"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spotlight on Bulgaria!

Yesterday, the Director of Reeces's Rainbow posted the following plea:

"All....in recent months, we have had a tremendous breakthrough in Bulgaria, and now have photos and bios of many children with DS waiting there. We have a very special, Christian partner who is dedicated to these children and has gone to great personal effort to use Reece's Rainbow as a voice of hope for them. Three children have already found families! This is a fabulous program, lower cost than Ukraine or Russia, and one of the easiest countries as far as family size and parent age restrictions.

I learned today that Bulgaria's institutions are JUST AS DIRE AS UKRAINE. I have also learned that nearly all of our currently waiting children there are already living in these institutions, not the baby houses, anymore. You can read in this article, written last Fall, the truth about how these children are living, and what people in much of Eastern Europe think about them.

"I asked to go into one of the rooms and picked up the nearest child, a
living skeleton. And what was wrong with him? He was blind. Just blind.
But now he was starving to death, rocking and banging his head against the
side of his cot. On another visit, I asked the director, a pediatrician,
about a child with Down Syndrome. Why was she here? "She has Down
Syndrome, she will die." I told her that this was not true, that these
children could live fulfilled lives. Angered, she asked: "Are you a
doctor?" No, I replied, but I was the mother of a child with Down's
Syndrome. "But you are not a doctor, so you don't understand.. . these
children have no use. They should never have been born."

If you have been considering an adoption....if you need a program that allows for older parents or larger families or shorter travel times, Bulgaria is our very best program. And

If you're not able to adopt, PLEASE GIVE! Choose Valentine's Day to sponsor one or more of the waiting children in Bulgaria. Instead of spending $200 on dinner and roses, give the gift of a family for a child with Down syndrome in Bulgaria!!


The special Valentine page will only be open until tomorrow evening (the 15th). www.reecesrainbow.org

Andrea Roberts, Executive Director
Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

Please go to the website to see the beautiful children with Down Syndrome that desperately need a loving family. Please pray that they will be saved!

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