Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Is this your daughter?

I was very excited to see that Dateline did a story this past weekend about orphans in Russia.  It was a wonderful story entitled The Boy From Baby House 10, that focused on a spunky little boy named Vanya who came dangerously close to living out his life in a mental institution.

I have shared the Today Show story about Serbian institutions with you before in my post Sweet Babies.  This story from Dateline shows some of the same conditions, but is a redemptive story.  Through Divinely providential circumstances, Sweet Vanya did find a forever family.  Take a few minutes to watch his story here

What struck me most was how his mother found him.  It was through word-of-mouth.  Information passed from one person to another.  Nothing over the top.  No large-scale efforts (though such were attempted).  What saved Vanya from possible death as a child in that dreadful institution?  Somebody shared his story.

So simple.  Yet so effective!

So, here I am again...asking you to share this story.

Look at these faces.  Don't just scroll past them.  Don't glance and look away.  Really look into their eyes. 

These are children.  Babies.  All they need is a chance.  A loving environment where they can grow and play and become healthy and strong.

They need a mommy and daddy.  A family who will snuggle them. 

Is that you?  Is that someone you know? 


Look at this precious face. 

Sweet, lovable little girl. 

Somebody's daughter.

Is she yours?


Take a look at this adorable little girl.

Active love-bug is how she is described.

Does she belong in your family?


How about this sweet girl...

Beautiful brown eyes...

Is this your daughter?

Are you familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation?  Wikipedia defines it as "the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer."  Many will recall the "Kevin Bacon Game" which uses this concept to connect any actor or actress to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less.  Fun trivia game.

How about we use this concept for something much more important?

I firmly believe the parents of these three girls can be found by me and you.  You know someone who knows someone who knows someone.  A friend of a friend of a friend is the mother of one of these precious little girls.

All you have to do is share the story.

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