Saturday, July 9, 2011


There are so many children with special needs waiting to be chosen in Gideon's country.  Some are infants, some are toddlers, and some are considered "older."  They all desperately need families, but it is these older children to whom I am especially drawn.  

Every birthday they celebrate means that it is less likely that a family will choose them.  But these children . . . these "older" boys and girls . . .  are really so young.  Children coming from institutional settings tend to be developmentally years behind what their actual age would suggest.  They are sweet, vulnerable, and full of love to give.  Each and every one of them will be a blessing for the family who does choose them.  

Like Josiah.  I noticed him right away, because he shares the same name as my own little Josiah.  He just turned seven years old.  Too old, some might say.  But I am praying that somewhere out there is a family who sees this darling face and says, "Yes!"  

From his Reece's Rainbow profile (note that the first part was written over a year ago):

Boy, Born June 22, 2004
Josiah is SO handsome!   Olive skin, and dark hair with beautiful deep brown eyes.
Josiah is all boy!   Very active and doing well. He was born with an additional chord to the left ventricle, and has a functional systolic murmur.   But you'd never know it!   Josiah is almost 6, please help us save him from the institution!
From an adoptive family who visited with him in May 2010: "This cutie pie had just woken up from his nap, so he was not feeling over smiley.  He was very pleasant and followed the commands of his caretaker.  He appropriately pointed to his ears, eyes, nose, bottom and hands after she asked him to show her wher each part was.  He loves to throw the ball back and forth with someone. He is well developed and proportional.  He is a big boy."
From an adoptive family who visited with him in April 2011:    "Josiah was transfered to his current place in October, 2010.  He has lost a noticeable amount of weight. He is desperate for personal attention and stimulation.  The caretakers at the orphanage really do not know what to do with him. He is very outgoing and has a huge smile for anyone that is willing to give him the time of day. He gets along well with the other children in the groupa and listens well to his caretakers.
He walks and runs, and plays, and feeds himself, but he seems to have slipped into survival mode here and is regessing fast.  I feel VERY STRONGLY that he needs out of this place!"


Look at that face!  Can't you imagine being the one holding his hand?  Having him look up at you with that trusting, hopeful expression on his dear little face?  What a love!

Josiah is waiting for his mommy and daddy to find him in Eastern Europe.  

Here is an older picture of Josiah:

He is waiting.  
Please pray for Josiah.
Pray that his parents will find him soon.
Pray that his waiting will soon end.
And that soon he can begin to live the life he was meant to live.
Not a life in an institution.
Locked away.

This is not the future that the Lord has in mind for this little lamb.
Pray that he is chosen.
That he is brought out of that forgotten place.
Brought into his family.
Pray that his rescue is at hand!
He desperately needs a reason to hope.
Please pray for Josiah!


Anonymous said...

He is lovely, I will pray for him and all the other waiting children.


Anonymous said...

I shared Josiah's blog entry on fb...I hope and pray that his forever family finds him soon. He really is adorable. Thank you for advocating for this little guy!