Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Journey: The Story of a Foster Child

My Journey
The Story of a Foster Child:

Life began and the Lord saw you.
When know one else knew you were there, His dream for you started to unfold.
When you entered this world, no one treasured you.
The ones who should have loved you, hurt you.
abused you, neglected you. 
Your innocent heart was crushed and you built up walls all around yourself in order to survive.
For years no one knew your suffering.
Then in one terrifying moment, everything you knew good or bad was taken from you.
You're left with people you do not know.
Who will meet you there? 
Will they see you and care for your deepest needs?
Or will you just be another troubled guest in a long line of visitors?
Angry, afraid, confused, and hurting. 
How will you deal with that?
Will you wither away in hopelessness?
Will you hide behind your walls and not talk to anyone?
Will you fight against this lot in life and lash out in anger?
Will you try and please everyone in hopes of earning someone's love?
This will become your "behavioral issue".
And ultimately your label.
Families will look at your file and no matter how nice they try and say it...
...is still trying to learn how to appropriately deal with their anger. 
...needs committed and patient parents who can address their many behavioral issues.
...needs to continue in therapy to work through their troubled past.
...those words don't stir up a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings for prospective families.
And so you wait...
What if we rewind?
You were never labeled, you were never removed, you were never neglected, you were never hurt.
You cried out your first breath, and the Lord could see all that you would become.
All you were meant to be. 
We can't undo the past.
You cannot rewind a child's life back to it's beginning.
You can see, you can see all that He sees.
Because behind that label, 
behind the anger, fear, confusion, and pain.
Behind the walls, 
that person is still there.
The one He created when life first began.

Is the Lord calling you to foster them?
To be there in that terrifying moment when their life falls apart?
To love them no matter what for as long as they are with you?
Who will meet them there?

Is the Lord calling you to adopt them?
To see beyond what their label says to the person inside?
To love them no matter what, as you peel back the layers of what they're not?
Who will have hope for them?

For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,' says the LORD,
'Because they called you an outcast saying:
"This is Zion;
No one seeks her."'

Jeremiah 30:17

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dark Horse of the Week: Nadia

I'm pleased to introduce this weeks Dark Horse 5 1/2 year old Nadia!
This beautiful girl is waiting right now for a forever family!
Please join us in prayer for Nadia.
You can learn more about her by clicking on her picture on our sidebar to visit her personal page!

Friday, July 25, 2014


Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"
Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Isaiah 6:8

YAY! Ryan has been found by his forever family!!! (again!) 
We're so excited for this young man and his new family!

Dear Lord, we thank you for your faithfulness,
for Your plans that cannot be reversed,
and for hearing our every prayer.
We release Ryan back to You with great joy!
In Jesus Christ' name amen.

Farewell Ryan!
We love you!
And know you are a wonderful young man!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Things You May Not Know About: Deafness

(13 year old Zeke waiting in China for a forever family)

Some special needs can seem very overwhelming! The decision to adopt a child has enough questions, concerns, fears, and excitement without adding in a label like: DEAF.
Whether your family is called to adopt a deaf/heard of hearing child or not, the Lord only knows. 
But here is some encouraging information, to get you started on educating yourself about deaf/hard of hearing children.

(13 year old Austin waiting in China for a forever family.)

Could a deaf child ever be able to hear?
Yes, some deaf/hard of hearing people are candidates for a variety of hearing aids and implants.

(9 year old Andrew waiting in China for a forever family.)

What if a child doesn't qualify for any hearing devices?
Lip reading, speaking, and sign language are all forms of communication that deaf and hard of hearing people use everyday.

These two little deaf boys were adopted from China. Here they are playing just like any other little boys. (Except ASL is very quiet!)

(5 year old Jonathan, waiting in China for a forever family.)

Can deaf people get a job?
Absolutely! There are deaf doctors, teachers, volunteer firemen, lawyers, pilots, FBI agents, businessmen, scientists, inventors, CEOs, writers, actors, artists, musicians, athletes, journalists, pastors, etc!

Deaf people can get married, raise families and live full independent lives.

(7 year old Hannah, waiting in China for a forever family.)

When researching special needs adoption always remember. The Lord knows. He knows who you are. He knows the children you will adopt. And He knows it will work. 
I know, sometimes we can get caught up in all the unanswered questions, big medical terms, and our own personal fears, that we forget. We forget that the Lord created us for a specific purpose, and that whatever He has called us to, He will empower us to do.
Rest in that assurance and look again. Look again at the picture of that child and see what He sees. Not a deaf child, not a helpless orphan, a person... a treasure that He created for a purpose, just like you.

(2 year old Teddy is waiting for a forever family.)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dark Horse of the Week: Teddy!

"Hear my prayer, O LORD,
And give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You.
A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psalm 39:12

I'm excited to share with you this weeks Dark Horse, 2 year old Teddy!
He is waiting right now for a forever family to love him!
Please join us in prayer for Teddy, that he would have to opportunity to receive Christ.
That the fire in his heart would be for the glory of the Lord,
And that he will be raised up to speak the Truth of the gospel with all boldness!

If you or someone you know is interested in Teddy, you can learn more about him at:

Teddy also has an adoption fund you can donate to at Reese's Rainbow. 
(the money will go to the family that comes forward to adopt him.)