Greetings From Mexico
I always believe that our first call as missionaries is to our families and as many of you know over the past 4 years we have been working on the adoption of our 2 children, Micah & Tianna, taking them from a hopeless situation into a loving family. Finally at the end of last year we received their paperwork saying they were officially ours.
Both of the children have fitted well into our family, but each with their own special needs. From early in the adoption we were realizing that Micah had some development, behavioral and attachment issues. Being here in Mexico, its very hard to get good assessments of special needs, and even harder to get help. Over the years we have seen a number of neurologists and psycologists, but still no conclusive results.
The notes we have about Micah’s history are very minimal, but we do know that he was born to an illiterate 17 yr. old single mother, who had already been through drug rehab at the age of 14. He suffered abuse and neglect in his very early life, and by the time he was taken to the orphanage at 7 months old, he had broken limbs and was malnourished. From looking at his history and from our own investigations, we think we are looking at living with a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder caused by neglect in his early life and maybe also Fetal Alcohol Syndrome caused by alcohol abuse while an unborn child.
As you can imagine, it has been a very frustrating journey, living with a child with special needs and not having any support or education on how to help, and to be really honest, its been a very lonely and frustrating 4 years.
Now that we have Micah’s passport and visa, we are excited about the possibility of taking him across the border to have a better assessment by a doctor in the states. We believe this is important for his development and for our family to learn how to love him in the best way.
One of the ways we are trying to do this is by attending Camp Revolution, family camp in Washington at the beginning of June. This camp is designed specifically for families like ours to learn how to live together and learn how to love our special child. The camps are very small with only 15 families and 30 trained staff including psychologists and neurologists. There will be many assessments available, Brain Mapping, and EEG’s. The Camp is Run by Nancy Thomas, who is regarded around the world as a leading authority in dealing with emotionally disturbed children.
When we first heard about the camp, we thought there would be no way we could take part as they are very popular, and there is usually a waiting list to attend. We prayed about it and put it in God’s hands. But just a short while ago, we received a call from the organizers saying that a space had become available and offered it to us. We jumped for joy, as we feel that this could be the start of a new hope to what has been a hopeless situation
The cost is going to be $585 per person, plus travel. At the moment it seams like a huge hill to climb, trying to raise the $7000 we need in just 2 weeks, but we know that God is faithful and the ultimate provider of all things.
Please pray for us as we try and start this journey of restoration for our family. And we ask that you would consider helping us get to the camp and be part of changing the destiny of this little boy.
If you would like to help, you can give Online by clicking the Donate button on the website or by sending a cheque. You can find our contact info HERE
We very much appreciate your prayers and support.
All Our Love,
Tym & Sam Kemp