), Dermatitis, and Sickle Cell Disease. J’mya has been a trooper throughout her treatment process and always has a positive outlook while in treatment.

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Advocate & Pray: Emmanuel

EmmanuelA few weeks ago, the Watoto African children’s choir performed at my (Monica’s) church, and I knew I wanted to feature their sponsorship program in this week’s Advocate & Pray post.  According to the website, “Watoto is a holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda.  It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.  The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education–formal and technical, trauma counselling and spiritual discipleship.”

Most of the children in the program have lost both of their parents and are living with a few other children and houseparents at the Watoto villages in Uganda.  Emmanuel, this week’s Advocate & Pray child, was kidnapped and abandoned at a very young age, and local authorities were unable to find his family.  Watoto provides a safe home, an education, and a family for children like Emmanuel, who have often gone through horrific life events.

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Emmanuel to have a home and an education.  So if you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Emmanuel is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Emmanuel lives in a Watoto Village, where he has a devoted housemother who nourishes and nurtures him lovingly. Emmanuel has learned to help Mama with the household chores and he does so willingly. At the Watoto School, Emmanuel is receiving a quality education. He especially enjoys Literature and Artwork and has dreams of being a teacher in the future. He likes playing soccer with his many friends after school. Emmanuel attends the Watoto Church on Sundays with his family, where he enjoys singing and dancing in Sunday school. Please pray for him to develop a meaningful relationship with the Lord.

Read more on Emmanuel’s profile (you can find it at the bottom of the page–no direct link)

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Advocate & Pray: Seth

Seth

This four-year-old boy is listed as having a sensitive special need.  Seth is described as shy at first, but outgoing and sweet once you get to know him.  Join me in praying for this sweet boy to find his forever family!

Seth is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Seth is a handsome little boy with a sweet demeanor. He is described as shy but is also known to be quite extroverted when around those he is familiar with. Seth gets along well with others and his favorite activity is playing with other children. He is fond of playing with toys, especially brightly colored toys. Seth is a sweet boy with a lot of love to give! He is ready and waiting for his forever family to bring him home.

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Advocate & Pray: Jocelynn

JocelynnThis newborn caught my eye because of her special medical needs–Jocelynn was born without eyes because of a rare genetic disorder.  According to her profile, Jocelynn’s diagnosis is so rare that all its effects are not yet known, so this precious baby is in need of a family “who is not afraid of the unknown.”  Jocelynn is an affectionate, mild-mannered infant despite her disorder.  Pray with me that she will find a family that will fit well with her developmental needs and her sweet personality.

Jocelynn is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Jocelynn does not have any concerns for emotional or behavioral functioning at this time. She behaves like a normal infant. Jocelynn shows appropriate attachments to people. She smiles and babbles to people who she knows and likes. She can tolerate being held by new people for short periods before she wants to be held by someone familiar. She is also able to play on her own in her bouncy reclining chair that sits in her “pack’n play” with toys around her.

Jocelynn has high medical needs due to an extremely rare genetic disorder. Jocelynn was born without eyes, but she has prosthetics in place to help hold the form of her face as she grows. She receives her formula with assistance so that it can be digested safely. Jocelynn is expected to be developmentally delayed in many significant areas, although her prognosis at this point in time is truly unknown. Because her genetic malfunction is so rare, doctors do not yet know what effect is to be had.

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Advocate & Pray: Archie

ArchieArchie is a rambunctious nine-year-old, full of energy and enthusiasm.  According to his profile, he was left at the hospital gate at two months old, malnourished and sickly.  Now, almost nine years later, Archie is a healthy, smart, and loving boy who is eager to be adopted and have many brothers and sisters to play with.

Archie is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Since his finding, Archie has spent his entire life in the orphanage and is closest to his caretakers. Reading through his file, it is quite obvious that this little boy holds the hearts of several members of the orphanage staff. He is a clever young man who attends school, although more often than not, he would rather be playing with his friends than working on his studies! Despite his active nature, he does well in school and is in the second grade. Archie likes to sing songs and can recite several poems. Not surprisingly, his favorite subject is PE! His caretakers feel his development and abilities are both age-appropriate and that he would thrive in the right family. Archie had a minor sensitive special need that was corrected with surgery when he was very young.

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Advocate & Pray: Louise

louiseLeah brought to my attention this week a couple of girls, including 2-year-old Louise, who are in a sponsorship program called “Sarah’s Covenant Homes.”  Here’s how the website describes SCH:

Children with developmental disabilities and neurological special needs are the most likely to be abandoned and least likely to be adopted children in India. The Lord told me, “Feed My lambs.” I find these overlooked and undernourished (in all senses) lambs languishing in institutional orphanages or hospitals, and bring them home, providing them with love, education, therapy, medical & surgical care, and LIFE in a family-style environment.

SCH provides care for these orphaned or abandoned children in India, and the program is funded completely through donations.  So here’s the good news: If you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Click on the link to Louise’s profile to learn more.

Louise is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Louise is a sweet little girl who has profound deafness and has a cochlear implant. She lives in a foster home with 2 brothers who also have cochlear implants, Nolan and Theo! Louise enjoys riding her trike, going to school, and making funny faces! She is quirky and very funny, and keeps her foster family laughing!

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Advocate & Pray: Gabe

GabeGabe’s unique story caught my eye this week.  This fifteen-year-old boy is a member of the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  According to his profile, Gabe has been through a lot of struggles, including childhood trauma, high-functioning autism, aggressiveness, and impulsive behavior, but through counseling and therapy, he has made great progress both behaviorally and emotionally.  He has three younger birth siblings who have already been adopted with whom he wants to stay in touch when he is adopted himself.

Gabe is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Gabe is an articulate, bright young man who earned all A’s on his final report card last spring. Now in tenth grade, Gabe is expected to continue to be a successful student. In a recent interview with his social worker, he talked about some of his interests. He told her, “I love to read and I am good at reading. I like history, math, and science. In society, my strengths are finding new friends even though I am shy at first.” Gabe also talked about discovering how much he enjoys singing once he started attending church with staff and residents of his current group home. Gabe wants to be adopted by a Christian family with whom he can continue his church participation of worship and singing.

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Advocate & Pray: Huo

HuoHuo is a ten year old in China, waiting for his new family.  He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, but he’s a happy child and a fast learner.  One line in his profile really touched my heart: “When asked if he likes English, he said yes because he wants to go to US to find a mom and dad.”  Pray with me that Huo will find his mom and dad soon!

Huo is listed with Families Thru International Adoption
China

Huo was born in June 2004.  He is very sweet and friendly. His left side is weaker than his right side. He uses his right hand much more than his left hand. He is diagnosed with CP and Epilepsy, though he rarely has seizures. He is a very well-behaved child. He has good manners, frequently smiling. He is very attached to his caregiver. He can communicate well. He speaks clearly and is very organized when he expresses opinions. He can read. He has large vocabulary. He is doing very well in school. He enjoys learning. He is a fast learner. When asked if he likes English, he said yes because he wants to go to US to find a mom and dad. He longs for a family.

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Advocate & Pray: Kamila

KamilaIt’s been a while since I’ve posted about a Ukrainian child, so I wanted to feature this new face–thirteen-year-old Kamila.  There isn’t very much information listed on Kamila’s profile, but it’s clear that she loves to perform and create.  Please pray with me for the provision of a loving family to care for and support Kamila!

Kamila is listed with A Family for Every Orphan
Ukraine

Kamila has a fun and creative personality. She loves to sing, sew, design clothes, and participate in theatre. Kamila longs for a loving family. Could you pray that she is welcomed into a forever family?

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Advocate & Pray: Gwendolyn

GwenWhen I was researching children available for adoption this week, Gwendolyn’s face was the first one I saw.  At age 15, Gwen is starting to think about her future, and she wants to become a cosmetologist, anesthetist, or a model.  Gwen needs a family who can guide her as she heads toward her future, and support her as she continues therapy.  According to her profile, she also needs a family who will help her stay in contact with her sister, who is being placed separately.

Gwendolyn is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Gwendolyn “Gwen” is a funny, easygoing, energetic and open-minded Caucasian teen who enjoys being around animals, learning about cosmetology and participating in sports, like track. A very smart young lady, Gwen is an excellent student with a strong desire to learn. Her best subjects are science and math. Gwen is a good listener who is easy to talk to and very much in tune with her and other’s feelings. Quirky and free-spirited with a great sense of adventure, she adapts well to change.

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