"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why care about the orphan?

Or more specifically, why care about special needs orphans?

This is such a difficult question to answer and one that you have to tackle from many angles.

The easiest answer should be that if you are a Christian, you are commanded to care for the orphan… and not only that, God also makes it clear that He notices when people don’t.

“They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.” Jeremiah 5:28

I know that I have a tendency to focus on the punitory aspect of scripture… but jeeze louise church?  What will it take for Christians to wake up and realize this is YOUR problem?  Are you not daughters and sons of the King?  Have we not been commanded to live out the Kingdom of Heaven among us?

God has lot to say about the orphan and care of the orphan (and the widow and the poor and the foreigner), read it, its all HERE.  Its not a “calling”, its not optional; it’s a commandment.

Is it so hard to part with $5 to care for an orphan in distress?  Or to take 5 seconds to vote in a contest.  I admit that I was heartbroken by the lack of help that I received from Christians during the Cultivate Wines contest.  How many Christians read my blog or are my Facebook “friends”?  I was so disheartened by the lack of support that I received.  5 seconds of every Christian Facebook “friend” that I have’s times, and we would have won with no problem! We only lost by a few hundred votes…

This is our problem, and we have the power to do something about it.

Those aren’t babies in those cribs…

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This video is really hard to watch.  This little girl has hydrocephalus and a minor club foot, and yet she has been left wasting away in a crib her entire life.  No therapy – crawling with ants that eat her flesh. It doesn’t have to be this way.

And Sonny… look at his face. Do you think he looks this way because he has Down Syndrome?

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If you have a minute, please go over to A Perfect Lily (and take a look at one of the cutest little two year olds you will ever see! Seriously, in a world with Isla Frances, its should be a crime to be such a cute toddler).  Patti, the blog author has a daughter with DS, and every year she does a post for families with DS children to show off their treasures. Its called Thankful for You and you can see it HERE.  Guess what?  Those children aren’t bruised and haunted like Sonny.  They sparkle!  Because they are loved. 

Sonny has been profoundly neglected on every level since he was transferred to an adult mental institution.  Please help me make a family for him, a rescue for him, a reality.

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11

THESE ARE THE RULES

Because Sonny is my Angel Tree babe, you can enter the giveaway by making a tax-deductible donation to his Reece’s Rainbow account. One donation of $5 will put your name in our giveaway! Entries $35 and over, and you will receive an adorable ornament with Sonny’s picture on it.

After that, if you feel led to help, please consider donating to Suzanne OR Daphne. By donating to these girls, you gain additional entries for the prizes, starting at $5 for each girl.

As an incentive for making additional donations, you will receive additional entries for every additional $5 donated to any of our children.

          • $5 = 1 entry
          • $10 = 2 entries
          • $20 = 4 entries
          • $50 = 10 entries
          • $500 = 100 entries
          • And so on…

You can also gain additional entries by sharing about our Giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your own Blog. Just leave a comment on my blog to let me know you’ve shared.

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

  • Use the links below to go to the sites where these precious children are receiving donations. Follow the directions there to make your generous donations.
  • THEN, come back to this blog and leave a comment to let me know two things: (1) that you donated to Sonny, and (2) the total amount that you donated to ALL THREE of the children (if you chose to donate to more than one child).
  • If you prefer not to comment, you can email me at slwann@gmail.com.
  • ALL OF THESE DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
  • The giveaway will end on December 15th and the winner will be announced on the 16th.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to leave one in the comment section or email me at slwann@gmail.com.

Please use these links to make your donations.

Donate to Sonny.

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Donate to Suzanne.

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Donate to Daphne.

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THESE ARE OUR PRIZES!

16 GB iPad with Retina display – a $500 value!

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Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Stand Mixer – a $430 value!

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You will be able to select the color of your choice – there are 25 options!

A $150 gift to card to your choice between Best Buy, Pottery Barn or Home Depot!

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Please let me know if you have donated even if you don’t want the prizes! If you win and you don’t want the prize, you can choose to donate the equivalent cost of the prize to the child of your choice. BUT please feel free to keep the prizes if you win! Smile

4 comments:

  1. I donated 100 to Sony,

    Melody

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  2. I appreciated this post. It was so well said!

    Sue H.

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  3. Stori, I donated $100 to Sonny. -Katie C.

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