Monday, July 8, 2013

Double Gotcha day anniversary

Two years ago today we took Dariya out of her orphanage forever and 12 years ago today Jason immigrated to America.  So we celebrate Happy Gotcha day for Dariya and Daddy all on the same day.

I love how God is in all the tiniest of details.

Here is a picture taken a few days before Dariya's gotcha day.

See those kids in the background?

These aren't families out for an afternoon stroll to the park.  These are kids from the other groupas that were outside that day.

Orphans.  Stranded.  Alone.  Forgotten. 

As we celebrate today eating Ukrainian food and thanking God for the blessing of Dariya in our family my heart still breaks for the thousands of orphans in just Ukraine that will spend another night without a family.  The children of Dariya's groupa who by now are more than likely living in the adult institution.

We celebrate but, I can never forget.  I can never wipe those images of all those children out of my memories.  I still see their sweet faces when I close my eyes.  I still fear for their lives.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;     ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,  and see that they get justice.                     ~Proverbs 31:8-9
Defend the cause of orphans.      ~ Isaiah 1:17

As we celebrate today, I ask that you consider the plight of the orphan.  God calls each of us to speak up and defend the cause of the orphan.

I  ask beg you in celebration of Dariya to pray, then act upon where God is calling you in reference to orphans.

Maybe it is to donate to one of our friends who are currently going BACK to rescue more orphans.  Every dollar counts, even a $5 donation is a blessing to these families.

The first two families were in Ukraine with us adopting via RR when we were adopting Dariya!  They are fabulous, God following, homeschooling, adoption loving families.  Now they obeying and are returning for more children.

The other two families we dearly love, they both have adopted girls via RR from Russia and are now unable to return to Russia due to the stoppage of American adoptions.  But that didn't stop them they continue to hear and obey God's call to rescue orphans and are going to another country (one we know and ♥) to bring home more sweet girls!

Or maybe he is calling you to something different, something more?

 I hope you will listen and obey.

These sweet children need your help.

Happy Gotcha Day, Dariya!  We love you and honor you by donating to orphans so they can find their forever family.

Leave us a message and let us know how you are helping orphans.


one_plustwins said...

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Dariya!

As an adoptive family, adopting from Ukraine as well, I can assure you every single penny makes a difference.

If you are called to give, please know adoptive families are so blessed by each and every dollar. $1 may be all you have to give, and God bless you for giving as you are able; but that simple dollar is just as powerful to an adoptive family and its just powerful to the family as $50 because each donation brings them one step closer to their child.

Love you, Rochelle!

Cammie Heflin said...

I remember this day so much! Following every post while you were away :) Love you sweet Dariya and I will make a donation in your honor today!

Suzanne said...

We are helping a wonderful family, that will leave on Friday, to get their final $3500. They are saving 2 boys, one in great need of medical care. There RR page is:

We are working on going back to China and expanding our family!


Jill said...

Happy Anniversary to Dariya and Jason!

Borsch and fish 'n chips today? :-)