Reece’s Rainbow is an amazing ministry that brings awareness to, and advocates for, orphans with Down Syndrome. If any of you have ever spent even the smallest amount of time with a child with Down Syndrome then you know how loving, gentle and innocent their souls are. It is hard to believe that in many countries these children are “tossed-away”, left to die without proper care and love.
Below is a blog-post by a woman named Erin Ardler. Out of a mother’s love for her own child with Down Syndrome she has become a voice for those who have no voice….like Simon. Be blessed, encouraged and challenged by her words. Pass it on, and together, as The Body of Christ, we can bring Simon into the family that God created him for.
Their is something I have wanted to share with you for a while now. It’s something bigger than I truly know how to put into words, my heart pounds right this moment as I type….but today I will try….
Just when I thought God’s work was truly being done with Grady in our lives, he layed upon my ears and heart the cries of the orphaned. No longer do I hear silence when closing my eyes to pray. The forgotten ones that are far beyond my reach are now close within our heart and prayers. In Eastern Europe when orphaned children with Down Syndrome near their 5th birthday they are transferred to a mental institution where within a year they typically die from neglect of basic care and love. I ask you to watch these videos first. Please. It will explain a lot.
Dark Side of Serbian Mental Institutions
Serbian Neglect Part. 1
As Grady’s 1st Birthday is nearing, I want to share this story with you…
On February 19th, 2010 somewhere in an Eastern Europe a woman gave birth to a little boy named Simon at the same exact time I was in labor with Grady here in NY.
On February 19th, 2010 that same woman in Eastern Europe discovered her child has Down Syndrome and decided not to care for him at the same time here in the United States I was eagerly anticipating finally seeing Grady’s precious face for the first time.
On February 20th, 2010 at 12:25 am I delivered Grady Wayne in Westchester NY and somewhere in Eastern Europe on that same day Simon was transferred to an orphanage, alone, just because he had Down Syndrome.
On February 20th, 2010 I fell head over heals in love with my little Grady Wayne.
On February 20th 2010 Simon had no one to love him. He had no mother to hold his tiny hands, to sing him to sleep, or keep him warm. He was an Orphan.
On February 24th 2010, in the midst of a very cold winter we brought Grady into our warm home, covered him with blankets, provided unconditional love, and rocked him to sleep.
On February 24th 2010, Simon fell asleep with no mother to rock him and surrounded by the cries of other abandoned children, mostly with Down Syndrome.
About six months ago when I first fell in love with Simon my mind started to race… he was born just a day before Grady… The connection is deep within my soul. I can’t imagine Grady living in the conditions that Simon does, it breaks every piece of my heart when I think of it.
On January 21st 2011… You, yes you reading this get to be a part of Simon’s Story, you get to be a part of Saving Simon from a mental institution like the one in the video above. You get to be a part of the rest of his story…
Simon is celebrating his 1st Birthday alone on Feb 19th, but our mission and prayers is that this will be his last birthday alone. Will you help us?
Since finding Simon on Reece’s Rainbow (an accredited and nationally known International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry) I have been praying for him fervently. I have been praying for his forever family to find him soon. While, both Paul and I feel called to adopt one day… unfortunatley ( I say this with tears and a great sigh) we aren’t in the position right now to do so. …If God opens that door to do so within the next year, you bet your bottom we will take Simon… But until then what we can do is raise money towards his adoption fund to help his forever family bring him home. It typically will cost around $25,000 + to bring him home… he has $1,000 dollars right now….
Meet Simon Today:
Sometime within the last year my view on international adoption changed. I used to think why adopt internationally when their are so many children here in the States who need our help? The realization is that here in the land of opportunity, America, we don’t have mental institutions locking up and killing off children with Down Syndrome. Every child from every nation is God’s child… they all need our help.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Grady is a blessed little boy, he has never-ending love, mountains of clothes, therapy toys and bins and bins of fun gadgets and gizmos. He needsnothing. So in honor of his birthday we ask our followers, strangers, friends and family to help Simon.
You can do so by clicking on Simon’s picture above or HERE. We ask you to share this post a thousand times, email it to friends and family, blog about it, tweet it, facebook it…and mostly pray about it. Watching Simon’s adoption fund grow will be an abundant blessing for all. Glory to God.
“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act.” Prov. 24:12
You can be a part of something amazing. With ever dollar raised Simon is one step closer to home. I am so excited to see what God will do with this fundraiser, I am excited to be a part of something in honor of Grady’s 1st Birthday…. to finally after months of praying see Simon’s story begin unfolding.
On Reece’s Rainbow website you can keep track of Simon and his adoption process as well as his adoption fund. How absolutely exciting right?
To see awesome stories of once orphaned children already brought home to their forever families click here.
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.
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