That’s right! Heath and Heather are both home with their families!
Heath, the boy who led me into the wonderful heartbreaking yet amazing world of special needs orphans, the son of my heart, he is FINALLY HOME with his mama and papa in Texas! They arrived home today.
Heather was home already a little over a week ago but i waited till today to make an official announcement because they were both my first prayer warrior kiddos and will always always hold a special place in my heart. And i wanted them to share this day!
You won’t find a happier person today – at least in Switzerland.
Now if only my boys, Shane and Wesley, can find their forever families this Christmas, i would be over the moon! And of course, i want Jasper to find a family too.
Actually i want them all to find a family but this isn’t possible, so one at a time is how it will have to be.
Please dear God, bring my precious boys forever families this Christmas – it would be an out-of-this-world Christmas gift. Amen!
i had not been on my computer much today… it was a full day so i only checked a little here and there. i only started checking and catching up on emails after my son was in bed. So many emails in just one day!
Anyhow, i finished the emails and reading some blogs and also posting on my own blog. Then i decided i need to check in on my Facebook notifications. And there they were, multiple people had tagged me, all from the Reece’s Rainbow groups.
i saw the sweetest phrase a prayer warrior for an orphan can wish to see…
i teared and sighed happily, thanked the Good Lord above and proceeded to thank everyone and freak out all over the Reece’s Rainbow groups pages.
i have been praying for Heather since the end of February this year and i have been sad for her that she received so little notice and her adoption grant was really low. i prayed and prayed. The Sunday School and i, under God’s leading, did a fundraising event for both Heather and Heath. i continued to pray.
i did 4 special birthday posts for her this month, hoping and praying her family would find her. (See here, here, here and here.) (PS: i know it was not my posts which brought her family to her but it is God.)
i was disappointed when Heather didn’t get voted in to be on Angel Tree for the Christmas Warrior program. In the process of voting for all the other kids, God has been tugging at my heart to pray for more kids, in particular one little guy. But i said to God, “Let me pray these 2 home first.”.
Of course, God knows best. He already knew Heather’s family and had planned for them to come for her at this time. He is the one who is in control, always. And i Thank God He is.
Heather’s family is also adopting another little girl so she will have a sister to play with. i’m waiting to hear if i can get in touch with the family and support them in their journey to bring Heather home. i’ll let you know once i know. In the meantime, meet Heather’s sister, Trista.
Praying their journey to bring home Trista and Heather will be smooth and quick.
Thank you all for caring and praying for my lovely Heather who now has a family coming for her.
Now i’m off to bed, with a smile so big and wide, i am giving the Cheshire Cat a run for his money 😉
i’m back from my holidays and the money from the generous donor is in the bank so i can finally make the transfer. So now Heather’s adoption grant is at US$492.50 and Heath’s adoption grant is at US$9471.44. (Read about my church youth group’s fundraising efforts here.)
But the good news doesn’t just stop there! Heath has been given a matching grant by some very generous children who are offering their birthday money (US$450) so that a family might reach Heath faster. Which means every cent donated to Heath’s grant will be doubled! He would have at least another US$900 in his grant, if we managed to raise the other US$450 by 1st September, giving Heath just over 10K!
i had felt bad about not being able to transfer the money raised by my church youth group sooner but now i see how wonderfully God is working. He had me hold back the transfer till now because His Plan was to double the money!! See instead of just US$355… Heath is really getting US$710 from the amount the youths raised! God is truly amazing!!
Oh, it keeps getting better… i was told yesterday that some really special people in the US have fallen in love with Heath and are pulling together to help get his grant over the 10K mark and eventually to a full grant (25K). My heart absolutely burst with joy when i read that sooo many are rooting for and practically helping my little Heath! God is indeed answering prayers!! Praise the Lord!
They will be offering to wash cars, having yard sales and taking soccer pledges in the following States: California, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington. (i will update this list as more people sign up to do this.) The target date for these activities is September 15th. If you live in the US and would like to contribute at these events, contact me and i’ll put you in touch with these lovely people. Right here, i wanna Thank them for their fantastic efforts.
Even if you don’t live in the US, you can still contribute. Simply click on his name or picture to go to his profile and donate to his adoption grant. Please do donate before September 1st so that the amount you donate can be doubled with the matching grant.
Of course, you can most definitely pray, pray, pray… pray that a family finds Heath asap, pray that his daily needs are met, pray that his health (physical, emotional and spiritual) are well.
Wait! There is still more news to come…
Every year, Reece’s Rainbow has their Christmas Angel Tree project (it runs from Nov 1st to Dec 31st) to pull focus on orphans aged 0-5, with Down Syndrome during the Christmas period. This year they are extending this to older children and children with other special needs as well (They call it My Own Little Starfish). But they can only include 3 from each category and the 3 will be decided via votes from people who support their ministry in one way or another.
So much about Heath, does this mean my little Heather has been neglected? No. Of course not. She has a new picture! Doesn’t she look absolutely adorable in that blue dress? With this new picture, i have read and heard people commenting and talking about her. So things are moving for her too… maybe not in as a big a way as Heath but they are moving. And i’m praying and praying that she will be listed for the vote into the Christmas Angel Tree project. (The Angel Tree page seems to be down for updates so i can only link you to Christmas Warrior page which is part of Angel Tree.)
Do continue to pray for her, pray that she will get more notice, her grant will grow, her daily needs met and most of all, pray that a family comes for her asap. Of course, donate to her adoption grant. And if you have ever considered adoption, do consider Heather. She is such a sweetie and has no medical conditions except her DS. Click on her name or picture to go to her profile page. (i will be doing a special focus on Heather in September.)
Thank you so much for your kind attention and for your prayers and contributions.