Adeye (No Greater Joy Mom) has asked all her readers to share the story of Sebastian, a young man who turns 16 (thus aging out of the system) in just nine days. Nine days to find a family for this young man before he’s cast out of the orphanage with little more than the clothes on his back.
Do you know Sebastian’s family? Maybe you do and you don’t realize it yet! Please, share this on your blogs, on Twitter, on Facebook.
Anyone wanting more information from someone who has met Sebastian, please contact Nicole at email@example.com. For all inquiries about his adoption and the legalities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Serious inquiries only please!
The day after Mother’s Day is an odd time to explain why I’m not a mother, isn’t it? But people have been asking and I suppose it’s about time I explained.
It was clear from relatively early in our marriage that biological kids weren’t a possibility. Fine, I thought. I was in grad school at the time and those of you who’ve done grad school know that while it’s possible to have a child in grad school, it may not be the greatest time to do so. And to be brutally honest, at the time I was away from Christ and His Church and immersed in the Culture of Death, and I didn’t really care.
Fast forward a few years, and I returned to the Church (much to DH’s consternation). The topic of adoption came up, and DH was definitely against it. Essentially, he’s happy with our lives the way they are and doesn’t want them turned upside down by a baby. (He’s got me there, folks; having a baby undoubtedly would turn things upside down.) Badgering my husband into adoption isn’t what I’d call a good time, or even a good idea. In fact, I’d call it a horrible idea.
A very nice person once said, “Well, maybe he’ll change his mind someday.”
Wayne Campbell once said, “It could happen… and monkeys might fly out of my butt.”
And that’s why I do my best to help other people adopt. It’s never going to happen for me, but maybe I’ll help somebody else get a little blessing.
As Larisa’s Guardian Angel, one of my jobs is to fundraise for her. The bigger her fund is, the greater the likelihood that a family will be able to take her home. Many of you may only be able to give a small amount, and that’s understandable. If you’re one of those people, you might also be thinking, “What good is my $10 going to do? Adoptions cost thousands and thousands!”
I’ll tell you what your $10 is going to do! I promise to match up to $1,500 in donations made for Larisa in the month of May. Your $10 becomes $20. Your $50 becomes $100. Larisa currently has $200 in her fund; on May 31st, I will subtract $200 from whatever the new total is and write a check for that amount.
Help me show Larisa that the Body of Christ loves her! And post this on your blog so that a family can find her!
“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” – 1 John 3:18
I’ve mentioned Adeye before; she and her husband are my new heroes, in part because they’re adopting little Hasya, a 14-year-old girl who weighs 14 pounds. (Yes, you read that right. Go to Adeye’s blog to get the amazing story!)
Adeye has posted an appeal for another orphan on her blog, and I’m now posting it on mine. Beth is 20 months old, lives in the same country as Hasya, and is also in an orphanage. She has hydrocephalus and spina bifida, and while the government has allowed to have her surgery to fix her hydrocephalus, it has not allowed her to have surgery for her spina bifida. Because she can’t have surgery, Beth has a large, open wound on her back. The only thing they’ve done for Beth is tape a plastic “donut” to her back, which prevents her from laying on her back. Luckily, Beth lives in a relatively clean orphanage and her wound hasn’t become infected yet… but she can only beat the odds for so long. If Beth’s wound is not repaired, she develop an infection and die.
Look at this little angel! She deserves a family!
Once again, I ask: do you know the family who God is calling to adopt Beth? Maybe you do and you don’t realize it yet! The Smiths didn’t know they were called to adopt until they saw Malcolm on Leila’s blog; now they’ve completed their home study paperwork and could bring Malcolm home later this year.
Beth’s family could be your friend (real or Facebook), your neighbor, or someone who reads your blog or your Twitter. Maybe it’s even you…
Anyone who wants to adopt Beth should e-mail Nina at nina [dot] t [at] chi adopt [dot] org (remove spaces).
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and St. Jerome Emiliani, patron saints of orphans, pray for Beth!
Meet Sarah. Sarah resides at Pleven orphanage, what many Bulgarians refer to as “The Bad Place.” At least, she does for the next two weeks. After that, she’ll be transferred to an institution and will no longer be listed as available for adoption.
Do you know someone who might want to adopt this little angel? Maybe you do and you just don’t know it yet! Put her on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, Google+, wherever you network online.
Maybe you’re the person called to adopt Sarah. Even if you aren’t, you can help the person who is called find her – she can’t be adopted if people doesn’t know she exists!
(Hat tip to Leila at the Orphan Report – thank you Leila for your efforts!)