Thursday, September 6, 2012

Why this fundraiser now?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

This is a post  I have been meaning to write for a while.  And truthfully, after I typed the title, I thought; Yep, that is a good question.  This virtual race has been much more work that I anticipated.  And it is going slower than I had hoped.  But, it is all good.  God has reminded me, through prayer, of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. So, I offer Him my few loaves and fishes, and He performs the miracles. Anyways . . .

Why this fundraiser now . . .
(For those who have read my blog for a while, you know some of this already.)

I have a heart for orphans.  It started the year after I graduated from college while volunteering full time for Covenant House in Houston. It was there I saw mostly teenagers, but younger children too, literally thrown out on the the streets. Mom had a new boyfriend who did not like kids.  Dad had a new drug habit and it was too dangerous to be at home.  These kids were unwanted.  My heart ached for them.  At that point, I knew that someday I would want to adopt kids like these.

Well, years later, 3 boys later, my husband and I were in a position that we would most likely not have anymore children of our own.  I, naturally, wanted to adopt.  But when you have a family, you have to discern what type of adoption is best for the family you already have.  So, we started to look at infants and toddlers and international adoption.

First, I fell for Ethiopia.  I grew up seeing pictures of starving children from Ethiopia.  Do you all remember, We Are the World? Yep, I was sold.  There was a need we cold fill. Poor children in Ethiopia.  But, after lots of research, there were lots of red flags, so we had to look to other nations.

China

Wait, China? I pictured the summer Olympics 2008.  Lots of factories.  A country that owns our county's debts. A prosperous nation.  Yes, one that had a one child policy. Yes, I knew there were orphans there . . . infant girls you had to wait 5 years to get because SO many people wanted to adopt from China.  Why, God, would we adopt from China? What is the need?

Then my eyes were opened.  I read story after story of children thrown in dumps, left to die, women being forced to have abortions, children abandoned at birth because they have a minor birth defect, or limb deformity, and other children too ill for their very poor, peasant family to get them the care they need, so, they too are abandoned.

This post is not to debate political issues, but simply to say there there are so many children that are being abandoned for so many reasons.  There are so many waiting children in China.  Not a perfect little girl who has a list a mile long waiting for her, but children with heart conditions, limb deformities, cleft lips, that have no one waiting for themThat need a forever family.

And so my heart aches for these children.  But not just for them, but for their moms too.  As a mom, I guess that most of these moms do not abandon their children easily and carelessly.  And, I am sure too, their hearts break as they give up their little ones, feeling as if there is no other option.  Hoping that these little ones may someday become a part of a family.  Wondering if their child will be given a chance for a better life.

And so my heart grew for China, its people, and its orphans.  And I wanted to adopt from China.  But it seems as if it is not in God's plans right now for us to adopt.

But when your eyes become open to such a need, what do you do?

I had to do something . . .

And this is how this fundraiser was born.  Months ago I was introduced to Little Flower Projects and fell in love with every aspect of their work.  I knew if I could not bring one of those waiting children home, that I wanted to do something for those that work tirelessly to help give these children the love and medical care they need.

So, please consider registering/donating to the run. You can do so on my sidebar!!

3 comments:

  1. I think you are doing such a great thing, and I want to run for the cause! I think you must be being vague for a reason, but why do you think adoption is not right for you? You seem like the perfect mom for an orphan. I will be praying for you're family and the decisions you are trying to make. Hugs!!!!

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  2. Any of these children would be very fortunate to have you for a mother. I think this is a wonderful cause to be so passionate about. I promise I'm going to do the virtual run. I just haven't registered yet!

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  3. This just breaks my heart. What a great thing you are doing!

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