First and most important is the children. God has started a
medical foster home. The little people here having varying medical
issues. Over 10 years we have had more than 30 children come through
our hearts here. Each child's story is different. We have worked
personally on a 24 hour a day with 5 families whose children had
severe medical conditions, and have gone home to our heavenly
father. These little ones have taken a little piece of our hearts
I will share with you information on the children that are
here in the home now. Please remember that this information is
confidential, and for the two foster children their names have
been changed because of confidentiality rules.
Rachel Rebecca, is now 25 years old. Developmentally
Rachel functions at a 7-9 year old level. She came here when she
was 15 years old. For 15 years she lived in a very abusive family
situation. She has matured and grown over the 10 years she has
been here. Though she still has a long way to go, she is blossoming
into a new individual. She is very helpful here in the home and
greatly enjoys the younger children and helping with them. She
continues to have many emotional problems from the past, though
she is trying very hard to lay these problems at the feet of Jesus,
so that she can rebuild her life. Rachel is involved in our church
youth group and dance classes that are taught through the church.
She enjoys music, art, drawing, dancing and sharing a joke
with a friend. We have adopted Rachel.
Marie, has been here for three plus years, she is now
almost 20 years old. Developmentally Marie is at a 9-10 year old
level of functioning. Marie has cerebral palsy that affects her
arms, hands and legs. She uses a power chair for mobility. Marie
has made gains during her time here. She is now checking out resources
to live semi-independently when she turns twenty one in 1998.
Marie is also involved in checking out her future occupation.
She coordinates her classes and school, job training, therapy
and other positions she holds at school. She does a great job
of seeing to her own affairs. Marie does not wish to be adopted
as she is still praying that one day God will fill the hearts
and lives of her family.
Christianna Elizabeth Christianna is 12 years old and
functions at a 4-5 year old level. She was placed as an infant.
Chrissy was born prematurely to a mother with mental retardation.
She was not able to care for Chrissy's medical needs which were
very extensive as any infant. Chrissy has developmental delays,
asthma and temperature instability. Chrissy is at a preschool
to kindergarten level in most of her ADL's and academic learning.
Her love for the Lord is deep and taken seriously. She is the
first to pray for any and all that are in need of prayer. She
is a helper and a doer. She has never been known to sit and feel
sorry for herself as she is always to busy praying for and helping
When she was about 8 years old she was attacked by a dog and
required over thirty stitches to her face. As I looked at this
child and wept in sorrow for her pain, she said, "Mommy don't
cry I will pray for you!" and she did. We have adopted Christianna.
Tony Christian is 10 years old. Tony functions developmentally
at a preschool level. Tony has a form of muscular dystrophy, Congenital
Myotonic Dystrophy. He was not diagnosed until he was 4 years
old. He has been with us since he was 5 years old. Tony came to
live with us as his family could no longer care for his needs.
His biological mother also has Myotonic Dystrophy. Tony wanted
to come and be a part of our family as we had already adopted
his younger sister Sarah. Tony has a very creative mind. He loves
the Lord. Tony has be come a helper and a doer verses a couch
potatoes. He enjoys being a part of and helping his brothers and
sisters. Tony is in dance classes through our church also. We
have adopted Tony.
Ryan Lowell Josiah is 10 years old. Ryan functions at
a 8 year old level of functioning. Ryan was born prematurely,
testing positive for Heroin. He ended up having 90% of his small
intestines removed when he was just a few days old. He was fed
through a central line with IV fluids for almost 5 years. Ryan,
through a healing touch from God, is now eating, roller blading,
playing football, basketball, and baseball. He greatly enjoys
dance classes. Ryan has some learning disabilities and ADHD. He
has come a long way down a hard road in his life, though is now
making great strides. We have adopted Ryan.
Sarah Talitha is 8 years old. Sarah functions at a 3-4
year old level of development. Sarah came to us at a year weighing
only 8 pounds. We were told if she lived 6 more months it would
be a miracle. The doctors also shared that she would be a total
care child,with mental retardation. She has since lived another
7 years, learned to sit up, walk, talk and sign. Sarah continues
to be small for her age , she is the size of a 4 year old. She
may be small but she has mighty plans and thoughts. Her name,
Sarah means princess and she believes that she is and Talitha
means young girl, though she believes she is a teenager. Sarah
tends to be a little on the spoiled side though loved by all.
It is great to watch God at work touching these little people's
lives. Sarah continues to be medically fragile, though God has
brought her this far for a purpose and a reason. We have adopted
Hannah Asante is 8 years old. She came to live with
us at 18 months old. Hannah was failure to thrive and unattached.
She was looking for a mommy and daddy. When I walked in the room
to take her home it was also our very first time to meet. She
ran across the room with her hands raised in the air saying "mommy,
mommy." Hannah also has sickle cell trait and ADHD. She is
a beautiful young girl that enjoys dance classes, watching ice
skating, ballet, and never stops talking. There are days that
Hannah can talk forever. We have adopted Hannah.
Jacob Lazarus Israel, is 8 years old. Jacob functions
developmentally at a preschool level. Jacob was placed with us
at 6 months. He was born prematurely, then sent to his biological
home where he was abused and neglected. Jacob came to live with
us after his second foster home placement. He has asthma, pulmonary
hypertension, ADHD, and sensory integration disorder.
At the age of 2 years Jacob came down with influenza, had a
respiratory arrest and ended up on a vent for 15 days. The doctors
shared with us that Jacob would not make it. We prayed very hard,
and at that point in time we ended up with two more children in
the hospital at the same time with whooping cough. I spent my
days on the third floor of Childrens Hospital and my nights (after
midnight until 6 am) in ICU. After about 7 days on the vent, the
doctors were amazed and shared, "your son will live, but
he will not walk again, or sit or talk." They felt that much
damage was done to his brain. On the 15th day, Jacob came of the
vent. We brought him back home two days later. Within a week he
was walking again. At this point in time we had not adopted Jacob
yet, so his name was different. It was Kyle. When we adopt the
children we change their names.
When I was sharing with his doctor that his new name would
be Jacob Israel, she replied "It needs to be Jacob Lazarus
Israel as God is the only reason this child is alive and doing
so well." Now Jacob never stops moving. He is a very busy
creative individual. Jacob is also involved in dance classes at
the church. We have adopted Jacob.
Gabriel Michael is 5 years old. Gabriel functions developmentally
at a 2-3 year old level. Gabriel came to us at 8 months old after
being released from the hospital. Gabriel was born a normally
healthy baby boy. The first five months of his life were a nightmare
as the abuse began. His mother's boyfriend spent 3 months horribly
abusing him. His mother spent this time not feeding him properly,
she would feed him only 4 ounces of formula 3 times per day, unless
he cried too much and then he only received 4 ounces of water.
By the time he was admitted to the hospital at 5 months, he had
2 skull fractures requiring the placement of a shunt in his brain.
Most all of his major bones had at least one break if not two.
His left leg had been snapped backwards at the knee and he had
been thrown on the floor and against the wall numerous time. Gabriel
spent 45 days in intensive care. He was also dying of malnutrition.
Only because of God's touch did this little boy live. He is now
cortically blind, developmentally delayed, and has emotional problems
as well as some orthopedic problems. When we brought Gabriel home
we were told that he would never regain head control. During the
first 6 months with us he became very affectionate, learned head
control, smiled and became very attached. The developmental rehabilitation
doctors were blown away they could not believe the gains he made.
Today he walks, is finally eating from a spoon and taking sips
from a cup, he loves music and he greatly enjoys singing and being
held. It has been a great blessing to us to watch God perform
these miracles in the lives of our children. We have adopted Gabriel.
Heather Noelle is 5 years old and functions developmentally
at a 4 year old level. We brought Heather home at 5 months and
eight pounds. She was born prematurely, and tested positive for
cocaine. Heather had a tracheotomy, she was on a heated mist and
oxygen 24 hours per day. She was fed through a nasal gastric tube
and on a feeding pump. She easily became disorganized and over
stimulated. Because of this and all of the medical equipment it
was hard to hold her as much as we so desperately wanted to. I
am a firm believer that babies belong in somebodys arms, especially
special needs babies, to give them all of the emotional support
and love they missed from before. As time wore on it became apparent
that Heather was not going to learn to walk or crawl. At the age
of 2 years old it was finally decided that Heather was strong
enough to undergo surgery to rebuild her trachea.
Once the surgeons started the surgery the damage was much more
extensive then they were aware of. Heather did well after the
surgery, she was only in the hospital for 3 days and then came
home to heal. At the end of the 6 week healing period she had
another surgery for the surgeons to take a look, all was healing
just as it should. It was only three weeks later they were able
to remove her trachostomy and she was put on oxygen through a
nasal canula. At this point in time Heather still did not sit,
roll over, crawl or walk. But she had spent her two years of life
observing her surroundings and all that everybody did. Her crib
was in the living room so that she could be a part of everything.
We also hung a mirror on the wall so that she could see everything.
Three days after the tracheotomy came out, Heather was sitting
and crawling, within days she was walking, then she started running
and hasn't stopped. God had healed Heather. All those that knew
her and worked with her could see that. Then she took all that
observed information she had been gathering by watching us and
put it to use. Heather still has developmental delays, ADHD, asthma,
and voicing problems. But what a miracle child she is. Heather
is involved in dance classes at church and attends dance and Sunday
School when her health allows. We have adopted Heather.
Isaiah Daniel Intsikelelo, (Intsikelelo means blessing
from God) was three years old in January. We brought him home
when he was two months old and weighed 4 pounds. Isaiah was born
prematurely, and tested positive to crack/cocaine. He has extreme
bilateral PVL. A good portion of his brain has been destroyed.
Isaiah has a seizure disorder, temperature instability, growth
hormone deficiency, hypoglycemia, abnormal muscle tone, pulmonary
hypertension, thyroid deficiency, swallow disorder, reflux and
Isaiah is a total care infant that shows multiple signs of
cocaine (ie poor organizational skills, fussiness and irritability).
Isaiah is significantly developmentally delayed and medically
fragile. At this point in time Isaiah weighs 19 pounds. He is
not able to roll over, crawl, sit up, he is much like a newborn
to three month old, gross motor wise. Cognitivly he is very aware
of his surroundings, able to show and share likes and dislikes.
He is very pampered by all here (children included). There are
days that Isaiah struggles for his very existence. Then there
are days he rules the house, with his laughter and smiles. Currently
we have co-guardianship of Isaiah with the county.
We are working out the adoption subsidy situation as Isaiah
falls through the cracks as far as funding is concerned for his
extra special needs.
On February 28th, 1997 little Isaiah went into respiratory
distress, though the doctors at Childrens Hospital worked hard
Isaiah passed away on March 1, 1997. Our sorrow runs deep as this
little boys was the center of all of our lives.
Joshua Jeremiah is 19 years old and has no special needs.
Joshua is our biological son (I dislike using those terms all
of the children are God's children).
Joshua over the years has taken the same training as us and
has learned to help care for his brothers and sisters special
needs. He is still living at home ,though he does now work outside
the home is still helps fill in when needed. He also remains on
call while at work for emergencies.
Aaron is our newest addition. We brought him home April
10 at 5 pounds and only 3 days old. This beautiful baby boy is
a blessing beyond belief. Little Aaron tested positive for crack/cocaine
and heroin at birth. Though only time will show what difficulties
lie ahead for this little one. We feel blessed 10 times over with
this little boy. Please keep him in your prayers as he needs them.
His mother is HIV, though little Aaron has tested negative at
this point and his chances are over 90% that he has not contracted
the HIV virus, prayers are still greatly needed for this little
Not all children have been adopted, there are cases
over the years of children being returned home successfully to
their parents. Other children have moved on to other adoptive
homes, out on their own and still call and return "home"
for the holidays. We have over the years lost 6 very special babies
that have gone on to be with our Heavenly Father. In those cases
these children were very medically fragile. We worked with the
families daily sometimes hourly. We parented, cared for and loved
these babies together, providing a loving home environment for
these beautiful children. They each hold a very special part of
our hearts that can never be returned or filled by any others.
Our family is very unique and special. All of the children
have a great love for the Lord and learning to serve the needs
of others. They know how to pitch in and help out, yet play and
have fun as children should. Mike and I feel truly blessed that
God has allowed us to work we each and everyone of the children
he has put in our path over the years.
Yeshua's Ministry also lends help and support to other
families of special needs children, trying to lend the support
and referrals needed for the family to remain intact. Our goal
is to try and help families keep their special needs child at
home when this is possible. We are able to lend (at not charge)
medical equipment to families (as available), giving referrals
to support groups, and meet with parents to lend support and comfort.
We try and help when there is a communication problem between
the parents and another organization who is suppose to be lending
support or financial help. We are able to provide food baskets
to those families in need and occasionally some financial help
Yeshua's Ministry also works with some inner city ministries,
providing food baskets. The children have organized blanket and
coat drives to take to the homeless people in the intercity. They
have on several occasions also gone into the intercity and helped
with handing out meals.
Yeshua's Ministry is a non-denominational organization that
does not discriminate against any other race, sex or religious
affiliation. All the needs of the home are met in the name of
Jesus. The Lord has led us to not spend our time soliciting donations,
but rather to be about our Father's business and He will take
care of our needs.
The sale of Software was
started as a fund raiser to help support and operate this home.
This was the fund raiser God led us to as it is also a way to
spread His word to many. This software is very comprehensive,
complete and comparable to other major software, though sold at
a ministry price, so that all may be blessed by by God's word.
The Online Bible sales also has a ministry outreach as we give
discounts to missionaries and pastors, or provide for free if
needed. This has been a great help for many pastors and missionaries.
It was necessary to start a fund raiser for this home to fill
the needs for equipment, school items and other services necessary
for the children. Once a child is adopted 50-60% of the funding
is lost. It is our prayer that soon the sales of computer software
will pick up where the subsidy ends. All of the children are home
schooled, therapy services are also provided in the home due to
the fragile medical conditions of the children.
If you still have more specific questions to be answered, please
feel free to ask. You may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write us, or call:
1965 Altura Blvd.
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Dee Hodapp, Assistant Director