Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ian~A Way You Can Help

Russia has a very special place in our hearts. When we added our first adopted blessing to our family in 2003, we added Russian to our heritage.

Russian adoptions are some of the most expensive. Ransoming a child often is (see
"Ransoming Our Children/Fundraising for Adoption"). In our first adoption of Max, we were young and didn't have a lot of knowledge of how expensive the process was compared to other countries. We just followed God and to this day, I have NO clue how we paid for the entire adoption.

Yes I do, God.

God is allowing us to act today. In honor of Chrissie and in honor of Ian, a little boy with Down Syndrome and a heart issue (that requires surgery in the States NOW).

Wait....I need to back up just a little bit.

Chrissie was admitted to the hospital for extensive heart surgery one year ago today. She was with us here on earth only a month after this surgery, but her life and inspiration lives on today. You can read about Chrissie below.

"Mission Boss Your Heart Memorial Blitz"

In honor of this last month on earth, the Patterson family is highlighting a different family in need each week. Ian is that need. Ian's family has turned down surgery in Russia.

Sweet friends, please understand why, though we love Russia...it's history and beauty...medically they don't have available what we do here. Ian NEEDS to have the surgery in the states. We've seen this ourselves and it needs to be HERE.

Their dossier is ready to go. They have immigration approval. Yet they don't have the money. Now is the time we can come together and aid our brother and sister in Christ. Now is the time we can step up and make a difference in the life of an orphan....a child of God. The cost of an average Russian adoption is over $40,000. They are $18,000 short. Is sounds like a lot, but it's not for God.

Though you can read the story on The Patterson's site above, here are the direct link to how you can help.

"Bringing Hope Home"

Above all, let's marinate Ian and his forever family in prayer.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:9b-10

1 comment:

  1. Kat,

    Thank you so so much for sharing Ian's story. We love him SO MUCH! We know our God can move this mountain and we have faith! You are awesome for God and I love "meeting" other adoptive families, since this is our first, it is a whole new world for us that I can only weep a little for not having been called sooner:) Again, thank you:)


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