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: 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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Kang’s Heart of Hope

Kang's Heart of HopeLast month, a post on my friend Marli’s blog caught my attention. She shared a post about Timothy, a little boy in China who has both Downs Syndrome and a heart defect. Marli’s post linked through to the original post, written by Hannah “Jiejie,” a young woman who knows and loves Timothy. After reading the post, I contacted Hannah to see if she’d like to post about Timothy here on TIO. She replied that Timothy had received the full funding for his heart surgery, but she would love to post about another little boy. Here’s that post.

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I was chatting with my parents via Skype when my mom told me, “There’s a new little boy at the orphanage. He seems to have a heart defect.”

When you think of orphans and orphanages, maybe the first thing that pops into your mind is a row of cribs filled with babies. This is an accurate picture. But when I think of orphans I see another image; the two, three and four year-olds who are abandoned. These are the children who have known a family, and who have been loved and treasured by their parents, but when the medical needs became too much, or when the heart defect was diagnosed and a life-saving surgery quoted at way more than the family could ever expect to borrow from relatives, hope was abandoned and the children left alone at the orphanage gate.

This is Kang’s story. I know nothing of his birth parents. I know little about why he was abandoned, but I can guess.

Kang is almost three. His lips are blue, his fingertips are blue, he is weak and he is small. He has little strength to do anything. Kang has a very complicated heart defect. I can only image that his parents took him to many doctors and most of them probably said that there was nothing that they could do – only big hospitals in the city have the expertise to do a surgery that would repair Kang’s heart. Maybe they took him to one of the bigger hospitals in the city? Maybe the hospital gave them an estimation of what the surgery would cost. They must have cried-ugly that night as they watched their little boy sleep peacefully without a clue that his parents were about to make a decision that would change his life and his story forever.

Kang_1 Kang was abandoned just a few months ago. He is almost three, y’all, almost three. Think about your own two year-olds. Are they aware that they have a mommy and a daddy? Do they understand that you are there to take care of them and meet their needs? They do! And so imagine what Kang’s little heart must have done when he woke up and found himself away from the family he had known and surrounded by the chaos that is a toddler room in an orphanage. Busy nannies scrambling to meet the needs of dozens of children… crying children who just want to be held… fighting children who have learned how to get their own way… quiet children who know that no one will come.

And so Kang’s broken heart that couldn’t provide his body with the oxygen it needed, broke again.

We worked with the orphanage and they were able to get him taken in to the local hospital for some tests. The doctor said that surgery was necessary, but impossible. We took the results to some of the excellent cardiology hospitals in Beijing, and the surgeons said that surgery could be done. They suggested that they could repair his heart with one major operation, and that it would cost $20,000.

Taking a deep breath we stepped back… wow. That’s a lot of money. We looked at some other hospitals and applied for a government grant. The government rejected Kang’s application, saying that it was too late, he should have had surgery years ago and that there was no hope.

I don’t know about you, but the thing that gets me riled up the most is when somebody says that there is no hope. I think that the hairs on the back of my neck visibly stand on end. And so when the government rejected Kang’s application and refused to fund his surgery because they said he, “has no hope,” I decided that we have to do something.

Yes, it’s true, Kang’s surgery is complex and there is a chance that he will not survive. But do we have the right to make this decision? Do we have the right to choose not to give Kang his only hope of survival? Where do we place our trust?

Kang’s surgery will cost between $16,000 and $20,000 USD. This is a lot of money, but not if we stand together, a little here and a little there. It will add up. Are you willing to take the risk, to give Kang hope? His life is worth it.

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Kang is currently being cared for by Little Flower Project’s baby home in Beijing. His fundraising page is here.

Will you stand with me?

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I hope you didn’t mind the slightly-longer-than-usual post today! If you have time an inclination, I’d really recommend checking out Hannah’s blog, Loving Dangerously. It’s a lot of fun to read through.

If you have any questions for Hannah (or me, of course!) please leave a comment. Comments are always awesome! 😉

Advocate & Pray: Quinn

QuinnThis four-year-old boy has such a cute smile!  Quinn is listed as having a “sensitive special need,” but his learning is on track–he is even getting some one-on-one English lessons.  He is curious and polite, and he loves playing outside, as you can see from his picture!

Quinn is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Quinn, born May 2010, is adored by everyone because of his sweet smile, chubby face, and polite manners. When he sees a caretaker who has been gone for a few days, he will tell them how he missed them.

A curious child, he wants to learn and explore new things, and asks lots of “Why” questions. He often surprises adults by saying something more mature than his age, such as “How come my teacher is not here yet? Maybe she’s sick? Or is visiting her mother?” Whatever he does, he is completely focused, whether it’s a craft, playing with a toy, or listening to a story.

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Advocate & Pray: Carmel

CarmelSeven-year-old Carmel’s story caught my eye when I was looking through children listed in the United States.  She has a lot of medical needs and is unable to speak or move by herself.  However, her profile shows that she can interact with her caregivers and respond to music and lights.  Carmel is in need of a special family to care for her needs and give her a loving home!

Carmel is listed with Adopt Us Kids
USA

Carmel is a female child of Caribbean decent and she was born September of 2006. Meet this beautiful young child who has faced unbelievable challenges and obstacles. Despite all of her obstacles Carmel is stable medically and has the ability to respond to her caregivers. Carmel is medically needy and requires 24 hour medical monitoring, which is divided between a parent, a night nursing staff and a school nurse that comes with the school bus to pick her up and remains with her until she arrives back home. She is currently nonverbal and non-ambulatory. Carmel loves music and responds to it with smiles. Carmel can respond to bright lights and can respond to movement in a room. Carmel enjoys toys with lights, music and vibration. Carmel is in need of a family. We are willing train an individual, at no cost, to care for Carmel. She is just a child in need of a loving home.

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Advocate & Pray: Dexter

DexterDexter is a precious little boy who has gone through some significant changes during his time in care.  He has lost weight, and his lips are dry and cracked.  He has some limb problems, but is said to be a cheerful, friendly little boy.  Dexter desperately needs a family who can provide him with the care and love that he needs to regain his health and his smile!

Dexter is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Dexter came into care as an infant, at just two months old. His medical need was determined to be limb differences affecting both his wrists/hands and his weight was a healthy 9.7 lbs.

He was described as baby who was adored by his ayis, had a good appetite, and loved to play while lying on the floor soaking in the sun light. A little man with a ready smile, quick reaction but wee bit shy.

The sparkle in his eyes is fading. He looks tired and frail. He is too weak to keep us with his friends.

The last line of one of his developmental report reads “We hope he can quickly find a home and have a loving father and mother as well as an even healthier and happier childhood.”

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Advocate & Pray: Nadia

Nadia

Nadia is a Ukrainian orphan brought to our attention by Lizzie.  (You can find her Compassion blog here.)  Lizzie is advocating for Nadia, and we asked her to share Nadia’s story here.

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When I was asked to connect an orphan with a family, I wasn’t sure who to choose.  There are so many children waiting for families.  ​I was drawn to one girl from the Ukraine.  She stood out to me because she was born without eyes and the most recent photo of her was five years old.

I would like you to meet Nadia!

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She just had her picture taken this week!

Nadia was born on December 10, 2003.  She is blind, has severe intellectual disabilities, and has hydrocephalus.  She lives in an Ukrainian orphanage where she is often left alone in a crib.  Even though she does not do many things like you or I would, I am sure that she can still feel joy.  And what joy it would bring her to have a family!

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