Last fall a dear friend connected me to a friend of hers; a friend that was stepping out in faith to adopt a young boy who's picture they saw a few weeks prior. They saw his picture and new that just as their 3 daughters belonged to them, he was their son.
Fast forward a few weeks and we met shortly before their yard sale. I was a little embarrassed when I realized that when Gabe and I dropped by for a short visit we stayed almost 4 hours. But that's what happened when you meet some one new and know instantly that they share the deepest passions of your heart.
My dear friend Michelle and her husband Mike were able to meet their son when he came to stay with them through a host program that gives orphans in Eastern Europe the opportunity to come to the US and spend time in a family. Michelle and Mike fell deeper in love with their boy and I can't even imagine how hard it was to say goodbye to him at the airport. He left not knowing Michelle and Mike would one day be his parents and that the little girls he said goodbye to are his sisters.
After their boy left, Michelle and Mike continued the paper chase to bring him home. A few weeks after he returned to his orphanage, they were able to talk to him, tell him they were adopting him and that one day, he'd have a forever family.
This sweet little boy is now waiting thousands of miles away for him parents to come for him. And they are doing everything in their power to get their as fast as possible.
Michelle stays at home with their girls while Mike is a fifth grade teacher, at my elementary alma mater to boot! We all know teachers don't make a lot of money yet the O'Brien's are stepping out in faith to bring their son home. And we can help; we can be the hands and feet this family needs to bring their son, who has spent way too long in an orphanage, home.
Saturday April 20th Michelle and Mike will be having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help fund their adoption. It will be held in Vermilion at the Lakeview Baptist Church from 5:30 - 8:00. There will be a 50-50 raffle and a few other items to be raffled off! If you live in Northeast Ohio this would be a great opportunity to help a family bring their son home. And who doesn't love a big old plate of spaghetti!
I'll post a flyer here once I get one!!
And if you'd like to just make a donation to the O'Brien family and help them get their boy home, check out Mari's blog here. She's the dear friend who introduced us!