I discovered another passion when Eon was only a few months old and I stumbled across http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ . It had never occurred to me to wonder about the fate of children with Down syndrome in other countries. But, suddenly, I knew.
And I will never be the same.
I have spent countless hours since that moment pouring over the sweet faces of those children, loving them like my own, and interceding on their behalf. Some of those children have a forever-grip on my heart.
We have signed up to be prayer warriors for Marshall, an adorable 2 1/2 y.o. with blonde hair and blue eyes. Even our younger kids are faithful to pray for a family for him everyday. They are praying for him to get a mom and dad, brother and sister, and a dog and cat. Apparently, a guinea pig is optional. We pray for his caregivers, that someone will take a special interest in him and give him extra attention and love. We pray that he will be comforted when he's hurt or afraid. We pray for his health and we pray for moments of pure delight and joy.
Honestly, I am overwhelmed by the need. There are too many children and too much money is needed for families to adopt them all.
BUT, the "$100 for 200 in 2010" challenge gives me a real focus and a hope. The idea is to have 200 people commit $100/mo this year. Each month the money will go to a different orphan's fund. Our hope is that we can raise the full $20,000 adoption cost for one orphan each month.
The information/background on the challenge can be found here: www.the30dayjourneyforhope.blogspot.com/2009/12/update.html
There are many willing families for these children, but the cost is prohibitive for most.
If you can't contribute $100, give what you can! If enough people give (no matter how small a gift), we will see TWELVE children find a forever family this year!
This month's child is Sasha (orphange #2, I believe). Hurry, the month is winding down!