When Atlanta resident Andrea Roberts gave birth to her son Reece in 2002, she and her husband felt a great deal of fear and anxiety. Reece, they discovered, had Down syndrome.
Eventually, Reece started to smile. A lot. Andrea recalled on Christopher Closeup, “That personality and that glow that is so much a part of Down syndrome started to come out and grow…It was easy to get to the other side emotionally and to recognize that this wasn’t a horrible burden.”
In order to help other kids with Down syndrome, Andrea started volunteering at an agency in her area that supported orphans in Ukraine. She was appalled to discover that these children were often abandoned and placed in institutions where they were abused.
That mission turned into an international adoption ministry called Reece’s Rainbow which is named after Andrea’s son. To date, they have helped find adoptive families for more than 500 Down syndrome and special-needs children.
Toward what mission are your life experiences leading you?
All things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Creator, help us care for all Your children.