In a land across the ocean there’s a small town nestled among farms and fields. It has the look of many other towns and villages just like it dotted across the countryside. Carts being led by cows meander down the lane. People go about their lives of work and play. This place is seemingly insignificant, nothing special to look at upon first glance- yet this town holds our hearts.
|Dream come true…|
You see in this town there is a wall with a gate. Behind that gate our hearts are held hostage. They have been captured by a group of boys who most people don’t even know exist. “Our Boys”. I know we have no claim to them, no right to call them “Our Boys”, but in our hearts they are that. They are our loved ones, our calling, our dream.
One day in 2010 God caught our attention and we learned about The Boys. Since that first moment they have held our hearts. We have prayed for them, we have wept for them, we have pleaded to God for them. Last April we got to touch them, look into their eyes, and whisper prayers over them. I still can’t even believe God did that. It seems like a dream. I would give just about anything to be back in that place right this very minute. Somehow we know God has called us there. We have no idea what God has in store for us and them…but that place, those boys…He’s drawing us, coaxing us, keeping our hearts soft toward them, leading us there in His simple way that says “You’ll know my plans when you need to know. Just trust Me.”
Today there is heartache for our dear, sweet Boys we love so very much.
Today we learned that Sasha, one of the Boys, passed away into the arms of Jesus.
I can’t stop crying. You see, Sasha had a family who loved him very much. He was lost no longer! They were working as fast as possible to complete his adoption. They had just found out last week that they would get to travel to rescue their baby boy in just 5 weeks. Oh the celebration! Oh the anticipation! Oh the devastation.
Sweet Sasha, who they were going to name Jonathan, would never have the joy of a family here on earth. Please keep his loving family in your prayers. They are so grieved, yet trusting God. Their faith is so inspiring. Sasha was eight years old and had Down Syndrome. He was not mobile and most likely spent his life in a crib. Now He is with Jesus- no more pain, no more tears, no more suffering.
Now we are the ones with tears.
I know we‘ve said many times, but it still holds true;
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I don’t want to be harsh. I hope and pray I don’t sound condemning, I just have to speak out. These children need a voice and because I know them and love them, I simply must speak for them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
That verse is not just for you and me. That verse is not just for the able-bodied. God has purpose and plans for all people. He has a hope and a future for all people.
We recognize that orphans with special needs are our “yes”, so we’re going to be pretty outspoken about their need. But the bigger point of all of this is that each of us say yes to whatever it is God is asking of us. If it‘s not this issue- then find your issue and go do something about it. Act. Say yes. Don’t hold back. Live life to the fullest for Him. Your life, and the lives of others depend on it.
I too have been so heartbroken since hearing this news. He was so close — so very close to being home with his family. I worry how much longer Heath, Hanson, and Alexei can survive as well or what condition they are in today. And Samuel, he does not belong there! Oh, I hope his family's process moves quickly. I also hope your plan stays on schedule and you might be able to visit them sometime yet this year to let them know they are loved and to hold on!Sue H.
I'm so sorry. Every time I hear stories like this it makes me feel panicky, wondering how much longer my Colt can hold out until the stubborn politicians release their grip on the dumb adoption ban.
Thank you so much for writing this…we are adopting our Joseph with special needs right now but have been feeling convicted to advocate for the all the other ones waiting on RR and this has re-affirmed this for me. We need to get the word out to others to DO SOMETHING…to act, to just say "YES!" and know God is going to bless us and help us when we step out in faith.Thanks so much for posting this.Your posts are a blessing to read.Praying for Sasha's family…
I hope all those things too Sue. We are praying right along with you!
He TOTALLY will bless you when you step out! No doubt about it!! Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂