Sunday, December 11, 2016

We Are a Force to be Reckoned With--Don't stop.

One thousand three hundred and thirty four sets of eyes read about her need, likely seeing her deep dimples and squinty brown eyes for the first time.

I lost track of how many times the post was shared on social media.

Many folks reached out to say their hearts had been moved or that they were praying.

One young couple even hurriedly contacted me to ask about the process because they had begun to pray about adopting her. (Sadly they were not old enough to fulfill Bulgaria's rule that adoptive parents must be 15 years older than the child.)

My church has added her to our prayers. Maybe yours has, too.

No, we have not yet found a family for Dawn.

But we, friends, are a force to be reckoned with.

Can you just see it? Close your eyes for a moment right now to really picture it.

1,334 of us loving her. Praying for her. Sharing her need with our friends and families and churches.

I'd have a hard time believing there wasn't a family out there for her somewhere. A family to love her imperfectly, but unconditionally and forever. A family with room at their table, and food to spare. A family with big hearts and lots of questions who could hold her close and teach her about love and about Jesus.

I know they're out there.

Maybe, there's someone out there like me, several years ago. Single and unwilling to sit around waiting any longer for her life to begin.

Maybe there's a family with older children who would love to teach her how to throw a ball and run through the sprinkler, who could make her laugh big belly laughs.

Maybe there's a mama who can look past the orphanage clothes and hair to see a beautiful princess of a child who would be beyond darling in a Christmas dress with a bow in her hair, and her very own church shoes.

Maybe there's a daddy who would love nothing more than to throw her up on his shoulders or spin her around wildly until the both of them lose their breath from the hilarity. A daddy who could speak love and life back into her eyes.

It's still possible.

With this many of us praying for her and sharing her need, it is really and truly still possible.

But it won't be possible for long. Her time is very nearly up. Two months. That's all she's got left until her future is sealed.

For those who have asked and for others who are wondering, here's what needs to happen.

A family would need to complete a home study (or update a recent one) and have their 800 A approved before her birthday. Two months is not a lot of time to make that happen, but it is possible!

Our adoption agency, who we love has offered that they would be willing to walk a family through expediting these processes. They have experience with this kind of situation and have assured us that it can, in fact, be done. But it needs to happen quickly. You can email me at and I'll go about quickly introducing you to our case workers at Lifeline Children's Services.

If you are willing, please keep sharing, praying, and prayerfully considering. I know we can't "save them all", but by God's grace, we'll save this one.

Lots of love to all of you.

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