Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving!  

One of the greatest holidays of the year in my opinion!

LOTS OF FOOD!
FAMILY!!

FRIENDS!!

NAPS!!

MORE FOOD!!
RELAXATION!!!

LAUGHTER!!

GAMES!!
Those were some of the things I enjoyed yesterday..
I was so happy to see and be with family.
Eating all that yummy food and just enjoying the company of those that we love.

On the inside I was breaking.

As I sat down with my overflowing plate in hand and looked around the room at everyone smiling and enjoying the feast... I began to think about the two children who were not there with us.

My eyes welled up with tears and my heart broke.

My poor children of the heart and many many others across this world are in an orphanage....
no family...
no feast..
no playing with cousins...
no hugs from Mommy and Daddy....
No lovins from Nana and Pop Pop...
No Aunts and Uncles..
NO ONE.....

I looked down at my plate overflowing with food -
some of which I never even made it thru and remembered what
my children overseas are eating..

Buckwheat...
Fish...
Buckwheat...
Fish...
Buckwheat ....
Fish...

Three times a day...
Buckwheat..

Here I was with everything my little belly could desire and more and there they are ....


Black Friday..

Today is a fun day for many who are out and about
shopping away,
finding great "deals" and getting those much "needed"
Christmas gifts.

I think about how much is being spent on things that will simply be lost or forgotten.
Broken or tossed to the side.

I remember that this is how many children feel..

My children.

Orphans.

Some have been simply forgotten...
thrown by the wayside...
broken..
alone..


YOU have the opportunity to CHANGE this picture for two children!

We may not be able to make a difference for everyone in the world,
but for that ONE or TWO that we can..
we CAN make a world of Difference for them!

Two lives CAN BE SAVED!

YOU CAN HELP!

Not everyone is called to adopt...

EVERYONE IS CALLED TO CARE FOR THE ORPHANS - JAMES 1:27

You may not be able to adopt.

You may not be able to foster.

Are you able to spare a coffee?

Are you able to give up a meal out on the town?

Yes.

We all can give up something that little and make a difference!!

You don't have to have millions of dollars or even thousands of dollars to donate -

If you do by all means do it and see the rewards God has in store for you by obeying him!

You can skip that coffee and have $5 to donate.

You can not eat out tonight and save $30 to $50 or more!!

You can donate that "small" amount and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of 2 children who currently have nothing to call their own.

No family.
No clothing.
No toys.
NO LOVE
NO HOPE
NO FUTURE

YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THIS PICTURE!!
Let me remind you what happens to these children as they age out of the orphanage system...

The statistics will amaze you:


1. There are over 100,000 orphans in Ukraine.

2. The older an orphan gets, the chances for his/her adoption drastically decrease.

3. Each year many orphans between 15 to 18-years-old leave the orphanages.

4. Most of these orphans have no one to turn to for help.

5. 10% of them will commit suicide after leaving the orphanage before their eighteenth birthday.

6. 60% of the girls will end up in prostitution

7. 70% of the boys will enter a life of crime

8. Only 27% of these youth will find work

What do these orphans need.. in their own words...

1. Someone to trust


2. A person who is committed to help them

3. A flat – place to live

4. “Someone to hold my hand”

5. Moral support of friends

6. God’s help

7. Moral support, not just clothes

8. To learn to be independent

And what was the most painful thing about being an orphan?

To listen to people their own age talk about their family life.

We can be that family!

We can love these kids!

We can point these children to God!

We can care for and provide for these children!


WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please!

Please PRAY and please GIVE according to what God has blessed you with.

Please help us save these children.

If you are a parent you know the love that is formed in your heart as you
or your wife carries your child in her womb.

We have had that love grow in our hearts for OUR children.

They may not be children of our womb...

They are children of our heart.

WE ALL ARE ADOPTED!

If you have accepted Christ as your savior and your Lord,

YOU ARE ADOPTED!

We love these children and want so badly to bring them home.

We can't do it alone.

God has blessed our every step thus far and has provided so much.

We still have a significant financial burden that MUST be met.

We are now down to $18,637.00

Meaning we have raised with God's help and your willing hearts to obey him...

$16,863.00


We are almost half way there financially...

We leave to get them NEXT SUNDAY.

That is 9 days away.

How are we going to get this money?

God only knows.

God KNOWS those he has called to help save these children.
God knows the hearts he will or has stirred to give.

Let's break this down a little bit.

$18,637.00

that is 18 people giving $1000.00 each and one person to give $637.00

OR

it could be 37 people giving $500 and one person giving $137.00

OR

it could be 74 people giving $250.00 and one person giving $137.00

OR

it could be 186 people giving $100.00 and one person giving $37.00


OR

Maybe just maybe you can give it all.

God has blessed us all in order for us to be a blessing.

Can you think of a better gift to give than the gift of love, hope, family, future?

I can't.

All I want for Christmas is my family together at last.

Please help make this wish come true.

You will be blessed.


Think about those statistics above...

what if YOUR child was on a path that would land them a spot in one of those categories?

Two of mine are.

Won't you help us save them?




 

2 comments:

  1. Alecia. We did have a great time with all the family. but i did notice you was upset While we were eating. I could see it in your face. And the whole time i was there i was thinking about yall and the kids i just couldn't get yall out of my mind. I am hopeing and pray real hard that yall get all that you need. And I am so sorry i can't help right now. But I can pray so that I am doing. I love you sister. Be strong in the lord.i know you are. Just never give up hope.

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  2. Praying all the finances come in. Your posts just break my heart.

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