Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Key - a Call to Prayer

Here is the official word: Masha WILL be transferred to the mental institution. It will likely happen next week.

Oh, my heart.

I have failed her. She's the one.

She is the one child for whom I was bent on finding a home. I was certain that someone would be touched by our story and be inspired to rescue her.

Like Theo was rescued.

There is still a chance for Masha.

And Tori is the key.

Tori, soon to be renamed Reagan, was transferred about a year and a half ago to the same institution that Masha will soon call home.

This coming Monday morning in Eastern Europe there will be a meeting. A very important meeting. An American couple wishes to adopt Tori and has received her referral. They will show up at Tori's institution and meet with the director.

Now, I have heard conflicting reports about this director. Some say the director is difficult and some say the director is agreeable. Some say the director is opposed to adoptions. This director has the power to say "yes" or "no."

We must pray for this director. For a soft heart, for a willing spirit. For Tori is the key. If she can be rescued then there is still a chance...

for Masha,

and Eddie,
who both have grants that could cover their WHOLE adoption! And the countless others who have been and will be sent to this place.

So please pray now. Let us storm heaven for the sake of the inmates (yes, this is what they are called) of Tori's institution.

If you wish to pray during the actual meeting, set your alarms...Monday morning. Early. 1 a.m. - 3 a.m. Central Time, USA, I'm guessing.

Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes. ~David Platt, Radical


  1. It makes me ill. And I will continue to pray. Blogged about her this week... hoping still.

  2. Thank you so much for this post; for advocating for these children; for updating on Tori. I inquired about her; actually sent an email to find out if she had a family committed to her. So, I am glad to know that this family is so far along in the process and I can continue to pray specifically for their family. Please pray for my family that we would discern God's will in adoption.

  3. Thanks for posting this. We ALL need to be praying!

    (I'm totally going to steal this for my blog too.)

  4. Praying for Masha with all my heart.

    Kerin (mom of one perfect chromosomally enhanced son)



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