I can't remember how I stumbled upon Reece's Rainbow, a ministry that advocates for orphans with special needs internationally. It was months ago. But life will never be the same since then. Because my eyes were opened.
I learned that in places like Eastern Europe and China, anyone born with a special need (even something easily fixed with a few surgeries, like a cleft palate) are sent to orphanages and then institutions and hidden from society. (Some rare parents do defy the standards and choose to keep their children!) Some orphanages are "good," but some have horrible conditions where nine-year old children are the size of babies because they are so malnourished. Read Katie's story (praise God that He is changing things at Katie's old orphanage- there is a new director who truly cares about the children!).
In Eastern Europe, when children are between 4-6 years old, they are sent to a mental institution. Eighty percent (80%) of these children die within their first year there. Some of the directors in these institutions love the children, but they just don't have the resources to take care of the children's medical, physical, and emotional needs.
In our children's country, they can be transferred to a mental institution when they turn 5. Both of them have turned 5. They can be transferred at any time, which means they have a 20% chance of survival according to the current statistics if they are transferred. Can you see why we couldn't say no to these two faces? We are responsible to act. And God has given us the ability and a point in our lives where we can act through adoption.
11Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12If you say, "Behold, we did not know this,"
does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will He not repay man according to his work?