I am re-posting this on behalf of a little boy, a world away, who is running out of time and hope. He asks every day if a family wants him yet. By making a donation to his adoption fund, you are making it possible for a family to just go get him, love him, and not worry about the cost. Please help save his life.
April 6, 2011
Dream Come True Giveaway by Adeye at No Greater Joy Mom
This month we have so much to celebrate in our home.
One year ago I walked into a cold Ukrainian orphanage and met two of the sweetest angels on this earth. I spent five weeks in that country doing all the necessary paperwork, and finally in May we brought them home. Hailee and Harper have been in our lives for a year, and we could not be more blessed to have them home. It has been such an incredible journey.
I am a firm believer that much is required of those to whom much is given. We have been given more than we could ever have dreamed of in our four adopted children. Our lives have never been the same...they have been better.
For a while now I have been feeling like I need to give back this month. My heart's desire has been to give hope to a child who is living in a very hopeless situation--a child who, unless someone advocates for them, is destined to live a life of hell on earth.
If you have journeyed with me for a while here on my blog, you will know for sure that Hailee's transformation over the last year is nothing short of miraculous. Hailee is our miracle girl. She has gone from a five year old weighing a meager 15 pounds, to an exploring, happy, healthy, almost six year old who weighs 22 pounds! She is a new creation in every way.
Hailee was given hope--and what a difference it made in her life! Giving a child hope changes everything for them.
As my small way of giving back, I knew that I wanted to give that same hope that Hailee was given to another child. I asked God to show me one whom my heart would break for.
It didn't take long for me to find him. The one. He doesn't have Down syndrome as Hailee has. But I knew that I knew that he was the one who desperately needed hope. With a story that breaks my heart, he has been overlooked too many times, is living with an undying dream in his heart, and carries an uninvited disease in his body.
Because any day now....his dream will come crashing down.
Unless he gets his miracle.
Friends, meet Vanya. Beautiful, sweet, adorable, Vanya.
Isn't he just so sweet?
His mother led an immoral life. She could not take care of her son, so Vanya was living without even the basic necessities of life and was removed from her care. I read that his father refuses to acknowledge his existence--he will not accept this little boy as his son and has chosen to leave him in the orphanage.
Vanya is a little ray of sunshine in his orphanage. He is a natural leader and loves the company of adults. He is always seeking out a hug and a cuddle. He loves people--and wants to be loved back.
Here's the thing. Not a day goes by without Vanya asking his caretakers if someone is coming for him yet? Has he been chosen? Will it be his turn next? He has seen countless young children being adopted all around him. Imagine if YOU were that caretaker, and you heard a sweet little voice ask you if there's a family who chose HIM yet. I know I would not be able to stand it, and I can imagine you wouldn't either.
Friends, a report from a missionary who knows Vanya states that he believes that one day someone will come for him. He believes that some day he will have a family to love him and he will get to live in a "real home." It's a dream he believes WILL come true.
Here's the reality--Vanya is on a list to be transferred from his current orphanage. Once an orphan reaches a certain age, they are usually transferred to a heinous mental institution for older children and adults. Vanya will be transferred any day now, and no one knows where he will be moved to. It is an undisclosed place from which he will never be able to be adopted. Vanya will live the rest of his childhood in this place and when he is old enough to be released, well, who knows what awaits him? I can't even think about that as an option.
My heart breaks for this little boy. He has waited for such a long time for a family. He has been overlooked and rejected his entire life. No child should ever have to go through that.
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