A friend told me that I had neglected to blog about the big news! BEN HAS A FAMILY! An adoptive family has stepped up and is working as fast as they can to get to him. Praise God. Adoption will save his life. We are so thankful! The family is private for now, but when they are ready I’ll make sure to introduce you to them. To keep best up to date on our boys make sure to follow us on Facebook. I update there several times a week. 🙂
Introducing…Fatherless Friday! I’d like to take Fridays to share about children we love who are still waiting for adoptive families.
First up is our precious Isaiahu.
Jam-packed with potential.
Beautiful baby boy.
This is the thing: I am confident that if you could all just meet Isaiahu in person, look in his eyes and hold him in your arms, he would be snatched up in an instant. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. His diagnosis sounds scary, but he is so wonderful! He is absolutely a delight.
I mean, think about it. This little boy lays in his bed in one single room day after day after day. He only leaves that room when the weather is nice and his nanny takes him for a walk, or if one of our team members carries him out for a stroll down the hall. He most likely hasn’t left his small building since the early days of fall, before winter set in- except to visit the hospital. His world is so so tiny. Yet he still smiles. He still makes small gains. He is awesome.
Wide Awake International and Bible Orphan Ministry have teamed together to hire two special nannies that alternate days, caring for Isaiahu and Ben from 7am-7pm. Those nannies keep those baby boys alive. Literally. They care for their needs, hold them, feed them, bathe them, all in that little room. They keep them safe from other boys who have not been taught to be safe. Those nannies are such a blessing to our little ones.
Three times a week our teams come to spend time with the boys, and then three other days a week Wide Awake Int interns work with specific boys, providing therapeutic interactions that help to move the boys forward in development. His potential is ENORMOUS! This is the first time he has had consistent therapeutic interactions and he is blossoming.
But it’s still not enough.
Isaiahu will never really thrive in his current environment. A mental institution is no place for a 7-year-old boy- especially one as helpless as Isaiahu.
He is learning to hold his head up and to sit with support. He smiles and laughs when his name is called. He prefers his nannies over others and seems to have an obvious attachment to them. He is ticklish and loves to be praised when he’s working hard. The doctors say he is losing his sight, but it’s obvious he can still see. Oh, how I pray for a mommy and daddy to come for him before it is too late and his world fades to black.
Someone see this precious treasure and say YES. He may be dependent on you all his days, true. That is no small thing. It is a very big reality. Another big reality is that he will bring his family so much joy. He is a ray of sunshine in a very dark place where he does not belong. Think about what blessing will come from serving a sweet one like this. Think about the rejoicing and cheering and smiles that will come from seeing him hit new milestones. Think about the beauty of watching him truly live with a mommy and daddy who treasure him and fully see his value.
Sweet little Ben has a family coming for him, and now it’s his roommate’s turn.
If you can’t adopt but would like to help, you can donate to Isaiahu’s adoption grant here. This will help relieve some of the costs of his adoption when his family finds him.