A Little Something Extra

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Storming the gates...

This post is going to be difficult to read.  There are some children who are heavy on my heart and we need to be storming the gates of heaven with prayers.

Be advised that there is a photo below that you may not want to see.  But really... we NEED to see it.  And we need to DO something about it; not all of us are called to help her family directly, but maybe we can help someone else in a similar situation.

There's a little girl whose mommy went over to Eastern Europe to rescue her from an orphanage.  This little girl was in an orphanage because she has an extra chromosome.  Sadly, many children with disabilities are discarded like trash in some of those countries.  I've blogged about this before.  You might be thinking "same old, same old," post from Jennie.  But this isn't the same.

Look at this little girl.  Her name is Carrington.

When her mom took her away from the orphanage (her "gotcha day," I think), she unbundled her little girl for the first time.  She wasn't allowed to do so in the orphanage.  So she took off her winter garb and found that THIS is what her daughter's body looks like.

How does this photo make you feel?  I've been haunted by it all weekend.  Carrington is three and a half years old.  She weighs 11 pounds.  Yes, 11.  Her body is shutting down.  It's a miracle they got her home to the US (where they expedited through customs and went straight to the hospital).  This little girl is in a fight for her life right now.  It's only by the grace of God that she didn't die before her parents got there.  A friend of Carrington's family has started a blog, so if you would like to hear more about her, visit this blog.  Carrington has six siblings at home and I know her family could use some prayers.

This little girl was not born in a third-world country, friends.  She was born in a country that has hospitals, doctors, surgeons, nurses... but Carrington is the least of the least of these.  She has an extra chromosome.  She has Down syndrome.  Her life was not valuable enough for the individuals who were around her to bother trying to save it.

You didn't think I'd stop there, did you?  I have another adoption story for you.  Do you remember last year when the woman in Tennessee sent her adopted son BACK to Russia with a note pinned to his shirt?  Imagine what happened to adoptions in that region.  After shutting adoptions off for about a year, the Davis family was finally given a court date to adopt Kirill.

Look at this adorable boy!

The court date was last Thursday.  The judge said "no."  Seriously.  She said no.  The reason?  She said that Kirill was "not socially adaptable" due to "his medical condition" (Down syndrome!) and he was better off in an institution than in a home with a family.  Read more here.

The family is appealing.  But would you believe that if the supreme court decides to side with the appeal, the next judge who will rule is the SAME JUDGE who denied the adoption in the first place.  We have a big God.  And He can move mountains.  So we pray.

What do we do with this information about the children?  Are we compelled to action? In Deuteronomy 4:9, God tells us to "watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live."

If God is not calling you to adopt, what will you do to help orphans in their distress?  James 1:27 does not say SOME OF YOU "look after orphans and widows in their distress."  Please pray for them.  Help others who are adopting.  Advocate for the children.


Kris said...

Thank you Jennie. I would love to link this blog post. I'm pretty sure you won't mind :)

Michelle Z said...

Jennie, I'm so glad to call you my friend. Kiss your babies for me.

Sarah said...

Thank you for posting:)

Lund7 said...

Very disturbing and sad. Thanks for posting that reality for all of us to see. Enjoy this "lovely" spring day!

Anonymous said...

Thats soooo sad!!!!!!!