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!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Least of These

Adoption was a fantastic opportunity for our boys, Zhen and Theodore. Without a doubt, they would not have had access to the medical care they needed so desperately. They would not have had access to the top notch education that they are enjoying. Good for them right?

But what about the children that we left behind? The ones who are forgotten, overlooked, or lost. The ones who are too old to adopt, too rough around the edges, or too much trouble. Who is going to care for these children? Who is going to tell them about Jesus?

While I believe in adoption with all my heart, the truth is that most of these children will never be adopted. The church has not yet awakened. We're working on that, right? So in the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, let's think of something to do while we're waiting. (The link to Mr. Rogers is for you, Jessica)

I'm going to share a couple of groups that are caring for these children. Tonight I'll start with The Least of These. They are ministering to the lost and forgotten children in the poorest of regions in Ukraine. They are working in the preschools, the internats, the sanatoriums and the invalid homes to reach people for Christ.

The Least of These is providing hundreds of needy and hurting children the opportunity to attend a completely Christian camp this summer. Just think about the many lost souls that will find their salvation at camp this summer! They will be adopted into an eternal family. What could compare to that?

Are you able to go? Team members are needed for the summer outreach in June.

Are you able to give? Funds are needed to operate Camp Hope in Kerch, the town where Theo was born. Gifts to The Least of These are tax deductible as allowed by law and are currently being matched dollar for dollar.

Are you able to pray? Please hold the volunteers and staff of The Least of These up in your prayers as they continue to reach out to the children and youth of Ukraine. Pray also that their current needs may be met. And check out the album of outreaches and testimonies dating back to 2003.

I hope that you will remember the ones we left behind by prayerfully supporting The Least of These.

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