Taking the low place, part 2

July 16th, 2012



He is despised and rejected by men…


Please.  Email Shelley Bedford about adopting Tommy.  This small boy with the big smile turns 16 early next year, and does not have a committed family!  shele337@yahoo.com



…a man of sorrows, and familiar with grief.


Email Nina Thompson about adopting 5 year old Hamilton.  nina.t@chiadopt.org



Like one from whom people hide their faces…


Email Nina Thompson about adopting 6 year old Zed.  nina.t@chiadopt.org



…he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.


Email Shelley Bedford about adopting tiny, malnourished 8 year old Payton from Pleven.  shele337@yahoo.com



Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…


Email Shelley Bedford about adopting 8 year old Kolya, also malnourished.   shele337@yahoo.com



…who…made Himself of no reputation…


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting 10 year old Milo, who needs something to smile about!  bamaroberts@comcast.net



…He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death…


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting 10 year old Anna.  Can anyone out there see the preciousness of this beaming human being?  bamaroberts@comcast.net



Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing the reproach He bore.


Email Shelley Bedford about adopting tiny 4 year old Marsha from Pleven, who needs lifesaving shunt surgery that she is not able to get in Bulgaria!  shele337@yahoo.com



But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.


Please email Andrea Roberts about committing to Stefan before he turns 16 this September!  Look at the light in his eyes!    bamaroberts@comcast.net



We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair…


Please email Andrea Roberts about committing to tiny Jared before he turns 16 this October!  This child should not die alone in an adult mental institution!  bamaroberts@comcast.net



…persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…


Please email Andrea Roberts about committing to Trina before she turns 16 this October!  If she is not adopted, her government will be justified in thinking that nobody wants these children!  bamaroberts@comcast.net


I must post Katie’s visa photo here.  When I look at scared little Trina in the photo above, I see her with eyes of love and faith.  Through those eyes, she has a beautiful smile on her face that says she is loved.



…always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting Hope, turning 15 this month.  This girl is so precious in the eyes of her Father!   bamaroberts@comcast.net



For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting 8 year old Sasha, who is in urgent need!  He is frail and malnourished, and was recently transferred to the institution! bamaroberts@comcast.net



Therefore we do not lose heart.


Email Shelley Bedford about adopting 11 year old Amelia, who is living in an Eastern European mental institution.  shele337@yahoo.com



Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.


Please email Andrea Roberts about adopting very malnourished 8 year old Ekaterina!  She has the same look Katie did before she received love and family and food!  bamaroberts@comcast.net



For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us…


Email Shelley Bedford about adopting precious 4 year old Anita.   In her file video, this sweetie is laughing and playing with toys! shele337@yahoo.com



…an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting Chase.  This little guy is turning 8 this month, rejected because his face looks different.   bamaroberts@comcast.net



…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.


Email Andrea Roberts about adopting 9 month old baby muffin Beatrice, who was rejected because she was born with a heart defect, and without eyes or nose.   bamaroberts@comcast.net



For the things that are seen are transient…


Please email Shelley Bedford about adopting precious 13 year old Stephie.  Is this treasure really going to be overlooked just because she has alopecia areata, for goodness’ sake?  Look at those bright and smiling eyes!  shele337@yahoo.com



…but the things that are unseen are eternal.


 Email Shelley Bedford about adopting this tiny 12 year old bright and shining Penny from Pleven.  shele337@yahoo.com


Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.

~The Valley of Vision




P. S.  This is coming a bit late, but please click on this link and see more faces of little children who have been overlooked and unchosen.

Did you know—

Boys are less likely to be chosen than girls.

The older the child, the less likely he or she will be chosen.

The greater the child’s needs, the less likely he or she will be chosen.

This should not be.







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16 Responses to “Taking the low place, part 2”

  1. Amy says:

    My heart has been broken so many times for these children.  Praying their families see their picture and know their worth and beauty.  

  2. Kristi says:

    These are very heartbreaking posts. No matter how much one spouse wants to adopt, the other has to want to as well. It’s just not always possible… so these children get left. We can certainly pray though. :(

  3. Jessica says:

    This breaks my heart every time … I do not meet eligibility requirements (yet!) but saving my pennies for when I do.

  4. Susanna says:

    Amy and Kristi and Jessica, your heartbroken prayers are so needed!  I’ve been praying for so long that God would break His people’s hearts for the children, and the fervent prayers that result are according to His will!  And anything you can do to help spread the word is HUGE.  I don’t know all the people you know, and you don’t know all the people your friends and relatives know, and so on.  Acting in faith by passing it on, and asking others to pass it on, truly bears fruit.  I hear from people nearly very day who found out what is happening and are looking into adopting.  God is moving!      

  5. Kat says:

    Crying (and linking)…thank you…these precious children (more tears)…

  6. Lauren says:

    Ann Voskamp of One Thousand Gifts has a similar examination of the heart on her blog today: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/07/the-1-thing-you-really-have-to-know-about-your-family/ “Faith cannot have a non-response We’re either responding with indifference or with intercession, either with apathy or aid. You can’t look into the face of the poor and just plead the fifth amendment. Your life is always your answer.” ~ Ann Voskamp

    Praying alongside ALL of you for these children and the hearts of families to be moved beyond words and into action. 

  7. Ashlee says:

    my heart is breaking, tearfully praying for all of these dear sweet ones. 

  8. Esther says:

    I’ve donated a little for baby Beatrice.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Susanna, I have read your blog for quite some time, but have not typically posted a comment. I couldn’t help but comment today, however. Your posts are always so intelligent- and so thoughtful and fair.  I was also blown away by the post in which your sons responded to reader’s comments. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Thank you for continuing to bring attention to the desperate needs of these children- and to the love that could be ours if we only had the courage to take the first step.

  10. Rachel M says:

    Praise the Lord for using Susanna and the other moms to show us these children. I praise God that now I know these specific children exist, I have been able to read some of their story, they are making a difference in my heart and I am able to tell my husband and others these precious children’s stories. My husband tells me we are not ready to adopt but I saw his heart move when he looked at these children’s faces. I wish I could reach through the screen to these children to embrace them and say, “I see you, I love you, I see your worth!” Praise the Lord that we can pray and know that it DOES make a difference.

  11. Christina says:

    I agree with your comment Susanna! God is moving! Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the enormity of the orphan crisis, so I have to remind myself, one at a time. There will come a day there are no more. Every blog post,Facebook status update, each one gets seen, and if just one person acts, then it’s all worthwhile !  Marsha ismy current heartbreak.  I pray hard for her to find a family.

  12. Becki says:

    Susanna, do you know anyone who has any information regards adopting into the UK? The staff at RR didn’t have any info, other than the fact that it is currently not permitted. 
    Praying for these children to be loved within a family soon. 

  13. Susanna says:

    Becki, thank you for writing and especially for praying! Our adoption attorney recently told me that the UK does not allow adoptions of children with severe special needs. I don’t know more than that yet, but there is a family in the UK I can ask.

  14. Corrie says:

    I love your blog and family, and you give me HOPE about raising Godly children. Loved your big boys’ answers to the questions about how the little girls affect your family. Could you provide a link to the eligibility requirements? I think I’ve found the chart before, but maybe that would be helpful for other readers as well. 
    Thanks and may God continue to bless you! 

  15. Susanna says:

    Corrie, thank you for writing! We are soooooo far from being finished with our parenting job, and are still learning as we go! And truly, the longer we are parents, the more we see how needy we are of God’s grace. How dependent on Him for mercy on us and on our children. He has been so merciful to us.

    Here is the Reece’s Rainbow page with some info on the requirements: http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/newfamily

    I know that’s not country-specific, though! In the upcoming FAQ blog post, there should be plenty of Bulgaria-specific information. :)

  16. Becki says:

    Susanna, I would so appreciate you asking. That would be amazing, thank you. (I know how incredibly busy you are so I really do appreciate it). Feel free to forward them my email address.

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