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: Charlesetta

charlieCharlesetta, or Charlie as she prefers to be called, is a social and active twelve-year-old.  She loves singing in church and is looking for a family who will help her learn to control her emotions and work through any problems she has.  Pray that she finds a family who will continue to take her to church and support her as she works through her emotions!

Charlesetta is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Funny, hyper, silly, and sassy are how Charlesetta describes herself. Charlie likes to joke and is very social. Miley Cyrus is her favorite musician and she loves to listen to music on her MP3 player. Charlie loves to sing and dance. Volleyball is her favorite sport and she says that she is always ready to try new things. Pizza or pizza rolls, spaghetti and meatballs, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches are her favorite foods. Cauliflower and mushrooms are NOT her favorites! Someday Charlie would like to visit Holiday World and Disney World. Puppies and kittens bring a beautiful smile to little Charlie’s face. Church is something Charlie enjoys, especially if she can sing! Her greatest hope is that a family will love her and help her learn to not feel angry.

Charlie’s final words to her future adoptive family are that she hopes that they will love her and talk her through any problems she might have in life. Charlie will do best in a family who has lots of energy, patience, and unconditional love! Charlie will bring a smile and excitement to a family. If that family is yours, please don’t hesitate!

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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: 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: 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: 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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Video: I Like Adoption

I found it! Last week I mentioned a video clip that was part of a series my chapel used for adult VBS this year. I couldn’t find it on YouTube, so I shared a different video. Well, yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and an adoption page I follow shared the video I originally wanted to share with you guys. Check it out!

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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Video: The Wahl Family Adoption

This past summer, our church did an experiment with an adult VBS program. I was helping with the kids program, so I didn’t see most of the videos shown. However, the week before VBS, we previewed one of the adult lessons. It just so happened that the one we watched featured an incredible story about a family who had adopted several children. As I was trying to come up with an idea for this post, I thought of trying to find and share that story. Unfortunately, I haven’t found it yet, (I’ll let you know if I do.) but I did find this story from Focus on the Family. 

 

P.S. Not quite sure what a CASA is? The initials stand for Court Appointed Special Advocate, also known as a Guardian Ad Litem. You can read more about it here.

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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