There is a strange transformation of the soul as you live out each day with a child with Down Syndrome. You fall in love……not only with your own angel but with every set of almond eyes you see. You realize that these children need to be loved, and are a blessing, and can teach you more than you can ever imagine. Your heart aches as watch the world reject these “imperfect” individuals: from conception to their very last breath. I’ve read it over and over – parents who are surprised with the joy of having that one extra chromosome take over your life. Its gets in your blood and your world is turned upside down, and you need more….I must confess that Ben and I were certain we would be done having children after two, but my heart has been changing. And whereas adoption was non-applicable to us before, God is pulling at my heart strings. This is not to say we will adopt or even that we will have more children but the ministry of finding these angels their forever families seems all the more important. These children are in a race against time. Most are transferred by the age of 4 from orphanages to institutions where they may or may not get the medical attention that they need let alone, love, stimulation or the chance fulfill their God given potential. More than half die within the first year.
I have been convicted over and over by the many passages of scripture where God speaks of taking care of the orphans and the fatherless. God is calling us to action. Reece’s Rainbow is a ministry which strives to find every angel their forever family. You may not feel that you are able to care for one of these “forgotten” children, but there are people out there who do, and you can be a part of bringing their angels home. Please give. I am posting the profile of Melanie. I have gotten to know Melanie’s forever family and their deep love for her is evident – they just need some help financially to get her in to their loving arms, warm bed and care that she deserves. Even if it is only a dollar, or five, it makes a difference. All donations are tax deductible.
You can also donate on the Sader’s blog:
I don’t often post things like this on my blog but I keep thinking about how if it was me, if down the road Ben and I felt such a high call to care for one of these children, I could only hope that there would be people out there willing to help us.
Please help this family get their Christmas wish….
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