Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Today is Orphan Sunday
So today is orphan Sunday.....
We have been home with Mina now for 2 months and as the time has flown by with all the adjustments of life with an additional child, doctors visits, and working towards getting therapy started my thoughts still continously go back to all those we had to leave behind.
There's not a video I watch, a song for orphans I hear, or a story I read that doesn't almost instantly bring tears to my eyes. Maybe a part of that could be me being hormonal since I'm pregnant :)
I have really been searching to find what more I can do for the remaining 143+million still out there in this world longing for their family. I recently attended the Chazown conference with Life Church about finding your purpose and vision for which God created you for! And am currently searching and praying that God reveals to me what He created me for and what I can do to serve Him during my life on this earth! I have ideas but there are so many things I feel I want to do for the Lord and not enough time and energy in a lifetime to do it all.
If I'm being 100% honest part of me just wishes to push the pain and hurt and thoughts that burden my heart away... but what good would that do. I have only looked at the precious children on Reeces Rainbow a few times since I have been home mostly because I know I will long and hurt for them and want to bring them all home with me. Obviously I am not super human and can't care for 143million orphans in my lifetime and can only do what I can so I am here using my voice to advocate for these precious little ones.
Please watch these videos and pray and ask the Lord what more you can do whether it be through prayer, financial support, or adoption. God has called us ALL to care for the orphans and be the father to the fatherless. That is part of our job as christians and followers of Christ. So I truly ask you on this Orphan Sunday to take today and spend it in prayer searching for what the Lord will have you do to help save the life of a child. Please pray pray pray for all these precious children that live life without family, without love and without the proper care and nurishment they need to survive. Please pray that the Lord comfort and embrace them as only He can. Please pray for the Hearts of God's people to be burdened and do something to stand up against the injustice that happens to these precious blessings.
They are not a burden, they are a gift!
We are so blessed by Mina being a part of our family and thank the Lord God for blessing us with her and giving us a burden to bring her home that regardless of what people said we couldn't shake!
Check out http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ and seek out a child or children to pray for by name, to possibly sponsor financially, or help be a voice and advocate to help him or her find a forever family!