Okay, mighty prayer warriors, we urgently need your help.
So many of you have e-mailed me asking for an update on our “Kevin”. I am so thankful that many of you have prayed, posted the need on your own blogs and other networks, and told as many people as you possibly can about his desperate need to find a committed family in such a short time.
The good news is that there are two possible families for him. Praise God. Both love him dearly and want nothing more than to add this young man to their family.
Oh how I wish it could just be that easy. But unfortunately adoption never is. There have been obstacle after obstacle for both families. Mountains that stand in their way. Both have their paperwork already in Ch*na for other adoptions, which is a necessity. “Kevin” MUST be legally adopted before he turns 14 in February.
Both families are trying so hard to make it work so that this boy can be rescued from a life of hopelessless and despair once he is released from the orphanage when he turns 16.
PLEASE pray with us, friends. Please trust that things will move forward and that “Kevin” will have a family who loves him so. These two families are the only ones who have fought to try and make this happen. They are his last chance at having a family he can call his own–an opportunity to have a real name (not just the same orphanage name given to every child), an identity of his own, and a place to call home–the things we all take for granted.
There are only 10 days left for a family to make a commitment to him. Just ten days. After that his time is up. He will age out (turn 14) and no longer be adoptable.
I must say that my heart is never far from him these days. At 13 years of age he knows all too well that the stakes are high–and that the days are ticking by one by one. Can you just imagine wondering if someone cares enough to come? If someone is willing to take a huge leap of faith just for him? Will there be someone who will give him a chance in this life? Oh my. It breaks my heart in two.
Some have asked me what the deal is? Why am I advocating for this particular child? Why the urgency to get this guy adopted? It’s true, there are so very many orphans who need loving homes (and dang it, I wish I could do more for each and every one of them). Some of them are just harder to place in families than others. “Kevin” has three things against him. First, he is a teenager (most people want to adopt children as young as possible). Next, he is Hepatitis B positive (people are afraid of it). And lastly, he is a boy–which makes things even more difficult. When you take all those things into consideration, he is a VERY hard to place child. Sadly, there are not many families willing to take a chance on someone like him.
As many of you know, I am so burdened for children who are harder to find homes for. They are the ones who’s faces I see when I lie awake in the wee hours of the morning. That’s why I advocate for “the least of these” when God lays them on my heart–children like Julia, Wade, and Yuri. I feel desperate for them because we know from first hand experience that there is hope for every child. Yet so few are willing to give them a chance. I believe that every child deserves a chance–an opportunity to learn and grow and become all that God has created them to be–no matter how old they are, what sex they are, or what is “wrong” with them. That is why I felt led to advocate for this sweet boy. He deserves a chance…just like any other child. He has been overlooked too many times.
Please continue to pray for him. Two potential families–both needing a miracle to make the adoption happen. God bless them for trying to make it work.
I believe with all my heart that there is NOTHING my God cannot do.
I believe in miracles in 2011. I do.
I believe that my God IS the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.
I believe that there is power in prayer.
I believe that the enemy IS defeated when the body of Christ unites to pray.
I believe that God loves to show His glory in impossible situations.
I believe. And I know so many of you do too.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for believing with us for a miracle for sweet “Kevin”.