Saturday, December 29, 2012

Russian Adoption and Roughhousing that Gave Me Perspective

I didn't feel able to write yesterday.  My emotions were just pretty intense.  Jodi said it best here.  It's hard, really hard.

Today, after watching my kids roughhouse, and everyone full of feelings, though still sad, are much more full of hope.  God blessed us with eight (prayerfully nine soon) children, five from across the world.  THAT gives me hope. 

Putin signed into law a ban on American adoption in Russia.

Though (as Julia said here) there is hope for some, as Robert Shlegel has offered up an amendment to the original law allowing for adoption of special needs.  It would still need to be signed by Putin.  

The State Department is also fighting for the families in process to be able to complete their adoptions.  These things are VITALLY important.

We cannot forget though that thousands of children will remain in institutions if there is no "give" on either side of oceans.  My heart breaks for these children.

We know these children personally (in one way).

We met Max in an orphanage in Moscow in 2003, Max wasn't considered "special needs".  He was underweight (not even on the weight charts), neglected, skeletal.... and not in a good place.....but not "special needs".  Sometimes I wonder how long it would have been before he would have stopped responding, stopped caring, and eventually been labeled "special needs". 

I remember the chain link fence around the courtyard, children pressed against it as we passed, non special needs kids..... many with no hope in their eyes.

Max's situation was dire.  Those labeled "special needs"...well, sigh...their situation was even more dire.  They sat in soaking wet diapers (urine running down their legs and soaking through their clothes) and almost zero touch.  A superstition still existed that they could "catch" what these children had.  One little boy with Down Syndrome still has us aching when we think of him.

My husband and I spent the night of our anniversary (out to dinner) analyzing why?  Why would they consider doing this?

It's so awful and so crazy.  When you dig back through the recent history, much of it seems to rest in the arms of power. Power to hurt each other...

Power to hurt the children, because children WILL die...children WILL suffer.

My heart is broken for little ones all over the world.

I know some may ask why it should matter so much... a child across the world...when so many children here need homes (they so very much do).

The answer is easy...

We must have the eyes of God.  We must realize the value of every child.  EVERY CHILD MATTERS.....

I've heard statistics, something like 65,000 children needing homes in the United States and 650,000 in Russia. 

Children are not numbers.  They are not statistics.  Yes, it matters in the ability of a country to care for so many, but NOT in the worth of a child NOR does it make one child more worthy of a family.  Children in the United States deserve families.  Children in Russia deserve families as well.  As do children in Ethiopia, China, Bulgaria, Uganda, and MANY MANY other countries.

Please stand (sit, bow, kneel, lay on the floor) in petition to God for these children.  Someone MUST fight for them.  They are ALL God's children....

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

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