Tuesday, January 22, 2013

For Those Who Feel Orphans Have a Better Life in Their Orphanage...

A picture never lies...


 
This is our Hasya, whom we took to the hospital today for IV nourishment and Lord knows what else.

Hard to believe that next month she will be 15 years old.  The hospital put her weight today at a whopping 26 pounds.

Having lived in a crib for all of her 15 years, she cannot sit up, and if she does, she cries in misery because her bones, joints, and internal organs aren't used to it.

I liken her life up to now as an oak sapling placed in a small house pot.  The orphanage fed her nothing but formula her entire life, until recently before we picked her up.  That's when they splurged and fed her water-soaked bread three times a day.

Hasya will need copious amounts of therapies on every level.  How far she will go, we are not sure.  We just want her out of her constant state of pain.  That may take a very long time, but will make each day her most special day until that happens.

And we are so thankful that Hasya (which means "mercy of God") is ours. What a privilege to call her our daughter!

Grow, girl, grow.

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And now for our Kael.

Here is a photo of him when he was still very, very young.  Probably not long after entering the orphanage in Sofia.

Look how plump and robust he is!  He could pass for any normal, healthy American little boy.

Kael was the third orphan to ever be up for adoption in Bulgaria.  And yet, no one was interested in him.  No one.  Not one.



So for the past year and a half, he has lived in an insane asylum with adults who are psychologically and possibly criminally insane.

It has taken its toll on poor Kael.  These are photos I took of him tonight while bathing him.  His body is literally a skeleton with skin...








It's hard to say how much of Kael's psychological quirks were acquired while either in the orphanage or in the asylum.

But what I really hope to convey by this post is not my deep hurt over the condition of our new children.  I want each and every one you, and as many of your friends and acquaintances as possible, to know that for every Hasya or Kael, there are literally TENS OF MILLIONS MORE!

Oh, what our eyes cannot see!  The only one who can see each one of these poor children at the same time is God Himself.  So can you imagine His heart over this global plight?  It makes you wonder when He's going to say, Enough is enough!

It just goes to show how profound His love is for those who have not made a decision for Him yet.

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

But that means allowing 163 million orphans to remain orphans.

Unless...

Unless...

Unless we, His hands and feet, do something about it!























29 comments:

  1. I just don't know how to express the outrage - or shame - or ... what am I telling you - you know ALL those feelings...

    Prayers - hugs - and a little joy in knowing today there are 2 less...

    aus

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  2. Thank you, Aus. Trust me. All of the emotions still race through me. I take it to the Father, because HE understands. Appreciate you.

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  3. Congratulations to you and Prayers for your two new beautiful treasures. And, prayers for all the millions of neglected orphans throughout the world that they to may find their happy forever families one day sooner rather than later!
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I'm at Hasya's bedside now and am overwhelmed at the show of support from people like you!

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  4. "If we are the body..... WHY aren't His arms reaching"... shame on us.

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    1. Yes, we all need to gently instruct and encourage the body.

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  5. Praying for these two sweet ones and your family. So so happy Praise God all glory to HIM that these two are home with their forever family.


    erika

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    1. Erika, you are a true blessing. Thank you!

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  6. So thankful that your children are with you now, and will be loved. So sad that there are many, many more still suffering. God bless you.

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  7. The hard part is when you have the desire, but do not make enough money to be allowed to adopt. So glad that there are families that can and will help these children. May God bless you and your family.

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    1. When there is a will, there is a way! HE will provide. There are many resources for funding. We were initially going to apply for everything and anything we could, but were somehow blessed with $20, 000 of donations!

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    2. Emily, sometimes people don't meet the USCIS Income Requirements.

      http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/income-requirements

      It is extremely hard to have a huge heart for adoption, you know the desperate need, you know that you would provide a good home... but you simply do not meet the government income requirements to do it.

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  8. @Anonymous If God wills it, He pays for it. God payed for 2/3 of our last adoption (special need/older from China) but it was a huge step of faith, His hands ans feet were: Gifts showing up in the mailbox, a huge community garage sale, grant from Shaohannah's Hope and even KLTY Christmas Wish program. :-) Step out in faith.

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    1. I don't think that Anonymous was talking about fundraising... there are USCIS income requirements. Some of us have huge hearts for orphans but do not meet the government requirements to adopt.

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    2. There are USCIS income requirements... Some of us have huge hearts for orphans and we know the desperate need but we do not meet the government income requirements to adopt.

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  9. AMEN! Praying for your sweet babes, for healing, for restoration of what the devil tried to steal from them, but GOD - GOD WILL RESTORE!!!!!!!

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  10. How can anyone do this to a child? Where is the compassion? God bless you & Adeye for giving these children a brand new life, a life of love, compassion and acceptance. How is Kael adjusting to his new life? and how is Hasya doing since receiving the IV care & much love & care at hospital? Praying for ya'll. Love from Beth in Fl.

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    1. Kael is doing well. Blending in very well with our family. Eating and drinking well. He cannot get enough attention and kisses.

      Hasya is another story. She is doing much better than when she arrived, however, she has a long way to go. The IV hydrated her, and an NG tube is now nourishing her, albeit, very slowly. But there are a myriad of other issues. So my family appreciates all of your prayers so, so much!

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  11. Oh! These photos break my heart! Thank you for posting. I have been praying for you and these precious children.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sleepy. We're so very honored.

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  12. Anthony, thank you so much for the update. I'm sure everyone appreciates that you are both very very busy with all your children and with Hasya in the hospital but for myself, I find myself thinking about you all last thing at night and first thing in the morning so it's fantastic to get a little update. So delighted to hear how Kael is settling in. There is a lot of love and prayer out here for you. I hope you are feeling it. God bless, Tracie, Ireland.

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    1. Thank you, Tracie, on the Emerald Isle! God love you. Spread the word in Ireland, girl. Each one of us believers is the voice of these orphans.

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  13. Thank you so much for telling us. I didn't know. I never would have said they had an easy life in an orphanage but I didn't know it was this bad. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for giving your life for them. Thank you for rescuing them. Thank you for all you are doing to show God to these children and to the world. Thank you for being His love. Thank you for allowing God to use you. Thank you for being obedient to His call. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for believing that each child is made in the image of God and for not behaving as an animal like the woman in an article I read just before yours where she began with "So what if abortion ends life?" and ended with "And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing." http://www.salon.com/2013/01/23/so_what_if_abortion_ends_life/ Thank you for understanding the true meaning of sacrifice. Thank you for being holy as God is holy and for being like Jesus and sacrificing your life for another.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Thank you for being a light in this dark world.
    I am honored and humbled to have you as my brother in Christ. May God continue to bless you and your family mightily.

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    1. God bless you so much. I guess the only thing I can say is, "Thank you!" Thank YOU for spreading the word about the plight of these poor kids in orphanages and institutions. Never grow weary of it! God love you.

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  14. Anthony I have been following Adeye's blog faithfully and have recommended your "reluctant" husband posts to my husband. We are adopting a 5-yr-old special needs boy from China. Thank you for bringing awareness to all of the many complex issues we face on this earth! With nine children I know you don't have a bit of free time but thank you!
    p.s I am the one that sent Hasya the cupcake quilt. It's small but I hope she enjoys it!

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    1. Oh, God bless you, Shepherds! That's a gorgeous quilt! We are so grateful. We and Hasya will cherish it always.

      God love you for going to China to get that little boy.

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  15. Dear Anthony,
    Thank you for posting this. What an amazing blessing that your precious children are home. Thank you for obeying God and caring for the orphan. Thank you for paving the way for our family as we head to the same country and rescue two children. Edward and Zoey. Precious Zoey is 6 years old and weighs only 10 lbs having spent her whole life in a crib so far, too. Thank you for being transparent and sharing with us the good and the bad as well. Please know that we love you in NH, and we are praying for you all! May God Bless you and keep you.

    The Winslow Family
    Glenn, Mary, Madelyn, Grace, Edward, Elisha, Jonathan, Nicole, Rosie, and our little soon to be rescued children..Zoey and little Eddie.
    www.winslowsix.blogspot.com

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    1. God bless YOU, Winslows, for your utter surrender to our Lord and obedience to His voice. Edward and Zoey are blessed to have you.

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this! Praying for your family!

    May God bless,
    Lauren aheartforadoption.wordpress.com

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