My name is Brianna. I am fourteen. The Lord brought Reece's Rainbow to my attention through some very dear friends. I was touched! My life has been changed."
(Elizabeth in the orphanage)
(Now! Elizabeth with her sisters!!)
I started my blog after praying for an orphan on Reece's Rainbow, named Elizabeth. She soon had a loving family coming to her rescue; the Clark's! And, is now home, enjoying life with her family. As soon as we found out that Elizabeth's best friend, Angelina, was still in an orphanage I started this blog, praying that it would help her forever family find her.
(Angelina, November 2010)
Many others also felt the need to help save Angelina. Within one month, $10,000.00 was raised and a family was commited to Saving Angelina (also the former name of my blog.)! God is amazing!
Less than a month after Angelina had a family coming for her I felt led to advocate for another little girl on Reece's Rainbow; Teri Lynn. I fell in love with her, and was sure that someone else would as well. I renamed my blog Teri Lynn's Turn.
"I am now Teri Lynn's Warrior! Now that Angelina has a family, I feel that God would like me to advocate for another little blessing! I will post updates about Angelina as I have them. I have seen Teri Lynn many times on Reece's Rainbow. She has always seemed to stand out to me. I had seen her on Reece's Rainbow even before I ever knew about Angelina! I prayed and asked God what he would have me do, I felt Him tell me to become her Warrior. "
Also at that time the Lord brought The Bible Orphan Ministry to our attention, a small group of Christians, most of whom were former orphans themsevles, that are activly helping the orphans right now in Ukraine! Misha the only man and the strong leader of their small group is daring to be bold and follow God where ever He may lead. Alla, the amazing lady that keeps their website, blog, and facebook page running, while also taking care of packages, planning crafts and bible stories, enjoys visiting the orphans with her amazing sister Oksana. Nayda, another amazing lady,
serves by helping tell Bible stories to these children and helping them with their crafts.
They do much more than this! They also help the "graduated" orphans, teenagers MY AGE that have to live on the street and deal with terrible situations EVERY DAY. They teach them of Jesus's love, show them needed skills, and they helped to provide one young couple with a home, all through your support and love. I am blessed to call them my friends, someday I hope to meet them in person, I pray for them continually! Their work is so important, as many of these children will never find their forever family but still need someone to love them! I could talk to you all day about the amazing things that their ministry does, I love them all so much!!
Then, four months later I discovered that Teri Lynn had been transferred to a mental institution. I was given an updated picture and knew that something had to be done!
" I had been praying for an update.. I did not expect to see that... Can you believe that this is the same little girl?! Now..it must be Teri Lynn's Turn! She needs a family!"
Many other RR bloggers also felt the need and within THREE days her Reece's Rainbow Fund went from $188.00 to $22,581.22!!! God is AWESOME!!
Then after only four months of being her Warrior God gave her an amazing gift, a family from her own country adopted her!! What was even more amazing is that all of the funds raised were used to help many other girls on Reece's Rainbow find their forever families!
Teri Lynn was a blessing for many, including me.
"God used something sad..and turned it into something happy for more than one child!
Can you imagine if Teri Lynn knew that through her suffering and pain she told many people about Reece's Rainbow and the beautiful children listed there. She might have shown someone THEIR child!
She helped others notice this huge NEED.
Then our dear friends were called by God to adopt a little girl. I also fell in love with Alayna Grace!
"Prayerfully, soon my blog will be re-designed and set up for an adoption auction for some very dear friends of ours. They are the ones who introduced us to Reeces Rainbow and the Bible Orphan Ministry. We have known them for quite some time and have grown very close. We are very excited about their newest little member to their family, Alayna Grace!"
This blog was then once again redesigned and renamed, and an adoption auction was set up for Alayna. Open Arms Adoption Auction was then created and my sisters and I made many handmade items to help raise funds for her. It ran for almost two weeks without any bids..It was then extended and God used it for His glory!
"Another wonderful family, that is currently on their own adoption journey, took the time to donate many items for little Alayna and her family!
What a blessing!"
The total raised was enough to pay for the visa's needed to help bring Alayna Grace home.
Then a couple of months later this blog was again set up for another auction; Second Chance Adoption Auction.
"This will be the second adoption auction for little Alayna Grace, therefore the name Second Chance suits it well. Second Chance has many meanings..God gave us a second chance when He sent His son to save us, that is an amazing second chance for us! And, this will be a second chance for Alayna to have a family that cares and loves her.
Can we help work together to make that chance possible for her?
Our God is a God of Second Chances.
Let's help give Alayna a second chance as well."
That auction ended without any bids. I know that God has a reason for everything, I just don't always know what that reason is. I will still thank Him for everything that He has done! He is teaching me many things every day, this was just another learning experience.
Then just before Christmas: "Alayna's family recently recieved their travel dates for early January. They are very excited and can't wait to bring her home!"
Then on November 27, 2012...I received some news...news that I NEVER wanted to hear...
Angelina's adoption was canceled....
"This is not the post I want to write.....not the news I wanted to hear.....not the life she should have. I am speaking of Angelina, the little girl that started this blog. Almost two years ago I became her Warrior. Within one month she had a family committed to bringing her home, the Green's. They have been trying as hard and as fast as they can to bring her home this whole time. Now, it has become impossible, they can't bring her home. As some of you may know there have been many pressing issues with adoption in Russia this past year. As a result, many children have not been able to be adopted. Angelina will have to stay in the lonely orphanage..I pray that somehow another family will be able to adopt her since the main reason for the Green family being denied is because they already have four children at home with disablities. I am praying.."
Angelina still is there..right now..waiting for her forever family.
Angelina is now eight and a half years old..
"Is there no way to save Angelina from a life like this!?
"Jesus replied, “What is impossible
with man is possible with God.”
Luke 18:27 "
Am I YOUR daughter?
Has God laid it on your heart to become Angelina's Mommy and Daddy? If so, please contact Reece's Rainbow.
Then in January this blog was set up for a raffle to help Alayna. "Ready?! Here we go again!! But, this time...it's a bit different. In order to help raise funds for Alayna's family's travel expenses, a raffle will be held."
The raffle was a lot of fun, and God is amazing! Alayna is now HOME with her family!!
She is doing wonderfully!! She has gained over 2 1/2 pounds in only 18 days, she is taking independant steps and is starting to walk more and more, she is doing so good!
I got to meet Alayna in person a few days after she came home, it was amazing!!
Well that brings you up to date.
That has been my journey so far.
A journey of one teenager that LOVES these little ones...truly the least of these.
For the least are the GREATEST.
I pray that God continues this journey, as I read my bible I am reminded throughout the pages of what we are called to do:
"The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Matthew 9:37-38
"Whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water...he shall by no means loose his reward." Matthew 10:42
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt looses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." Matthew 5:13
"You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." Matthew 5:42
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be." Matthew 6:21
"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:14
"...Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8
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