Wesley (has a family!)

UPDATE, APRIL 2015: Wesley has a family!!! They will hopefully be able to bring him home sometime after Summer 2015.

This post was originally all about Wesley and written for prospective adoptive parents, to tell them all about the amazing kid that he is. I have since removed the info as he is being adopted! :)

You can follow his family's blog: www.thepaperroad.com

Launching Defend!

Two weeks ago a dream of mine finally became real! Through my advocacy work with Bring Me Hope, which landed me being the first advocacy coordinator - I started before the summer, I wanted to create a new advocacy site for the kids who come to the summer camps and are available for adoption. All of these kids are older (3yrs plus), most have special needs (from mild like repaired cleft lip and palate to more severe needs like cerebral palsy/ spina bifida, mental delays and medical needs) and on top of all that most are boys. Each of these three factors inhibits their chances at finding a family, but putting them together makes it so much harder.

To advocate means to plead on behalf of someone else or to stand up for their needs. Without an advocate who has spent time with the children, gotten to know them and love them as happens at camp, these children would be just another bunch of the thousands waiting. But they are NOT. We have met these kids, they are very real. They have real lives, personalities, tastes, emotions, and real pain. They have all experience real rejection at some point in their lives and some do on a daily basis. We believe that all children deserve to grow up in family so therefore we advocate to find them families.

The aim of Defend is simple - upholding the cause of the fatherless. Please go check out the site at www.defendfoundation.org . I am so pleased with the result! There is still work to be done, and lots more kids to be added but it is a good start!

Please share the site. You really never know who's lives and hearts will be touched for adoption!


NOTE: I am in Ireland, so for my Irish followers unfortunately special needs adoption is currently not possible for us. There will hopefully be a new program established in the very near future! So these children's best chances are in America.

The journey continues...

Ok I haven't posted in a while. I have a few posts waiting to be finished off, will try get around to those soon.

But in the meantime I have some very exciting news!!!!!

I am returning to China, for my fourth time, just after Christmas!! I'm really excited!! I will visit some old friends and kids, and some new ones too!

Please pray for me as the detailed become finalised. I have flights and rough schedule thought out. I just need my visa and then I'm ready to go ;) pray that God will lead me where he wants me and that it will help me decide what to do next summer. There are so many organisations I want to work with its hard to decide!!

The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
Psalm 121:5

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2, NLT