Prayers for a Little One

Please take a moment to read this beautiful family’s blog. They are missionaries in Thailand and need our prayers for their baby, Olive Hope. Their faith and courage are remarkable.

Lynette’s cousin shared the family’s needs with me:

1. PRAYERS!!!! We know that God can wash healing through Olive’s heart, lungs, brain, eyes and every part of her little body.

2. Financial assistance. While they are unsure how much they will need beyond their insurance company’s coverage, it is clear that they will need assistance. If she continues to hang on, they would like to pursue some surgical intervention to help relieve swelling in her brain … but that will be BIG BUCKS.

3. Support. The family has felt love and support from so many, and it is what has carried them through so far. Whether Olive lives or goes to be with Jesus, this will be a long road for them, and they need all the support they can get.

4. If anyone knows someone who works for AETNA … it would be great if their case could be reviewed and reconsidered. Costs for a premature infant quickly rise into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and a $50,000 cap on care is ludicrous when there is a life hanging in the balance. (This figure was arrived at after much discussion and pleading. The original cap was $25,000.)
* Their full story is available on their blog at:
* You can find The Olive Hope Care Fund on Facebook – There will be a drawing on Nov 6 for a free laptop! Anyone who has donated (any amount) by that time is eligible to win.
* A group of Facebookers praying for Olive can be joined at:


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Melissa
    October 15, 2009

    Lisa, thank you SO much for sharing my cousin's story. Lynette and Rusty are two of the most amazing people I know.


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