Do you remember JB, a little orphan we helped get out of the orphanage nearly 2 years ago? See the “Meet JB” post to refresh your memory. Jason and Christa have been JB’s foster parents all this time and they have been actively searching for a foster family for him. Now, it seems to be coming to the 11th hour for him to be able to be placed in a forever family. Please read what they have written below. Feel free to get in touch with me regarding JB.
On July 29th, 2009 we got an email from a pediatrician friend who volunteers at an orphanage in the Chinese city we live in. There was a child there who was failing to thrive. He was 5 months old and only about 7 pounds. Each week his health seemed to be getting worse. Our friend had been petitioning with the orphanage for weeks to allow her to find a foster family to take care of him. They finally said yes and she sent an email trying to find a family. She said that if no one fosters him he’ll almost for sure not make it and even if a family takes care of him it might be a hospice situation. We felt burdened to take this little boy into our home.
We are thankful to God that it was not a hospice situation! With proper feeding and the loving environment of a home, Jian Bei (JB) quickly gained weight and showed obvious physical improvement. He was born with glaucoma, cataracts, and clouded retina. We were able to get surgery for him and his sight has been gradually improving.
After JB had shown significant physical improvement, a Christian organization (that set us up with the contract with the orphanage) requested the orphanage to fill out forms so he could be adopted. Many children are never given the opportunity to be adopted, some just because of a physical condition that is deemed undesirable. The orphanage amazingly asked us to help them in finding a family for JB. We said we would love to help find a family and the orphanage started the first steps in the adoption process for JB. There have been many people praying for a family to adopt JB. There have been some families that expressed some interest, but no one has committed to adopt him. After many months of not hearing anything just last week the orphanage called and said that we should have the family that wants to adopt JB fill out the application form now. The person who’s been petition for JB to have adoption papers these many months said that if we don’t take advantage of this opportunity, JB may not have a chance to be adopted in the future.
From among the people who have already been praying for him and from among the people who are just now learning about him, we are praying to find a Godly forever family for this precious little boy. He turned 2 in March. He has some special needs as he has hydrocephalus, development delays, and limited sight. If you or somebody you know would be interested in adopting JB, please contact us ASAP. Please pass this on to those you know. Help us find a forever family for JB.
For the joy all peoples,