First of all, I would like to thank each & every reader for their prayers and support.
I have received literally hundreds of e-mails from readers just like you offering whatever assistance was needed to help the orphans of this tragedy.
I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you. Please forgive me for not personally replying to each e-mail I have received.
Right now, the most important issues are providing for the lost and their successful reunification. As we stated in our call for help with the Tsunami, we now ask for your help in the efforts to stabilize the region.
Many of you have sent e-mail messages offering your homes & hearts to a needy family. Unfortunately, at this point, FEMA and other agencies are focused on reuniting the children their families. The opportunities to host orphaned children will come, but not for several months.
So how can you help in the interim? There are many ways. First, you can visit the FEMA website for a list of supported agencies you can support. Every dollar you donate will help those in need.
But, as I write this, I encourage you to consider an issue so much closer to my heart, as well as the heart of RK's founder, Martha Osborne. Many of you remember an article Martha wrote in July about hosting Dima, an 8-year-old boy from Russia. It was with great joy that she was able to share his journey of hosting Dima and in the end all 9 children found families in the New Orleans area. Those families became very close and supportive during the hosting experience, and it is no surprise that they have all kept in touch during the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Friends, the hurricane has directly impacted each and every family that is seeking to adopt a child through this process. Their hearts are already won over, but their circumstances have prohibited them from following through.
As a personal plea (I haven't heard from Martha in 2 days), I pray that you would generously dig into your hearths & hearts to contribute to the fund that will allow these familes to bring home their boys & girls.
You can support this critical issue online by visiting this web site. If you would prefer, you may mail your support to this address:
Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Hurricane Katrina Relief
801 East Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, California 92831
All of my prayers are with these "waiting families" Please help us show them the silver lining that often comes in the face of adversity.
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