You all helped to find him a family, for which I am eternally grateful, and I am thrilled to note that Jen Fulwiler has included him in her Quick Takes today! She was instrumental in getting him the start-up funds and exposure he needed to be saved.
The Smiths have taken the first of their three trips across the ocean to his country, and they hope to have him safely home by February -- almost one year after starting the process, and before his sixth birthday. They needed around $45,000 to ransom this boy to freedom and a future, and they have raised all but about $8,000 of that total, which has felt like a small miracle.
All the blood, sweat, tears, fears and anxiety have been worth it, as you can see:
I am honored to have been asked to be Malcolm's godmother, and I am so excited to announce that Malcolm has a $1500 matching grant available to help bring him home. What this means is that every dollar donated to his adoption fund will be doubled!
For example, $5 will instantly become $10, or $25 will instantly become $50! Please go here to donate if you feel moved to help in that way (it's tax deductible), and please note that our starting point as we kick off the matching grant is $7342.22 (they are not starting at zero, and I don't want anyone to be confused about the numbers).
Whether you donate or not, the family will gratefully accept your prayers for the safety and peace of Malcolm during these last months in the institution.
Also, you'll want to check out the Smiths' blog for all the details of their journey!
I hope each of you had joyful Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends this year -- there truly is so much goodness and so many blessings that the Lord has poured out upon us!
Thanks again to Jen for including Malcolm and the Smiths in her QT! It's amazing what the blogging community has done in the life of this one little lost boy! He's soon to learn how much he was loved by so many, long before he had a family of his own.