I want to make you one promise. Five minutes with this kid. That's right. After just five minutes with this kid, I promise you, you see that this kid is so much more than his disability and so much more than a number or even a face. This kid has potential screaming out of his ears (is that even an expression?) he has ability jumping up and down inside him ready to be released. Thankfully he has spent almost all his life in a foster home, so he has been loved, given love, treated with dignity and had the opportunity to attend some schooling. But what this kid needs more than anything is a forever family of his own. I have no doubt, that he wants a family of his own. Year after year he sees the younger children at his foster home meet their parents, he is starting to lose hope. But now it's his turn, and I will not give up until he does have his turn.
|His best friend was adopted in the summer.|
Meet Wesley. A very special 10 year old boy waiting to be found by his forever family.
Wesley is charming and outgoing and capable. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. I first met him last summer at Bring Me Hope camp. He wasn't my buddy but I got to know him well enough to never forget him. I have met 3 of his camp buddies from three different years of camps. Each one has fallen in love with him instantly and he loves each one dearly too. Wesley is by far the most capable at his home. He takes good care of himself and his own needs, and can help with that of others too.
Wesley is one of the smartest 10 year olds I know. His mind is a sponge and he soaks everything up. He loves going to the school at his foster home and learning more and more. He actually knows a LOT of English. I spent 5 weeks at his foster home, and in fact lived at his own home for non-walking kids. He was my little translator while I was there. If one of the nannies needed to ask me something and I couldn't understand, they would call Wesley and he would come right over and translate. He would say 'ehhhh.... you come here, what time?' or 'you lunch?' to ask if i would be back in time for dinner. He understands most of what i say and has even picked up some slang words from spending so much time with Australians, Americans and even his Irish gege (me!). Sometimes if I ask him a question he will respond with 'I dunnoooo'. (when he does very well know!) He can be silly!!
I miss this kid. I miss seeing him every morning smiling up at me. Sometimes spending time with Wesley would feel more like spending time with a friend. It didn't feel like work. In so many ways, Wesley is just a normal kid. And he is.
Wesley was given a custom made wheelchair, made just for him a few weeks before I got there. He loved showing it off to me and all the tricks he can do! But he wasn't able to go outside in it until the seat belts arrived. I was fortunate to be there when the arrived and I attached them on and asked him if he would like to take it for a spin outside! He excitedly shouted 'YES, YES!!'. Our adventure began! We went outside and walked/wheeled up and down the quiet street in this community. He stopped at every corner and just observed and took everything in. I had to document this moment so after I had taken a few photos, he wanted to take some too. So he wheeled around and captured lots of flowers and plants and really anything. Seeing him given that FREEDOM to move around outside on his own accord with such ease will forever leave an impression on my heart. But that wasn't all. It was a HOT day, so we walked down to the local store to buy some waters. Now China isn't the most wheelchair friendly, especially not in small cities like this. I did NOT want this to make any difference so we made it work. Thankfully there was a small ramp leading up to the store we him up that! We got our ice cold water and went and did one of our favourite things - we played cards! In this neighbourhood there are lots of lovely stone tables and stools for people to sit out on. So, like any normal kid in this area, we went and played cards there! He LOVED it!
|Being silly after we played cards!!|
Please. Please share about Wesley. If you are eligible and have ever considered adoption, please pray about whether Wesley could be your son. Unfortunately right now he is not eligible for adoption. I pray that his paperwork will be done very soon, but it could take some time. Some time he does not have. HOWEVER, if there was a family who did want to adopt him, then his orphanage would do his paperwork. I have been told that. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
|Yep, he loves ice-cream!!|
If you can't adopt him, could you consider trying to help find a family who could? Maybe one of your friends, someone in your church is the family who has space for a very special 10 year old boy. If you would like to help raise an adoption grant to help a family adopt him, get in touch too.