Tuesday, August 23, 2011
David with Cerbral Palsy, severe malnourishment and neglect.
I was shocked to find out that David was over a year old. He looks like a six
month old baby laying in his Foster moms arms. He was so weak her couldn't even
suck. Doing a lot better he still has a ways to go.
From the director of FMN
From the time we brought David into the program, he has had chronic malaria, and was suffering from severe malnourishment. He had just recently been discharged from the hospital and is starting to eat very well. He is still so fragile and needs to gain a lot of weight to become healthy. I have full trust in his foster mom to take wonderful care of him and help him start gaining weight.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Favor with her foster family
Favor with the Forget-Me-Not nurse
Favor entered the Forget-Me-Not program after she was abandoned at a
feeding center. Feeding centers help take in malnourished children and
then return them to their parents...well if their parents come back. In
Favors case they didn't. You have to be a really strong parent to take
care of your special needs child in Liberia. Many times you are shunned
not even being allowed to take you child to church because of the demon
that lives inside of the child. They may try to cast the demon out..but if
that doesn't work then the child will be abandoned or killed.
Even with all Favor has been through she is an amazingly happy child and
dearly loved by her foster parent. She loves to play with toys and often
shares the same toy with her foster sister Karen.
She loves to stand, roll over, sits well and jumps when held for dancing.
Praying she gets the loving adoptive home she so deserves.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
She is doing amazing! She has completely filled out and has gotten so strong! She can even bare weight on her legs! She has the most wonderful happy personality, smiling and baby talking the whole week we were with her. Her foster mom states she is like this all the time. She is precious!! Written by the director of FMN homes.
Hope two and a half. Beautiful and pettite and one of the most happy children
I have ever seen. It was hard to catch her not smiling! She came from an
village in the bush that could not provide for her. Loves other children,
eats well and sleep through the night.
This child is named after the joy and hope she brings to the progam.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Our hope, that we find her a wonderful family that will delight in this child
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I just got back from a wonderful trip to Liberia. What a privilege it is to
hold and love on all of the special need children in the Forget-Me-Not Program.
I was just amazed at how they have all grown! They are so attached to their
caregivers and foster sisters and brothers. What a difference it makes to be
placed in a loving family and not an orphanage. I am so thankful to God for closing
the doors to the initial plans to open an orphanage.
"...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."
It really touched my heart to see all the kids in the area coming to play
with FMN kids. I brought out bubbles, coloring books and toys and everyone
just jumped in to play. That we would all be little children in our hearts.
Loving others without judgement, not seeing the difference in the people
around us, but opening our hearts as Jesus does.
When I look at Karen, age 4 with Cerebral Palsy I only see one precious little girl.
Karen came into the program from a orphanage for special needs adults. Though I desperately wanted to hold her and make her smile she just wanted her caregiver.
Now all of us in the adoption world know what a wonderful sign it is when a child
is firmly attached to one caregiver. In her foster mothers presence she played
a small piano, laughed, stood by herself with the help of the wall and got really
excited when we introduced her to peanut butter.
I know that Karen would flourish and grow even more if adopted in the U.S. and had access to medical treatment here.
If anyone would like to know more about adopting Karen please contact me