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: 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: Martin

martinThis week’s featured child is 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.

Martin came to Watoto as an infant, after he was found abandoned on a balcony.  He is now almost nine years old and enjoys sports and school.  His profile requests that we pray for Martin to accept Jesus as his Savior soon!

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Martin 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.

Martin is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Martin was 18 months old when he was discovered abandoned on the balcony of a house. This was reported to local authorities and the little boy was taken to Sanyu Babies’ home in Kampala. In July 2008, Martin came to Watoto Child Care Ministries, as he had outgrown the Babies’ home. A devoted housemother has long since made him feel wanted and loved. Martin is also surrounded by the love of his Watoto brothers and sisters in their home. Martin has begun receiving a quality education at the Watoto School, where his favorite activity is Physical Education. He really enjoys a game of soccer after school, though not before doing his share of the household chores. On Sundays at the Watoto Church, Martin enjoys singing and dancing during worship. Please pray for him to soon accept Christ as his Saviour.

Read more on Martin’s profile (you can find it in the middle of the page–no direct link)

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Where Are They Now?

Where (1)I’ve had a few requests for updates on what’s going on with past Advocate & Pray kids. Tracking down how their stories have progressed can be difficult, but I did my best to do so with some of the kids. I may do another similar post in the future if you guys like this one.

Aris (November 4, 2013) — Aris is no longer visible on the Children’s Hope International website. I emailed someone I had talked to previously and she said that not much is happening in Ethiopia. Several families are stuck in the adoption process, matched but unable to actually bring the children home. They aren’t sure they’ll be able to continue to Ethiopia program. Pray that Aris will be well cared for, whatever happens.

Min Kyo (November 18, 2013) — Min Kyo is no longer listed with Heart Gallery, LA. I don’t know what that means, but hopefully it’s good news.

Sunny (December 2, 2013) — I can’t even find the initial post that mentioned this young lady who was about to turn fourteen and become too old to be adopted from China.

Xiao (December 17, 2013) — I was unable to find Xiao’s listing on the agency website where I originally saw it, but some searching turned her up on the protected photo listing on Rainbow Kids. The information on her profile has not changed since my post a year and a half ago. (If you would like to view Xiao’s profile, you can register for an account with Rainbow Kids.)

Vitalik (January 6, 2014) — In an update on March 3, 2015, I mentioned that a missionary in Ukraine let me know that a friends of her’s adopted Vitalik! You can pray that he is doing well with his new family.

Greta (January 13, 2014) — On March 31, 2014, I posted to say Corine Lucas (one of our readers) posted on Facebook to let me know a family was seeking to adopt Greta. This family is still in process. Updates on the family’s blog are few and far between, but if you’d like to follow their journey, you can at Obedient 2 His Command.

Tristan (January 27, 2014)Tristan’s profile now says it is not available for public viewing. Not sure what that indicates as far as him finding a family…

Angela (February 10, 2014) — Angela is no longer listed with Doorways to Hope.

Candy (February 25, 2014) — Candy was another young lady about to age out of the adoptable age range in China. She was listed on Gladney’s, Asia Waiting Child blog. Beyond that initial blog post, I was unable to find further updates.

Margaret (March 10, 2014) — Margaret was listed with the same agency as Aris, and is likewise no longer listed.

Olexander (March 24, 2014) — Olexander is no longer listed with Doorways to Hope.

Jacques (March 21, 2014) — Now eight years old, Jacques is still listed with AdoptUsKids and has a new profile picture.

Olive (May 5, 2014) — The original post on No Hands But Ours is still available and her profile is still listed with Bringing Hope To Children.

Zack (May 19, 2014) — When I clicked through to the No Hands but Ours post linked to on the TIO post, one bold printed line had been added to the top of the post. Update: My family has found me!

Did you like getting an update on the kids we’ve prayed for? Have you followed any of their stories more closely?

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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Praying for a Heart

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Enjoy this guest post from Carolina Gwartney. 🙂

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Sharon was born on January 1, 1997 in Uganda, and I was born the next day, January 2, 1997 in Singapore (my parents were missionaries there).  About a year later, my family moved back to America where I lived until I was eleven-years-old. In 2008, my family moved to Good Shepherd’s Fold Children’s and Babies’ Home in Uganda.   My eyes have been opened to a whole new world.

There are many medically fragile kids at GSF whom I have watched fight for their lives.  I have watched God help countless kids win their earthly battles.  And I have come to know that the six kids (and many other people in the village whom we know) who lost their earthly battles are living victoriously now in heaven.  I’ve stood in disbelief as I learn that a friend in the village has had untreated epilepsy for about fourteen years.  I have listened with feelings of sadness and defeat to stories of a teenage mother whose husband just died, and she can’t care for her children. It feels overwhelming at times, but in six years I’ve learned a lot. Yes, my eyes have been opened to much suffering, but more importantly, I’ve been reminded over and over that in the end, God is victorious. I’ve learned the power of one person following God’s lead and choosing to focus on just one person or one cause. God put on my heart that Sharon was one of the ‘ones’ I should intercede for.

Sharon_3When she was about a year old, she got sick – very sick.  She had strep throat and because her family is very poor, they didn’t take her to the hospital until it was too late.  Sharon had developed heart problems. While I was learning about the suffering in the world, Sharon was experiencing it first hand.  When she was sixteen, her heart got worse, and she was taken to the government hospital because her family had no choice.  They left the hospital with bad news and a big debt.  With the condition of her heart, Sharon would have to go to India for heart surgery.  Since her family could never afford that, Sharon has had to make the three-hour journey every month to get medicine to help.  She enjoys making mats and sells them to pay for her journey.  However, she has a hard time selling them and must sell six every month in order to pay for her transport and medicine.

In August, Sharon’s baby sister was put on GSF’s feeding program to keep malnourished families together and in December, my mom heard her sing at the program’s Christmas party.  After finding out that she had heart problems, she asked for a report on her.  When I heard Sharon’s story and that her birthday was the day before mine, I knew I had to fight for this one. On Thursday I finally got to meet Sharon.  Even though I had previously only seen her picture, the first thing I noticed is that she has lost a lot of weight.  The government hospital has also told her that she can no longer go to school because her ‘heart is tooweak’. Sharon’s situation has become urgent and we need to get her to India for surgery as soon as possible. Would you please consider joining me in helping Sharon get to India? Here are some ways you can help.

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•       Give – While not everyone can give, you can also help raise money. You could hold a bake sale, or offer to shovel snow out of people’s driveways and donate the money you raise to Sharon’s heart project. You could also mention it to your church or school and ask them if they would be willing to share (or let you share) Sharon’s story with
the youth group, Sunday school classes, individual school classes or the whole church or school group and ask people to give.  The goal is to raise $10,000 to pay her debt at the government hospital and send her to India for surgery.  We have raised about $1,500 so far.  To give, click this link, click on ‘Gwartney family’, and make sure to put in the comments (or note to seller), ‘Sharon’s heart project’. 100% of your donation will go to Sharon’s fund.  If any extra is collected, it will be used for medical projects for other people in our community.  If anything should happen to Sharon before her heart surgery, any remaining funds will also be used for other medical projects in our community.

•       Share – You can share this story or the original post from my blog on any social media sites you have or your own blog.  You can also be watching for updates on my blog, caralinag.blogspot.com.

•       Pray – You can pray that we will be able to raise the money quickly – Sharon’s need for surgery is getting urgent!  Please also pray for her heart to stay stable until she can get the surgery.

Carolina emailed me yesterday letting me know that someone is working on designing a t-shirt as a fundraiser and working on securing a matching grant. I’ll post an update on that as soon as we have the links. 😉

Advocate & Pray: Felicia

FeliciaToday’s child, Felicia, is involved in Sarah’s Covenant Homes sponsorship program (previously featured here).  SCH works with orphaned and abandoned children who have special needs, giving them a home, education, and medical care.  Eleven-year-old Felicia is just learning to stand on her own, and she has a specific need for a wheelchair to provide her with greater mobility.

Because SCH is funded through donations, you can help Felicia get her wheelchair!  Click on the link to Felicia’s profile to learn how, or to learn more about becoming a monthly sponsor.

Felicia is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Felicia is a happy, content girl with an endearing giggle. Though she is non-verbal, she enjoys watching the world around her, and is now learning to stand on her own.  She has made astounding progress from the time she first arrived at SCH!  Felicia enjoys music class and watching colorful educational videos.  She is very ticklish and laughs and giggles when you talk to or tease her.  She has a sweet smile that we never grow tired of seeing.

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