Monday, November 26, 2012

This child breaks my heart - what about yours?

Have you ever prayed -
"OH LORD BREAK MY HEART FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS?"  I am sure that this child breaks HIS HEART!  She breaks mine!


She will be 6 years old in just a few weeks!  Can you believe that she is about 10 pounds and almost 6 years old!  She reminds me so much of our Avi and that it makes my heart cry out to the LORD!  OH LORD HELP this precious child - find her family PLEASE LORD PLEASE!

Can you help please?  Get word out on social media that this little girl needs a family NOW!  We would say YES if we were not in the waiting time for our little girl still waiting for us in the Philippines!

She is currently fed through a feeding tube but she must not be getting the nutrition she needs or she would not weigh only 10 pounds!   Here diagnosis is as follows:

 congenital anomaly of the broncho-pulmonary system; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Pseudobulbaria paralysis; Marasmus; Albumen-caloric malnutrition – fourth degree; Severe lagging behind in the physical and neuro-psychical development.

The brief information that we have states that she can move her upper extremities and that she smiles when touched or talked to tenderly.  She reacts positively when a familiar adult appears.  She is calm when changed and bathed and smiles during these times. 


Please contact me at

We also received other new files which I will post shortly also from Eastern Europe. You can visit
the Lifeline website at for more information regarding this country that is very special to me personally!

BUT OH PLEASE HELP ZOE find her family!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Psalm 136: 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
So thankful that Elysse can come stay with me! 
Please visit the blog post about Elysse!
Psalm 136: 4 Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever
Gee what am I thankful for?
my sisters - sasha angelina avigayil and someday aj who is still in the philippines
my spinach dip and broccoli
my mommy and daddy
my new curious george dvd from my aunt
miss sangrey my k teacher
my friends in k that make me laugh
string beans and pears
Psalm 136: 23 - 24 He remembered us in our weakness.
His faithful love endures forever.
 He saved us from our enemies.
His faithful love endures forever
Remember to check back cause mommy says she is going to update you on Hannah hopes and tell you all about what aj's allies and the new auntie program in the philippines is all about
You know...I am a voice for the voiceless and you can be one too
mommy says my personality lights up a room and my smile can be contagious
what do you think?
there are so many children - the numbers seem to keep going up - so many just like me that need to be loved - I am VERY loved and I LOVE IT!
Can you tell?!!!
the face of thankfulness

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Help Elysse!

Help Elysse! 
Meet Elysse
Elysse and Lina have the same birthday except that Elysse turned 9 years old and Lina turned 6 years old!
Elysse and her family live in the Philippines!
Elysse and her family are dear friends of our family!
Elysse's mommy is a ministry partner for Ting Ministries/AJ's Allies!
Did you ever hear of Mitochondrial Disease?

What is Mitochondrial Disease?

Mitochondria exist in nearly every cell of the human body, producing 90 percent of the energy the body needs to function. In a person with mitochondrial disease, the mitochondria are failing and cannot convert food and oxygen into life-sustaining energy. For many, mitochondrial disease is an inherited genetic condition, while for others the body's mitochondria can be affected by other environmental factors

How does Mitochondrial Disease affect the body?

The parts of the body that need the most energy, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, are the most affected by mitochondrial disease. The affected individual may have strokes, seizures, gastro-intestinal problems, (reflux, sever vomiting, constipation, diarrhea), swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive, blindness, deafness, heart and kidney problems, muscle failure, heat/cold intolerance, diabetes, lactic acidosis, immune system problems and liver disease.
Manila, Philippines during Avigayil's pick up trip
Lizbeth, Elysse, Sasha, Avigayil, Stephanie, Sister Dell
Elysse loved Sasha!

Ministry partners meeting in Manila just last month!
Dell, Malen, Lizbeth, Roy
More to be shared soon about Malen's ministry and their mission in the Philippines
and AJ's Allies mission happening NOW through our Ting Ministries!
Who is Elysse? Elysse is the daughter of our ministry partner in the Philippines!
Why help Elysse?  Elysse has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease and they have run out of help in the Philippines for Elysse.  Can you imagine what that feels like to have no more help available - to run out of hope for your child?  Maybe some can imagine and have been in that position to not know how to help your child any more medically - when a doctor says "There is no more I can do"! 

When Lizbeth and I spent time together in Manila during Avigayil's 16 day pick up trip the idea began to stir for Lizbeth and Ramon to bring Elysse to the United States to see what more could be done medically to help Elysse.  There was so much to be done...Passports, the difficult process of getting a Visa to the United States, medical files, x-rays, documents from doctors in the Philippines to some hospital/doctor here in the States, the difficult task of finding a hospital and doctor that would agree to see Elysse, the expenses of travel, housing, and then the HUGE expense of medical testing here in the United States for the beginning process of HOW TO HELP ELYSSE!
A year and 1/2 later it has happened...
Visas, passports, entry to the United States, an appointment at the world renowned hospital with a wing built for Mitochondrial disease patients and 2 airline tickets purchased but the costs of the necessary tests without US insurance is outrageous!!!!
Check out the costs of some of the most needed tests for Elysse.
The initial Consultation alone is $700.00
and this is set to happen on December 14th (at this time Elysse and her family will be staying with our family)!
But check out the cost of the Labs:

Nuclear Gene Mitochondrial Disease panel $6,500.00   Whole mtDNA sequence analysis $4,560.00 Genome wide array and DNA extraction/interpretation $4000.00 Metabolic screening lab work and urine $6,200.00
This is why I am setting up a chip in at the side bar for anyone wanting to help with the cost of the labs for Elysse. 
Anyone wanting more information may contact me directly at
Elysse's family worked so very hard for the past 1 and 1/2 years (not to mention the 9 years of Elysse's life in Philippines where there is not much support to families with children with special issues).  But rather than focus on worry, themselves and why me questions Lizbeth and Ramon have chosen to not only get on board with Ting ministries and help more children with special needs they have also begun to set up a school in the Manila area where children with special needs can be educated alongside children who are "normal"!  They have spent their lives caring for Elysse!
The plane tickets for Elysse and Lizbeth were brought by funds that were raised at a concert given in honor of Elysse's birthday in the Manila area of the Philippines! 
Many came to support and bless Elysse but Lizbeth tells me that those that came were blessed themselves by what they heard and learned about children with special needs!  LIZBETH and ELYSSE are being a VOICE FOR THOSE WITHOUT A VOICE!
Elysse like Sasha, Ellianna, Avi and Lina are voices for the voiceless! 
Lizbeth and Ramon speaking at the concert to raise awareness of children who have no voice and much need.  In the background you can see a photo of Sasha, Elysse, Avigayil and myself.


Photos taken at the concert/fundraiser for Elysse's trip to CHOP in the USA!

These two young girls have a diagnosis of Autism and came to support Elysse and sing for the
family and friends that came to Elysse's Happy Birthday Party Fundraiser!

Can you help Elysse?
If you feel lead to help in any other way please either chip in or email me for more information!
I will be updating and sharing photos when Elysse arrives in the United States!
Thank you and God bless!

Six year old boy in Eastern Europe

Meet I. who is waiting for his family in Eastern Europe!  I. is six years old - born in November of 2006!  This might be the best birthday gift ever - the year he gets HIS FAMILY!  He has normal physical development but he is developmentally delayed!

Please get word out that I. needs the best birthday gift ever...YOU...A FAMILY!

There are photos and a file available.  Please contact me at:

Another boy in Eastern Europe also needs a family NOW!  HE IS 12 years old and has been waiting a long time!  He was born in September of 2000.  His photo will not attach at the moment so please contact me for more information!  His file says that he has normal physical and mental development!


Proverbs 31: 8 - 9

Thursday, November 15, 2012

IS it possible?

Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Often times I get discouraged...when I look at the many faces of children that need a family!  I cry out..."LORD what can I do for this child! HOW CAN I HELP THIS ONE!  IT appears sometimes impossible!  The task at hand is impossible!  The orphan statistics see to increase rather than decrease!  I CAN'T do it!"  We can't do it in on our own strength but the LORD CAN! 

Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Psalm 68:6 (our verse for Angelina's adoption) "God sets the lonely in families" is possible! 
Please pray - advocate - support - adopt -

Please contact me if you would like more information regarding any of the precious children in Eastern Europe!  Please contact me if you would like information regarding over 40 children needing families NOW from Taiwan!  Oh how I wish I could post their photos!  They melt your heart - just like our Ellianna from Taiwan!  Please click on this link    if you want to view their photos and contact me for the password!

Pray - Advocate - Support - Adopt

DOB June 2001
Down Syndrome

DOB October 2001
Down syndrome

DOB: September 2003
Down syndrome


age: 4
special need: Willebrand’s disease, anemic syndrome, retarded in his mental and physical development up to the age of 2 years, hyperactivity


age: 12
special need: developmental delay



age: 2
special need: Turner Syndrome (45, X); Congenital cardiac malformation – surgically corrected; Infantile cerebral palsy – ataxic form; Moderate mental lagging behind


age: 4
special need: Prematurely born third degree in the 29th gestation week; Retinopathy of prematurity fourth degree – blindness; Amaurosis; Microphthalmia; Normal physical development and considerable lagging behind in the neuro-psychical development.



age: 7
special need: Osteochondrodysplasia with defect in the growth of the tubular bones and the spinal cord; Osteogenesis imperfecta; Albumen-caloric malnutrition Third-Fourth degree; Hirschsprung disease (Congenital megacolon); Calculus rhenis dextra; Congenital megacolon; Asthma with prevailing allergic component; Lagging behind in the physical development; Good neuro-psychical development.



Age: 8
Special Need: Down Syndrome



Age: 8
Special Need: Infantile Cerebral Palsy

BE a Voice for the Voiceless
Proverbs 31: 8 - 9
Pray - Advocate - Support - Adopt
Updates coming on AJ's Allies, Philippine ministry/missions, Hannah Hopes Animals (sister Stella joining in!) and more...stay tuned!
for now remember that
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Monday, November 12, 2012

Update on Amelia

Praise the LORD!  Amelia is doing better today! She has been moved to a regular room!
More tests are being done to determine what caused the sudden illness but praises to OUR LORD for her recovery that is in progress!  GOD has HIS HAND UPON THIS TINY precious child!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Amelia Holly Brown - from Pleven needs your prayers

Amelia Holly Brown was adopted from Pleven by my friend Jenny!  She came home this past summer weighing approximately 10 pounds at 12 years old!  As you can see in recent photos she is thriving at home with her family.  She recently was weighted at 22 pounds but she has become very sick and is in the ICU at  
UNC Memorial Hospital in North Carolina!  Yesterday she was not making improvements but the last report I heard is that if her lab numbers come down she might be moved to a regular room on Monday.  Please pray for Amelia and her family!  Friends decided to shower Jenny and Amelia with cards and notes of encouragement and prayer!  IF you would like to send a note of prayer please send it to...

UNC Memorial Hospital
Pediatrics Unit
Attn: Amelia Holly Brown
101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Thank you for caring and praying!  To God be the GLORY for each little LIFE redeemed by HIS HAND!

We love you Amelia!



This sweet face captured my heart! 
Then to read that she has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and needs a family - Well that just melted and broke my heart!  Susan has become her Angel Tree Warrior and is working to raise funds for Channah!  So I am passing along Channah's need for a family!  I don't even know what agency has her file but if you are interested in more information about this precious sweet soul please follow your heart!  We would love to adopt Channah but we wait for our sweet AJ in the Philippines!!  We are prayer warriors for you Channah - you have captured our hearts! 
If the diagnosis of cerebral palsy give you pause - please feel free to contact me to hear of all of our experiences with all differing types of cp - from mild to severe!
DOB: Sept 9, 2002
Special need: cerebral palsy
Though she was diagnosed to have mental delays, it’s been noted that it’s like orphanage delays in general. She does will in day-to-day tasks. In the orphanage, she has much less education and very rare contact with the outside world compared to other children of same age.
She has been attending the special education class in the orphanage. Yet, she will go to the local special education school in mid-September.
She enjoys playing with balls, listening to music and dancing. She doesn’t like being ignored. She likes pink and green, and she likes wearing dresses.
She can walk and go upstairs with no problem. Every day she dresses up, takes the bath, eats and sorts out the bedding by herself. She can fully take care of herself.
Additional photos and video available.
$140.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption, including $75.00 from Angel Tree donations

Monday, November 5, 2012

Did you ever

Did you ever get a glimpse of the LORD?
Did you ever see HIS wondrous working HAND?
Did you ever doubt your purpose or HIS plan for your life?
Look into the eyes of this child
The miracles abound
Ephesians 1: 18 - 22
 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.
This child fills my heart with hidden wonders everyday!
The beauty of her smile..
The joy of her laughter...
The power of her heart to touch her Mommy's heart in deep and profound ways
that show the wondrous working POWER OF THE RISEN LORD!
She is a treasured gift!
Proverbs 31: 8 - 9
There are millions of children without a voice to cry out!
Millions like precious Avi waiting to be cherished and loved!
Millions waiting for the Power of LOVE to touch their lives!
My heart was left in the Philippines at her orphanage!
MAY THE LORD open doors for AJ!
HE is the God of Wonders!
He is able to do above and beyond what we can think or imagine!

Ephesians 3:20  (KJV)

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
(photos - YES it is cold here in the North East - time for coats, hats and mittens - gotta love the weather or move South!  Actually Lina is not taking a liking to having to wear a hat!  She sure looks adorable though - I will share those photos eventually too! )

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Are you READY


My Single Thought...

Orphan Sunday 2012 -

Did your church acknowledge that today is the Sunday set aside to share the plight of the orphans around the world?

Wake up church!

Can you not see?
Do you not hear?
This is our problem!  The LORD calls for us to care for the orphan and the widow in James 1:27 - He commands that we care for the least of these - He calls us to be a voice for the voiceless - Proverbs 31:8 - 9


Why did I entitle this post MY SINGLE THOUGHT?
Because as
WE walked onto stage today, November 4, 2012 at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church as a part of their Orphan Sunday!  There were over 50 on stage all wearing "ADOPTED" t-shirts singing "Children of God" - as I stood holding our daughter Ellianna in my arms - watching Brian holding Avi and Lina - and Sasha between us - standing above my friend Renee with her recently adopted daughter from Ethiopia all I could do was get tears in my eyes and search out the crowd within the church and think this single thought - WILL ANYONE HEAR THEIR CRY?! WILL ANYONE HEAR THEIR CRY?  How many of these children that recently have broken my heart would have a family if someone would hear their cry!

THAT WAS THE SINGLE THOUGHT that flooded my mind as I prayed while the song played...LORD OPEN EYES AND HEARTS TO THE PLIGHT OF THE ORPHAN...MAY SOMEONE HEAR!  MAY SOMEONE SEE!  IT DOES child at a time...
it mattered to this one

it mattered to this one

it mattered to this one
it mattered to this one

(Sasha standing with our sisters in  Christ in the Philippines on our trip to bring home Avigyail)

Each child matters - Can you hear? Do you see?
Do they matter to you?

DOB June 2001
Down Syndrome

DOB October 2001
Down syndrome

DOB: September 2003
Down syndrome

Additional photos and information available on these newly listed children!
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Proverbs 31: 8 - 9