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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Teens in Action: Blueberry’s Bows

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This post has been a long time in the waiting. Allie graciously agreed to write a guest post several months ago, and actually sent this to me soon after I arrived in Texas. Thank you, Allie, for your patience in waiting for me to get this up!

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Hello! I’m Allie and am so excited to be sharing how ‘Blueberry’s Bows’ first started. I am sixteen years old, have five awesome sisters, and am a daughter of the one true King!

In August of 2013, I sat there and stared at the computer screen. I look at her face. Her big brown eyes jumped out at me. She wasn’t smiling and deep down I could tell she was longing for a family. Longing to be loved and treasured. Longing for someone to know her name. This is my sister Rosie. Abandon at five days old with a severe heart defect, Rosie was sent to the nearest orphanage in Zhongshan City, China. There she spent the first five years of her life. She suffered from lack of oxygen and had no intervention for her heart. We saw her picture and knew she was meant to be ours. So we began the paper chase. For the next six months we prayed and prayed and prayed. Each day her heart continued to grow worse. Finally on February 24, 2014 Rosie was officially ours. It was such a beautiful day!

We arrived home on my parents’ anniversary and began our lives as a family of six. Rosie fit in wonderfully and it was as if she had always been here. Her joyful smile and contagious spirit filled our house with many days of fun. On April 25, 2014, Rosie underwent heart surgery. It was a complicated surgery and the next day she started having issues. Rosie was then put on ECHMO (Heart/Lung bypass machine). She spent the next month fighting for her life. But on May 21st, 2014 (the day after her sixth birthday) she gained her angel wings and took her last breath here on this earth. We weren’t there for her first breath and heartbeat but we were there for her last. She didn’t die an orphan, she died as a treasured sister and a daughter. She was so LOVED.

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After Rosie became an angel, I knew I wanted to do something to help other orphans like her. The fire had been ignited. So I started a blog. It began as a way to document and share Rosie’s story, but it has blossomed into so much more than that! Then my older sister {Marie} and I got to thinking. While Rosie was so sick in the hospital, she never had clothes on. So Marie and I began to make bows for her hair. It was something simple that would make her look more girly and cute. We then knew what we could do, sell bows and donate the money to orphans. With the money we’ve made from Rosie’s celebration and other events, we’ve been able to sponsor a little girl at New Day Foster Home. It makes my heart happy to see another little girl with complex CHD actually get the care she needs. Marie and I have set up an Etsy shop. I invite you to check it out. Here are some pictures from the bows we currently have for sale. We named our shop Blueberry’s Bows because Rosie’s fingers were always so blue and a nurse nicknamed her ‘Blueberry’. This shop is to honor her legacy by supporting other orphans who are like her.

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Because of Rosie, my eyes were opened to see the need of orphans around the world. I now have two more sisters who were also from Rosie’s orphanage. It’s been over a year since Rosie left this earth, but I feel like her legacy continues to grow. As I hear from people who are touched by Rosie, I know this is just the beginning of the story that God is writing. I don’t know all the chapters, but I know that it’s all going to work out for HIS glory. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. I invite you to check out our bows and share them with others.

Beep, Allie

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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: 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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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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Advocate & Pray: Kyan

KyanThis sweet boy is in need of a special family who can care for his health needs.  TIO volunteer Christine brought Kyan to my attention this week, and he is adorable!  At three years old, Kyan has already undergone heart surgery and still suffers from coronary heart disease and cardiac insufficiency.  Pray with me that he will find a family who will be able to care for his medical needs as well as give him a loving home.

Kyan is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Precious Kyan is 3 years old and is designated as special focus on Lifeline’s individual list. His special needs are listed as CHD (PVA, VSD, ASD), post-op CHD (right B-T shunt operation + PDA ligation), and cardiac insufficiency.  Sweet Kyan has some heart melting eyes! When the caretakers call his name he turns to them with arms out to ask for cuddles. Kyan likes to laugh out loud when he is happy. He is described by his caretakers as being active and lovely.

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Advocate & Pray: Lauren

LaurenThis seven-year-old girl named Lauren is a friendly girl who loves to learn.  She has a mild cognitive development delay, but that doesn’t keep her from participating in class and caring for herself and others.

Lauren is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Lauren is just beautiful! She is very social and happy! She loves watching TV and especially loves cartoons! Lauren really enjoys playing with others and they often play football! She has such a sweet heart and is protective and helpful with the girls that are younger than her. Lauren has great independence! She can wash her face and feet by herself and has been taught how to fold up a quilt. Not only does Lauren like to care for herself, but she also enjoys caring for others around her. She is very involved in class at school. She loves to raise her hand and be the first to complete whatever task the teacher asks!

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Advocate & Pray: Kyle

KyleTen-year-old Kyle was a recent participant in a Lifeline camp program in the U.S.  He has some eye defects which make it difficult for him to see, but his profile states that he is social, curious, and loves playing the piano.  During his visit to the U.S., Kyle expressed his deep desire to be adopted into a loving family like the ones he stayed with.  He even studied adoption law so he could know how to be adopted!  Join me in praying for this eager, curious boy to find his forever family.

Kyle is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Kyle is an active and sweet little boy, who enjoys watching cartoons. He is said to love new things and meeting new people. Kyle’s file states that he has good language expression, is able to greet guests well and is very polite. This sweet child is also said to be a helpful and obedient child who cares about others, often giving his seat up for an adult! What manners!

Please read these comments from some of the families and team members who got to spend time with Kyle at Lifeline’s 2 week Camp: “Kyle is very sweet spirited. Even though we could not speak the same language, he was very proactive about using hand motions, etc. to help me understand and was always so patient. He can also play the piano- how special! He loved getting his face painted during the Fall Festival and loved spending time at Camp Shelby. He was so curious to play on the tanks and to explore.”

“Right after he landed in the U.S., he was social enough to have made friends with two other American kids quickly in the airport. He felt these two boys were so nice and friendly, so he wanted to me translate ‘If I could be adopted, I would want to be adopted into one of their families’ to them.”

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Advocate & Pray: Seth

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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: 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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