Today I would like to introduce to a young lady named Laurel.
This smiling girl is 15 years old and has arthrogryposis. As you can see she is in a wheelchair and her hands are turned inward. Laurel is in need of some medical care. Even more importantly, Laurel needs a family. When she turns 16 she will no longer be eligible for adoption and will most likely live out her years in an institution, never really having the chance to just live her life in freedom. Can you imagine living your entire life in the confines of an institution, never leaving the grounds, never going out for a walk on a warm, spring day, or going to out to eat a meal? Never going to school? Never knowing the love of a family? Personally, it breaks my heart and brings me to me knees for this sweet girl.
But there is something that you and I can do for Laurel. We can pray. We can donate to her grant which currently has $113.00. If her grant were larger a family would be more inclined to commit to her and rescue her. We can advocate for her. Share this blog entry so others will see her. So her mama can find her! Finally, YOU can commit to her. Rescue her, love her, get her the medical care that she needs. So many opportunities to be a Monday Morning Christian on a Wednesday morning!
I know a few families who have adopted little ones with arthrogryposis. If you are interested or have any questions, I would be happy to put you in touch with these families. Remember, International adoption of children with special needs is not easy, but doable! Laurel deserves the chance at a family!