Before i announce the winners, i would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the generous donors and to everyone who has shared Wesley‘s story to the world. You guys and gals have made a difference to the life of Wesley, a special needs orphan, who is now no longer unnoticed, no longer uncared for because you all have cared for him, you all have been mindful of him and his needs and have put his needs above yours.
Now for some numbers.
Wesley started with only US$252.50 in his adoption grant on 30th October 2012 which was when this Precious One Giveaway was started. When the contributions came in that first day, i was so very happy. Then things sort of stalled and i wondered why. i wondered what else i could do. i thought i would make little cards to hand out to people to raise awareness. But God had other plans. He inspired me, gave me courage to start writing personal appeal letters. That first day i sent out to about 14 people. They so wonderfully pushed Wesley’s fund to just below US$500, which was our initial target. Encouraged, i raised the target to US$1000 and went on to send out more letters of appeal. Everyday a couple of people would respond. i was in awe as i watched God move hearts and hands for Wesley. Then there were a few days with no responses. i was a little sad but not worried as i knew a few people were considering their contribution amounts. Then a few more responded and then a big donation and then a bigger one came in and that pushed Wesley over the US$1000 mark! i was thrilled to bits.
i am so happy to report that Wesley‘s adoption grant (at time of writing) is at US$1199.00. That’s a total of US$946.50 raised by all of you in just 5 weeks!
Once again, THANK YOU to both donors and sharers of Wesley‘s story. Building awareness is half the job.
Now onto the winners:
All contributors were given a certain amount of entries based on the amount they contributed and also when they share Wesley‘s story. (Some have declined to be included in this draw as they felt that wasn’t why they donated, others felt the postage costs should go to Wesley instead of into sending them a gift. Still others have declined to be even named.) Each entry is given a number. i have used Random.org to generate three random numbers and these are the winners.
1) Swarovski Silver Crystal Figurine – Dog. = Brenda Tham
3) Semi-Precious Stones Charm Bracelet. = Carol Ho
i will be contacting the winners via Facebook PM or email.
If you have considered donating to Wesley, but have missed this Giveaway, i pray that you would still go ahead and donate. The total costs of an international adoption from Wesley‘s region is between US$30,000 to US$45,000. So even though we have made a small dent in his adoption grant, much more is still needed for a family to finally, legally call him their own.
If you would, i also ask you to consider giving to one of these families who are adoption from Asia, the region where Wesley lives in. Please see my post entitled, All for Asia to find out more about these adopting families and their needs. They also have many giveaways and auctions you can take part in to help them raise funds to bring home their children.
If you want to help even more special needs orphans, please check out Julia’s wonderful BIG Giveaway here. She has some wonderful prizes and she is aiming to help all the orphans on Angel Tree this festive season. Please do consider helping these precious ones as getting adopted would offer them a chance to live a full life.
Do continue to share Wesley‘s story and pray for him, his daily needs and most importantly, pray for his forever family to step forward and claim him as their own.
Please do also remember my little Heath, who (by God’s grace) has a full grant but is still waiting for his forever family. The place where Heath is in, is really not very good. They don’t have enough staff; ; i’m not sure that they even have enough to feed the children properly and most definitely no time or energy to do anything more than put what little food they have in front of the kids there; they don’t have anything (i truly mean absolutely nothing) except four walls, beds, tables and chairs. Please pray for Heath‘s daily needs to be met, pray for the other children in his institute too. Please for Heath‘s forever family to step forward and claim him as their own.
Today is my last Wesley Wednesday post for this season. Before i go on with today’s very special post, i would like to make an extra special announcement:
As of yesterday, 27th November 2012, with the help of many generous donors, Wesley‘s adoption grant make the jump over the US$1000 mark! We have reached our second target!! No words can describe how happy i am for Wesley and how grateful i am to all the wonderful and so very very generous people who made this possible. And most important how thankful i am to God, that He, the Almighty God is mindful of a 12-year-old orphan whose story needed to be told, whose grant needed to grow. He, my Lord and Saviour is mindful of me, little old me, encouraging me in my efforts, telling me daily that He will take care of it, that it is not an impossible amount; in fact, no amount is impossible for Him.
Please, i humbly ask of you, if you have considered contributing but have not yet, please please do contribute (Click on his name to go to his profile page to donate). We may have reached the 1000 mark but it takes at least 30 times that for Wesley‘s forever family to reach him. So please continue to give! Our Precious One Giveaway is still on for another 6 days. So please take part.
NOW… onto today’s post.
As of last week, i had planned for this last Wesley Wednesday to be shared with other families who are on their way to bring their precious ones home from Asia; the region where Wesley lives in. i had the feeling that God was telling me to share this last post because He had already arranged to bless Wesley and now it was time to pass the blessings on. So please do read these families’ stories and show them the same love and generosity you have shown Wesley.
The Jones Family is bringing Vincent and Tao home and they will be travelling in 3 days! They need funds to make those very expensive plane tickets which are now costing a bomb because it is “peak” season. They need another US$5500. They have an amazing Buy It Now Fundraiser going on. Please have a look and make a purchase to help them with this final costs. You can also donate directly to their adoption grant here. Follow their adoption journey here. UPDATE: The Jones family are travelling now but still need another US$400 for medicals and other costs. Please continue to help them meet these final costs! Please pray for little Vincent (Xavier), he is very malnourished because of his very many allergies he rejects food as it hurts his stomach. Xavier now has a feeding tube in to help with his nourison but he has pulled out the tube twice already! Please pray that he stops pulling the tube out as each re-insertion is painful and difficult. This is the best way to get him the food he needs to grow. Pray also that Ethan (Tao) will be ok during the medicals he has to be given to get his visa into the US. They are home in a week. So last leg now. Keep praying and supporting this family.HOME: They are in the air flying home as i update this! Praise the Lord! Touch Down – HOME!!!
The Campbell Family is bringing home Maya Grace and they are hoping to be able to travel to Maya Grace before Christmas. Travelling during this festive season means that plane tickets sky-rocket and the Campbells have had a few delays which costed them extra as well. Please help them to meet this extra costs. You can read about their journey to Maya Grace here. They have an Online Auction going on with many lovely items (ending 9pm Central time on 28th Wed). They also have a Stella and Dot Online Fundraiser (see their blog). If you are ordering from Amazon, please use their Amazon affiliate link on their blog. You can also donate directly here. UPDATE: 24th December is when they can pick up their daughter and bring her home. They fly to her country on 18th December. The plane tickets are way more than they have budgeted because of the holiday prices. It costed them an extra US$3666. Please help them meet that costs! They also have 2 more fundraisers you can take part in: an Usborne Books Fundraiser (i absolutely love Usborne Books!) and a Tupperware Fundraiser. News as of 5th December: The Campbells have just found out that the hotel they had planned to stay at (the least expensive one) can not take them because of their family size so they are now forced to take rooms in another more expensive hotel which would also increase their transport costs. So now the total extra funds they need is US$5500. Please help them meet these final costs and bring their girl home. As of 7th December: they still need US$3800, please continue to pray and contribute. NEW (11th Dec) new updated charges have come in and it is so much more than previously advised by their agency. They NOW need US$5400! Please help. Take part in my Giveaway for the Campbells here. Giveaway ended. NEW: Travelling NOW! Please pray for them.
The Fristoe Family is bringing Clara and Feng home. These little girls are both in need of heart surgery. There have been attempts to get their surgeries where they are but it has not happened. Their immediate need now is to make payment for their home study; first payment of US$400 is due in 3 days! And the second payment is in January. They need to submit their paperwork in 3 days so that they can complete their home study in early January. They can not allow these girls to wait any longer. Please help them make this payment. Go to their blog to donate. UPDATE: They have an auction going on with bracelets, earrings and knitted items, please see here.
The Wiehl Family is bringing LuLu home and they are hoping to be able to travel to LuLu in January. They have had so many many delays and are asking for prayers for smooth paperwork from now onwards. They also need to raise another US$7500 to be fully funded! You can use the Amazon link on their blog so they can earn a little bit from the Amazon Affiliates program. You can order lovely jewelry from them. Please have a look here. They are also offering to write Santa Letters to your child in exchange for a small donation. Please read about it here. And of course, you can donate directly to their adoption grant here. UPDATE: The Wiehl family has been trying very hard to raise funds through sales on ebay and jewelry but it is still not enough. They are 4 weeks away from travelling to get their girl but are still US$4000 short. Please help them meet this final amount. Please also pray for them as most of the family is now ill… pray for good health and energy and funds to complete the final steps of this adoption. They have a new fundraiser too – sale of great books for teachers/homeschoolers – see here. NEW (11th Dec) American Doll Giveaway – these lovely lovely dolls are up for grabs… see here for details.LATEST Fundraiser: Be A Voice Fundraiser – lovely Pewter items in an auction. See here for details.
The Baird Family is bringing Nathaniel home. They have submitted their paperwork and are waiting on approval to travel. Mama Baird is a single mum who has a fantastic support network including her 15-year-old daughter, her own adoptive father and a community of “aunties and uncles”; all of whom are eager for Nathaniel to come home. They are working hard to raise the funds needed. They have a Superhero Fundraiser going on as well as a Galactic Gift Auction. Please visit the pages and take part to contribute to their adoption grant. You can also donate directly here. Follow their journey here.
The Garrick Family is bringing Lana home. They are in the middle of their home study and are also actively raising funds to bring home their little girl; a sister for their two boys. They have a great website selling t-shirts with a wonderful message and lovely necklaces. Please visit here and make a purchase. You can also donate directly to their fund here. You can follow their adoption journey here.
The Hemmes Family is bringing John home. They have just received their completed home study and are waiting on approval from US Immigration to adopt internationally. They have a fun little fundraiser where clues (about a big announcement) are given for a certain amount given towards their adoption grant; it’s like playing detective – how fun! Please visit their blog to find out more. You can donate on their blog or here.
The Lanz Family is bringing home Abigail and Jennifer. Both girls have CP (Cerebral Palsy). The Lanz have finished their homestudy and are already approved on the US side to adopt internationally. Now they will send in their dossier to the girls’ country and waiting for approval from that side. In the meantime, they are busy fundraising as bringing home 2 little ones will costs so much more. They have some great fundraisers: sale of some really cute crocheted animals or dolls (click here to buy), use their Amazon affiliate link on their blog when making purchases from Amazon, a fundraiser with The Apparent Project where you get lovely handmade bead jewelry and a Puzzle Fundraiser (see here for details). You can also donate directly to their adoption grant here. Follow their journey here.
Jon and Angela are bringing home Jack, who has a very rare condition which requires lots of care; he has Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP). His skin can not handle exposure to UV light, which means no exposure to sunlight or any artificial lights with UV in them. Even a little exposure can have a cumulative effect. They have been fundraising but have not had much success. Please do support them in their latest fundraiser here. They have some lovely items in their giveaway. You can also donate directly here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: They have asked for prayers for Jack’s health. Please do pray also for funds to come in so they can get Jack home as soon as possible for medical attention. Please read this other blog post about Jack. Read more about Jack and his soon-to-be parents here.
The Evans Familyis bringing home Hylah (Molly Kate). Molly has Williams Syndrome which can display similar behaviour traits to Down Syndrome. They are now in the midst of doing their Homestudy and estimate that they will need to fundraise at least US$15,000. They are selling beautiful Wooden Name Puzzles to start the ball rolling. Please click here to view and purchase a name puzzle to help them. You can also donate directly to their adoption grant here. They have asked for prayers, specifically pray that Molly would understand why she can not be home with them right now, that they can help her to understand that paperwork takes a long time and that she be patient. Follow their journey here.
The Sharp Family is bringing Rowyn and Zekiel home. Both of them have achondroplasia dwarfism. They are now waiting for their Letter of Approval, which means travel dates would be coming up after that. They are working hard to raise the funds needed to complete this adoption, which is estimated to costs US$26,000. They only have US$3828 in their adoption grant at the moment. Please visit here for all their fundraisers. There are lovely hand-made bracelets, necklaces and t-shirts to purchase. You can also take part in Rowyn’s Reveal here; it’s a Giveaway with a US$100 Subway Gift card as the prize. You can follow their journey here.
The Robbins Family is bringing home Walter. They just booked their flights to travel to Walter after the New Year holidays in January 2013. Praise the Lord! They are fully funded! BUT… they have asked for prayers as this will be a big transition for all; most of all for Walter who has to leave familiar surroundings and persons. Pray that Walter will be ready to leave his old life and welcome a new one with great excitement and eagerness. Pray also for the 4 children who expectantly wait at home to welcome a new brother. You can follow their journey here.
The Gaines Family is bringing a little girl home. i believe they can’t release her name, just yet. They are still recovering financially from a previous failed adoption and therefore need help with funds for this one. They have finished their homestudy and expect their dossier to arrive in country late January. Here are their requests: they ask for prayers, they are looking for air-miles to save on flights, clothes and toys for the girl they are adopting, items for auction/sale, donations can be made to the Paypal on their blog here. UPDATE: They now have an Amazon Link Words on their blog. So when you want to make an order via Amazon, please click through their blog so they get a small percentage of the sales towards their adoption.
There you are, seveneightninetwelve thirteen wonderful families, all needing your help. Please read their stories and contribute a little towards their journey. You would be helping to bring together a family; to complete a family. They are grateful for every amount given.
If you are not in a situation to contribute monies, then please do share their stories so others can help. Do also pray for these families; pray that God keeps them all safe and healthy, God provides the funds and the paperwork and God be with them every step of the way. They welcome every prayer said.
Thank you so much for your kind attention, your generous giving and your prayers.
Does life not feel like a race? What are you racing towards or for?
Is this race of life worth the while? What have we to show for it at the end of the day?
If i may, i would like to answer that question. (This is my viewpoint of the world.)
At the end of this life’s race, i hope and pray that everyone who looks back on my life will see one thing – LOVE. They will see that i have loved to the best of my abilities. i am not born with the ability to love everyone in every situation unconditionally but knowing how unconditionally the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father and the Holy Spirit loves me; that is what helps me to try my best to love; to love far and wide, just like God loves this whole world of human beings.
This world is so full of hurts and sorrows that sometimes it is hard to bear. (It is one of the reasons, years ago, i stopped reading newspapers.) But…
Luckily there is HOPE that conquers the fallen world we live in. We don’t have to shoulder the world’s pain and burden. We don’t have to mitigate the evil that surrounds us. What we do have to do is TRUST in Jesus the savior, despite our pain and sorrow and fear. His Love can heal the whole world and each of us is called to be a vessel of that saving and healing love. We can trust with Joy in the sovereignty and providence of Almighty God. He has every single orphan and every person who is hungry or homeless or oppressed or afraid in His sights and has a plan of salvation for each and every one.
The above quote is from Mission Adoption’s post called Racing to Love. (i borrowed the title.)
i am now on a mini-race; a race to help a boy named Wesley, Wesley whose story brings me pain, yet he survived and is even a light of gentleness in his sad situation. You can read more about him here.
Yes, there are sooo very many orphans, so how is helping just one orphan going to make a difference to the whole orphan situation in the world? Well, if you have read the Starfish story in my ‘Precious One Giveaway for Wesley’ post, then you will understand that it will make a difference to Wesley and that is what matters, it will matter to him. We can’t save the whole wide world but we can do our very small part to make it a better place, even for just one person. Then we would have shared God’s love with that person, we would have loved to the best of our abilities.
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Mother Theresa
So would you join me in this mini-race and race to love Wesley? Show Wesley love by increasing his chances of finding a family. You can help him by sharing his story and the Precious One Giveaway. You can contribute to his adoption grant which would lift the financial burden of his forever family when they come for him. Click on his name or picture to contribute directly. You can pray for him; for his daily needs and for his forever family to find him real soon.
Right now, as i ask you to partner with me in loving Wesley, i would also like to THANK all the wonderfully generous donors who have contributed and i’m happy to report that Wesley‘s adoption grant stands at US$618.50 (at time of writing). Just a little under US$400 to go to meet our target of US$1000 and 12 days more to the end of the Giveaway.
i would also like to THANK every single person who has shared Wesley‘s story and this Giveaway. Spreading the word and building awareness is really half the job and this is the way we hope and pray that Wesley‘s family can be found.