I’ve been going over catchy phrases and in-your-face word combinations but there isn’t a way for me to say what I’m going to say and not get emotional. So I’m not going to worry about trying to sound quaint and unattached. I’m not going to try to look at this from an objective, unbiased perspective.
I don’t have the ability to.
I am angry. I am sad. I am mortified. I am humbled. I am sick.
This little love is Noah.
He is 10 years old. He has been transferred to an institution. He is the most gorgeous little boy. But this is what happens when he’s missing a family.
Oh her little nose, her serious eyes. That current picture was taken just last month. She’s withering away to nothing.
Oh sweet Brandon.
This 11 year old little boy used to have such inquisitive eyes. He looked like a rambunctious little man who would love to play catch with his daddy or cuddle up with mommy to read a book. But instead, he’s dying. If his family doesn’t find him soon, he might not live very long.
Why is this wee one still waiting? His eyes were once so full of life, and now it just looks like he’s accepted his fate, his body mangled to the point that he’s not able to pull himself out of it.
This little boy was as bright as the sun. His smile was infectious and I wanted nothing more than to scoop him up.
And then he was transferred. He was sent into the pit of hell and he did not survive it. I remember the day he died. I remember my body retching due to the sadness, the guilt, the anger. I couldn’t help but feel like it was partially my fault. If I had loved him so much, I should have moved faster. I could’ve brought him home with Roman and Lynda, but I didn’t. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself.
This little dude died soon after that second picture was taken.
Russia is currently closed to international adoption, so several kids were left behind and their families are still waiting to bring them home. There are whispers that it could change, so if you do nothing else, pray that it does!
This little one is Wren.
I know her momma through Reece’s Rainbow and I now consider her one of my closest friends. But sweet Wren didn’t make it home.
But leaving the earth so small didn’t mean she left the earth untouched. She has a brother now, Worth, and her momma is pursuing children in Roman and Lynda’s country. For one so tiny, she’s an amazing World Changer.
This next sweet little girl is Annie.
She is 18 years old. She has aged out and has no chance of a family. I’m not even sure if she’s still alive and I can’t even put into words the anger that fills my stomach.
This is Jayce. This little dude is 14 years old.
This is just the start.
This is a list of children who aged out of the system before they were able to find a family.
And there are so many more waiting.
I am so sickened by the world we live in. We have so much stuff but we whine for more. We have so much food but we waste so much. We are privileged enough to choose organic over conventional. We get to argue over the best nutritional advice while these kids aren’t even granted the right to eat.
These kids are not scary, they are not awful. They’ve done nothing to deserve the hand that has been dealt to them. In all reality, these kids aren’t waiting on a family, they’re waiting to die. They’re waiting for the day God is merciful enough to take them from the hell in which they live.
But there is hope. There are children that have been rescued. There are children that have defied the odds and are tiny little World Changers.
He was 7 years old in the before picture. He’s becoming such a little chunk!
Look at how much she’s grown in 5 short months!
This little dude was 4 years old and 8 pounds 4 oz.
I’m hoping to add more redemption photos soon.
It would be stupid of me not to acknowledge how scary it can seem to care for these children with such severe needs. But they truly do deserve a family, and even though it’s hard, it is always worth it. Please just give them a chance. Just look at those pictures and see their potential.
If you can’t adopt, donate.
If you can’t donate, share.
If you can’t share, pray.
There is always something you can do. These kids can’t speak for themselves, so it’s our job to do it for them.
At the absolute least, just SEE them. Please just open your eyes and see what these children are going through.
How are you going to help a child today?