My friends, I have never written here about anything I needed from you other than your love. I have never come to ask for favors or anything except your prayers… Now today, I ask that you consider this one plea of mine… to read the story of our beloved friends, the Mickshls, & their precious son Jonathan, as if it was about your very own child – & consider praying for the Lord to guide your response to the story. MUCH prayer is needed here… and because of the world we live in, MUCH financial provision/help is needed also – I’m only asking you to read… & consider… if YOU can help by…
… making a difference – for THIS ONE child…
this one needs YOU… Jonathan needs YOU.
There are no accidents, & there are no insignificant acts of kindness. The Father in Heaven is working out His plan through each of us, even those that do not know Him yet. So I know that it is not an accident that you are reading this blog today. I trust that your heart & your spirit will respond to what you read here with compassion & generosity in your prayers – seeking the great wisdom of God, who promises to give that wisdom to us freely & with abundance whenever we ask for it! So please, please ask HIM how you should respond to this story… Jonathan’s Story…
excerpt from No Greater Joy Mom: mission: NOT this one :
There are really no words to describe the sad and devastating reality of the child who ages out (becomes unadoptable due to their age) of the adoption system.
In Jonathan’s eastern European country there is nothing sweet about turning sixteen. It is literally a death sentence for these young people. For some, it is the beginning of the end. They soon realize that their teachers and caregivers (the people they trust) are releasing them into a very uncertain and scary world. At this point the protective walls of the orphanage come crashing down, and the nightmare of life without the protection of a family turns into the sad reality for these children. They are given a small bag in which to place their worldy possessions and about $30 in cash….and are then sent away from the orphanage–the only place many of them have ever known as home.
When they leave the orphanage and enter the “real” world, they are completely alone. Abandoned! This is the most critical crossroads in any orphan’s life – the point at which immediate survival dictates their decisions and drives many toward a life of desperation and abuse.
They are told to find a place to live, find food for themselves, find a job, and get a life. It is no surprise to discover that there is a very high suicide rate–more than 10%–for newly released orphans and that they are prime targets of the human slave traderandsex traffickers. More than half are recruited to a life of crime or prostitution, and 30% become addicted to alcohol and other drugs during their first year of living independently.
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Oh, God in heaven! How can it be? What if that were one of my own children? I cannot wrap my head around those statistics. Why are more of these children who ARE available for adoption not being chosen? Why do so many age out of the system–when there was a chance for them to be adopted?
My heart cried out to the Lord.
Little did I know when I wrote that post last December that the God of the universe was already going about His business–that He had already reached down from heaven and said, “NOT this one! For I know the plans and the purposes I have for this, my beloved son!”
Even before Jonathan’s story went viral, God started preparing the hearts of one family. The seed of adoption had been planted a long time ago as they had journeyed across the ocean to expand their family through the blessing of adoption twice. But God was not done with them yet. He had burdened them for a cause that broke His heart in two–an older child adoption. One look at Jonathan’s picture the morning I shared it here on my blog, and they knew. They knew that saying no was just not an option and that allowing the normal fears regarding adopting older children (and there are many) could not stand in their way of being obedient to what the Lord was calling them to do.
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The only thing standing in their way right now are the finances to rescue this young man from a life of sheer hopelessness! Having just recently completed an international adoption of a child with special needs, they have depleted all their resources.
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“What can we do?” “How can we make a difference?” Well, friends, this is one way that all of us can truly make such a profound difference in the life of a child. Together, we can save this boy from the life that awaits him on the other side of the orphanage walls–a life expectancy of two years! Together, we can play a part in Jonathan’s unfolding miracle. And you and I together can hold up the arms of Jonathan’s precious family in this battle to save his life and tell them, “We are here to support you…now go and get your son!”
No, we cannot save them all. But we sure can do everything we possibly can to save the life of one at a time! Every life is precious and valuable. Every child deserves the love of a family. And no child ever deserves to be put out on the street with nowhere to go!
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Would you be willing to jump in and help?
A ministry that I absolutely love, Project Hopeful, has graciously agreed to receive all the funds which are donated toward Jonathan’s adoption. I love these guys so much. They are the real deal–people who walk the talk! I am so thankful for their help with the mission to save Jonathan’s life.
All donations are tax deductible if donated via the ChipIn below.
Please can you all do me a huge favor? Would you mind sharing Jonathan’s story wherever you possibly can? I am praying that not only will people be willing to help save this one young man, but that hearts will be opened to many, many others just like him–children who are on the brink of becoming unadoptable….and lost forever! Let’s spread the word that every single child deserves a family–no matter how old they are!
Together, we can!
Together friends… Let’s work together for Jonathan! PLEASE PRAY NOW!!! Jonathan needs courage & protection from fear & other doubts in the coming days & the Mickshls need wisdom, peace & provision to cover the costs! They are preparing to travel in APRIL to go get Jonathan! – If you would like to read the entire blog or if God is prompting you to help the Mickshl family financially (& tax deductible too!), click this link: No Greater Joy Mom: mission: NOT this one – the donation button is at the bottom of the post.
To follow the Mickshls & Jonathan’s journey, visit their blog: To Love Another