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.
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.
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.
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.