News on Brett

Good news: His family has met him, they are smitten with him, and they’ve passed court for him.

Bad news: They still need about $2500 added to their FSP to get their plane tickets home.

Their FSP is at: http://reecesrainbow.org/70811/sponsorfeinland-2. It needs to read $13000 in order to be fully funded. Could y’all please make a small donation to it (even $5) and/or share the heck out of this blogpost on Facebook/Twitter/social media of choice? Thanks!

Also, please seriously commit to praying for this. We need serious prayers.

Prayer Requests: July 21, 2014

I’ve had a couple people ask me about where things stand with Brett’s adoption. He is fully funded and his family leaves for overseas on July 23rd to meet him. Their blog is here. The Feinlands are familiar with CP (what Brett has) and this is not their first adoption so they know a bit more of how to handle some of the tough stuff that might come up.

In the mean time, let us pray:

[+] Thanksgiving for Brett and the things in his life that would improve if we could get him out of the orphanage and to the States or Canada.
[+] Pray that he stays healthy and safe.
[+] Pray that he has loving staff and volunteers at his orphanage.
[+] Pray that he stays cool as summer comes to Eastern Europe.

PRAYERS ANSWERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE HAVE A FAMILY FOR BRETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a family who knows about CP and can handle those issues and one who is familiar with any issues he might have because of the orphanage. Once I can get ahold of them, I’ll add them to this blog so they can start posting updates.

In the meantime, we need to get his FSP to $14000 in order for them to be fully funded to bring him home. Can you share this post and help? If you want to contribute, click here.

Prayer Requests: July 7, 2014

Let’s pray!

[+] Thanksgiving for Brett and the things in his life that would improve if we could get him out of the orphanage and to the States or Canada.
[+] Pray that he stays healthy and safe.
[+] Pray that he has loving staff and volunteers at his orphanage.
[+] Pray that he stays cool as summer comes to Eastern Europe.
[+] Pray that the threat of the institution stays far, far away.

Thanks!

Prayer Requests: July 1, 2014

I am so incredibly grateful to Becki for the fundraising she did this past month while I was dealing with moving issues. We upped Brett’s FSP by $1400. More is needed but it is a start.

Let’s pray!

[+] Thanksgiving for Brett and the things in his life that would improve if we could get him out of the orphanage and to the States or Canada.
[+] Pray that he stays healthy and safe.
[+] Pray that he has loving staff and volunteers at his orphanage.
[+] Pray that he stays cool as summer comes to Eastern Europe.
[+] Pray that the threat of the institution stays far, far away.

Thanks!

Independence Day

Independence Day.

As July 4th nears we become more mindful of our freedoms, our independence and the nation that affords us such liberty. We honor those that sacrificed all for our freedoms; fighting for the rights that we so often take for granted.

Life.

Liberty.

The pursuit of happiness.

We honor heroes that have fallen to protect all that they believe in and hold dear.

I am deeply grateful today as I should be every day.

I will not be having a BBQ.

I will not be out camping.

I will be here as I am today, asking all of you to do something heroic in honor of our Independence  Begging with faith, really because I know many of you ARE heroes already.

See, there is a little boy, a world away that cannot fathom many of the freedoms that we take for granted every day. A little boy that has waited 5 years for his family to come and love him. To show him just how precious he is.

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And he is PRECIOUS!

An adoptive family saw him just last month and said:
We saw Brett often. He is in a groupa with younger children who have minor or no special needs. He gets around with a walker and some help from a nanny. We would often see a nanny working with him one on one practicing walking. I think with the medical care available in the US he could probably get around on his own very well one day. He was included in the same activities as the rest of the children. When the groupa went for a walk he would ride in a big stroller and a nanny even helped him dance during a children’s show. He smiled and waved when he saw us and tried to talk with us in his language.
This little boy just glows. I have long wanted to adopt him myself. I have watched him grow and glow in pictures, praying that someone sees his worth! His life has not been an easy one. And yet his smile lights up his face. Despite his condition he is learning to walk. He is eager to speak and learn. He desperately deserves a family.

And there IS A FAMILY! (Jumping for joy!)  An awesome family experienced with CP and adoption. A family that is well equipped to provide for this incredible child.

A family that would love to add him to their pending adoption but the funds are not there.
Money.

Money is all that stands between Brett and Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A FAMILY!

$5340. That is all. If we can heroically raise $5340 Brett will have a future. He will have a family that will see to it that he has everything he needs and more than enough love. Donations are tax deductible and will literally save a life.

Will we let 5k stand in the way of that??

Let’s not. WE CAN BE HEROES for this family and this little boy!

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Here is the low down: If we can raise the additional 5k needed, the AWESOME family will commit and bring him home. They have already been submitted so travel could come as quickly as 3 weeks. Please pray. Please share and please donate! Your donation could mean all the difference to this little boy!

Brett

Guardian AngelBrett 2013 (1)
Boy, born September 2007
Brett is a handsome young man who was born with CP.  He is very smart, he gets around on his own by crawling, but he is not able to walk.  Therapy will do wonders for him!   He deserves to have a family!
From a volunteer who knows him:   He plays with other children. He speaks with separate words. He understands the addressed speech. The boy is curious, likes classes. He loves when his nurse reads for him, he likes making pyramids.

Update December 2012:Brett is very smart and curious. He has some learning and language delays associated with institutional life, but he does speak in complete phrases around people he trusts. He enjoys cars, coloring, and games. He got very excited when we showed him pictures of dogs and other animals, so he might do well with pets.
A family considering adopting him should be prepared to deal with some institutional behaviors and traumas. This is the area where Brett might need the most assistance in understanding rules, family, and nurturing relationships.His physical disability limits his lower body, specifically his legs and feet, but he is very strong in the upper body and crawls very quickly.  He is a very active kid who needs some physical therapy, appropriate equipment, and perhaps braces to get where he needs to for walking. He is able to pull himself to standing. The orphanage has worked with him on potty training and he seems to be doing well with it.