Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heart Tugs

Recently one of my friends at church adopted a sweet little girl from China.  While they have other children, they felt called to adopt a child from China and waited for 5 very long years before receiving word that Anna Mei was waiting on their arrival.  It has been such an exciting time---our church family and their other friends closely followed the blog they created detailing their 3-week trip to pick up their beautiful new daughter.  Anna Mei is every bit a bright, energetic toddler and is adjusting well to her new surroundings.  Her two big sisters are equally thrilled to finally get to hold her and help her and love her.

Another young couple at church also began their adoption journey several years ago and have now learned that they will be traveling to China in early fall!!   How lucky these children are to have loving families to accept them into their families and offer them a forever home. 

However, did you know that there are over half a million children living in government-run orphanages and millions more scattered among communities across China.  International and Chinese domestic adoption enables only a small percentage of these children to find a loving home each year. Most of them will have no choice but to stay at orphanages or wander the streets, never knowing the love of a family---especially those with special needs.

And that brings me to this:   Love Without Boundaries, an group that offers medical, educational and therapeutic and foster care for orphans living in China, with the assistance of donations.
I recently learned of this wonderful organization from one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley Ann.  She and her family are in the midst of an international adoption as well, and while waiting, she launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase a much-needed incubator for the orphanage where her daughter lives.   Not only did she raise enough money for the incubator, but also raised enough to assist with the care and surgeries needed for 17 children in China!!! 

Of course, I've read about similar projects before, but for some reason---maybe because I've actually met and held Anna Mei--this time it really tugged on my heart----and little Caleb, in particular caught my eye and heart.

So, I clicked the button.

I know I can't save the world, or fix all the problems of needy children here or abroad, but perhaps I can help make the life of one little guy a little bit brighter and help his chances of finding his forever family.

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