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find my family: Archie

November 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Archie, born in January of 2006, is almost 9 years old. And if you have ever been around a 9 year-old boy, you know that means lots of energy, action and FUN! Archie is ready to find his forever family…“with many other brothers and sisters,” he says. He is quite social, if couldn’t guess!

At approximately 2 months old, Archie was found at the gate of a local hospital. Wrapped in a quilt, he was taken to the police department while a search for his birth family was conducted. The search was unsuccessful, so Archie was placed in his orphanage where he currently resides. His initial physical exam noted that he was in a good general state, had poor development and nutrition, as well as a yellowish face and skin.

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Since his finding, Archie has spent his entire life in the orphanage and is closest to his caretakers. Reading through his file, it is quite obvious that this little boy holds the hearts of several members of the orphanage staff. He is a clever young man who attends school, although more often than not, he would rather be playing with his friends than working on his studies! Despite his active nature, he does well in school and is in the second grade. Archie likes to sing songs and can recite several poems. Not surprisingly, his favorite subject is PE! His caretakers feel his development and abilities are both age-appropriate and that he would thrive in the right family.

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Archie had a minor sensitive special need that was corrected with surgery when he was very young. Although the surgery was reported a success, his caretakers indicated that it was not 100% effective. Archie’s forever family would benefit from having a urologist review his file to discuss what procedure, if any, may be necessary when he comes home. In addition to his sensitive need, Archie has also had his appendix removed in 2009 due to acute appendicitis. There are surgical reports and lab results available for potential families to review.

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Archie’s file is currently designated to WACAP. On a recent visit to China, WACAP staff was able to meet Archie. When asked if he wanted to be adopted, he said that he did. He also mentioned that he would like his adoptive family to have many other brothers and sisters that he can play with! There are additional pictures and video available from WACAP’s summer trip for Archie’s family to view. For qualified families, there is a $4000 Promise Child grant to help with this adoption. Please contact our Advocacy Team or WACAP for more information on starting the journey to Archie.

Caring Creatively

November 21, 2014 by Desiree 0 Comments

November is National Adoption Month. Pretty cool, huh? You would think that this is primarily a “Christian holiday” but I’ve been thrilled to see the secular media highlighting adoption & foster care and even adoption ministries throughout the month. (See Huffington Post article HERE)
But adoption is just one, albeit amazing, facet of God’s call to care for the orphan (James 1:27). I am daily over whelmed at the beauty of  God’s heart through adoption. He adopted me and I was chosen to adopt my son–it STILL boggles my mind. But adoption wasn’t God’s first plan. It’s an unbelievably perfect back-up but it is only in response to our screw up in the Garden (way to go us). Still, if our Heavenly Father is going to mention caring for ‘orphans’ and ‘the fatherless’ forty-one times in the Old Testament alone, I have to believe it is a subject very dear to the Lord’s heart. Which means caring for His children, even beyond adoption, should be very dear to mine.  (If you want to read a book that will rock your world on this concept, check out Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr.
 
 
The 30DayAdoptionChallenge (posted HERE) got me thinking about the creative ways my circle of friends and friends once & twice removed are caring for the orphan. It’s varied and awe inspiring and creative and personally challenging. And they all answer the question: “What would happen if I could use the talent God gave me and the time I have available?”
 
 
  • A photographer friend of mine donates her time & passion to photograph the foster children during their week at Royal Family Kids Camp. Each child is provided personal 5x7s, wallet sized and 4x6s of their precious faces, each lovingly framed, wrapped, prayed over and presented with hands of love. For many this is the first and only photograph they’ve ever had of themselves. It is a tangible representation of their Heavenly Father’s love for them–I created you; I see you; you are beautiful; you are loved. One woman who loves to photograph gives her skill and offers her heart to care for these beauties when no one else can or will. (Col 2:23-24)
  • Another dear friend has a passionate calling for a very specific genetic special need. Only 1 in 15,000 births results in this specific condition, and my friend heard about one boy in an orphanage in China that has it and needs specialized formula to survive. She has rearranged her family budget to purchase the (very expensive) formula then coordinates with adoption agencies across the nation sending families to that orphanage to pick up their own children. Would you be willing to bring the formula to this sweet boy? I’ll send you the cans. This is who you contact. Send the empty cans back to me and I’ll find more families who are going. This boy can’t live without it.  Can you imagine the amount of coordination this takes? Hundreds of cans of formula have arrived for this ONE sweet boy, each declaring: you are SO very loved and wanted that scores of people you have never met are willing to go to the ends of the earth to make sure you are safe until your forever family finds you. Jesus loves you EVEN MORE than that! THAT is the gospel in action. One homeschooling mom of six caring for the orphan. (Matthew 18:12)
  • A group of grandmas at my church get together every year and make fleece blankets for foster kids in the county. As they adjust their glasses and warm up their hands, they pray over each child that will be wrapped in God’s arms through that blanket. And as they embroider scripture into the corners they are offering Truth—you are worthy of Love, sweet heart; I have a plan and purpose for you; run to Me and I’ll hold you and give you a future. Grandmas loving on God’s kids like they were their own. (Is 61:3)
  • A friend’s church distributes empty baby bottles to their congregation and asks them to fill it with change from their pockets to support the local crisis pregnancy center. Seems simple enough right? Yes! And with each baby bottle full of pennies they are proclaiming: You and your child are valued; your past does not matter because ours doesn’t either; God’s future is full of hope; He is our husband and we’ll be that for you and your precious baby. You will not be a widow, your child will not be an orphan. What do you need? We are here.  One Midwest church and bottles full of change. (Psalm 68:5)
  • A local couple passionate about domestic foster adoption arranges Adoption Info Nights at area churches. They bring their story, the resources they are aware of and a plate of cookies then ask the Holy Spirit to move. They don’t claim to be adoption experts, but they can share the need and how they didn’t think God could use them and then He did and it was hard, but it is awesome and you should step out in faith too. I love it! You don’t have to be a preacher to testify. I betchya the Holy Spirit’s favorite movement is through a story and a plate of cookies. (2 Tim 4:2)
  • A stay-at-home mom friend got her real estate license to make some occasional extra cash for her family. She also wanted a way to give towards adoption & foster care so she writes into her contracts that a portion of her commission is dedicated to orphan care. Each family that buys/sells a house with her is automatically giving to an agency that cares for foster & orphaned children. Complete strangers are going to care for God’s children whether they want to or not. It’s kinda brilliant!  (Deut 24:19)
These are just a few creative cares that are happening in my little neck of the woods. I’m sure there are a gazillion different & unique ways to care for God’s most vulnerable. It’s fun to think about when the excuses are taken away…money, time, location, support are all non issues. The possibilities are endless!  How creative can you get?  What can you do? What would happen if you used the talent God gave you and the time available to you?? (Phil 2:13).  Miracles! 
 

find my family: Simeon

November 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

We are so very happy to report that 13 of the original 15 Bamboo children have found their forever families. Nearly all are in their new homes and adjusting to the overwhelming love available to them by their parents & siblings…ADORE is not a strong enough word! And they are thriving; what some medical care, a little protein and a lot of love will do for a child.

China has continued the release of children with Down syndrome to multiple international adoption agencies. This sweet boy is still waiting and he NEEDS a new forever. Simeon, now age 2, with Down syndrome

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Simeon enjoys listening to music & playing with toys. He kicks his cushion when there is music playing and laughs when teased. Simeon enjoys sitting and watching the other children play. He also enjoys being cuddled. Isn’t he precious?? I know he would absolutely thrive with a loving home and a little bit of therapy. If you or someone you know (please forward this anyone you think may be interested!) would like more information regarding this cutie patootie, please call 1-877-64-ADOPT or visit Bethany. This little guy is on the Shared List making him available to any agency should you be established somewhere other than Bethany Christian Services.

Simeon’s family likely already has a heart for their child they’ve never met. Please join us in praying that they are able to step out in faith to bring their son HOME soon.

It turns out that chicken fried rice does not count as culture

November 19, 2014 by Mike 5 Comments

I am the textbook definition of a white guy. Beyond simply a scarcity of melanin, I have almost every other stereotypical characteristic that one might associate with my race – a general lack of rhythm, limited vertical leap, a “John Cougar Mellencamp” playlist on my iPod, an unhealthy relationship with ketchup, and a generalized ignorance …Read More

Adopting a Child with Albinism

November 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

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Our daughter Phoebe was almost nine years old when we adopted her. She is our sixth adoptive child from China, our fifth adoption of an older child, and our first with albinism and with severe visual impairment. The only previous experience my husband and I had with visual impairments is one of our teenage daughters …Read More

find my family: Emma

November 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

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Emma was born November of 2005 and is listed as having Cerebral Palsy and a history of Hepatitis B. She is turning nine years old this year and continues to wait for a family of her own. She was born November of 2005. Emma’s file is a single page with very little information and some …Read More

Advocacy and Social Media: What’s not to “like”?

November 17, 2014 by nohandsbutours 1 Comments

Ah, social media. Sometimes I don’t know whether to love it or loath it. But it’s here, and most of use it.  Think about it: how many times have you “liked” a post? How many times have you made a comment? Or even “shared” something you saw that struck you as funny, important or thought-provoking? …Read More

find my family: Becca

November 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours 1 Comments

Is anyone looking for a precious seven year old girl to join their family? We have a treat for you today. This precious girl is Becca. She was born December of 2007 and abandoned at two years of age. She lives in an orphanage in Southern China and gets along well with other children in …Read More

find my family: Lai

November 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Update: My family has found me! On February 27, 2009, Lai was found abandoned. He just turned 8 years old with a birthdate of October 2006. He is a shy, delicate and handsome little boy. His demeanor is really peaceful, and when he sees a stranger, he stands very still and does not talk. If …Read More

5 Things your Kids Will Learn When You Adopt

November 13, 2014 by Hannah 0 Comments

Today is my youngest sister’s second “Adoption Day”! Aren’t anniversaries like this the best? Because it’s National Adoption Month right now, Orphan Sunday was two weeks ago and World Adoption Day was last Sunday, it’s been hard to not think about adoption. Similarly, it’s been hard not to think about my sweet sisters. I still …Read More