Friday, July 27, 2012

the most important post I have ever written

A year and a half ago I stayed up late into the night pouring my heart out onto the keyboard of my computer. It was a few weeks before Christmas and I had a little girl named Olga on my heart - I was desperate to do something to help her. At that time I was inspired by a friend, who had run a giveaway for another little girl named Julia. She raised almost $20,000 for Julia's rescue by hosting an iPad giveaway. I had never seen anything like that before- a giveaway to help bring orphans home. The traffic to Lily's blog in those days was a fraction of what it is today- it still boggles my mind that in just a few weeks over $17,000 came in for both Olga and another beautiful little girl named Kareen, after I wrote that post- The Most Important Post I Have Ever Written. A community of like-minded people with a  heart for orphans rallied together to help save two little girls.

Since that first giveaway, multiplied thousands of dollars have been raised here by Lily's readers and many, many others who follow adoption blogs to help rescue multiple orphans....Peter, Artem, Albina, Charlotte, Autumn, Taylor...the list goes on.

This isn't a game.

Although we run giveaways and contests to motivate people to give to orphans, the stakes are very real.

This is Amelia. She's 12 years old and 12 pounds.

Right now she is fighting for her life in a hospital in B*******  Her mama Jenny made the final trip to bring her home, and she didn't even make it to the airport. This message from Jenny was sent to my friend Elizabeth early this morning:

I just returned from the hospital. Amelia is admitted she will stay until the very last moment in other words she will be having a taxi pick me and Amelia from the hospital to the airport for our flight. We leave B***** 0715 (time here) to Germany. Amelia has a PH of 7.28. her blood glucose is 36. they have her on IV fluids with Sodium Bicarbonate I have just gotten back to teh hotel and am packing our suitcases so I can go quickly to the store, pay off our hotel and go back to the hospital. please . please pray. The us embassy has arranged for Dept of Homeland security to meet us once the plane lands Washington and through the line so we can get to our next gate."

Amelia needs our prayers - please, friends, will you pray her home to the US hospital where she can get the help she needs? My dear friend, Susanna, went through something very similar with her little Katiebird last year, and today Katie is a living miracle.

Which leads me to the title of this post- The Most Important Post I Have Ever Written.

Right now there are three little boys lying in the same orphanage that Amelia just left.

Noah, age eight, in the arms of my sweet friend Susanna

Jacob, age seven

Moses- SEVEN years old

Several days ago I started our Three For Three giveaway. We're giving away an iPad 3 (donated by an anonymous family) to raise money to help the Archer family rescue these three little boys. They will be traveling within the month to bring them home.

If you’ve been waiting to donate, the time is NOW.  Go back up and look at Moses and realize that with his profound malnutrition and failure to thrive, he is at high risk for something called “refeeding hypophosphatemia” and needs to be in an American hospital… yesterday.  Not six months from now.  Yesterday.

Please, please PLEASE friends- these boys need our help. Your donations are crucial to this adoption. They literally- LITERALLY - mean the difference between life and death. 

The Archer family is $3,800 away from bringing these boys home to safety and to the medical care they need.

I've seen Lily's readers raise that in ONE DAY. Together we can do this- I do believe that. 

If you're a  long time reader on Lily's blog, but have never given to an adoption fundraiser before- PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE ARCHER FAMILY.  

Maybe you think your ten dollars won't make a difference- believe me, it will. These giveaways are not successful because of large donations. Primarily they are successful because of hundreds of readers giving ten, twenty, or thirty dollars to an orphan. Every donation counts, no matter how "small" it may seem to you. 

Please, help spread the word that Amelia needs our prayers.


Please spread the word that the Archer boys need to come home.  
Donations are tax-deductible, and can be made via the paypal gadget at the top of my sidebar. 

 Please leave a comment on the giveaway post, saying you donated to the Archers, to be entered to win a brand new iPad.

You can receive an additional entry by bidding on the Archer's ebay auctions HERE - just leave a comment on the giveaway post stating that you did so.

Thank you to all who have donated and helped to spread the word- almost $1,200 has been raised since Tuesday, but we have $3,800 to go. 

And as always, thank you for your beautiful, compassionate hearts for orphans.


Becca said...

It boggles my mind that these children can hang on in such awful conditions for so long. Breaks my heart into a million pieces. And who sent her to the hospital? Obviously not the orphanage, who most certainly couldn't care less if she lives or dies. Oh, just awful. Thinking of her, hoping for a miracle for her and for those other children in similar situations...

Karly said...

Praying that these boys get home SOON, and that the funds are raised as we rally around this family! Thankyou for doing what you do, helping so many! there was recently a post on RR about how we found RR and many people said it was through your blog...just many who found rr through you, and others found it through them...and on and are making such a huge impact on the world...yes the WORLD.

Keep on friend. Much love from our family to yours!

Rochelle said...

Thank you for always advocating for the least of these. Praying!

Rochelle said...

I will do what I can to share!! Thank you for posting!!

eliz said...

praying!!!! (((HUGS)))

Unknown said...

Donated for these sweet boys and will post on facebook!! Can't tell if I posted or not!!

emily russell photography said...

Donated and will share!

Pelican Wing said...

Donated. And praying. God bless...

Tommie said...

I donated days ago and just blogged about it. I don't have much traffic, but if even one or two of my followers find they're way here and donate, it will mean something.

Momma P said...

I keep saying, "When the time is right," or "When we can afford it," and "We don't have enough space to add another child to our home right now." Well....we do. We HAVE to find a way to bring one (or more) of these precious babies, who only seek a loving home, into ours.
Thank you for helping me adjust my priorities. Thank you for helping me see that we just HAVE to make it happen. Its already in our hearts, now we just need to make it a reality.

We are praying...for all the babies.

cara said...

Breaks my heart to see those precious children. I tried to donate today, but it would not take my card. Maybe because it expires this month; not sure. Got to go find my new card, and I will come back. Thank you for making us aware Patti and spreading the word. Love you!!

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