Thursday, October 7, 2010

For the "Least of These"

I recently learned of a ministry/charity called Reece's Rainbow. This organization has multiple goals, however its primary function is to find adoptive homes for disabled children living in institutions. My heart is especially touched by this organization's function, as my youngest brother has Down's Syndrome.
My brother, Joseph, and Me
The need for the intervention Reece's Rainbow provides is great. Disabled children in other countries are often not allowed to leave the hospital with their mothers. They are funneled into mental institutions for children, generally called "baby houses," until they are somewhere between 4 and 6 years old. At that age they are put in adult institutions from where adoption is all but impossible. In many of the baby houses and adult institutions, the residents are kept sedated in order to make them more manageable. They are kept in cribs almost all day, sometimes even tied to them. This is one such institution. To make matters worse, international adoption costs $15,000 on the low end, sometimes soaring to $30,000. There are a lot of would-be parents who simply can't afford this.

 The need is so great that it it easy to be discouraged. However, here is an easy way to help. Jennifer over at MckMama is trying to raise $20,000 to help one little boy named Sam. You can make a secure donation (as little as $1) to Sam's adoption fund (which is managed by Reece's Rainbow, a 501(c)3 non-profit) below, help fund a adoption of a family who has already committed to a child, or choose another child to support individually.
Sam (from Mckmama's Blog)
These kids are desperate for love, affection and compassion. They are surely those our Lord refers to in Matthew 25: 37-40: "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome organization! Great blog! I just stopped by from BlogFrog and became your new follower! Check me out when you can and I look forward to reading more!