“I think so many just see this crisis as something happening on another planet, and they think they must visit this other planet to make a difference. But your blog is evidence enough that every little thought, gift, and donation makes a huge difference.” ~a blog reader
If you have asked, “I wonder how we can help in a practical way,” this post is for you! Thank you to every one who has an open heart to help! God will bless your loving obedience!
You can continue to pray with fervency and focus that every single child with special needs in Katie’s former orphanage (the children who won’t be adopted by Bulgarians, and even those formerly considered “unadoptable!”) will be made available for adoption, and that God would have their families ready and waiting to commit to them! Pray for every barrier to be removed! We are seeing signs of hope that God might soon grant these ongoing requests!
You can take the time to research what the requirements are for adopting one of these little ones as they become available. If someone is going to close the door, I appeal to you–let it be God and not you. You can absolutely trust Him to direct your way. If God is who He says He is, there is no reason to fear when following Him. God is who He says He is.
You can spread the word in your local congregation and community in creative ways. Most people have no idea that this type of mistreatment of children with special needs is going on in the world today. Be ready to give them a list of ways they can help!
You can go further than sending money, and do a fundraiser for an adoptive family with your friends. For one example out of many, you can take a planned yard sale one step further and turn it into a fundraiser, complete with local newspaper article, posters and flyers. You may be surprised at how many people would be eager to donate their extra stuff to help. This will be a huge blessing to an adoptive family!
You can stick with one family throughout their adoption process and beyond, offering moral support and practical help. Let them know you are covering them with prayer. You can do this face-to-face when possible, or through phone calls, emails, snail mail, and/or blog comments. If adoption is spiritual warfare, reclaiming children the enemy thought he had in his grasp, then the adoptive families are soldiers on the battlefield. They need to know that their Christian brothers and sisters have their backs, especially when they are worn down by the fight!
You can donate to charities who are collecting needed items, sending volunteers, and hiring babas—these folks make a difference in the children’s lives. If you want more information about this, please ask for it in a blog comment.
You can apply to the volunteer organizations to spend a couple of weeks or a couple of months directly caring for the children. Again, please ask for more info in a blog comment.
You can ask a family adopting from this orphanage if you can help them collect orphanage donations to take with them.
You can give or solicit quality donations, including gift certificates, to the Hidden Treasures auction. Most people you ask will be happy to donate a gift certificate once they understand the purpose! The purpose of these fundraiser auctions is to financially help families bring little ones home from Katie’s former orphanage. The generosity of so many during the last auction brought the Archer family $2352 closer to bringing home their precious Noah, Moses, and Jacob! Quality donations will keep the auction going for future families. We plan to continue holding the auctions every other month, on the first seven days of the month. So you have plenty of time to brainstorm and collect items and gift certificates for the Tiniest Unroe auction April 1-7!
You can help spread the word about the auctions, posting them in your Facebook pages and blogs or emailing around to your contacts. The more we increase the base of folks who bid in the auction, the more money we will ideally generate for these adoptions.
You can be ready to advocate for the children as soon as they are made available for adoption. Get ready to share their story and photos wherever you can!
You can stay tuned for news of a fund that is being formed to help defray the costs of providing medical care for the children who need it.
There is a possibility that at least one group may form to volunteer at the orphanage during the weeks in August that the babas are on vacation. We’ll let you know more as we hear more!
A few key people are beginning to brainstorm about the possibility of forming medical missions teams to go in to Katie’s former orphanage for short and long term service, ideally in conjunction with the efforts of the Tokuda Hospital. Pediatricians, family practice doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, therapists, and other pertinent specialists will be welcome, if they are willing to raise their own support. This will also be an opportunity for the rest of us to give!
Depending on what we find out from those in authority, we may need the help of a licensed social worker for a limited period of time. Again, we’ll say more about that if it does end up being an avenue we can pursue.
[Note to our friends: Please feel free to comment to this post with your own suggestions of how to help. Further ideas will be added to this post if they are suitable and not redundant. Thank you so much for your help!]