Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Win Win

This is Gretchen and her son Ian.
Gretchen lives in Georgia. Ian lives in Russia.
He has Down Syndrome and they recently found out he will need heart surgery.
He is almost 5 and will be transferred to a mental institution if his adoption isn't completed by then.
You've heard me talk about that kind of thing before right? Once or twice?

I don't know about you, but of all the things I have ever wanted for my birthday, for the last twenty-some birthdays I've had, I have never once asked for a family. Ever.
Because I already had one.

Ian doesn't have one.
Ian needs one.
Ian doesn't need to get transferred out of the orphanage he has lived in his entire life and into what amounts to hell on earth.

Yes, I said it on my blog.

Because imagine that you are five years old, and you are taken away from the only people you have ever known, to a place where strangers will shave your head and tie you to a crib, where you will not be fed, or changed, or washed, or played with, or touched, or talked to, or loved, or prayed with, or taken outside, or taken to the bathroom, or read to, or sung to.
Where they give you adult doses of drugs to knock you out for most of the day so they don't have to deal with you. Because if a place for kids like you even exists, if there is actually a need in your country for a building to house children with Down Syndrome that nobody wants, and everybody says are trash, then what are the odds that the people who are paid to work there will actually take care of you?


Because what's the point?
85% of the kids who are transferred do not live more than a year.

But Ian has hope. Ian has a family who is fighting for him and trying so hard to get him home. He has a mommy and a daddy and a brother.

But they can't do it alone. Right now, they need $11,385.
And they need it before the first week of July, when they must appear in court to finalize the adoption.
If they don't have it, they won't be able to bring Ian home.
They've already traveled once. They've seen him and held him and played with him.

They have this mountain of money before them. But our God is a Mountain-Moving God!

So here is the point of this post:

Ian needs a family.
The Stewart family needs money to bring him home.

You can help! ( Isn't that exciting?!)

I have 72 followers, and a few more who are not "official."
So if every follower donated $13.89, Ian would have $1000 more in his account at Reece's Rainbow- the tax-deductable (if you are into that sort of thing) account that is reserved for him and only him.

But if every follower donated say, more than $13.89, that would be ok too.

And to make it a little more exciting for you, besides the fact that you could literally be a part of saving Ian's life, how about if you donate at least $10.00, then you will be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift card?
(I'm no financial expert, but that's not a bad return on your money.)

It is so easy!

2) Come back and leave me a comment telling me how much you donated( I want to keep track so I can tell you all the total at the end)

3) Feel good about uniting a family.

4) Be entered to win a $100 Visa Giftcard.

You don't have to donate just $13.89 either.
You could donate $10.00
You could donate $72.63
You could donate $1000.00
You could transfer your Paypal balance.

Whatever amount you donate, the Stewarts and Ian will be so thankful!
You will feel awesome knowing you helped!

Its just a lot of feelin' good all around!

I really really believe we can raise AT LEAST $1000 for the Stewarts!

I will leave this up for a week. That's 7 whole days that you can donate. But don't put it off!
Do it now!


And here is a really sweet Gotcha Video from another Reece's Rainbow family-this little girl Anya was friends with Ian and was adopted! Enjoy!


  1. It doesn't seem like much, giving $10, but I want to help even with the little I can. Praying the need is met!

  2. $50 for the family. Praise God for their obedience, and His goodness!

  3. Wish I could have donated more....we are also trying to fund an adoption :) I donated $20.00
    I am praying these needs are met quickly so this precious boy can come home to his family!


  4. donated $15. RobinSumner11@hotmail.com

  5. Thank you all, so very, very much! this is a beautiful thing and we are so excited to finally get Ian home!

  6. $25 for Ian and his family! - Becky

  7. $100 for Ian

    Queen E

  8. Thank you ALL who have donated and cared and helped! We await our court date and the final weeks to bring Ian home, we are just almost about to pass out from all of the Joy and love that is being show for little Ian! He is a wonderful child and we are blessed to be called and to have people like you all to play a part in his life saving journey to home. Thank you!

  9. Wishing the best for Ian and his new family! I donated $10.

  10. We donated $10. Praying for Ian!