Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Deafening, gut-wrenching Silence

Orphan Advocacy has it's ups and downs. The ups can be the fast-growing community I see here. Thank you to everyone who has Liked the Facebook Page, is following here, or both. Your support is what motivates us and keeps us going.

But while the ups are great, the downs are hard.

And one of them is happening right now.

Almost an entire year ago, two sets of events were running towards each other for a deadly collision. Three families were in the process for the first three Special Needs adoptions from a small region in Russia. At the same time, a mother in the U.S. was feeling overwhelmed and somewhat tricked into adopting a child from that region that had more than she wanted to deal with. Her solution? Send him, alone, on a plane, back to Russia. and then...


The events that ensued were a collision of cultures, viewpoints, and personal beliefs. For a time, everyone moved forward in a frenetic pace, afraid that this was going to close most Eastern European Countries from all adoption. Things picked up for everyone else after the first shock waves  had left.

But for that  one little Region things froze like solid ice. The judge froze everyone in their tracks.

And here we are, almost a year later. And today, the judge has made her decision.

But it hasn't reached our ears yet.

Right now, while we wait for word to come, the silence is deafening, all-consuming, and gut-wrenching. One little statement is going to permanently fix the situation one way or another.

But people are praying.

And I ask you to keep praying. Because these families deserve their children. And God knows how much they want them home.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Getting There!

Well everyone, the blog is slowly on its way to completion! As you can see in the sidebar, we have our Facebook Page up, so please feel free to Like and share it with all your Facebook Friends! You may also see our sidebar is a little less crowded. To see the children we're advocating for, go to the page titled "Our Orphan Loves." If there is somebody you would like us to advocate for, just comment here or on Facebook and we'll get your little sweetheart up!

Tomorrow the team will be added so you can see just who's on. Until then, enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Quick Update

First of all, thank you to all who are reading commenting, following, and circulating the blog! It is so uplifting and encouraging!

Secondly, if the blog looks a little messy right now, it is. Over the weekend (hopefully sooner), I'll be reformatting the blog, adding the current team members, and (drum roll please) creating a Facebook Page! The page will be fairly simple, but its main purpose is to circulate the message of the blog so more people can raise the shout!

Have a blessed weekend and check back for Blog Version 2.0!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Little Voices

They're in all sections of the world. They are of all races, of all ages, of all colors. And they all have one thing in common.

They have no voice.

The orphans of the world are the little treasures, the little voices few will hear. They are all living in the same sad situation with no one to call them their child. Some have caretakers who love them, others aren't as fortunate.

And God is calling us to care for them.

James 1:27 states “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction." There is no clearer call to speak for those who have no voice. Here at Speaking for the silent, we hope to do just that. We are a team of people who have a heart for orphans who need homes, funds, or just prayers.

Welcome to the blog. Let's raise the shout.