Yep, it has. A whole year since i stepped into the world of orphans with special needs.
My beloved Heath was the one who led me into this wonderful yet frightening, beautiful yet terrible, amazing yet sad world where children are in so much need my heart was broken and remains so. Their stories are frightening, some of the conditions they live in are terrible, the lives they have in the institutions are simply too sad. But the children themselves are so wonderful and beautiful, and the parents who pursue them are so amazing.
This was the post which led me to Heath and i reblogged it as my first feeble attempt to help Heath. And then donations followed and then i became his Prayer Warrior and Advocate. i still am and will never stop praying for my beloved Heath.
My heart remains broken because my beloved Heath does not yet have a loving family to care for him. He is still sitting in his shared wheelchair, doing nothing all day, sometimes having a dirty old string to play with. This wonderful lady who brought Heath the attention he deserves; Wonderful Julia who has worked so hard to help grow his adoption grant shares my heart… hear what she has to say about Heath here. (She has a few other posts about Heath, this is just the most recent one.)
My dream for Heath still stands… you can read about it here. i dream of how it would be for Heath in a family situation. What love they would give him and what a joy he would be to his forever family.
i wrote a letter to Heath’s family-to-be, telling them how much i love Heath and how many others also love him and are committed to helping him find a family and would be willing to help that family bring him home.
God Himself has worked wonderful miracles for Heath, the fact that he is alive now is a miracle, the fact that he has food when many other orphans in his home country have to go without is another. But God truly moved mountains, moved hearts and hands when Heath‘s adoption grant grew within a year from a couple of hundred dollars to a FULL GRANT! See here and here for how it came to be.
That’s right, Heath has a FULL grant! Which means his forever family only need to come up with the initial commitment fees, home-study fees and a few other fees for documentation, finger-prints etc. … but all the travel and most of the agency fees are already funded!
i am praying for Heath‘s forever family to step forward as soon as possible. There is a possibility that Heath‘s home country might be closed to all international adoption as they may need to compile with the Hague Convention of 1993 (we don’t know if it would actually happen or when). While a country works to compile with the Hague Convention, they have to close all adoptions and it could take anywhere from a few months to years before they open again.
Fear is easy, but love is hard…
i read this on A Place To Call Home… she wrote about how fearful she was to step out again to try to adopt (her heart was broken twice before), she showed how wonderfully God reached out to her heart and comforted it, strengthen it and helped her to be brave and step up and out to love once again. Please go here and read her story.
Do continue to pray for him!