Sunday, October 24, 2010
America. Land of opportunity, freedom, and a lot of other great things. People come over here from other countries to start a life here. They're blown away by the tales of success and a better life. And we accept that. But the problem is...
We don't know why.
Lots of bad things go on in foreign countries. I'm not going to get into that because this would be an EXTREMELY long post if I did. But I am going to focus on one little thing not many people know goes on in other countries (mainly Eastern Europe).
In America, kids are pretty well taken care of from the second they're born. We have entire stores and clothing lines devoted to kids and toddlers. We have types of food meant for our tykes. We think nothing of it.
But let's travel a couple thousand miles to a region known as Eastern Europe. The little kids there are treated well.
Except for one "useless" minority.
The Special Needs ones.
Almost none of them are actually kept. Almost all of them get dumped into an orphanage. They've got a 4-5 year window of opportunity to be rescued before they get sent to adult (yes, like full grown people) mental institutions, where the small amount of care they were given in the Baby House (orphanage) is eliminated. After about a year, well, you can guess what happens.
The REALLY sad part? These are the secrets that are rarely whispered. When they are, only so many find out. For all the work that those few dedicated to the cause can do, only a small amount of the kids actually get that God-sent rescue.
And most of the world remains clueless to it.
I was talking with a friend this morning at church, explaining this situation. Giving a few of the stories that I've heard about what happens there and the effect it has on the kids. He had no idea any of this went on.
That's why we're doing what we are and fighting for the cause.
We're rescuing one. I know of about 30-45 families who are adopting these kids, some 2 or 3 at once. But the issue is..
There are so many more to be saved.