Stories of Hope: Advocate for Heathton

For you formed my inward parts;you knitted me together in my mother's womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works;my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret, 
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
 in your book were written, every one of them,the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139

As Storytellers we meet children of all abilities. This verse is a reminder that each child has a unique and perfect purpose in this world. Each child was formed by a knowing Father. And we, as storytellers and advocates, are responsible for helping others see past what is comfortable and into the eyes of a child who is waiting for their family. Today, a recent team member shares about the time she spent with Heathton while on a One Orphan storyteller trip.

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Heathton is four years old. From the moment we met him, he stole our hearts. In the middle of a crowded room, he would make the decision that you were the one, for that moment, who would receive his “love hugs”. So whether it was hugging your leg or wrapping his arms around your neck and laying his body into a leaning hug onto your back, you knew that for that moment, you had been blessed by Heathton's love hug.

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Heathton is nonverbal, but is a very busy little boy, wanting to walk everywhere & be in the center of what you are doing. His forever family would be very busy keeping up with Mr. Heathton! We are confident that a special family seeking God's will would know the Lord has chosen them to care for this very special little boy. Heathton will likely require a life-time care commitment from a very special family. 

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Is God calling you to be Heathen's forever family? For His Glory! If so please contact the America World China staff at To learn more about the China waiting child process visit A family at any stage of the process can seek approval to adopt Heathton. 

If you are not called to adopt please consider a year-end gift to help AWAA/One Orphan continue to care for and speak up for orphaned and vulnerable children. Tax-deductible gifts can be given by clicking on this link.

This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.

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