"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans..."-- James 1:27
"If you love me, you will obey what I command." -- John 14:15

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Guess what??

Sweet baby Finn has been matched with a family! Soon he will be an orphan no more. <3
"God makes a home for the lonely..." -Psalm 68:6
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Addie

Meet Addie, a beautiful smiley girl who turned 11 years old today and is waiting for her forever family in India! Wouldn't it be wonderful if her family found her on this special day? :)
Her description says,

"She was born with a minor congenital heart defect that has already been repaired. She engages well with grown-ups and peers, and is currently in the 4th grade."
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of Addie to share, due to India's laws, but I'm sure the family who pursues her adoption will be able to obtain some.
She is listed with America World Adoption.
The National Flag of India, Addie's home country.

Will you pray with me today that God will provide this lovely girl the loving home she longs for and deserves?
Please note that this is a shared referral. For more information on “Addie",  please email india@awaa.org
Also, I found this video yesterday...please watch it. It brought tears to my eyes! The writer of this song and his wife adopted a little girl, and I believer her siblings, from the Ukraine. And when she grew up, she and her husband adopted a little boy. Such an amazing story!
Believing that Jesus "hears the orphan",
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View the original post on the America World Adoption blog here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Picture of Finn

Guess what I found today on Rainbow Kids?
A new picture of Finn!
I love being able to see his little legs. Isn't he just darling? <3
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Updates: Poppy, Ben, and Brayden

I have some updates for three of the children I've shared with you in the past. Here they are!
Poppy was one of the first children posted on here, before I had officially shared this blog with all of you. I am pleased to announce that she has a family working to get to her! I can't wait to see pictures of her with them.
For updates on her adoption, visit her mom's blog at somehowtherespeace.blogspot.com
If you would like to donate money to help with the adoption costs for bringing her home, take a look at the "Support Adopting Families" page on this blog.
When I shared Brayden with you all in early April, he really needed a family to step forward for him because of his complex medical needs. I am so very happy to share that HE HAS A FAMILY! Such wonderful news! I don't have any more information than that, because his profile has simply been updated to matched. But please keep him in your prayers. Pray that his family can get through the paperwork as fast as possible and get travel approval to get him. Also, please pray for his health while he waits in China. Thank you!
I posted about this almost 14 year old boy in hopes that a family would come forward for him, but that hasn't happened and he aged out this month {meaning he can longer be adopted}. Please pray that God will reveal a purpose for him in China and that people will come along side him to mentor and help him.
I will continue to post updates as I get them! And if you have any extra info on any of the children listed on the "Waiting For My Family" page, please do share! Thank you. :)
For more frequent updates, like If We Love Him on Facebook.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Joyful Harmony

When I woke up this morning and reached for my tablet to check my email, I was greeted by an email from Hawaii International Child advocating for six amazing children waiting for forever families in China. As I scrolled through, I noticed two little girls who had Down Syndrome and realized that I haven't advocated for any children with it before.
So I decided to share joyful little Harmony with you!
Look at that smile! A radiant inner joy just seems to shine through her. Imagine having this little gem in your family!
Her description is fairly short, although interested families can contact Hawaii International Child for more information on her.
Here's what her description says about her:
"Harmony is an adorable little one who turned 3 in April! She came to the orphanage when she was about 6 months old, and was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Harmony has no known heart or other health issues. She is receiving speech therapy, and her teachers are very happy with her progress. Harmony's fine motor skills are very good, as are her gross motor skills. She is very happy, very social, and loves to receive hugs! Harmony is so ready to have a mom and dad to love her!"
Somewhere in the world there is a family which Harmony will fit into like a puzzle piece. I'm praying that she can join them forever very soon!
If you are interesting in bringing Harmony into your family, click here and fill out the form to request her complete file.
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Quick note:
In case any of you were wondering, I have been "keeping my eye" on the children I've posted about in the past. If I find that any of them have a family coming for them, I will be sure to update my post about them and share the good news with all of you! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fantastic Freddie

Freddie is such a sweet, outgoing little guy who is ready for a forever family to take him home! This darling little boy lives in Ethiopia and is six years old. He has been on the Ethiopia waiting child list for "quite some time" already.

Like Finn, Freddie needs a family who can be patient with him and lovingly encourage him and get him the help he needs medically.
His special needs are
-cerebral palsy,
 -porencephalic cyst
-total corpus callosum agenesis,
-optic nerve hypoplasia.
His description tells us that  a Storyteller Missions team visited "Freddie" in mid-late 2014 and shared this:
"Freddie loves to smile and laugh! Whenever I would begin massaging his legs, he would begin to sing by opening his mouth and going 'Oooh, oooh.' It would make everyone laugh. He is also very ticklish and laughs and laughs when you rub his back just right. I also played music for him and he would turn his head towards the music and listen intently. Freddie is a sweet boy and loves to cuddle in laps."
Please keep Freddie and his future family in your prayers! This little guy is really ready to be a son, and I know somewhere out there, there is a mom and dad who are waiting to bring him home, whether they know it or not.
Freddie is listed with America World Adoption.

Any family who would like more information about "Freddie" and/or how to begin the process to adopt him into your family should contact their Ethiopia staff at Ethiopia@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369.
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-Originally shared on the America World Adoption blog here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Lucky" Finn

Update from August 2015: Sweet Finn has a family working to bring him home!
I have a treat for you today!
Isn't he darling? Those little arms!
"Finn" is a sweet five-month old boy who lives in Ethiopia and is in need of a loving forever family.
He needs a family who can love him for who he is, medical needs and all, and get him the medical care he needs.
His description states his needs below:
  • Congenital ptosis (eye lids can't open/always closed) - It is recommended that he receive Oculoplastic surgery. It is not clear in his information how well his vision has developed. Our transition home doctor noted "when his eye lids are opened he appears to have a clear cornea, we are able to see the internal structures of the eye, like the retina."
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Positive HIV antibody, DNA PCR test for HIV turned out to be undetectable
This darling little boy is listed with America World Adoption. For information on Finn and how to begin the process to bring him into your family, email their Ethiopia staff at  Ethiopia@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369.
Please join me in praying for the family God has planned for Finn to find him soon and that Finn would be protected and loved while he waits!
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-Originally shared on the America World Adoption blog here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tiny Tim

This is little Timmy. He looks like an adorable baby! But he's not...he turned four years old in March of this year. He really needs a family. Honestly, it could be a matter of life or death for this little one.
Here is a bit of his history
"In May 2012 he was sent to Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment. At the beginning he could not raise his head, was delayed development, average nutrition, could raise his head at 45 degrees when lying on the abdomen, could not turn over and sit, language and intelligence was delayed. His condition was better under the common efforts of nurturers and rehabilitation staff. Now he is 1 year 9 months old, can control his head, can turn over under the help, his muscular tension is improved. He also can recognize surroundings and likes watching other children playing. "

More updated info on precious Timmy says,

"He is four years old now, and at some point was sent back to the orphanage from the Rehabilitation Hospital. At four years old he weighs 10 kg and reportedly only eats from bottles. He cannot walk, he can however sit alone and roll over on the ground. The staff have said he does not grab things consciously with his hands, but he sometimes makes a fist unconsciously. This little guy really needs some love and a family, he doesn’t have much of a chance if he remains where he is. He babbles some and cries when he is hungry."

Here is a video of Timmy. He's so tiny and quiet!

His description also says that he is receiving PT and OT.
 Timmy really needs a family and access to good medical care and nutrition. He is weak and growing weaker. How long can he survive like this?
Let's pray for him and advocate for his family to bring him home!
Timmy has a Reece’s Rainbow account in his name, if you would like to donate towards the cost of his adoption so his future family can get him home more quickly without the worry of raising the needed funds. He also has a FB page dedicated to raising awareness for his story so he can get the family he needs.
For more information on precious Timmy, visit No Hands But Ours or contact the Advocacy Team.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet Ben!


He looks like he's a goofball who would keep his family laughing!
His description reads
"Ben will turn 14 at the end of June, and he is hoping for a forever family. Ben was already eight when he came into the orphanage. His file does not shed light on his early years, but it does note that Ben’s physical and mental development was normal. It also mentions that the orphanage staff found Ben to be very handsome! Ben’s only special need is that he is Hepatitis B positive."
Can we stop there for a second? In just a few months, he will be 14. And at that age he can no longer be adopted? What!? I know a lot of my friends who are reading this are somewhere around that age. I will be 15 soon. In China, if I didn't have a family now, there would no longer be any hope for one. How heartbreaking!

More information about Ben says
"Ben has been living in a foster family within the orphanage compound, experiencing life with a foster mother and father, as well as foster brothers and sisters. Ben is outgoing and seems thrive as part of a group."
I don't think I need to read his description to know he is outgoing! Just look at the above picture again!
"Bay Area Adoption Services has a partnership with Ben’s orphanage, and BAAS’s China Program Coordinator has met Ben on several occasions. She describes Ben as a friendly and well-adjusted boy who speaks clearly and fluently. Ben is said to be hard-working, polite and thoughtful, and to get along well with teachers, friends and his foster family. Ben likes sports and music. He has a great singing voice! Ben also enjoys school and has completed fourth grade. Videos of Ben are available."
There has to be a family out there for him somewhere!
Let's keep him in our prayers and share his story so his family can find him before he ages out.
To learn more about him, click here to view his profile on No Hands But Ours.
More important info:
The orphanage fee for Ben is waived. Please contact BAAS for more information.
BAAS is ready to help a family expedite Ben’s adoption, but it is important to note that he is on the shared list and can be adopted by a family working with any agency.
Praying for his forever family to step forward soon,
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Beautiful Yayra~Waiting for a Sponsor

picture via the Compassion site
Update 4/7/15: Yayra has been sponsored by Izabella  from Minnesota!

This sweet little five year old is Yayra! Isn't she beautiful? <3 Yayra lives in Togo, Africa with her father and mother, who are both sometimes employed as farmers.
Although Yayra is very young, it sounds like she is a big help in her home. Her description says she works at home, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. She has one sibling.
As a benefit of Compassion's ministry, Yayra gets to attend church activities and Bible class. She is in kindergarten, and her performance is average.
Like most little girls her age, Yayra enjoys playing with dolls. She also likes to play hide-and-seek and participate in group games. I wonder what kind of games she enjoys the most.
Yayra is in desperate need of a sponsor; she has been waiting for 401 days now. Will you end her wait?
Even if you can't afford to sponsor her, please keep this little African princess in your prayers.
To learn more about Yayra and sponsor her, click HERE.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brayden Needs a Family NOW

Brayden's description has been updated to "Matched". He has the family he desperately needs. Please keep him in your prayers while he waits for his family to get to him.
Brayden's face breaks my heart. He looks as if he has never known happiness. This little guy needs help fast.
Brayden was born in November 2012. His description says he is quiet, and loves listening to music. I bet he's easy to comfort!
It also says,
 "You can hear him laugh out loud, especially when playing with toys that make sound. He is a good sleeper, and has begun to have other food with his milk at meal times. As of September 2013, he could raise his head while lying on his stomach and roll over on his own. He could pick up small objects like beans, reach for toys beyond his grasp, and pass a toy from one hand to the other. He would also turn when his name was called, and express “no”. He was able to differentiate between strangers and caretakers, and react appropriately to adults’ facial expressions. Brayden was born with a cleft lip on one side, but no cleft palate, and a heart condition. He also has one eyelid that droops. In a recent update, Brayden has grown a few centimeters in the last year, but has lost weight. He is in need of a family as soon as possible so that he can get the medical care he needs so that he can gain weight and thrive."

Just look at the difference in his pictures; Brayden is not thriving by any stretch of the imagination.
Another description of him says this,
'Brayden is 2 years old, and has a CHD (ASD) which has not been addressed. His cleft lip has not been repaired (he does not have a cleft palate). He has ptosis of his left eyelid (a simple procedure would fix that). He has lost weight, and has not achieved the developmental milestones that he should. Brayden needs help. He needs a thorough medical, and surgery to repair his lip, for starters. He needs therapy and the love and attention of a family who truly want the best for him. Brayden needs a mommy and daddy. His adoption fund on Reece's Rainbow is a bit over $6,400. He needs to come home."
My friend Allie, who advocated for him on her blog, wrote, "He currently has $6,616.26 donated for his adoption. That's a lot of money. And if every person who gave money is praying for him, that's a lot of prayers. Somewhere his family is out there. We just need to find them. "
Please join me in praying for Brayden's forever family to find him. He can't wait much longer.
His file is currently with Hawaii International Child {It should be able to be moved to any other agency.} Contact his current agency here. You can view his Reece's Rainbow account here.
Love in Christ,
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Waiting for a Sponsor: Niringiyimana

Update: Niringiyimana was sponsored one day after this post by "Amy from Wisconsin". Praise God!

Meet Niringiyimana. This little guy looks like he's trying to tell the photographer something!
His information reads
"Niringiyimana lives with his father and his mother (in Rwanda).  He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Niringiyimana enjoys playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average."
His information also tells a bit about the area he lives in.
He lives on the plains of  Kabare. Typical houses in this area are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs.
On a daily basis, Niringiyimana's diet probably consists of items such as maize, beans, bananas, rice, and potatoes.
Niringiyimana lives in an AIDS-affected area. He is in desperate need of a sponsor, but he has been waiting for 392 days for one. I can only imagine that he and his family are running out of hope that one will come along.
In just a few months, on July 25, Niringiyimana will turn 5 years old. What better gift could he be given than that of a sponsor and friend in time for his birthday?
To learn more about Niringiyimana, click HERE. 
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kyan Needs Help!

 Look into those eyes! Little Kyan looks so lonely. This little guy is 3 years old...and yet, he looks so much younger. He needs a family to fight for him! Imagine those eyes lit up as he plays catch with Daddy or reads a book with Mommy. Imagine him sitting on the floor of cheerful room, playing games with a brother and sister.

His description reads,
"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."

It goes on to mention his "heart-melting eyes", which I'm sure stole your heart right away, as they did mine. When his caretakers call his name, he "turns to them with arms out to ask for cuddles." He likes to laugh out loud when he is happy. His caretakers say he is "active and lovely".
I just want to scoop him up and hold him!

Please pray that....
he will get the medical care he needs for his heart while he waits.
that he will come into contact with people who will help him spiritually as he grows.
pray that God will guide his family to him and give him the strength to say "YES!" to him.

Please share his story.
On Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, wherever....let's get him out there and help his family find him.

For more information on Kyan, visit No Hands But Ours or contact Lifeline.


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Help Poppy Find Her Forever Family

I have a family! Praise God!
Follow my journey into a whole new world at http://www.somehowtherespeace.blogspot.com/

Beautiful Poppy still waits for her forever family. Please join me in helping them find her!

The post on No Hands But Ours about her says,

"Poppy was born September of 2003. She is an extroverted, active girl who gets along well with other children. She shares her food and toys with other kids, and adapts well to new people and situations. Poppy has mild CP which affects her right hand but she can use her left hand to eat with a spoon, undress, and wash her face. Her gross motor skills are not affected, she can walk, run, jump, and go up and down stairs without help. She lives with a foster family, she often helps her foster mother with chores like drying clothes in the sun or cleaning the floor. She is also diagnosed with epilepsy and doctors advised taking medication."

Updated pictures from February 2015:

Could this precious little girl be yours? If you want to learn more about her contact WACAP. There is a $4000 grant available if a family choses to use WACAP.
She is on the shared list, however, meaning a family using any agency could pursue her adoption.

Please pray and advocate for this sweet child! She is beautiful in the sight of God.
Update 3/26/2015
Maybe Poppy's beautiful smile tugged at your heart and you want to help her. She already has a family, but they need help with raising the money to get to her. Below is her fundraising site
If it's not loading, here is the direct link to the page. http://www.gofundme.com/zhenaipoppy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sweet Bailey

I read about sweet little Bailey on Stop for Snowdrops and her beautiful face tugged at my heart. She is so beautiful and needs a family!
She is 12 years old, born in January 2003. Her description says,
10 year old Bailee. Sweetie!
 "She dresses neatly and likes to be beautiful. She is shy but gets along well with other children. She listens well in class but has some difficulty understanding. She has some difficulty writing and with some personal care such as combing her hair, due to the low muscle tension in her upper limbs."

It goes on to mention her best friend in the orphanage, Lily, who was adopted in 2013. Lily adores Bailey and says

Bailey (left) and her friend Lily.
 "Her hands don't work good.  Bailey is very nice. She is 11, and other than having difficulty with her hands she is healthy. She lives with a man and woman she calls mama and baba. She has a 12 year old foster brother. Her foster family is very nice to her. She lived with only one house between them. We played often, were very good friends and went to school together. Bailey can hold a pencil but her handwriting is not neat. Bailey can read. I helped her a lot with her school work. She is a little smart (meaning she needed some help). She can get dressed by herself but needs help with zippers and buttons. She can hold a spoon to eat but wears a bib when she eats because she sometimes spills. When the ayi’s and teachers told Bailey I was being adopted, Bailey was very sad. She was so upset she couldn’t eat even though her teachers tried to make her feel better.
I was VERY upset to leave Bailey and Bailey was also unhappy about it."
Lily is doing amazing with her new family. Let’s make sure Bailey gets a family too! Hopefully these two friends can meet again someday soon.
Bailey was born  in January 2003 and is on the shared list ready for your agency to help you adopt her.

Bailey has an adoption fund on Reece’s Rainbow. If you cannot adopt Bailey right now, you can help her future family financially get to her by donating! Thank you! I'm planning to do my best to give a bit at a time to this, although I wish I could just scoop her up and bring her home to be my sister. :)

Here is the sweetest younger photo of Bailey, taken by her friends mom. Bailey is on the right in yellow. Isn’t she sweet?

zhu bing younger in yellow on right

For more information on Bailee, visit Twenty Less: Bailee or Stop for Snowdrops: Beautiful Bailee.