If you are a parent to a little child, this is one word which you will have a love-hate relationship with. You will love that your child is curious enough to want to learn more about the world around him/her but the never-ending nature of their “why’s” will make you hate the word.
i have been asked why many times by my son and i love it, except when it is “why” number 1496. i have also been asked why by people who are trying to understand my actions or thought-processes.
One of the “why’s” i have been asked recently is why do i do what i do for these special needs orphans, why do i want to get involved, why do i spend all this time, advocating for, praying for and almost constantly talking about them?
Well, i’m going to “borrow” Michelle’s words (she blogs at Imagery of My Heart):
The only answer I can give here is that once your eyes are opened to a need, it’s hard to be quiet about it. You want to shout it from the rooftops. You want others to care even though they’d rather look away. And that is what happened to me. I couldn’t look away anymore. I may not be able to get anyone else to take up the cause of advocacy, but I cannot be silent. If something I post gets a waiting child just a little more exposure so his/her family can find them, it’s worthwhile. If it makes just one person look at their life and re-evaluate “needs” then it is worthwhile. If one person contributes to an adoption fund for one child, it is worthwhile. Surely these children are some of “the least of these” spoken of by Jesus Christ. How can I turn my back on them?
The words of Jesus she speaks about is taken from this passage: Matthew 25:35-40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
So i’m asking you today NOT to turn away and meet Ashton.
Ashton is just 2 years old and has no knowledge of what a loving family would mean. He was born with Spinal Bifida of lumbar area with hydrocephaly; lower smoldering paraparesis. And it is most likely his disability which made him an orphan.
Whatever the reason he became an orphan is not what i want to discuss today. What i want to highlight is how we can help him as of today; how can we help one of the least of these.
We can pray for him; for his daily needs and for his forever family to come for him.
We can share his story so that his chances of finding a family would increase as more will get to know about him.
We can contribute to his adoption grant so that his forever family will have an easier journey in bringing him home. Click on his picture or name to go to his profile page where there is a Donate button. No amount is too small.
PS: please hop over to Imagery of My Heart: The “Why’s” to read about more “why’s” of international adoption.