Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Bruised Reed... Urgent Prayer Request

Written by Poppies Blooming....

Carrington Burman

I don't even know where to begin for this post. It breaks my heart to say this but the photo below may upset you. Also, if you have young children you may prefer to not show them this post.
I've shared so much of my heart for orphans on this blog. I've tried to raise awareness, whatever that means, and I've asked you who read my blog countless times to help the orphans by praying, donating, or adopting.
I've shared about the conditions the little ones exist in in countries such as Eastern Europe... banging on and on about their need and asking, begging for your help.

A bruised reed He will not break,

And smoking flax He will not quench;

He will bring forth justice for truth. Isaiah 42v3

I have used this Scripture on my blog several times, even made mention of it in my previous post regarding Kirill. But why is this significant? Because it shows that God placed value on those who were weak... He did not discard someone just because those around them may not place any value on them.
In Eastern Europe, children with special needs (the weak or imperfect) are cast off... put into orphanages to be forgotten, then sent to institutions to warehouse them until their death. They simply do not value the lives of children with special needs.

This is where Reece's Rainbow steps in. To find families for these precious children. All of those who advocate post on our blogs hoping that a family will come forward for these beautiful kids. We simply do not want to see the same children on the Angel Tree year after year. We want them to be home, in a family, learning what love is and what it can do.

One of these children, a little girl now named Carrington, was in great need of a family. She was adopted by the Burman family and when her new Mum got her to the flat they were staying in whilst in Eastern Europe, she was shocked by what she saw.

You may wonder how she didn't know this already. Well, it is quite common for the carers to bundle the children up in big heavy coats even just for a meeting in an indoor room at the orphanage. I've said before but it is worth mentioning again, that it may very well be to keep the new family from seeing how small they are.

In Carrington's case, it couldn't have been more true. As the following photo shows, she was literally dying. She is 3 years old and weighs 11 lbs.

When her new Mum saw her condition she contacted her paediatrician in the US and they arranged for her to be taken immediately to the emergency room in hospital upon landing in the US. That was Thursday night. As of now, Carrington is in a fight for her life. Her body was already shutting down, preparing to die. She hasn't kept anything down, even that which has been administered by tube.

Thus says God the LORD,

Who created the heavens and stretched them out,

Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,

Who gives breath to the people on it,

And spirit to those who walk on it: Isaiah 42v5

I am praying these Scriptures over little Carrington this night. Praying that this God who created the Heavens and who gives breath to people on earth will breathe life into this little angel. This little one that is certainly not the only one dying... but I'm clinging to the hope that the same God who breathed life into Adam will again breath life into little Carrington.
When you see the condition she was in, you may very well want to block the image from your mind and just get on with your day hoping to forget. I hope you never forget and that it will stir you to pray for the children in these countries that are discarded. I hope that you will fall to your knees in tears, as several of the grown men in hospital when they saw Carrington's condition, and plead for them in prayer. I hope it motivates you to give to a family's adoption if you hear about one or a child's grant so they are more likely to have a family come forward for them. I hope that you will never be silent about these children and that one day we will no longer need to advocate for them because they are all loved and in their families.
But for right now, I want you to pray. I want you to pray for Carrington... pray that God will breathe life into her body and that her internal organs will remember what they were created for and begin to function. I also want you to pray for the rest of the family who are obviously beside themselves with worry for their new little one. Just pray... please.

This is the little life on who's behalf we are pleading...

Thank you so much for your prayers.
**POST EDIT- updates on little Carrington's progress can be found here


ForeverHis said...

It breaks my heart to see all of these children without love, without families, and it reminds me that I am of no help when it comes to them.

Kmarie said...

Oh the poor sweetie pie. Words are nothing.
In training today we watched another tragedy of child abuse play out. Oh my goodness...I could barely watch the scenerio. So many tragedies- so little people stepping up to the plate. So many pastors preaching on the afterlife instead of the now life- the Life Jesus clearly asked us to give. I think if he were to preach he would do it the same as before with metaphors and then consistently every sunday again and again advocating for the orphans widows, and outcasts. All the injustices his big heart got him killed for because the people of His day wanted to focus on things like who will be the first in heaven, who will get to heaven, who is righteous, if hell is legitimate, what religion wins...
But you sister have it right on. Because even though it is hard- you are seeing and pleading their case. Continue on. I hope we all take a pause and consider how we can help fill the basic needs of a child in our lives today...especially the hurting ones.
That could be my son. And I cannot speak anymore as I am overcome...I'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

we are continously praying for everyone to be equal, to be seen with love, just like the rest of us, our prayers go not just to Carrington, but to all those beautiful souls, being neglected everywhere.

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

Thanks for sharing my post! Carrington needs all the prayers we can muster. It confused me to see this in my facebook feed since you copy pasted it rather than sharing it lol... I thought my blog had somehow changed lol! Ah well, just keep proving my hair colour lol!

Jenny said...

Breaks my heart.

Krista said...

It was truly a beautiful, yet heart breaking post Lu.

Catalina said...

I will be re-posting this on my prayer wall. Praying for this precious child and her family.

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

so utterly terrible its heartbreaking. have said a prayer outloud for the first time in ages. much love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

denise peddington davis said...

This looks like my son Patrick did in 2001 he weighed 9 pounds at age 2 years, 10 years later and still there are babies left behind like this. I am in tears again knowing things have not changed for these children.
Denise Peddingon Davis
My prayers are for this little one an her family.
God watch over her and heal her.. :O) Amen

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