… and I have a birthday wish.
But first let me back up a bit. In 2007, I met someone – who would become a dear friend – when her little girl was on the same SN list as my Shepherd. We bonded over the fact that our kiddos were living at the same orphanage, with similar special needs, and even got the chance to squeeze each others necks in Guangzhou in the summer of 2008.
Since then we have stayed in touch. Annie became even more passionate for those left behind, advocating tirelessly and even creating a website devoted entirely to older special needs children… to help find their forever family.
And, all the while, Annie has wanted to adopt again. But, for one reason or another, it just wasn’t God’s timing. She continued to advocate and pour her heart into doing everything she could for those left behind, selflessly giving of herself, even though part of her heart was aching with the burden of wanting one of those little ones to be her own to love forever.
Finally, after almost 5 years of waiting on God, Annie and her husband found their new daughter – a little girl with cerebral palsy and developmental delays who had been waiting years to be matched with a family.
The last few years have been very difficult for them. Her husband had been without a job for a long time. And they have had to sacrifice much. But Annie always kept her joy and continued to trust the Lord. She and her husband even felt led to sell their house, and recently put their beloved home on the market in order to downsize.
But then her husband lost his job. Again. Amazingly, Annie continues to hold onto her joy. She counts herself and her family blessed. And although they have had to sacrifice much, she sees the blessing in giving up those things that have no real value in order to gain those things that count for eternity.
But the reality is that a lack of funds could them to lose their new daughter, too. Currently their adoption in on hold until her husband finds another job. And Annie feels confident that the Lord is already at work to bring this to fruition.
But they still are over $20,000 short to bring Xiaomeng home.
Please, pretty please, take a moment to go read a bit of their story. And, consider donating to this family’s adoption. Any child would be blessed to call this family their own – I have watched Lizzie grow from a malnourished, neglected orphan to a vibrant, joy-filled, and most beloved daughter.
If we all join together, we can be the difference for this family… and for Xiaomeng who has waited so very long for a forever family of her own.
And that is my birthday wish. I’d be so honored if you would be part of making that wish come true.
And if you’d like your donation to be tax-deductible, send a check to:
Journey Together Ministries
2197 Sandy Point Lane
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
and put HAMLIN FAMILY in the memo section.
But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help – how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord.
1 John 3:17-19
P.S. PLEASE share, either this post or your own post on FB or your blog, about this effort… we need to spread the word to make this happen!