For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Marsha is four years old. Her hydrocephalus has been left untreated by those who have kept her imprisoned in Pleven. Please pray that she will get to Tokuda for shunt surgery as soon as possible! Her agency will only have her file for two months. Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting tiny, sweet Marsha! email@example.com
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Beacan turns eleven years old this year. Last year, at the age of ten years old, he weighed 23 pounds and was 37 inches long. (Katie is 27 pounds and 34 inches long.) Yes, he is a boy, and yes, the staff put a flowered shirt on him for his new photos! Beacan’s file has been available for a month now, and must be sent back to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in July! Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting this little treasure! firstname.lastname@example.org
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Payton is almost eight years old and weighs 17 pounds. Please, someone, see the worth of this tiny, neglected, malnourished human being, and commit yourself to helping him reach his full potential! His agency will only have his file for two months. Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting Payton! email@example.com
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Penny turns twelve years old this year, and weighs 21 pounds. Spending her life in a Pleven bed means that nothing has been done to help this tiny girl thrive and progress in her development. She has been invisible and unloved for so long, and look at her smiling! Her agency must send her file back to the MOJ only two months from now. Please email Shelley Bedford about adopting tiny, malnourished Penny! firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Gemma is almost five years old and weighs 18 pounds. She spent her first two years with her birth mother before being placed in Pleven, where she has not received the care she needs! Her agency will be required to send her file back to the MOJ only two months from now. Please email Shelley Bedford for more information about adopting sweet Gemma! email@example.com
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Lana turns three years old very soon. She hasn’t received anything from the Pleven orphanage that she needs to progress in her development, although it seems likely that she has had a baba all her life. I can hardly believe Lana wasn’t snatched up right away! Her file must be sent back to the MOJ in July if no family commits to adopt her! Please email Nina Thompson for more information about adopting this yummy little cupcake! firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Bianca is seven years old. Her diagnosis is similar to Lina Carpenter’s, who arrived home from Pleven a few weeks ago, but she reminds me so much of our Katie when she was still Veronica! Bianca is only 19 pounds and 30 inches long–so tiny and malnourished. Bianca’s agency will only have her file for two months! Please email Nina Thompson for more information about adopting this precious girl! email@example.com
With a full heart, I am thanking God for opening the bars of these children’s Pleven cages and shining His light onto them for all the world to see.
All has been done for them that their government and agencies can do to make them available for adoption.
Now all they need is parents.
These precious children will stay right where they are, imprisoned in the same beds they’ve been lying in for years, until they turn sixteen and are no longer able to be adopted.
Or until they are committed to life imprisonment in an adult mental institution.
Or until they die.
Or until their parents lift them lovingly into their arms and take them home.
There is so much bad stuff happening in the world that people sometimes feel helpless or get hardened to it, and have no idea what can be done to help. But there are many ways we can stand and act in the place of these little children who have been so badly neglected for so long.
They cannot speak for themselves, but we can speak in their place!
We are all commanded by God to speak for the poor and needy who cannot speak for themselves, and who are appointed to die. We can all do something to help spread the word in our sphere of influence!
They cannot pray for themselves, but we can pray in their place with eager hope and perseverance!
Pray for families for these little ones waiting in Pleven! Pray that God will open people’s eyes to see these hurt children as the precious treasures that they are to Him!
Pray that God will break our hearts as if we ourselves were imprisoned with them in Pleven!
Pray that we will all be compelled to go beyond feelings and words! That we will go beyond dead faith into faith made perfect by action!
These seven children cannot lift one finger to obtain families for themselves. But God is asking some of you to act in their place and do what it takes to be their families.
Jesus, I earnestly pray that You would reveal Yourself to us as You truly are. Fill our hearts so full with Your kind of love that we are purified of every ugly scrap of self-centeredness and ungodly fear. Please trash anything and everything that’s holding us back from unreservedly shouting YES to You! Help us to gladly pour out our lives for You as You did for us. Thank You for preserving these little ones who are so precious in Your sight. I pray above all else that You will bring great glory to Yourself through their lives. All my hope is in You, O Lord.
P. S. I am also praying that none of you will be able to forget about two important things! They are always on my mind, even when I am blogging about other things.
~One is a family for Tommy! Nobody has stepped forward to commit to him yet, and another week of his remaining time has ticked away! Please keep praying! If you are Tommy’s family, please do not delay! Email Shelley Bedford! firstname.lastname@example.org
~The other is a sweeping and vital work that God has begun, that I mentioned several weeks ago. I cannot tell you more about it yet, but this work needs tenacious, fervent prayer on a large scale! Please keep praying!
If you are still praying for these two things, thank you with all my heart!