When Josh learned that he was dying, he had a single question for the doctor.
“Will I ever be a dad?”
Family is important to Josh. His commitment speaks of a deep compassion Josh has for childrenin need of a family. Shortly after Josh’s stay at the Hospice Home, he asked about a 12 year-old boy who visited the United States in hope of finding a family this past summer. We had been praying for him. is name is J*** and he lives in an Asian orphanage.
“Did J*** find a family, mom?”
“No, Josh, he didn’t.” Josh was quiet.
“Mom.” He paused and looked into my eyes. “We have to to adopt him. He can’t go through life without a family. I won’t be here much longer. He can have my bed.”
For Josh, the case was closed. Logical in every way, it was a done deal. Tears welled in both our eyes. Josh and I share a similar heart.
“I don’t think we can do that right now.”
“Then I’ll adopt him! I’m 19.”
“I’m not sure we can make that work either, but I bet we can help J*** find a family.”
“Let’s do it!”
Although we did not fully comprehend it at that time, Josh’s “Go M.A.D. – Go Make A Difference” list began taking shape that day. It has been growing ever since. Things like this take time, but the time has come. Will you join us in prayer for J***? Will you join the search? I’d like to tell you a little bit about this kiddo:
- Words used to describe J*** by his host family this summer: dear, sweet, amazing, bright, even tempered, kind, generous, compassionate, peacemaker, astute observer of human nature.
- J*** enjoys: new experiences (!), the computer, puzzles, K’nex and Rokenbok. He loves the night time sky.
- J***’s challenges: taking turns, waiting in lines, biking and swimming (because of his physical challenges).
- J***’s special needs. He has facial tics. His body movement looks like someone with CP, but there is no diagnosis. His gait is altered (but it does not keep him from walking around the zoo) and his fine motor skills are somewhat hindered. There is reason to believe that some of this may be a treatable condition (non-contagious) that antibiotics would help.
- J*** wants to be an astronomer when he grows up.
Adopting a child is a distinct call in life. It is a gift and does not involve guilt. If God has placed this calling on your life, pursue it. Pray. Move forward unafraid. If he has not placed this call on your life be a prayer warrior for this little guy and consider passing this note on to others.
If you would like to learn more about J*** please drop us a note here: [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Your thoughts’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] I will be able to pass along specific agency contact information, photos and access to his US host mom to hear more about this delightful child. To learn more about hosting opportunities, visit NewHorizonsForChildren.org.
2 thoughts on “A Forever Family”
My Little Granddaughter is always reminding me that she just needs LOVE! Everyone who meets her is always telling my husband and I how sweet she is and how much of a blessing she most be to us. We sometimes don’t see it but I sure do today. She is playing and is happy. Comes to me for reassurance. Then back to playing.
LOVE — it is a gift that keeps on giving.
Enjoy each precious moment!