Today I joined with some other peeps in the Reece's Rainbow community to share one special boy with you. The idea is if enough people start talking about the same child, eventually his Mommy and Daddy will see him. Kind of like the Kevin Bacon game. Did you ever hear about that? There's a theory that every Hollywood actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less. Hmmmmm....
(I always wondered why Kevin Bacon was chosen as the example of 6 degrees of separation...I have no idea....not my fave...a little creepy...anyway)
So, I may not know this little guy's fam, but maybe I'm 6 people away from someone who does!
Let me introduce you to "Brett".
Brett isn't his real name, but a name chosen by Reece's Rainbow to protect his identity.
Look at that sweet, sweet face!!! Brett will be 11 years old this August and lives in Eastern Europe. Yep, you read that right, 11 years old. He has waited far too long for his Mommy and Daddy. Here's what his file at Reece's Rainbow has to say:
Diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Severe lagging behind in his development, Alopetio areata (hair loss). The photo was taken in May 2009. This child had a rough start in his life. Immediately after giving birth to him in the open country she abandoned him on the field. He was found and taken to the hospital. His condition was poor but the doctors saved his life.
Did you read that? ABANDONED!!! Yes that is devastating, it doesn't make sense to my Mommy brain, but I'm choosing to look beyond that. He was abandoned in a field, but not left there. He was found! He was taken to doctors! In a country where people with disabilities are generally not looked upon as valuable, where disabled children are cast aside and forgotten, Brett was saved. God not only remembered Brett when he was a baby, left behind and alone, but God has remembered him now. He does not sit in an orphanage in Eastern Europe forgotten, WE remember him. We fight for him when he has no voice.
"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy."
Are you Brett's Daddy? Are you his Mommy? Don't dismiss this child. If you aren't his parents, do 6 degrees or less separate you from them? Maybe! Share his picture, share his story, help give him a voice.
Brett, sweet boy, you are not forgotten.
You are not beyond God's reach. Today we give you a voice.
If Reece's Rainbow is new to you and you have questions about how all this works please leave a comment! I'd be happy to