Knew many of you would want to read a touching email sent to me this week from a Waterloo family:
We hope this letter finds you well! We are writing because we are asking you for your stuff. Well, the stuff you’ve been wanting to get rid of anyway. Why do we want your stuff…..? We are putting together a garage sale/fundraiser and it’s set for Saturday July 9! We are doing this to raise the necessary funds to bring home an addition to our family! Yep, a paper pregnancy! We’ve attached photos and a website of the little sweetheart we hope to call our own SOON. His name is Anthony (yes, you read that right… there will be TWO Anthony’s in our family!) He has the same type of cerebral palsy as our sweet Anthony and is currently living in an orphanage or “baby house” in Eastern Europe. We are running short on time as he will turn 6 years old on August 16.
In Eastern Europe, the children who are abandoned and forgotten by their families because of their special needs are placed into these baby houses until they age out…anywhere from 3 to 7 years old. After the baby house, they are sent to mental institutions where they literally remain bedridden until they go to be with Jesus. Many are tied to their beds and are lucky to be fed. They receive ZERO therapy and medical care. Basically if a flu comes through- it’s likely 10-12 children will die. It’s their version of survival of the fittest.
Our sweet Anthony is facing this reality if we don’t bring him home to us very soon! The cost of international adoption is heavy, but we are fortunate that Anthony has an adoption grant already in place with a great deal of the adoption process covered. We are about $6,000 dollars short of bringing him home.
SO, we are calling for all of your stuff that you’ve been wanting to get rid of and haven’t had the time to do it. Let us take it off your hands! Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to pick up. We’d be more than happy to. If you don’t happen to have anything for the garage sale, we are asking for your greatest gift to us- PRAYER! We need it, we want it, and we most of all want this whole journey to bring glory to the One that matters most-Jesus!
Chris, Leann, A-Man, and our newest addition AJ (Anthony John)
Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it for one of the least of these, My brethren, you did it for Me.”
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This post was written by Tara on June 30, 2011