Please imagine with me for a few moments, because I want to share a story that happened over 17 years ago in Northern China. You are a train driver in China. You’ve just made a stop, and all of the passengers have unloaded. As you’re about to exit the train for a break, you hear a baby softly crying. You turn around, but no one is in sight, and the cries are growing louder. You slowly move down the aisle, as your eyes quickly scan left and right, left and right, looking for the baby. There, on the last row, is a baby, bundled up and all alone! You check to see if there is a note tucked inside the “bundle”, but find none. Your heart sinks, as you see the baby boy is so young because his umbilical cord has not fully healed. You immediately pick him up and hurry out the door, calling out frantically “baby boy found, baby boy found!” But the crowd just glances back and continues to move in the direction they were going, because after all, this happens every single day in China. A child is born in China, whether wanted or unwanted, and the parents choose whether or not to keep the child or abandon them.
“Baby boy, umbilical cord attached, found on hard seat train…taken to police in Dalian….. brought to orphanage… parents not found.”. That was part of the file we received when we first met our son, Guo Tai, four months before we went to China to adopt him. I only put the pieces of this story together in my mind, as I tried to imagine such a short description of an abandonment. How could “China” describe in just a few sentences, what a baby experienced with such a great loss?! As all of you who know our family and our son, Tim, the story didn’t end on that train seat! Praise God! Because God, in his Sovereignty started to work, first in my heart and then Duane’s heart…..5 years later. And 17 years later, after the “stranger” picked up that beautiful baby boy off that cold hard train seat, crying in a moment of utter despair, feeling the abandonment of the only mother he knew, God is allowing that boy to tell others his story. This summer, in Poland, Tim was able to share how God brought him into His Forever Family, as you see in the photo below. He also shared his story in New Orleans on a mission trip.
Now I want to share another story, because another child is waiting to come home to her Forever Family. Over two years ago, when I was in Jason’s Deli in Gainesville, my friend, Tammie, who I had known most of my life, happened to be there with her children. I hadn’t seen her in a while, so I sat down and had lunch with her and her 3 girls. Over lunch, she shared with me amazing stories of how God had been nudging her, rather strongly, that she would one day have an Asian daughter. She said to me, “it sounds crazy, but God has clearly spoken things to me about Ella’s adoption (she had adopted her through foster care), and now this adoption.” And I replied “No, it doesn’t. He talks to you because you are listening.” I could only say that, because God spoke things to me with Tim’s adoption, and in other areas of my life. That day we became sort of kindred spirits, because we both could understand what it means when God tells you His plan is for you to add a child through adoption. Now, please meet Tammie’s new daughter, Ileigh. Isn’t she beautiful?!
Ileigh has been waiting 6 years for her Forever Family to come and get her and bring her home! Everything has been approved, and all that is needed to bring her home is the financial resources, $20,000.00 That’s why I share her story with you. Tim has shared with Tammie what it’s like to live without a family for 7 years in China, waiting on us to come get him. And now that Tim knows about the financial need, he did something about it, he donated his own money to bring Ileigh home. He wanted me to share this with you….because he knows first hand, what it is like to wait on a family, 7 years, and he wants to do what he can to bring her home to the Wright Family. So, I ask you to pray for Ileigh to come home soon, and I also ask you to consider what you can give to make that happen. In Tim’s story I shared how that I imagined the train driver yelling “baby boy found, baby boy found”!, and the crowd glancing back to see a helpless baby, alone, and then moving forward to go about their routine. Ileigh’s forever family has been found! But, they need all of us to help bring her home. Please do more than glance here at beautiful Ileigh, and move on. Please pray and please give, if God asks you to give. I am praying that her family can travel on November 17, in time for her to be home for Christmas. That will not happen without the funds needed. I want to share with Tim that God is bringing her home for Christmas! Here is the link of her Adoption Page, and the information to give, is there. Thank you for praying and considering.
Ileigh’s Story and Support Page is at Adopt Together, Wright Family. Click on the link below to help make a way to bring Ileigh home!