S has been a part of our family since we first met him in 2010. He traveled halfway around the world from a boarding school in Eastern Europe to spend 4 weeks with our family for Christmas. He was such a blessing and has stayed a part of our lives ever since.
Summer of 2012 we tried to adopt him. However, by the time we got to Eastern Europe for the adoption trip, he was an independent teenager who didn't want to leave his homeland and friends. He turned down the adoption. Despite this rejection, we continued to pray for him and trust that God has a plan for his life and hoped to remain in contact.
Since then, we have stayed in touch and hear from S fairly frequently. Jim and Jenelle got to visit him in Eastern Europe in 2013 while there on a short-term missions trip. Our bonds and family connection have always remained the same. To us, he is "son" and "brother?quot; and to him, we are "mom", "dad", "sisters", and "brother?quot;.
We are so proud of S and are thankful for how God has worked in his life. He has finished a 2 year trade school program and is now enrolled in a 4-year college. It's a huge milestone and most students with his background couldn't dream of making it this far on their own. He started college on Sept 1 and didn't realize that a lot of his coursework would need to be done online... and without a laptop or money for one, he is pretty stuck. Without the help of a family, it could quickly lead to failing grades and dropping out of school or turning to theft or some other quick cash just to try to get by. I'm so proud of him for coming to us for help rather than those other options.
We would like to invite anyone who is willing to join us in helping our guy with this small hurdle. Any donation you can make towards the purchase of a laptop for him will be a huge blessing! Your contribution will literally keep him in school and on track to continue his education.
Any money raised above and beyond the cost of S's own device will go towards other aged-out orphans to help them get devices for their schooling through Canadian Resources for Missions