Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest post :)

Hi!  I've been a terrible blogger lately, so when someone on an adoption group i'm on was looking for blogs to do a guest post, i sheepishly raised my hand...i mean, someone should be blogging here...ahem.  Anyway, here you go :)

Title: Where’s the Outrage?
Quick! Think of three things that make you angry.
Got it? Good.
People are interesting. You can tell a lot about a person by what makes them angry. Today, I scrolled through facebook to find some of the things that people will publically voice their angry opinions about. Here’s the list I found:
-Slow internet
-Having two tests in one day
-Off-topic posts
-Having a cold or the flu
-Losing objects
-Being tired
-Things other people say on facebook
-Football games
-Grammatical mistakes
-The weather
-Being up late
-Missing laundry
Most of the things on that list would make any of us angry, but it’s all very trivial, isn’t it? At the end of the day, is your life ruined if the internet doesn’t work? Now, I’m going to tell you something that should truly make us all angry:

This is Karen. Karen is sixteen years old. She’s an orphan. Nobody ever came to adopt her. She’s been passed over again and again. Now, because of her age, she legally cannot be adopted unless she is adopted with her younger sister Chrystyna.
Did you get angry when you read Karen’s story? Did you clench your jaw over the injustice of the world? Did you want to spark a debate about a system that failed an orphaned young lady who needs parents just as much as any infant?
The problem with our society is that most of us don’t get angry. We only get angry if we sense a threat to our own well-being. If we have to wait in a line for too long, we’ll sigh and roll our eyes. If we see a photo of an orphan in need of adoption, we say, “Oh, that’s too bad” and move on with our day. It’s time, though, that we realize that these orphans are real children. Karen and Chrystyna have names, likes, dislikes, hopes, wishes, dreams, and desires just like the rest of us.
Now, because Karen is considered an older child and because of the fact that she has to be adopted with Chrystyna, her chances of being adopted at all are very, very slim. We can help her, though. One thing we can do to help is donate money to Chrystyna’s Reece’s Rainbow grant. Even the smallest amount will help get these girls home. Karen doesn’t have a grant because she doesn’t have a special need. However, if the girls are adopted together, any money placed in Chrystyna’s grant will also help Karen. Second, we can share. Post a link to their grant on facebook, twitter, or anything else you can think of. You may not have any money to spend, but you might know somebody who does. Even better, Karen and Chrystyna might find a family through a link that you posted. You never know. Finally, you can pray. If you do nothing else, please say many prayers for these two lovely girls. While you’re praying, challenge yourself to ignore the trivial things and get angry over the true injustices in the world. Kids like Karen and Chrystyna are counting on you.

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