(Pictures have been blurred according to agency recommendation.)
Here I am.....putting a giant call out to those of you who are wanting and willing to lay down your lives for others and drastically change your life for the better as you step up to the call of adoption in a way that very few do at once. I have been asked by the agency director of Celebrate Children International to help advocate for these two groups of precious waiting siblings.
I know there are families out there that have been called to adopt sibling groups and I know that God will lead two of those families to these precious children. If you have been praying about adopting a sibling group don't automatically assume that these kids are probably for two other families and not yours just because the time is not right or finances aren't necessarily great, or you are just not ready yet. Because let me tell you from experience and from talking with just about every other person whom has adopted.....you always have to step out in faith, the time is mostly never perfect, and you will almost never have the money :-) That is what stepping out in faith is all about. But the most amazing thing of all is watching God in action. Suddenly when you have enough faith to say "Yes, we have room" you watch God's provision start to take place. He meets all your needs.
Here is a brief description of these sibling groups.....please read!!
This sweet sibling set of 4 girls have been relinquished by their HIV positive mother because she has so many children and with her diagnosis of HIV, she knows that eventually they will loose her. Their father has died and she has no family to help care for her children. She has relinquished them for good, hoping that they will have a good future. The youngest girl is HIV positive.
This sibling set of 5 (girl, boy, boy, girl, boy) has a sad history. They were sent to the orphanage by the government for their protection and welfare. Their mother is HIV positive (she may have died now) and the oldest girl is HIV positive. While we hope that they can find a family together, it is possible to adopt the second and third oldest boys together or the oldest girl and the youngest girl and baby boy together as their paperwork has been processed as such.
So here is the next question......How many completely lost interest as soon as they heard that one child in each group is HIV+ ??
We all need to get educated on HIV and realize that with the proper treatment and meds, these days, children can live a very healthy and normal life. There is an organization called Project Hopeful run by my friend, Carolyn Twietmeyer, who can not only educate you but offer support, grants, and all kinds of help when adopting an HIV+ child. Please click on her site and contact her with any questions regarding children and HIV. They have adopted over 10 children, several with HIV. This is their mission to help others realize that these children will lose their lives if they don't have our help, because our help means that they get love and proper treatment, which means they get their life back. You talk about saving the orphan......you are not only giving that child a family....but you are giving that child HOPE.
Also, please visit my friend, Tracy's blog. They are using Celebrate Children and are in Ethiopia right now with their new sibling group of 4 to add to her family of 5. So yes, she will now have 7 children. Her stories of these sweet siblings and how grateful they are to finally have a Mom and a Dad are sooooo heartwarming. If you are considering this, then this blog will encourage you....and if you aren't considering this, then you might be after you read her stories.
Siblings in Ethiopia are very close to one another. How sad for the others to have to watch the fate of one sibling suffer from a disease that could be so easily helped. These kids are precious and they shouldn't be automatically discounted because there are so many of them or because one in the group is HIV+. I have 3 sisters and I can't imagine if we were orphaned that we wouldn't be considered because there are so many of us or because one of us might be sick. I totally relate to those 4 sisters pictured above.....I just can't imagine what they have to deal with, but thank God they have each other. These are children that need a home, love, and desperately need us to come in and be the hands and feet of Jesus. God has laid these kids on someone's heart. Is it you??
If you have any questions for me, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To inquire about these children please contact
or contact Celebrate Children, International at (407) 977-2810.
God Bless as we all walk together to do HIS will.