Because of a large mass on his little face due to a rare birth defect, Ryder (then named Jamar) had been abandoned in the Philippines by his birth mother on the doorstep of a neighbor. “My son is now your son,” the note said that was pinned to his shirt.
Ryder was taken to Rehoboth Children’s Home in the Philippines where he received care and surgery to remove the growth. Although the surgery successfully removed the mass, his face remained severely disfigured with paralysis, blindness, and deafness on the right side.
One of the programs at Rehoboth is to bring in an artist to work with the children to create art that will be auctioned off in Belgrade, Montana to fund the work of Sacred Portion Children’s Outreach. While the other children drew portraits of themselves, all Ryder could draw was an oval on the canvas.
Over a period of five years, Ryder was adopted by a family in Minot, North Dakota. Ryder became a member of the Redding family. They searched for and found a doctor who could treat and help Ryder. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a renowned Los Angelas area facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performed numerous surgeries on Ryder that has allowed Ryder to see and hear, and give him a straight smile.
Remember that blank oval on the canvas? Ryder has become quite the artist and has transformed that canvas into how he now sees himself, not as deformed, but as a Super Hero, Batman.
Come meet Ryder and his family at the Sacred Portion’s “Giving Hope To Orphans Dinner & Art Auction” Friday, November 17th 5:30-8:30 PM. You can also bid on
and buy a collection of art from Ryder and other art hand-crafted by orphans, adoptees, and local artists. There will also be an opportunity for you to give and help the orphans of Rehoboth Children’s Home in the Philippines.
More of Ryder’s story and the ministry of Sacred Portion can be found at sacredportion.org