Just in time for the holidays, four America World families are celebrating great news from our China department as we received Letters of Acceptance from the CCCWA this week! These four beautiful children have forever families and will soon meet in China! Congratulations to everyone!
For you formed my inward parts;you knitted me together in my mother's womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works;my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them,the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
As Storytellers we meet children of all abilities. This verse is a reminder that each child has a unique and perfect purpose in this world. Each child was formed by a knowing Father. And we, as storytellers and advocates, are responsible for helping others see past what is comfortable and into the eyes of a child who is waiting for their family. Today, a recent team member shares about the time she spent with Heathton while on a One Orphan storyteller trip.
Heathton is four years old. From the moment we met him, he stole our hearts. In the middle of a crowded room, he would make the decision that you were the one, for that moment, who would receive his "love hugs". So whether it was hugging your leg or wrapping his arms around your neck and laying his body into a leaning hug onto your back, you knew that for that moment, you had been blessed by Heathton's love hug.
Heathton is nonverbal, but is a very busy little boy, wanting to walk everywhere & be in the center of what you are doing. His forever family would be very busy keeping up with Mr. Heathton! We are confident that a special family seeking God's will would know the Lord has chosen them to care for this very special little boy. Heathton will likely require a life-time care commitment from a very special family.
Is God calling you to be Heathen's forever family? For His Glory! If so please contact the America World China staff at email@example.com. To learn more about the China waiting child process visit awaa.org. A family at any stage of the process can seek approval to adopt Heathton.
If you are not called to adopt please consider a year-end gift to help AWAA/One Orphan continue to care for and speak up for orphaned and vulnerable children. Tax-deductible gifts can be given by clicking on this link.
This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.
But you still have time to make an eternal difference in the life of a child.
When you choose to give a year-end tax-deductible gift to AWAA/One Orphan you support initiatives that care for children in eight different countries. Your gifts have the ability to provide love, shelter, clothing and food for children waiting to be united with their forever families.
On the day of hope we announced that a generous donor provided a matching grant opportunity of $100,000. We are thrilled to share that $89,000 has been raised to date! Four days remain to bring in the $11,000 that will help us achieve our goal!
Today we invite you to be a part of that final number, and the great impact it will have, with your year-end gift.
Here are a few ways your gift will be utilized:
Support for five orphanage partnerships in Ethiopia Provide Ethiopia families with sponsorships through family preservation efforts Support for families in the post adoption stage Resources and support for orphanage partnerships in Haiti Resources and support for orphanage partnerships in China Support for adoption programs in India
If you would like to give a year-end, tax-deductible gift please click here and choose Day of Hope in the drop down menu. If you have further questions about how your gift will be utilized feel free to contact the Executive Director of One Orphan, our orphan care ministry branch. firstname.lastname@example.org
America World Adoption Association, an evangelical Christian non-profit adoption agency located in McLean, Virginia, is seeking an individual to work as a Family Coordinator for the India program.
The position involves case management and providing administrative support to a caseload of adoptive families. The Family Coordinator will also maintain America World’s courier program along with other program support. Applicants should have a desire to serve families in the process of an international adoption, have strong communication and multitasking skills, be enthusiastic about providing customer service to our clients, be well-organized and pay close attention to detail. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required; two-three years work experience desired. The qualified candidate is a committed believer in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, preferably possessing a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field. International experience preferred.
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and statement of faith* to email@example.com or fax to 703-891-0051, Attn: Human Resources. This position is based in our McLean, VA office.
** Please go to our website in order to learn what the Statement of Faith entails.
We are continuing to prayerfully advocate for many waiting children as 2016 comes to a close. We are claiming this Season of Hope as a time of intentional advocacy and speaking up on behalf of the children our One Orphan Storyteller teams have had the chance to get to know. Today Amanda Salle took the time to share about Chap. Amanda met Chap on a recent advocacy trip to China.
It is my pleasure and distinct honor to introduce you to Chap. China was blessed to receive him ten years ago on the day that he was born. I was able to spend time with him touring the Beijing Zoo, riding next to him on the bus home from the zoo, shopping with him at the mall, and performing his medical exam. At the zoo, I watched Chap begin the tour of the zoo in a wheelchair, but he didn't use the wheelchair for very long. Shortly into the zoo, he got out of it and was pushing the other boy he was sharing it with. Although he has an abnormal gait, none of these musculoskeletal abnormalities stopped him from doing anything a typical child would do. And despite the fact that he cannot fully flex or extend different joints in his body, I watched him creatively lift a water bottle up and drink from it with absolutely no assistance. I was very impressed because he has difficulty fully bending his elbows.
Though there are some things that might be difficult for him, I did not witness him giving up on any tasks because of it. Throughout the trip at the zoo, I noticed that he was mild mannered and seemed to demonstrate a mature sense of self control. He had a very pleasant disposition and cooperated well with his peers and the nannies.
During our week together, I went shopping with Chap and his friends. Chap was very excited at the opportunity to pick out two treats, and he decided on some dehydrated fruit and a plastic egg with some candy in it. :) I have grown attached to this smart, mild-mannered guy who always has a ready smile! Some of his favorite things are: School subjects writing and math, shrimp and vegetable, puzzles and the movie Transformers.
Chap has a $10,000 grant that can be applied to adoption expenses.
We have team members ready and willing to share about Chap. If you are interested in learning more about Chap, or our China waiting child program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a free pre-application on our website.
Our China families know these stairs well and the families in this photo begin arriving home today from China with their children! We rejoice with them all as they spend their first Christmas together. Congratulations to all!
“Andy” has a sweet little face. He is described as active and cheerful. “Andy” is a 4-year old boy with osteo-genesis imperfecta. This is a very rare genetic disorder that affects the development of bones. It can result in weak bones that fracture often.
There are many 4-year olds like "Andy", with a medical need, who are in search of a family. Please join us praying for “Andy” this holiday season. Will you help us advocate for him, by sharing his story?
This is a shared referral. For more information on “Andy” or other waiting children in India, please contact India@awaa.org.