Fledgling adoption ministry celebrates success in Bulgaria

By October 21, 2009

Bulgaria (MNN) — Bethany Christian Services is excited
about the success of their pilot program in Bulgaria.

Already, eight families are in the works to adopt a child,
and half of those families are hoping to be the forever family of a child with
special needs.

In many Eastern European countries, special needs
children who turn five are sent to
"Institutions for the Handicapped." There they will live out
hopeless, helpless lives. Some are tied to cribs and chairs and drugged so as
not to cause trouble for the caretakers.

Children
who turn 15 or 16 years of age must leave the orphanage. They are
literally sent out into the streets with little education or skills. As a result, 40% turn to drugs and alcohol, 40%
are at risk for prostitution and crime, about 10% adapt to society, and nearly 15%
commit suicide.

There is hope. By providing services in Eastern
European countries through a Christian worldview and through families who
follow Christ, these children are offered the hope of a future with
Christ.  

Keep praying for these children.  

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