I’d like for you to meet Yana.
Isn’t she just the sweetest little munchkin you’ve ever laid eyes on?
Those cheeks! Made for kissing.
That sweet little smile! Made for giggles.
And oh those cute little sausage fingers! Made for holding hands with.
Little Yana was made to be loved.
In the same way that my own little ones were. By the same Creator that made your bedheaded crazies.
But Yana is not like your babies or my babies.
Because Yana is an orphan. Somewhere in Eastern Europe. In the kinds of orphanages that nightmares are made of.
You wouldn’t so much as let your children watch a movie about the depravity…and Yana lives it.
Yana also has Down Syndrome.
But receives no therapies. No early intervention. No medical treatment.
No mommy to blow raspberries on her tummy.
No daddy to coo in her ear how pretty his little girl is.
No pediatrician to play peek a boo while he listens to her heart. A heart that needs surgery. And isn’t getting it.
Sadly, sweet Yana is probably sitting in a crib right now silently. In an overfull diaper. Alone.
I wish I was being dramatic about all of this. But the truth is, I’m sugar coating it. The life that these sweet children lead is abhorrent and filthy.
The orphan crisis is that one thing that never quite leaves me. Like an obnoxious gnat that insists on staying no matter how many times I try to shoosh it away.
It is heart wrenching for me to even fathom. Tears are always at the ready. And I’m so overwhelmed by all of it.
Too many babies languishing. Being an ostrich would be easier. But easier is rarely right.
I think we all have a part of us that mourns for the orphan. And for many of us, we stuff that feeling deep down inside because we don’t know what to do about it.
But here’s my plea for you today:
We are all called to care for the widow and the orphan. Every last one of us.
Caring for the orphan can mean adopting. It can mean fostering.
Or it can mean supporting the families who do.
And that’s what we are going to do over the course of the next few weeks. All of us. Together.
International adoption is expensive. A lot expensive. Like $25,000 expensive.
There is a family out there who would love to bring Yana home and drown her with hugs and fill her ears with the sweet sound of laughter.
But $25,000 is a lot of money. And it is not desire or even resources to care for her that stops many from wholeheartedly embracing her into their family.
But money. Stupid, awful, I hate it, money. Yuck, yuck, yuck. The worst.
I don’t have $25,000. I would guess you probably don’t either.
But I have some money. And maybe you do too.
Did you know that 2 years ago we raised just under $9,500 for Cliff who is now Joshua and has a family?
Did you know that last year we raised just under $6,500 for Xander?
Did you know that the average donation was less than $10?
I want your $10 today. Yana needs your $10. Or even your $5. Or heck, $1. I’m not even kidding. I want your dollar.
I want you to see the world beyond your front stoop today. I want you to look around your home, decorated in twinkling lights, ribbons, bows, and to-do lists. I want you to look into your babies’ eyes today and hug them extra tight. And I want you to think of Yana. Say a prayer for her over the cowlicks of your children’s heads.
Because Yana is not a stock photo. She is an actual, for reals little girl. Every penny we give in Yana’s name goes to her adoption fund. So that when a family steps forward to bring her home…to the family that she was designed to be in…a gift of funding will await them.
Is that not the best gift you can possibly imagine???!!! Blessing a family with the funds necessary to bring their daughter home?
And you GET to be a part of that today.
Every little bit helps. None of us are asked to do it alone. Promise me you’ll at least consider it?
Yana’s cheeks are too squishable to not be smooshed.
Girlfriend needs some smooshing.
The incredible folks at Barn Light Electric are offering to match the first $1,000 we give.
Let’s raise a cool $2,000. At least.
You with me?
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I want to see Yana’s face lighting up the internet! Everywhere I want that cute face!!!
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Let’s make Yana’s Christmas a sweet one this year. She may not know it, but let’s rally for a little girl on the other side of the world.