Friday, May 29, 2009

Update on Children at Luckyhill

I think it is time to give an update on some of the children from Luckyhill that I have previously mentioned on my blog. I have had several people ask, so here it goes.

William has recovered remarkably from the burns on his legs. Here is the before and after pictures:

God has a way of working miracles. Because William's story was told, his parents were found. A family in Utah is adopting both William and Patience.

Vida, Steve's favorite, is being adopted by a family in Texas.
Kobe has also found his family. His family lives in Utah and are adopting a girl about Lilly's age as well as Kobe. They are an answer to my prayers. We seriously considered adopting Kobe and didn't understand why our answer from God was no, until we learned that this family's answer was yes. God is good.

I also want to tell you about two incredible boys. I am just going to copy this from another adoptive mother's blog because she tells their story so well and has created an adoption fund in their name for children with special needs. Here is their story.
I have struggled HARD CORE the last two weeks with how to make the biggest impact for the kids at Lucky Hill. Some will be adopted, some won't, some should be, some shouldn't. It's so hard. How do you reconcile those choices? How do you REALLY help? Two little boys inspired me and taught me what life is all about. Abeku and Aninda came to Lucky Hill starving. Abe (pronounced Ah-bay) is at least 7 years old. He is the size of my three year old. His brother Aninda is probably 4-5 years old and is the size of an 18 month old. They lost their parents and, we think, spent a long time caring for each other. Each morning I handed out granola bars to all the kids. It was a routine. I went to these two first. And even though I handed one to each of them every. single. morning, if Abe got it first he would RUN to Aninda and split his granola bar in half, just in case there wasn't going to be enough food that day. After a few days of witnessing this, and hearing their story, I know that Abe saved Aninda while they were on their own. He kept him alive. Can you imagine that responsibility? The responsibility of being 6 years old, watching your parents die, and knowing that your brother will be next if you don't stop it from happening. So you give your own food to do it? Abe is my hero.

The starvation has left lasting effects for these boys that will make Special Education necessary to their long term success. Special Education that can only be found in the U.S. What can we do for these boys? I prayed, brainstormed and finally came up with the idea for Abe's Fund. A no interest loan fund for the adoption of kids like Abe and Aninda, kids who need to come here for medical reasons. The fund will replenish itself as parents pay back what they have borrowed. This encourages people to adopt children with medical needs, because it makes the adoption practically free. But, the fund creates change for EVERY child like Abe and Aninda. Watch this video. If these boys touch your heart the way they did mine, please donate today.
I'm telling their story in hopes that somewhere their family will find them. They were always the first children to greet me as I pulled up in Kingsley's car, reaching their arms up for a hug. They are very loving children and have a soft spot in our hearts.

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