Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dark Horse of the Week Shane!

Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
Isaiah 59:1

This week's Dark Horse is 13 year old Shane!
Shane is a happy, sensitive, mature boy who will melt your heart! He will be aging out of his eligibility for international (and in country) adoption in just 4 months!

Shane attends the local public school where he is a good student. Always being the first to raise his hand, he is a very eager learner, who can read, write, and do simple math. His teachers love that he is always willing to help others!

Shane loves to chat with new people and make friends. He also loves to be active! He enjoys being outside, riding his bike, playing basket ball and roller skating with friends!
Like many boys his age, he enjoys building with Legos. 
He is happiest when playing with his friends.

Shane was hosted this past winter in the US and he had a blast with his host family. They had this to share about him:

"Shane was a joy for our family. He is introverted, which he knows and is able to meet his need of quiet and alone time to recharge. He would politely decline invitations of group play and say he wanted to play alone for a while. He was a well behaved child.

He liked biking, basket ball, swimming, walking the dog, trampoline, museums, theme park and reading. He was very reserved, quiet, and shy initially when we would go to group events, but would warm up and play if he was surrounded by those familiar to him. He was open to trying new things. He had never swum before and my 11 year old son taught him how to float on his back very easily. He is modest. I had no concerns with behaviors that would threaten the safety of my girls.

I had the BFG book in Mandarin for my son and I told Shane if he read it we would go and see the movie before he returned to China. He read it in 3 hours!

Because my son spoke Mandarin, he did not have to worry about learning English, but he did pick up several English words.

I think he would enjoy a family that has children near his age."





Please join us in prayer for Shane!

Dear Father, I thank You for Shane for the opportunity he had to be hosted.
I ask that You would bring forth his family quickly so he can know the love of a forever home.
Please give him the chance to know and receive Christ, that he may walk out his days with You.
In Jesus Christ' name amen.


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Goodbye Tessa

Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That is cannot hear.
Isaiah 59:1

Tessa is such a cutie! I've enjoyed seeing her sweet face as we prayed for her over these past weeks.
Tessa's file was returned to China and has hopefully been sent out to another agency.
Last we knew she still was waiting for her forever family to find her.
If you would like to continue in prayer for her we invite you to please do so!

Dear Lord, I thank You for creating this precious little girl.
And I ask again that a family would find her soon.
We release her back to You now.
In Jesus Christ' name, amen.


Goodbye Tessa
We love you!
And know He has great plans for you!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dark Horse of the Week Chloe!

Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
Job 14:8-9

This week's Dark Horse is 4 year old Chloe! Chloe seems to be in similarly desperate state like our sweet Dark Horse Noreen. 

The following was written about Chloe by the agency worker who reviewed her updated file:

"When the update came in, it was hard to read. But I powered through. Until I saw this:

Please describe his/her personalities in detail? No personality
No personality. No personality. I kept reading it over and over again. No personality. This cannot be so. Her referral, from two years ago, describes her as “giggles when she is touched; lovely when she smiles; enjoys that someone accompanies and plays with her.” Now, no personality.

In continuing to read the update, and comparing it to the two year old referral, it is pretty clear that Chloe has been forgotten. She does not go to school. She cannot perform any fine motor skills simply because she cannot see. She cannot perform most gross motor skills simply because she is given no chance to. She spends her days in her crib. Alone.

I am fairly certain that it should not read ‘no personality,’ but instead should read ‘no spirit,’ or ‘lost spirit,’ or ‘crushed spirit.’ It is not her personality that is lacking, but her spirit slipping away. She has been given up on by those around her, and has no other option but to give up on herself.

Chloe lives in dark, quiet solitude. No place for a child. She has lost hope. But we have not. We still see potential. We still see hope. And we will continue to share about Chloe until a family – HER family – sees it too.

The update is concluded with:

Anything else you think the family should know about this child? No
A response laden with hopelessness and doubt. A response lacking any type of love or compassion for this child. This soul whose spirit is in there somewhere, but if she stays where she is, will soon be gone forever."


Please join us in prayer for Chloe!

Dear Lord, I ask that You would rescue Chloe.
I pray that those You have called to be Your hands, those You have called to reach out and embrace her as their own would not draw back in fear.
Please don't allow Chloe to slip away, may You reach out and touch her heart with Your hope.
May You wrap her up in Your love, and whisper Your sweet promises to her.
May You give her the strength to hold on. 
In Jesus Christ' name, amen.


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Goodbye Hector

"You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
Deuteronomy 13:4

To me, 9 year old Hector still feels like a bit of a mystery. Children who bear the label "developmentally delayed" always intrigue me. Who is hidden behind that label? Like an unknown seed, what would spring forth is it were planted in good soil and watered in love?
Behind those dark eyes and blank expression lays little boy undiscovered.
Hector's file has been returned to China and will hopefully be sent out to another agency.
Last we knew Hector was still waiting to be found by his forever family.

If you would like to continue in prayer for him we invite you to please do so!


Dear Lord, I thank You for revealing Hector to us.
Please send someone to uncover the little boy who's waiting behind that label.
We release him back to You now.
In Jesus Christ name, amen.

Goodbye Hector
We love you!
And see the treasure that you are!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dark Horse of the Week Zi!

Blessed be the LORD,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
Psalm 28:6

This week's Dark Horse is 2 year old Zi! 
Zi is said to be more introverted than the other kiddos, but oh so cute! Sometimes he likes to play with other children, but he prefers to stick with his nannies. He especially loves to play peekaboo with them!

Zi can walk independently and is starting to run. He is starting develop his vocabulary saying simple things like "ayi" (nanny) and "wo" (I) as well as other words. He has good imitation abilities and his cognitive development is normal.



Please join us in prayer for Zi!

Dear Lord I thank You for Zi and for the life that You are giving him.
Please guide his family to him, that he may come home.
Thank You that we have the honor of being his prayer family now.
In Jesus Christ' name, amen.


Zi if part of China's Special Focus program, that means a family could start pursuing his adoption today, and if they meet the requirements could be matched with him!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Zi please visit:

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