Advocate & Pray: Monica

A&P MonicaI have to admit that my eye was first drawn to Monica because she shares my name! But once I dug into her profile, I found many other reasons for featuring this twelve-year-old girl. Monica is very close to aging out of the system–according to her profile, there are only 17 months left for a family to get to China to adopt her. She has some physical disabilities, but she is independent, smart, and loves playing piano. Monica also has a grant associated with her agency for qualifying families. Pray with me for Monica’s forever family to be able to find her quickly!

Monica is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Monica is diagnosed as having meningomyelocele and a deformity of her lower limbs. Madison’s in-China facilitator recently met Monica and said this about her: She had surgery before she was found abandoned. They sent her to Guangzhou for another surgery after she came into care of the orphanage. Monica can walk, but she does need to hold the bar to walk upstairs and downstairs. They put her in a wheelchair when traveling outside for a long distance. Monica is incontinent, but she knows how to take care of herself and changes the diapers on her own.

Monica studies in the orphanage and is quite smart. She can recite several children’s rhymes, sing some children’s songs, and talk about her experiences. She easily adjusts to new environments and new people. Monica can get along well with other kids and cares about her friends. She has good concentration and she likes learning how to play the piano.

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Advocate & Pray: David

DavidDavid is a six-year-old boy who is in Virginia, waiting for his forever family. According to his profile, David loves to play but is also willing to be patient, and he is described as energetic and curious. You can tell from his picture that he is working hard in his kindergarten class! Join me in praying for a family who will give David the structure and encouragement that he needs.

David is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Jairo David likes to be called by his middle name, David. David is an energetic and curious six year old boy who loves to play outside. He also enjoys riding his bike and playing with Legos. He is friendly, empathetic, sweet, and likeable. David is also intelligent, persistent, and patient. When he knows what he wants, he will work until he gets it.

David enjoys adult attention and being with others. David responds well to positive encouragement and is eager to receive praise. He does best with structure and clearly defined expectations. He is capable of many self-care activities such as washing, dressing, oral care, and toileting. His first language is Spanish, though he is fluent in English. He is currently in Kindergarten.

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Advocate & Pray: Joyce

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Today’s featured child is another sponsored child from Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. This ministry provides children with a home with other children and a house mother, an education, and the opportunity to participate in the Watoto church. Some of these children come to Watoto with their mothers, but many are orphaned or abandoned by family members who can no longer take care of them. You can read more about the program here on the Watoto website.

After the death of Joyce’s parents, her grandmother was unable to care for her and her siblings, so they were brought to Watoto. Through their ministry, Joyce accepted Christ as her Savior, and she loves going to church and reading good books.

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Joyce to have a home and an education. You can get involved in this orphan care by becoming a sponsor! Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Joyce is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Joyce’s parents both died, leaving Joyce and her siblings in the care of their aged grandmother. Grandma could not meet the basic needs of the children and life was very difficult. Concerned authorities and the local church asked Watoto Child Care Ministries to take the children under their wings. Joyce was brought to a comfortable Watoto Village. A devoted housemother welcomed Joyce to her Watoto Home. Joyce is well cared for and loving Watoto brothers and sisters provide good companionship. Mama really appreciates Joyce’s help around the house. Joyce is grateful to the Lord for all the blessings she enjoys at Watoto and thanks God for her sponsors. A quality education is being given to Joyce at the Watoto School. She is encouraged to become any thing in life she dreams to be. In her spare time, Joyce likes to read good books. On Sundays Joyce attends the Watoto Church, where she loves to praise and worship the Lord. She has accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour. Please pray for her to continue to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Thank you so much for your financial support.

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Advocate & Pray: Joel

JoelThis cutie’s picture made me smile when I came across it this week. Joel is a five-year-old boy who loves to dance and talk to friends. According to his profile, he has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.

Joel is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Joel is a sweet loving little boy who is five years old and is currently listed with CCAI. He loves to play with other children and he loves hugs when he sees someone he is familiar with. According to a volunteer who spent a lot of time with Joel at a recent Bring Me Hope Camp he can walk very well, he loves to sing, enjoys busting a move on the dance floor and is a very talkative little guy. Joel can also eat independently. His fine motor skills seem to be on track. Joel is a wonderful child who is very well liked. His special need is listed as Hydrocephalus and Cerebral Palsy.

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Advocate & Pray: Keyona

KeyonaKeyona’s profile is filled with details about this energetic eight-year-old. Although Keyona has Type 1 diabetes, she doesn’t let that slow her down. She’s a competitive athlete and an avid crafter, and according to her profile, she needs lots of individual attention. Pray for a patient and energetic family to adopt Keyona!

Keyona is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Keyona is a loyal friend, and considers herself the leader in the group of her friends at school. Her desire to be a leader and her very specific likes and dislikes can occasionally put her at odds with her friends, and social expectations at school. She is very expressive with her likes/dislikes and is very comfortable sharing her opinions with peers and adults through words, facial expressions, and behaviors. She would benefit from parents who can introduce her to various social situations, broadening her palate, modeling appropriate interactions, and allowing her to explore some of the various possibilities of social relationships.

Keyona has a creative side. She has taught her worker how to sew a Bandaloom and has cooperatively crafted paper airplanes. She is planning advance Bandaloom projects this summer to challenge herself beyond bracelets and necklaces. She regularly engages in age appropriate boundary stretching, and is, more often than not, receptive to verbal redirection. She has strong emotions that leave her either extremely happy or angry depending on her mood.

Keyona has been waiting to find her adoptive family. She needs an adoptive parent who is energetic, passionate patient, enthusiastic and ready to tackle the ups and downs and growing paints of beginning a new life together. Adopting Keyona will come with challenges and adventures. It will also strengthen the family who is willing to provide this little girl with all that she deserves – and hopefully more!

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Advocate & Pray: Kenneth

kennethEight-year-old Kenneth is listed as having an urgent medical need. He has a serious heart condition, for which he is unable to receive surgery in China. Kenneth has a loving foster family and is a great student, but he needs a forever family who will be able to provide him with the medical care he needs. Kenneth has a grant available for qualified families, so pray that such a family will come along soon!

Kenneth is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Kenneth was found when he was 6 months old, and he currently lives with a foster family where he seems very attached. Kenneth’s foster family reports that he attends the local public school near his orphanage. He is an excellent student, and has a 98/99 score in his language class! His classmates and teacher all like him and support him in class. He is also reported to be very good at math. He enjoys playing chess, as well as video games, but he always finishes his homework before he plays!

He did not appear cyanotic or have clubbed fingers when our staff saw him, but we were told he has a hard time when he has a cold or illness, due to his heart. Kenneth desperately needs a family to help him get the heart care he needs to live a long and healthy life.

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Goers, Senders, and Bringers – Which Are You?

Goers, Senders, and BringersMissionary mail stacks up quickly at my little church. As a member of the missionary committee, one of my jobs is to sort the missionary mail out from the bills. Sometimes it also falls to me to read the mail. Several months ago as I read through the newsletters and personal notes, I came across a brief comment that stuck with me.

Most Christian ministries currently lack two things: long-term workers and adequate financial support.

Since reading that, I’ve thought a lot about the need for senders (those who provide financial support to missionaries) and goers (the people who actually go on the mission field–whether that be in the US or abroad). In the realm of orphan care, there are also bringers (the people who bring orphans into their homes and families).

Each of these roles are of great importance as we try to serve orphans. As members of the body of Christ, each person has a different role that contributes to the overall purpose.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. –Romans 12:4-5

Which of these roles do you fill or can you see yourself filling?

Right now I’m a sender. I’m not currently in the place to be a bringer, and I’ve only been a goer for a very short missions trip. This blog provides a support role to orphan care, and I love financially supporting orphan care ministries whenever possible. In the future, I could see moving into any of the three roles. Each have their own unique importance.

Does one role appeal to you more than the others? What do you see as the pros and cons of the different roles?

Advocate & Pray: Darius

DariusDarius is four years old. He is in Illinois, waiting for a local family to adopt him. His profile says that he is playful but sometimes struggles with behavioral problems. Darius is also looking for a family who will help him continue to visit with his siblings, as they will be cared for separately.

Darius is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Darius is a playful child and enjoys being goofy at times. He enjoys dance and music and you will also find him engaging in sports and playing with his blocks and ninja turtles. Darius is an independent little guy and cares for his basic needs. He can be very affectionate and often seeks out attention.

You can provide a stable and loving family structure that allows Darius to thrive. He will benefit from a home that has experience working with children that display behavioral problems and can provide an environment with patience, structure, routine and consistency. It is very important that the family allows for Darius to continue visits with his siblings as they share a close bond.

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Advocate & Pray: Samantha

SamanthaSamantha is an older child who was diagnosed with scoliosis. According to her profile, she has made a lot of progress in her language abilities and her daily life skills, and she has formed close relationships with her caregivers and friends. There is currently grant funding available for Samantha’s adoptive family, so pray with me that her family will find her soon!

Samantha is listed with No Hands But Ours

China

Samantha was 5 years old on admission, cautious to new environment, observed her surroundings with curiosity. Under the excellent care of caregivers and patient guide of teachers, she gradually adjusted to the environment and she has become outgoing and has had good living habits. At the age of 5.5 years, she studied in the kindergarten at our center. She has progressed her language skills in that she could speak sentences of 5-10 words. She had better self-cared ability. She was willing to help to do something as her age appropriate such as cleaning tables, washing small towels. She could play games with her friends. She became more patient and could share things and be humility.

Samantha is outgoing, kind and lovely. She could get along well with others. Sometimes she is stubborn, however so long as you company her and help her release the mood, and encourage and support her, she would be better. Under the care and love of all of us, she grows healthily and happily.

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Teens in Action: Lizzie for Compassion

AngelMany thanks to Lizzie for writing this delightful guest post.

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I have heard “orphan” defined as a child who has lost one or both parents by death or abandonment.  Angel (name changed for privacy) is a young boy living in Indonesia.  He is an orphan, whose father abandoned him, his mom, and his little sister.  Angel’s heart hurts.  The pain of his father leaving has left his heart scarred.  He has had to grow up and be the “man” of the family and age seven.  His mom works hard, yet she cannot make enough money to survive.  Sometimes, she does not have enough money to pay rent.  Hopelessness weighs down on her, but her spirit is not crushed.  She trusts in Jesus.

She reminds Angel that “Daddy Jesus” will always love him and be with him.  She is an active member of her local church and encourages her children to read the Bible.  Her life is not easy, far from it!  She has to search for work and make tough decisions.  A few months ago, she decided to move to a different town in hopes that she would find a better job there.  Sometimes, I imagine, she cries out to God and wonders why her husband left, why she can’t pay rent, why she works so hard for so little return.  Yet, she tries to be strong for her children and trust God’s plan and timing.

Angel respects his mom and even admires her.  He loves her and wants her to be happy.  Angel is also a Compassion sponsored child.  His local church partners with Compassion to help meet his physical needs (through medical check-ups and education), socioemotional needs, and spiritual needs.  In fact, through Compassion and his local church, he not only participates in Bible studies, but also receives character education.  Angel is learning to be a man of God even though he is young.  He is being encouraged to not run away from difficult situations and to look to Jesus for strength in those times.

Angel writes me letter because I am his correspondent sponsor through Compassion (someone sponsors him financially and asked Compassion to find someone else to write him, which ended up being me.).  He tells me about his struggles, joys, hopes, and dreams.  I write him letters, too, and encourage him that his Heavenly Father will never leave him.  Although I am just a teen, I am able to encourage an orphan.

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As others have said, we are too young to adopt or foster a child.  But each of us can do something.  Maybe you can encourage an orphan through letter writing or even sponsor a child through Compassion…..like Venu.  Venu will be five years old in five days on May 16.  Because his parents died, he lives with his grandparents.  They work as day laborers when work is available.  But, their income is not steady, and they often do not have enough money to meet their needs.  Compassion partners with a local church in Venu’s community in Bangalore, India, to provide him with a safe place to play, learn, and grow.  I do not know Venu’s story.  You can learn his story, will you?

Sponsoring Venu is a $38 a month commitment, which is just over $1 a day.  If you would be interested in sponsor Venu or getting to know more about him, please e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com  Or, to see other orphans in need of a sponsor through Compassion, please visit compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/child-search-results.htm?cboOrphan=Yes

Being a correspondent sponsor is a commitment to write to the child at least three times a year.  To request a correspondent child, go to compassion.com and contact them via phone or e-mail.  Be sure to be specific in your request if you would like to write to an orphan; otherwise, you will be assigned a random child.