A CHILD for the Dowding family — OR

Bodie and Krista Dowding first talked about adopting before they were even married. Both agreed that they would someday adopt.  Fast forward a few years and their house is a very chaotic joyous place full of three boys five and under. “I couldn’t shake this nudge that even though we had three young boys we were supposed to start looking into adoption,” Krista says, “ I didn’t think it would happen this fast!”

In November of 2018 Krista was talking on the phone when the friend asked if Bodie and Krista felt called to international adoption. Krista wasn’t sure at the time which road of adoption they would pursue. After learning about the lives of many aged out orphan girls in Romania, Bodie and Krista knew they had a heart for the girls in Eastern Europe but, unless they felt an overwhelming call to a certain country, they’d decided to go the cheaper route and adopt domestically. The friend encouraged Krista to check out a Blog called Ransom for Israel and Krista was immediately hooked.

Soon after, Krista clicked on a link to another site called Reeces Rainbow. As she scrolled through images of special needs children, one particular girl caught her attention. “During the next week I asked friends to pray for Bodie because I couldn’t get this little girl out of my head and I thought she might be the one. If she was, Bodie needed to feel called to adopt her as well. At this point, he really thought we should wait a few years to adopt.”

A week and a half after Krista first discovered this girl on Reeces Rainbow she went back to the site and her profile had changed. It now included “Blind in one eye.” Such a little change excited Krista because she’d talked to Bodie about how feeling particularly drawn to adopting a child with blindness or deafness. Bodie walked in from work that day and Krista playfully announced “I found our girl!” Bodie looked at the screen and then playfully responded back “ok! Write the check!”

He wasn’t kidding. No matter what the issues were that this girl was dealing with, both Bodie and Krista felt she was supposed to be a part of their family.  Within a couple weeks they’d committed to her.  Their little boys are eager to welcome a new sister and often ask “Can we go get Bailey today?” Time stands still for these brothers as the wait seems too long and the work to get her here continues day and night. They don’t realize that as soon as their parents say good night they begin more paperwork and scanning and printing and planning. So the work continues, one day at a time until she’s home.

7/19/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A CHILD for the Barratt family — AZ

Kara and Christian met through mutual friends years ago, and each separately knew that the other was who they wanted to marry. Christian and Kara both work from home, so they are able to spend one on one time with their children, and devote the time needed to attend to every dance class, therapy and school function. An occasional date night sneaks in every so often too! Christian and Kara’s belief in God is a mutual one, and has been part of their marriage and family foundation their entire marriage with all life’s ups and downs. They know that it has been through Their belief in Him that they are where they are today. They have now been married 14 years and have 4 beautiful daughters, all of which are so excited to become big sisters, yet again!

After the birth of daughter number 3, who was born with Down syndrome, their families hearts became opened to a whole new world of love and learning. The thought of adoption had always been in the back of their minds, but didn’t think it would ever be possible.

This year every thing lined up perfectly, and God provided the way for the Barratt family to finally adopt. They knew for sure it was going to be another child with DS and that they were going to travel far to bring her home. They are so very excited to meet their little sweetheart and catch her up on the love and kisses she has been missing for so long. Prayers for their little one would be so appreciated, to keep her healthy and strong while they wait for that big day when she can come home!

7/19/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

 

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A CHILD for the Marshall family — CO

Craig and Stacy have been happily married for almost 10 years, reside in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, and have one handsome son, Theodore, who recently celebrated his 1st birthday! Craig and Stacy are both the youngest of three and loved having siblings growing up, so they have known for some time that they wanted to grow their family through adoption once again. They were just waiting for the right fit! Stacy is part of several adoption groups, and one evening was shown Axel’s picture, and she was immediately captivated by his kind, smiling eyes. She and Craig discussed it over several days, and decided to move forward in their pursuit to adopt. They have been on a fast track in their efforts to bring him home since then! He is currently in an orphanage in Eastern Europe, and unfortunately has one strike against him… he has been diagnosed with Stage 1 neuroblastoma, which is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in various parts of the body and is typically diagnosed in children five years and younger. Axel is 3 years old! Craig and Stacy are confident with the help and support of family, friends, and of course knowledgeable doctors, they will be able to share a long, wonderful life with Axel. They are nearing the end of their adoption journey, and hope to travel to Eastern Europe later this summer or early fall to bring their precious son home.

They are so thankful for all of the support they have received throughout this journey!!!

7/10/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$6,110.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROBIN for the Briscoe Family — KY

Samuel and Leslie Briscoe both hail from the great state of TN. They met while attending Tennessee Technological University, and they have now been married for six years. While dating, Sam expressed his desire to adopt a child due to his youngest sister being adopted from China. Through his own family’s experience, he had seen first hand the love and joy that comes through adoption, and he had always desired to give a child the same kind of love that his parents gave to his sister.

Four years after being married, the Briscoe’s were blessed with a beautiful biological daughter in August of 2017. Shortly thereafter, they felt impressed by God to start the adoption process for a child. They had not planned on adopting at this time, but the impression was so strong from God, that they knew there was a child waiting for them. They felt excited and nervous about the prospect of bringing a child into their family through adoption, but they could not deny that this is what the Lord wanted them to do.

At the time they began the process of adopting a child, they had not considered adopting a child with Down syndrome. On the second day of looking at referrals of waiting children, they were sent the file of a little boy with Down syndrome. Independently they both knew that the boy was their child. However, that did not make the decision easy. Even though there were times of uncertainty, the Lord gave them glimpses of the love that they would have for him as well as the joy that he would bring into their family. After several weeks of praying and fasting they accepted that all children are entitled to be reared by a father and a mother, and that he belonged in their family.

They are very excited to bring their little boy home, and they can’t wait to officially add him to their family. Their daughter loves to kiss pictures of the baby, and asks to watch his video. They would like to thank those who have taken the time to read their story, and they truly appreciate any and all assistance whether it is through prayer or financial support.

The Briscoe family has truly been humbled by this experience, but they know God will support and uplift them as they do his work.

7/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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FELICITY for the Fox family — NC

We are the Fox family from a small town in North Carolina. Craig and I have been married 20 yrs! We have 6 children; Zoe (18), Gabe (16), Eli (14), Lillyanne and Colby (11), and our sweet Kinsley (10) who has been home 1 year from China.

Our adoption journey was a complete shock to us! We had decided what our life would look like but God had other plans! We had met a local family with 2 son’s (C-bio & Z-adopted) with down syndrome when our twins entered kindergarten. Lilly quickly became C’s best friend, helper and protector. Everyday she shared school day stories with me and I relayed C’s day to his mom. Lilly and C were inseparable and our families were becoming great friends. Lilly began talking about adopting a special needs child in kindergarten and we assured her that we would definitely support her when she was much older. Well, the conversation continued for years, her friendship grew stronger, and in fall of 2016 I finally said,” Lilly, if God wants us to adopt, He will place a little girl younger than you, from China with pigtails and pink bows on our front door steps!”

Guess what? My friend who was involved with hosting from Eastern Europe text asking if I had girl clothes! She text me a picture and … a precious girl, younger than Lilly with, yes, pigtails and pink bows! I laughed and announced that God sent us our daughter!

After being home with our sweet God sent daughter, Kinsley, we decided one more precious jewel was in our future! God had placed a sweet little face on my heart that I had watched being advocated for while we were adopting Kinsley. I couldn’t believe no one had started their adoption journey for her and knew God was preparing a way for us to bring her home.

We are so excited about our new journey to bring our precious Jewel home. We look forward to our new adventures as a family of 9!

7/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; PA RECEIVED

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Felicity has received a $$20,510.66 Waiting Child Grant ***
*** Felicity has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant***

A CHILD for the Chilton family — AL

Meet the Chilton family. We are Jason, Donna, Katy, Clark, Brody, Callie and coming soon  “Anna” as we will call her. We have been married for 11 years. Jason works as a safety director and Donna homeschools the kids.

After having two biological kids, Jason and Donna felt the call to adopt. In 2014, they brought siblings Katy and Brody home from Ukraine. Katy has Spina Bifida along with other complications. After almost five years home, the Chiltons have felt the call to adopt again. They knew from the moment they saw Anna’s face that it was meant to be. She has Spina Bifida like Katy. They are so excited to add sweet little Anna to their family.

6/17/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$92.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Matthias family — IA

Kyle and Holly are currently the parents to seven kids and are excited to welcome home Ana (Annie on Reese’s Rainbow). Holly first saw Ana’s picture and was immediately drawn to her and her story. God has continued to show them over and over that this is His plan for their lives and trust Him completely through this process.

Curren, Kyler, Macy, Myles, Jazlyn, Kaylin, and Tripp are all excited to have a new sister and already regularly talk about Ana. Kyle & Holly have a loving extended family and live in a supportive community. While adoption brings many unknowns, they are continuing to take steps of faith to bring home their daughter.

If you feel lead, please consider joining us in this journey. We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support.

6/14/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Matthias family has also received a $2000 country-specific grant.

A CHILD for the Mitchell Family — TN

Carrie and Gary Mitchell are adopting again! In 2017 they brought home their daughter Preslava (4). In addition to Presley, they have two biological children, Constance (7) and Callie (5). All three girls are looking forward to bringing home their little brother!

Adoption has been a life-long passion of Carrie’s, and Gary got interested in loving orphans several years ago too. They were thrilled to adopt one child in 2017, but felt God wasn’t done using their home to take care of those who need a forever family. Carrie has felt especially drawn to waiting children and regularly looked at waiting kids online. When she saw her little boy online, Carrie immediately knew this was the one God had in mind for our family. And Gary knew it immediately too. Not only will all the girls have a little brother to be the “mother” too, Presley with have another sibling to share her Bulgarian roots with.

Gary and Carrie have been married for 16 years. Carrie is a stay at home mom who homeschools her girls, and loves every minute she gets to spend with her children. Gary has been a certified public accountant for eight years, ever since Gary and Carrie were honorably discharged from the Army National Guard. Constance wants to be an astronaut and loves softball and soccer, Callie loves dance, and Presley loves dogs.

We thank you for your support and prayers as we step out in faith and embark on this journey again!

7/19/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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The Mitchell family has received a $2000 country-specific grant.

A CHILD for the McKenney Family — TN

The McKenney Family is pursuing a child with Down Syndrome in Eastern Europe. Adoption can be a long process, but they and their six children (5 biological, 1 adopted from foster care) are so excited to walk in obedience and add a beautiful gift from God to their family.

Now we know that international adoption cane be daunting, but God has a heart for adoption! As they’ve been praying through this and seeking God in this – they’ve been so inspired by all the times in Scripture that God calls out His people into obedience – into things that seem daunting, a little scary – things that seem too big for them. And we’ve been challenged and comforted by the words of Jesus in Mark 10:27: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

If you feel called to support them in this process, then the first and most important thing they ask you for is prayer. Pray for their family during this process, pray for this little one as they wait for one another, and pray that God would continue to provide financially. The reality is that international adoption is very expensive – so if you feel God is calling you to financially support them in this process, then they would welcome your support!

They thank you for your prayers and financial support as they pursue this beautiful child that the Lord has placed on their heart!

7/19/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Foster family — ID

Hey there! We’re the Fosters. I’m Kristin, a stay at home mommy. My husband is a sales manager for Apple Valley Organics. We have three beautiful biological children. Carter (7), McCoy (2), & Oakley (1). While we may look like a typical family, I can assure you we are anything but. Our story is quite unconventional, but it’s truly my biggest honor parenting with Taylor, and raising these amazing little ones.

In September 2016, we happily welcomed our second son into this world. He arrived fast and furious, while stealing ALL the hearts in the delivery room. Little did we know, the coming days would test our faith completely.  We were told that McCoy would require genetic testing, as they suspected he had a syndrome.  McCoy, our perfect son, has Down Syndrome. We cried (A LOT), we googled everything there was to know, & we mourned the child we expected to have. Time seemed to speed up and slow down all at once. The weeks blurred together. What we did do was immediately jump into early intervention services. We attended Feeding therapy, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Speech therapy, and countless other medical appointments each week. At these appointments I felt the crushing blow more and more. At times it felt all encompassing. It consumed us. Would we ever go a day without talking about Down Syndrome?

Then one day, almost as swift as a tornado hits, we realized the life we had been blessed with is even better than we thought it would be. We stood up straighter, laughed easier, & embraced ALL humans with love and acceptance. We found meaning in the meaningless. Light in the dark. Good in the bad. He turned our views completely upside down. McCoy ignited a fire so big in our bones, a fire we couldn’t subdue. We started to see our reality in a shifted view. We no longer drew the short end of the stick like society wanted to tell us, but rather, we were selected to become a part of the lucky few. Life was good.

Fast forward to January 2019. We were a very complete, happy, and content family of five. Taylor was travelling for work and while he was gone a friend of ours reached out to me. She sent a message with a video of a young boy attached. I opened the message and was immediately captivated by the little face on the other end of the screen. A soft melody played while the video showed this little guy laying in a crib playing with his hands and a small rattle. Three minutes had elapsed, and I found myself restarting the video. I watched the video randomly throughout the day, each time shedding major tears. There was something big about this small little one. I decided to send it to Taylor and ask for his prayers on a family for the little boy. The video itself had over 90,000 views on YouTube and over 10,000 comments inquiring on how to adopt him. Surely someone was already in the process of adopting him.. right?

Taylor felt the immediate connection too. He posted the video on his social media to help spread the word and urged those interested in adopting to check the video out. The following morning, Taylor called with an idea that would spark what would be our biggest adventure yet. An adventure so grand, we had no concept of the highs and lows we would experience. Taylor asked me, “Why not us?”. Confused, I responded with, “Why not us for what?”. It was that simple. Once we were on the same page, we both agreed, WHY NOT US! Wasn’t that little ball of love worth fighting for? It quickly became crystal clear that it would a big leap of faith, but we said YES without hesitation! We would fight relentlessly for him.

Auggie is nearing 19 months in institutional state care. He has been waiting SO long for his mother and father to come for him. For two big brothers to snuggle with and little sister to urge on his development. He currently cannot sit up, has extremely low tone, and is very malnourished. We relentlessly continue to move forward in hopes of getting him home before his second birthday at the end of this year. Knowing how much McCoy does need and all the good therapy has done for him, we know Auggie is in DESPERATE need to come home. Financial help will ease the stress in the process of him coming home and allow it to happen as fast as it can go.

The special needs life is scary, unwanted, and full of “I’m sorry’s” from those who misunderstand its beauty. Ironically, both Taylor and I have been prepared for these children well before their existence. My Bachelor’s degree is in child development and family relations. While I don’t use it clinically, it has served its greatest purpose inside the walls we call our home. Taylor’s youngest sister was also adopted and has FAS and ADHD, which taught him from a young age that children are only as capable as you allow them to be. That everyone is worthy and brilliant. Ultimately, our destiny would prove that this was divine intervention after all. That life turned out completely different than expected, but embracing the path paved for us has set our family free. That beauty is truly not far off the beaten path, and that having faith in the journey will be the best blessing of them all. Thank you so much for reading about us and our sweet babies! I surely hope you know what this process means to us, and any help bringing him home would be so greatly appreciated. Truly, thank you.
Sincerely, Kristin & Taylor Foster  (Anxious Adoptive Parents)

6/13/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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TASHA SUE for the Wood family — VA

Greetings from the Wood Family! We are Brian, Kristen, Graysen, Emma Rae, and Blake and coming soon, a new daughter to be named Kate! We have been married for 10 wonderful years, and we have 3 amazing children. Brian is a student pastor at Point Harbor Church and Kristen is a Registered Nurse working in an elementary school.

Shortly after being married, we started talking about adoption and really felt a tug in our hearts early on specifically for China. About 4 years into our marriage, some friends of ours adopted their sweet girl from China and that started a ripple effect and we soon were surrounded with so many friends who said “YES” to their children in China. This only fueled our hearts more for China.

After we moved to VA, we were introduced to another family who has adopted 3 babies with Down Syndrome from China. Down Syndrome had never been on our radar, however, we fell absolutely in love with these amazing children. Although we always had a peace about China, God began to break our hearts specifically for children with Down Syndrome.

We were “introduced” to our daughter on Reece’s Rainbow site.  Kate has Down Syndrome, CHD, and repaired VSD and PFO. She is an absolute doll and we cannot wait to have her in our arms. Kate will be 2 years old in July and we want to have her home as soon as we can. She has 3 siblings who are over the moon for her already and are so ready to have their sister home.

Please help our family to bring our daughter home! We plan to travel with our two oldest children, who are 11 and 9 yrs old. We greatly appreciate all prayers and financial support as we continue our adoption journey to complete our family!

6/28/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; OFFICIALLY MATCHED

$1,069.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Woertman family — NC

We are the Woertman family and we are having so much fun with our children that we decided we needed one more. We are hoping to adopt a little girl with Down Syndrome. We live in the great state of North Carolina. We have 5 adult children, 5 school aged children and four Grandchildren.

Fred just finished up his 25th year of teaching middle school. He is often called the “kid whisperer.” He really understands middle schoolers. Between having kids, Candy taught 13 years, but has now put her teaching career on hold while her kids are little. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant at the elementary school that all five little ones attend.

We are excited to be on this adoption journey one more time. We are also hoping to be matched with the little girl that Candy has had on her heart for almost two years.

6/11/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$171.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASHLEY + Nadiya for the Barsch family — NJ

Andrew and Michelle will celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary this year. They have had adoption on their hearts long before they were married. The desire to grow their family through adoption strengthened after their biological daughter was born in 2011. Andrew and Michelle brought their Deaf daughter home from the Philippines when their biological daughter was just two-years-old. They went on to adopt their other children in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 from Ethiopia, China and one domestic adoption. Andrew and Michelle currently have seven children at home. Five of their children are Deaf. One of their daughters has Down Syndrome and mild hearing loss. The family uses ASL as their main mode of communication at home.

Michelle and Andrew agree strongly with the popular adoption quote, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” Leaving children behind in an orphanage in the Philippines who were screaming out “Mommy! Daddy!” and gripping at their clothing is an experience that will be forever etched on the minds of both Andrew and Michelle. From that point on, the couple says, “We have never been the same.” Andrew and Michelle left the Philippines with their first adopted daughter with an even greater purpose and a calling that has been burning in their souls ever since.

They have welcomed six children into their family by way of adoption and have daily seen God’s miracles unfolding in and through their children. Psalm 68: 5-6 states that God is a Father to the fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Andrew and Michelle are confident that although expanding their family through adoption in quick succession has not always been easy emotionally or financially that God will continue to provide exactly what is needed to bring their two newest daughters home from Eastern Europe. They continue to stay open to whatever road God desires to take them down.

Andrew and Michelle’s oldest “daughter to be” is Deaf. The youngest is non-verbal and very frail. They are unsure of her hearing ability. It is important to them that they get to the girls as quickly as is possible. Michelle and Andrew mentioned that some have asked how they can assist in bringing home their newest girls. Andrew and Michelle were not planning on adopting at this time, it would be a huge blessing if they were able to raise the extra funds needed that adopting two children simultaneously adds to their adoption costs. They stressed that they do not want anyone to feel pressured into donating, but for those who have questioned, “How can we support adoption?” this is just one avenue that would tremendously bless their family. First and foremost, they covet your prayers for their daughters and their family as they walk this journey to bring their girls home.

6/3/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$291.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ashley has received a $2,000 EE# grant.

 

A Girl for the Muzzey Family — FL

We are Danielle & Nick Muzzey. We love children and have 5 wonderful bio kids. We would have had more if God would have chose to continue to bless us, but that was not his plan so we accepted that our family was complete and was thankful for how blessed we truly were.

Somehow while on Facebook I stumbled across Reece’s Rainbow, and it soon become my favorite part of Facebook. I admired these families that so unselfishly gave so much to make a difference in the life of a child that others just discarded. I love to follow the stories and families and often thought wow they are such amazing people but I knew that there was no way that my family could ever pull this kind of thing together. We weren’t your typical adopting type of family. We don’t have 30k laying around, we don’t drive brand new vehicles, we don’t have a huge house, so I would sit, watch and pray from a distance. Until that day….that 1 video that caught my eye and melted my heart. Something about her, she was perfect. I prayed for that little one nightly that God would bring her a family and he did, but was soon relisted not just once or twice but a number of times. Why? Why does this child continue to be let down?

That’s it no more!! I had to do something, she was running out of time, a transfer to an adult institution is inevitable. That can not happen. Back to praying I went and the answer was soon very clear. All those other families fell through because she was meant to be our daughter. Hubby was not so sure he was more practical and thought that I may be going crazy. He had legitimate concerns. Where will the money come from? Can we handle her disability? Who will care for her when we are gone? It took about 2 months of praying that God would reach him and he did. God is Good.

We are going to follow by faith, pray and believe that God will provide. There is a princess waiting across the seas that deserves so much more then what life has handed her. She is already loved and does not even know it. She needs us as much as we need her.

Please pray that this process goes quickly and smoothly to bring our daughter home. If you feel led and are able to donate any amount will make a huge difference in our journey. Thank you and God bless.

6/3/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$478.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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2 Girls for the George family — WA

Mike and Robin have been married for almost 8 years. They have 6 beautiful kiddos and another on the way. Mike works as a public servant for the beautiful state of Washington and is the worship leader at Lakewood Grace. Robin is a stay at home mom and wife, and homeschools their kids.

Adoption has been on Mike and Robin’s hearts for a few years now. They knew that God was specifically calling them to adopt children with disabilities. After much prayer, they felt that God was calling them to embark on their adoption right now instead of waiting until after their 7th baby was born. Their hearts were drawn to a little girl listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Despite her long list of medical needs, they knew that she was the one for their family. After more prayer and consideration, they decided to add one more little girl on this adoption journey. They were joyfully surprised to find out that another girl that they had on their hearts was available for adoption at the very same baby home.

The cost of adoption can seem daunting but Mike and Robin firmly believe that God has called them on this journey and He will provide. Any prayers, donations, and shares of their story are all deeply appreciated.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

6/10/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$44.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Yeatts family — PA

Abbey and Evan met while attending graduate school in Philadelphia 6 years ago. After starting to get to know each other, they discovered they shared an unlikely connection of wanting to one day care for a special needs child. Abbey worked professionally in a 1-on-1 setting with children with special needs, and Evan grew up with a younger brother with Williams syndrome and an aunt with cerebral palsy. They were married in 2016 and agreed that they would eventually adopt a special needs child, perhaps one day when they had a small family they could bring them into.

Three years later at a time when Abbey and Evan were talking a lot about having children, Abbey discovered Reece’s Rainbow after speaking with a colleague about their desire to adopt. After reading more and learning of the pressing need for adoptive parents for special needs children, Evan and Abbey had a conversation of “Why not now?” Shortly thereafter Abbey discovered a little boy with cerebral palsy waiting to find his forever family. Both Abbey and Evan fell in love with his smile, and they knew they couldn’t imagine putting off adoption any longer.

6/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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3 CHILDREN for the Stef family — NV

Tyler and Kylee Stef have been married for 11 years. Tyler serves as a fighter pilot in the Air Force and the family has been able to experience several areas of the country. Now their time in the Air Force is coming to an end and the Stefs will be putting down roots. Kylee has homeschooled five of their children, until a small Classical school opened up down the road from them, which four of the children now attend. Kylee is a stay at home mother, caring for the house and children.

When Tyler and Kylee were engaged, they talked about having a big family. “Wouldn’t it be great to have four kids?!” they would joke. After their fourth child was born, they thought their family was complete. However, it was after the tragic loss of their son that God started to plant the seeds of adoption. Their local pastor did a sermon on adoption as he and his wife adopted two children from the DRC. The Stefs felt a stirring and prayed about what God might have planned for them. Upon moving to a new location, the first family that Tyler and Kylee became friends with had a young daughter adopted from Thailand. Seeing this beautiful family brought adoption to life and they soon began their first adoption process.

The Stefs were made aware of waiting child lists and their hearts were drawn to these children. As they began the process of international adoption, they received a phone call from a local hospital that a baby had been born at 28 weeks and abandoned nearby. They needed a family to come hold him and asked if the Stefs would be interested. It was a crazy turn of events but God’s hand was clear as Tyler and Kylee officially adopted the premature infant three days later.

Four years later their hearts were drawn again to internationally waiting children and they began the process to adopt from China. This was just a month before China closed their doors to larger families. The Stefs were upset but spent more time in prayer to seek God’s direction. Months later they were made aware of the orphan hosting programs. Last summer they hosted two amazing sisters and during Christmas break they hosted a single boy, all from Ukraine. Tyler and Kylee learned about the great needs of orphans in Ukraine and felt called to adopt from Eastern Europe. One night, Kylee was praying for God to show her the child who would be theirs, when a picture of Pavel appeared. Now Tyler, Kylee, and the rest of the kids are getting ready to welcome this special boy, and two other special children, into their family.

6/14/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

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A Girl for the Myatt Family — NC

The Myatt family has been involved in the hosting and adoption world since 2014. Due to changes in many countries, the Myatt’s have decided to adopt from Colombia. Adoption has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she was a young girl in 5th grade. Tommy and Stephanie have been married for 13 years and have 3 biological children: Dylan (15), Bryson (11) and Cohen (8).

Tommy is a Calibrations Engineer for a titanium company where he has worked for almost 13 years. Stephanie is a homeschool mom and also works for a non-profit agency. With baseball for Dylan, science for Bryson and football for Cohen, the family’s life is full, but they are so excited to welcome a sweet girl into their family now. They welcome all the pink and frilly things into their world!!

The Myatt’s have chosen to host their child this summer while finishing up adoption paperwork. Due to the way things work in Colombia this will streamline the process. They will have their dossier ready to submit to Colombia in July when the children arrive for hosting. They anticipate traveling in late fall. They are anxiously filling out paperwork and raising funds to bring their daughter home and would appreciate your love, prayers and support.

6/12/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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TWO GIRLS for the Leonard family — MO

Jared and Emily have been married for 21 years and have been blessed with wonderful children. However, they would like to continue to add to their family through the adoption of a special needs child. Jared owns his own business and Emily stays home with their children. So, any child that they are blessed to add would have her undivided time and attention and be surrounded by love from their other children. Their home is a source of pride for both her and her husband; not because of it’s size or location but because of the opportunity Emily has had to redo it. Jared is a contractor and has put in countless hours remodeling, rebuilding, and helping her realize the various renovations that she felt made her house more of a home, as well as a better fit for their large, and still growing, family.

Emily has always had a fun loving, outgoing, creative, faithful spirit. She values her husband and her family but even more so her relationship with God. She takes her faith in her Heavenly Father to heart and because of this she tries to live out her faith through unconditionally loving everyone. This is one of the reasons she has such a passion for children in need of loving homes. Jared grew up in a large family and because his dad was adopted from an orphanage, he shares Emily’s passion and vision for how their family should be grown.

Jared and Emily currently have 6 children at home. Their youngest is a special needs baby that they have guardianship of; but they hope to adopt him before too long. Their oldest child is their daughter Jerica, then their son Jeremiah who they adopted from foster care as a special needs child. They then adopted their daughter Brinlee as a special needs infant from foster care. After a short breather and after their special needs children were older Jared and Emily took in and adopted two more children from the foster care system. They felt their hearts still pulled to give a family and home to another special needs child, which lead them to their baby Tye.

It could be said that Jared and Emily have done enough. They have fulfilled their part in helping others and lightening the worlds load. However, Emily and Jared cannot shake the intense feeling that their family is still missing one piece. Their hearts have felt the cries of special needs children in Eastern Europe and they are responding. After much prayer, thought, and conversations with their other children the Leonard’s have reached out to an orphanage and found a little girl with Down Syndrome. This precious baby is in desperate need of a forever home with a family that will love her and be able to care for her many needs. The Leonard family feels honored to step up, wrap her in their arms, and give her an otherwise unimaginable life; thus completing their family puzzle with this last missing piece.

6/20/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$291.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GINNY for the Allen family — AL

Jake and Jada Allen have been married for just over two years. Although they do not have any children yet, they do have four dogs that they consider their family. Jake and Jada met straight out of high school and got married around two years later. Jake works as a district manager and Jada is a teacher in a special needs classroom.

They have both always dreamed of growing their family through adoption, but thought it would be later on in life as they are both very young. Jake is just 24 and Jada is just 23. They have both always known friends and family that have adopted internationally as well and were familiar with the process. One day a friend of Jada’s shared some waiting children on her Facebook profile from Asia. While Jake and Jada were not old enough yet to adopt from Asia, this really sparked Jada’s desire to begin the process of adoption.

After talking with Jake, they decided to reach out to the agency to officially begin the adoption process. Due to their young age, one country was the best fit for them. At first they wanted to go the traditional route because it usually takes a longer time and would have given them time to save up money and prepare to become first time parents. They both took a look at the waiting child list and immediately found their daughter.

They are matched to a three-year-old little girl who will shortly be turning four years old. Although she faces multiple medical problems, she is smiling and happy in all of her pictures and videos. Jake and Jada did a medical review with the International Adoption Clinic and the doctor described their little girl as one who has already defeated all of the odds.

Jake and Jada have taken a great leap of faith in adopting internationally but they know that God will provide to bring their little girl home. They greatly appreciate you for taking the time to read their story and your consideration of a tax-deductible donation to their adoption fund. Please continue to pray for them as they get ready to become first-time parents to their beautiful little girl.

6/12/2019 — FIRST TRIP in JULY

$1,034.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Day family — ME

Chad and Jaimie have two boys, Ian who is 15 and Logan is 9. We have been hoping and praying to welcome another child or children into our family for many years. We live in Northern Maine, and attend church on Sundays. We have a great youth program for children of all ages. The kids enjoy VBS in the summer! Logan went to his first week of Bible camp this past summer and loved it! We live on a small farm, with small livestock and a pony. Goats, rabbits, chickens, dogs and cats too! Our kids are involved with soccer, art, basketball, community sports programs, cub scouts, gymnastics and dance.

Our oldest son has developmental special needs. We have been foster parents, and have had babies and older children in our home. Most with some type of special needs, including speech, behavioral, development, and attachment challenges, and orthopedic needs. We also understand and are experienced with trauma and loss. We are currently not fostering, as we are waiting to adopt and want our time and focus on our children.

Jaimie is a full time stay at home mom to give children her full attention, and volunteers at a local food pantry, school, and church nursery. Chad is a Wilderness First Responder and a Maine Guide, as well as a trail builder. He guides school groups on nature expeditions and teaches them about survival and nature. He works local and he is home every evening for dinner and family time, and does not work weekends.

We want to grow our family though adoption because we believe that every child deserves a loving family – and that is something we have! Our doors and hearts are open, and we cannot wait to welcome the child or children who are waiting for us!

5/13/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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CLARA for the Russell family — MD

Meet Heath, and Stacey Russell! They met 13 years ago and have been talking about adoption since their very first date! They both have a special place in their hearts for children. Together they are raising five boys who are beyond excited to have a sister to love and spoil!

In 2010 they were told that all the numbers pointed to their son having Down Syndrome. They were given the option to have an abortion. This was obviously not an option for them! During her pregnancy Stacey did a lot of research and was shocked to find out that the abortion rate for a prenatal diagnoses of Down Syndrome was 65% in America and up to 96% in other countries. She couldn’t believe how high those numbers were!

During her research Stacey ran across https://reecesrainbow.org. This is when she began advocating for the waiting children and participating at buddy walks. During this time it was clear that God was preparing their hearts for a child who may have special needs, but it wasn’t their son. The doctors were wrong.

This experience is what brought them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their daughter. (Clara L21 on Reece’s Rainbow) At birth, Clara was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot (a congenital heart condition presenting a combination of four defects in the structure of the heart).

This heart condition causes her heart to pump oxygen-poor blood into her body, which makes breathing difficult and any physical activity very hard on her little body. She is now 6 years old and is still in desperate need of medical care to help repair her heart.

It has now been two years since the Russell family started their adoption journey. Stacey and Heath jumped in with nothing but faith. They had no idea how they were going to accomplish this, but they knew that God would provide a way.
Now, Stacey and Heath are thrilled to say that their Dossier will soon be submitted to the Ministry! It took a lot of finances, a lot of prayer and a long time for them to get here and they couldn’t be more excited!

However, they aren’t done just yet. They are praying for a referral in the next 2-4 months. Once they get this, they will need to make 3 trips, one of which they both have to travel for 3-4 weeks! This seems difficult, but not impossible! Their girl has been in this orphanage for 6 years, she is very sick and desperately needs out! The Russell’s know if they can just get her here, they will love her and make sure she gets all the medical care and love she deserves!

If you feel led, I pray that you will please help the Russell family provide hope, love and a new future for this precious girl! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and any financial support as they prepare to bring her home!

5/2/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$410.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Clara has received a $2297 Waiting Child Grant.

A FAMILY for LOLA

Lola’s family will soon be a family of three! She will be the second living child to a single mom. Four years ago, Lola’s sister was also adopted from a different Eastern European with the help of Reece’s Rainbow. Like Lola, she has Down syndrome and a heart defect!

Several years ago, the mom was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow through a friend who was adopting. She would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon the time would be right to adopt. A few years later is when she would adopt her first living daughter and now, she’s back and ready to add a sibling to the mix.

4/26/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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JAXON for the Berckmueller family — VA

Hugh and Janet Berckmueller were college sweethearts and have been married for 26 years. Hugh and Janet always knew they wanted a big family, and they were blessed with six biological children. Their sixth pregnancy was medically complicated, and after his birth, it was determined that little George had Down syndrome. He spent two months in the NICU, but since that time, he has grown to be a healthy and energetic little boy, and a very special addition to the Berckmueller family! George’s diagnosis opened up their view to the plight of children around the world who are abandoned because of Down syndrome. In August 2016, the Berckmuellers brought home sweet little Elsa from Asia, who also has Down syndrome. Watching her bloom and grow with the love of a family over the 2 1/2 years since she has been home has been truly amazing. After seeing firsthand the conditions of children in orphanages, particularly children with special needs, and seeing what the love and care of family can do for a child, it made Hugh and Janet want to pursue adopting again. They decided they had a little more room, a lot of love to share, and the heart to add another child to their family. Jaxon is living in the same orphanage where Elsa grew up, so they already feel a special connection to him. The Berckmueller family is so excited to welcome home this precious little boy!

4/19/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$82.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MYRTIE for the Caudill family — WA

Adam and Siri Caudill enjoy life in beautiful rural WA. They are blessed with a biological daughter, Pia, born in September 2016. She is a sweet, smart and delightful girl who loves dolls as much as dinosaurs and trucks. Adam is a stay-at-home father and Siri is a veterinarian. They had both long felt the call to adopt a child, Adam having an adopted sister. Their hearts were reminded of this in an unexpected way.

They were overjoyed to become pregnant with a second child, a boy named Riku, who they lost in the second trimester of pregnancy. Riku had Down syndrome. Siri and Adam were prepared to parent a child with special needs and were devastated by this loss. As a result, they were made aware of the need for international adoption of children with special needs. They are thrilled to be in the long process of welcoming a young boy (“Myrtie” on Reece’s Rainbow) into their family from Eastern Europe. They found his profile and immediately felt drawn to him. He has spina bifida and associated hydrocephalus. Even though he is unable to walk and does not yet have a wheelchair, he does not let this hold him back. His spirit has captured their hearts. His personality is often described as sunny and he exudes a great joy for life. As every child deserves a loving home, they long to give him the love and medical care that he needs to continue to be such a happy boy.

They are deeply appreciative of any support they receive in the efforts to bring their son home.

4/19/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$304.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Myrtie has received a $2,000 Grant! ***

NAHEEDA for the Breitenstein family — OR

We are adopting. In those three little words, there is so much meaning. They are the words that send our hearts soaring — it’s so surreal, has been SO long on our hearts, and the journey we’ve taken to this place looks nothing like we originally intended. But so it is with God. ⁣

His panoramic view has smashed our Polaroid at every turn. We can see only what is in front of us—the virtual snapshot of the life I’m living—and yet in his gracious goodness, He sees it all and is not shaken by the tidal wave of any one moment. His plan has been perfected in the waiting, and it is with great thankfulness and JOY that we find ourselves back here, in this space….waiting on His timing.

We are adopting from Eastern Europe. We plan to name this little girl Saylor – a name that means ‘rope’ or ‘tether’. Her name has become a metaphor for this entire adoption journey. Our hearts are tethered to a tiny baby living half a world away. We’re tethered by the promise of what is to come, by the permanence God has already spoken over our family and the intention with which He’s chosen us for one another.  God has anchored this little girl to our very souls and she is a part of us–even now. The need is great and the families are few, and we believe she is worthy. We desire to proclaim God’s gracious goodness and intention over her precious life. She is worthy of being wanted. We have chosen to pursue this little girl as our beloved daughter with deep, loving intention.

We have four kiddos, ages 7, 5, 3, and 1 – two boys and two girls. I am a public school kindergarten teacher and my husband works for our state government. We aren’t uniquely qualified in any way to pursue an international adoption, but we love Jesus with all we’ve got and our steadfast faith is in Him alone. We believe that He will light this path as we walk forward to bring our baby girl home!

We are stepping out in bold faith and brave love. International adoption is daunting, on so many fronts. The financial implications – especially for our big and blessed family of six – are substantial. We know this will stretch us, but we also know that God is so much bigger. We know He delights in bringing orphans into their forever families, and we raise our arms to Him knowing He will make a way for us in this season. He’ll light the path, and we’ll walk it in JOY as we bring our girl home.

I always tell my three year old, as he’s running around the house at lightning speed with his eyes on the floor, “LOOK UP! Look up, so you can see where you’re going”  Friends, will you look up with us? Will you fix your eyes on the One who adopted us ALL into His family as orphans, and will you help us bring this precious baby girl home?

4/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$14.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Naheeda has received a for a $2,000 Grant! ***

CAROLINE for the Umstead family — PA

We are the Umstead family and we are so excited to add Caroline to our family! I am Heather and my husband is Tom. We have been married 26 years and have 4 biological children, 3 boys and a girl. One adopted son, and are in the process of bringing Caroline home to our family. Our biological children are all grown up and all but one are out on their own. That’s when God put adoption in our hearts. December 4th 2017 we traveled to Asia and brought home our son Samuel. Samuel has doubled the joy in our family! While we were in Asia we met Caroline who happened to be Samuel’s “bunk mate”. They had been together a long time and cuddled together during the cold nights because there wasn’t heat in their orphanage. We knew that one day we would return for her and we will name her Joy! The joy God has allowed us to experience on this journey, that is hard and sometimes ugly but also full of love and joy at sometimes.

4/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$72.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARIO for the Lankford family — TX

Bryan and Dana have searched for their son for five years, and they’ve [finally!] found him in Eastern Europe! The Lankfords began their journey in 2014 when they became dual licensed, foster to adopt parents in Dallas, Texas. They have loved on and provided stability to more than 20 children since opening their hearts and home, but the child they waited for eluded them.

During Thanksgiving 2017, Bryan and Dana saw a smiling, hopeful face on an international adoption website. They inquired and, less than a year later and after a whirlwind of paperwork and travel, they were overjoyed to become the proud parents of a happy, healthy, well-adjusted 16 year old Eastern European beauty who is the light of their lives. Yet there was an empty chair at the table.. the son who remained missing. They continued to search both domestically and internationally for him.

Mario is a 15-year-old Eastern European boy diagnosed with Epilepsy who will age out and become unadoptable in November, 2019. Mario has been listed on the international adoption register for the past six years. Six years of being passed over in favor of younger, healthier children; housed in an uncaring Bulgarian orphanage and then foster home in a remote, small town where his hopes and dreams fade alongside his chance of finding a loving family to call his own. Videos and photos show the light leaving his face as the years pass. Bryan and Dana have stepped forward for this precious child, confident that funds for his adoption can be raised before Mario ages out of the system and he loses his last chance for wholeness. Your donations are working miracles! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

7/9/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$262.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for Odegaard — SD

In 2010, Sam and Aaron met because two mutual friends found it strange that they both wanted “a lot of kids”. Their friends immediately introduced them. Within a few weeks, they were dating. Not long after, they had a serious talk about their future. Sam had grown up as a foster sister (her family had done foster care since she was 13). Her dream was to carry on that legacy. She wanted to foster and adopt. Aaron was fully supportive of this dream. Two short years later, they were married in July 2013!

They have carried out this dream already twice! They welcomed a son by birth, then adopted a 5-year-old boy, gave birth to a baby girl, adopted a 13-year-old girl, and then welcomed another boy through birth. Their kids are currently 14, 9, 5, 3, and 4 months. That makes 5 kids in 5 years!

Shortly after their second adoption, Sam found Reece’s Rainbow. She started researching and scouring websites full of waiting children all over the world. She read about “seeing the one” and “just knowing”. She asked Aaron many times about children she saw to see if maybe it was time to start an international adoption because they had simply found “the one”. She was heartbroken each and every time it was a “no”.

In December 2018, they welcomed another baby boy, Maverick, to the family. This put them at five kiddos in five years and they were sure they were done for a while. But then on January 25, 2019, just a month and a half after Maverick was born, Sam saw a picture of a little boy that made her heart skip a beat! She immediately started emailing his agency to find out more. She knew for certain that this was “the picture” she had been waiting to see! She approached Aaron with hesitation as they had just discussed waiting to add more kids to their family. He said “no” again, but this time she asked him to pray about it because she was certain he was their son. One month later, she asked again. This time, he asked questions about the boy, his country, and the process. Two weeks later, they submitted their first documents to adopt him! God sure does work in mysterious ways!! They welcome your prayers as they begin this long process to bring home Odegaard baby #6 in just 6 years.

They are so excited to meet their son but need help to get there! If you are able and feel called to do so, please pray for their journey and consider donating to help them get their son HOME.

4/15/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$530.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PRESTON and KAYSEN for the Richardson family — IN

You’ve guessed it… the Richardson Tribe is growing again! This time the Lord has lead them to 2 boys.

“Preston” is 9 and “Kaysen” is 15, both having cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Jaime and Chris are rushing to get paperwork done and get to the boys ASAP. Kaysen will be 16 in June however he weights less than 30 lbs and spends in life confined to a crib, receiving 300 calories of nutrition a day. He is wasting away. Preston on the other hand is thriving! He was on the brink of death before some missionaries were able to get him medical care and through a series of God sized events, he was able to enter a loving foster home. The government, however, is stating that he has to return to the orphanage where he almost died in June!

The Richardsons need to get to the boys as soon as possible and they are praying for God to open the situational and financial doors to do so quickly.

Kayson and Preston will be joining their 10 siblings, all adopted, and parents in Indiana, where they will have a wonderful church and local community to help support their growth and development.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support in getting these precious children into a family where they will be cherished and belong.

5/30/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$23,996.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Preston has received a $11,898 Waiting Child Grant.
Kaysen has received a $90 Waiting Child Grant.

KATARINA and DALTON for the Robinson family — GA

For those of you who know Jode and Kelley, you know they have felt for years that their family was not yet complete. Yes, they already have seven beautiful children at home, but when God laid it upon their hearts to once again adopt, they could not ignore the calling.

Inasmuch, they are pursuing a child (or two) from an Eastern European country – one which they have loved dearly and missed greatly. They look forward to going back and seeing those who have become like extended family.

Having completed five international adoption, they know that adoption can be expensive. However, they also know that God is faithful. Experience has proven that where He leads them, He will also supply all that they need. If you would like to support their efforts, please hit that donate button. Your generous financial gift is tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

The Robinsons will be adding updated posts to their blog as things progress. If you would like to come along on this journey, please follow their blog. As always, your fervent prayers are greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance for coming along with us on this amazing journey!

5/30/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AYLA for the Lindblom family — CT

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Jon and Ellen have been married for 27 years and God has richly blessed them with 10 children; 9 biological and 1 adopted. Ten years ago, their 8th child was born with Down Syndrome. It was a difficult and dark time between both trying to meet the overwhelming physical needs of their baby as well as working through numerous feelings of grief and fear related to raising an “imperfect” child.

But our God has a beautiful way of reshaping hearts and minds and “working all things together for His good.” About four years ago, after being made aware of literally thousands of children abandoned in China with Down Syndrome, Jon and Ellen began to pursue their first adoption. In early 2017, the Lindbloms welcomed home Naomi, a sweet four year old girl with DS from China. They have once again sensed God’s prompting and the whole family is very excited to be bringing Ayla Hope home to become part of the Lindblom family!

4/12/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$2,149.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Leila’s Family

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An experienced adoptive family is heading back overseas to add another daughter to their family!

 

7/9/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Leila has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant ***

PERRY for the Peckham family — VA

I have always wanted to adopt. From the time I first heard about adoption I knew that God was calling me to it. When Jon and I started dating I told him that if we ended up getting married we would be adopting. He agreed whole heartedly, though a little less enthusiastically as me at first. Ten years after we were married God gave us the most amazing little boy through domestic adoption. Originally we weren’t going to adopt a child with significant needs, but God had other plans. Our son has significant special needs and has amazed everyone with how much he can do at three and half years old. He never should have made it through pregnancy, never should have lived after his birth, and never should have survived to be adopted at two months old. But he did, and he’s thriving. We know firsthand what the love of an amazing God and the love of a family can do in a child’s life.

We were ready to adopt again, but things are more complicated the second time around when you already have a special needs child and only one parent working outside of the home. We were asking God for His child whoever and wherever they may be. We knew from the first go around that His plans are so much bigger and better than ours. We had been asking God to break our hearts for what breaks His. Then I saw a blog post about a boy who was aging out this year and my heart broke.

Perry was ten years old when this blog was written, but that was three years before. And he still didn’t have a family. This precious boy was abandoned when he was a year old, and has been in the orphanage since then. He has cerebral palsy and scoliosis. He has no use of his legs and therefore is wheelchair dependent. He is an outgoing child who loves other kids and outings. He is the resident storyteller in his orphanage and always has a ready smile. He has never gone to school because there is no wheelchair access in schools, but has had some special education at the orphanage and loves to learn. Perry turns 14 this July, and then becomes unadoptable.

This is an excerpt from the original blog post about Perry’s future if he is not adopted:   In (Perry’s country), orphans become unadoptable on their 14th birthdays. If Perry did not find a family, the same lady said, he would leave the orphanage soon after for an adult institution, where he would stay forever. People much older than he would live there, too, and potential for abuse would be rampant. At best, he might learn a handcraft to do day in, day out. He’d have no education, no future, no chance at self betterment, no hope for escape. Hidden from sight, he’d be far from the collective mind of a society scarcely bothered by niceties like wheelchair accessibility or education for the disabled. It was already awful; then she froze me with the words “human farm.”

Will you partner with us to bring Perry home and give him a forever family? To give him a hope and a future?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

6/10/2019 — TA RECEIVED

$4,093.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Perry has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

SILAS and PATRICIA for the Winslow family — GA

We are the Winslow family; a family of 4 who is working towards becoming a family of 6, by adoption! Our story began in 2007, when I met my husband, Dan. Dan was an active duty PFC in the Army and was a very proud soldier. Sadly, and proudly, the day came when Dan received orders for his deployment to Iraq, and it was scheduled to be an 18-month long tour.  When Dan deployed that day, I was about four months pregnant with our son; whom was named after his dad.

Unfortunately, Dan’s deployment did not go without complication. During a mission, one of his battle buddies dropped a very large and heavy tailgate onto the top of his head. This injury was not properly treated by the medical team and sadly everyone went on with their mission, Dan included. Over the next several months, Dan continued to serve in Iraq and did have many complications arise that were going untreated.

When our adorable baby boy was born, Dan was unable to make it home. Dan was not able to officially meet Daniel until a “rest and relaxation” was allotted, which allowed Dan leave Iraq for 18 days to be home. At that time, Daniel was 2 months old. During the 18 days home, we were officially married. After returning to Iraq, two years after the initial accident, a brain scan was even completed and we learned Dan suffered a traumatic brain injury. Due to this, Dan’s “planned out future” of staying Army until a 20-year retirement turned into becoming medically retired from the United States Army at the age of 25.

Dan and I were absolutely thrilled being parents, we always wanted a large family. We became pregnant again but lost the baby in a very early stage; this happened again during pregnancy number three and four. These losses were very hard on our family. In January of 2014, Daniel was 5 years old and we were once again blessed to learn that I was pregnant, but also absolutely petrified. Our beautiful little girl decided to come none the less; at only 25 weeks gestation; we named our tiny girl Joslynn.

Throughout our marriage, Dan and I have always had discussions about adoption, our goal has always been to have a blended family of biological and adoptive children. We always had this image that when God spoke, we would know it was time to start the process to adopt from foster, but little did we know the plans He had in store for us.

On a morning that seemed no different than any other day, I was scrolling on Facebook of all places and came across a post that a friend made. This post showed a picture of an adorable little boy with the sweetest grin.  I learned that this sweet child was in Eastern Europe and I learned this child was an orphan and had a lot of the same special needs as our Joslynn! I can’t explain it in any other way then that I felt God speak to my heart. It was as if He said, “this is your son.” Then we came across a little girl with adorable curls and it was as if we could hear her laugh through her photo. Dan and I just looked at each other and we knew.

Feeling so called, we started praying very fervently, this was such a big cost and a scary one to boot. How could we possibly think we could do this? When speaking to Daniel and Joslynn regarding the children, they were both so excited. Daniel yelled out “I will make a lemonade stand! We can raise the money” and our hearts just melted. Just today, our little Joslynn found a penny in a parking lot and excitedly exclaimed “this is going to help bring our babies home!” Its such a big leap of faith, but as a family it’s a faith walk, we feel God is calling us on. We are trusting in Him to provide and doing all we can to be open vessels for that providing.

6/2/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$130.43 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Silas and Patricia have each received a $2000 grant! 

LAINEY for the Coyle family — KY

Meet the Coyle Family: Nathan, BJ, Chord, Mo, Emory, Lena, and Mylee and coming soon … Campbell who is called “Lainey” on Reese’s Rainbow. We have been married for nearly 17 years and have 3 biological children and 2 foster children. We reside in Kentucky. We were introduced to the idea of international adoption through friends and that’s how we “met” our girl. We were drawn to her file due to her medical condition and BJ’s experience working with children with muscular dystrophy as a pediatric physical therapist.

Campbell has spinal muscle atrophy, which is a type of muscular dystrophy. Medication for treatment is not available in China but it is in the US. As Campbell waits on this medication she gets weaker and weaker. Every minute she waits she is loosing basic functional skills. We are working hard to bring her home quickly so she may get the treatment she needs. She has been waiting on her family for a very long time, nearly 6 years.

Please help the Coyle family! All seven members of our family plan to travel to welcome Campbell our family. We would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as we work hard to bring their daughter home as quickly as possible.

3/27/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$88.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUE for the Dye family — KY

Hi friends!
My name is Sue and I currently live in an orphanage.  Guess what? I have great news…

I AM GETTING A FAMILY TO CALL MY OWN! YAY!

My family is Jackie and Stacy Dye from Kentucky! They have three adult biological children and four more little LOVES adopted from my country. How fun is that going to be for me?!

My mommy and daddy began the exciting journey in January to bring me home and make me their daughter. They sure love me a lot and are working SUPER fast, but they need your help!

It breaks my mommy’s heart that I have been waiting on a family for 5 YEARS and she doesn’t want me to wait a day longer for then than I have to. It is her big prayer that you will walk alongside them on this journey, help them raise the funds needed to bring me home and also pray for my tiny heart, both medically and emotionally as we work hard to get me.

We were all created by a loving God to be LOVE in the world. Thank you for helping me get home to my forever family.
Sharing is caring! Show me some LOVE by donating and sharing!

XO,
Sue

6/11/2019 — TRAVEL EARLY JULY

$460.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SID for the Dabbs family — NC

Melanie and Luke Dabbs have been best friends since their senior year of high school. The two met at a church they were both attending in 2010, and have been inseparable ever since! After courting for 7 years, they were married in Raleigh, NC in April, 2017. They now live in Raleigh with their corgi-terrier mix, Kona. They both love superheroes, Disney movies, cosplaying, traveling, and board games. Melanie is a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing, and teaches at a middle school. Luke is a Real Estate photographer and just graduated from NC State University with a major in Spanish. Melanie and Luke love language, traveling, and different cultures, and are excited to get to know their adopted child’s home country and culture.

Since Melanie was a little girl, she has dreamed of growing her family through adoption. It was something she talked to Luke about before they were married, and they were both in agreement that they would adopt someday. However, with all of the country requirements, such as age and length of marriage, just out of reach, they were prepared to have to wait to start their adoption journey for several years. That’s when Melanie’s friend announced that she would be adopting from a small orphanage in a West African country. After asking some questions, Melanie realized that she and Luke also met the country requirements for adopting from this country! They looked at a picture of some of the children who also lived in that orphanage, and fell in love with a little boy named Sid.

Sid is an adorable 5-year-old boy who loves Spider-Man, cars, and turtles. Melanie and Luke have been able to talk to him twice a month, and the first time they spoke to him, he said, “I love you, Mom and Dad!”. That is a moment the two of them will never forget!
Sid was badly burned as a toddler, and currently does not have use of his hands. He needs several surgeries to loosen scar tissue and allow his body to grow properly, as well as give him back the use of his hands. He also needs a family to love him and hold him through his medical journey! Melanie and Luke are so excited to meet their little guy and bring him home!

While Melanie and Luke were in the middle of their home study to bring Sid home, the US State Department issued an update about adoptions from Sid’s country. They are now enforcing a 6-month residency for one or both parents to have guardianship of the child before being adopted. This change was completely unexpected for Luke and Melanie, but they are trusting that God will lead the way in this situation and provide for all of their needs. Melanie plans to stay in country for the 6-month guardianship period with their new son, but they need prayers, support, and financial help in order to make this adoption a reality.

3/22/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$99.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRYANT for the Koebel family — MO

Darrel and Shonette Koebel have been married for almost 31 years. Darrel, is retired from the Air Force, he served 24.5 years for his country. After retirement Darrel decided to serve his community and became a law enforcement officer. He currently works for the Sheriffs department in his county. Shonette is a stay at home mom, wife and homeschool teacher to her kids. When Darrel and Shonette were dating they talked about having two kids and adopting two. Little did they know the love and joy they would experience through adoption! They had two children, a boy and girl. Then they decided it was time to start their journey with adoption. They got licensed as foster parents and were lucky to get twin infant boys. They were 3 months old when they got them. They had a lot of growing to do. They were born at 27 weeks. Darrel and Shonette fell in love with those two boys. It was a rough journey, but so rewarding. After a year of having the twins, they were able to adopt them. Then Shonette got pregnant a few months after the adoption. Soon their family would become a family of six. However, God had another plan in mind. When the Koebels had five children, the state called and asked if they had room in their hearts for two more kids. The Koebels couldn’t say no. They took a two-year-old little girl and eight month old boy. That would give them three two year olds and two infants, as well as their older two. Five in diapers at one time, the Koebel’s hands were full and their hearts were overflowing with love. After two years with these two little ones, the Koebels adopted them. They thought they were done. Yet again, God had other plans for them. Not even a month after they adopted those two kids, Shonette found out she was pregnant again. They were shocked and wondered what God was doing. They were given shirts that said eight is enough. As they prepared for their eighth child God decided to blow their socks off. The two they had just adopted, their mother had another baby boy. The state asked them if they would take him to keep siblings together. What were they supposed to say? They stepped up and said yes. Darrel and Shonette took in this baby and got him on a good schedule before Shonette had their fourth-biological child five weeks early. The Koebel’s felt content and were happy with their family.

However, again God has His plans not theirs. The Koebels were drawn to Eastern Europe. They felt God telling them to go and adopt from overseas. They jumped and flew across an ocean to bring home another little girl. This would bring their total up to ten kids and they were blessed beyond their wildest dreams. Then, God placed that nagging feeling in their hearts again. They saw a picture and knew this little girl were supposed to be their daughter. The Koebels stepped out on faith again to bring home another little girl from Eastern Europe. Darrel and Shonette, thought they were done. Yet again, God had other plan. They saw a picture of a little boy and knew God was asking them to make him their son. The Koebels are adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe. They feel this is the missing piece to make their family complete. Darrel and Shonette have a fire in their hearts that burns strong and fierce for orphans. They love these kids with all of their hearts. Darrel and Shonette know without a shadow of doubt that God has given them this love and desire to bring orphans into their home to be their forever family. The Koebels are not crazy. They are insanely in love with children that no one wants. They know how hard and difficult adoption can be. However, they believe God will provide and walk along side them on this journey to bring home another child.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

6/24/2019 — APPT EARLY JULY

$957.94 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bryant has received a grant of $3,817.96.

TABITHA for Eric and Blythe — SC

Eric and Blythe are really excited about starting this adoption journey to bring Tabitha home! They believe that she will be the perfect little girl to join their family and all of their other kids agree! Eric and Blythe currently have five amazing children and this will be their fourth adoption. Adoption is an important part of their family’s story and they are so thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to walk through it again.

They know that their youngest little girl is waiting, an oceans lengths away, and so they are running as fast as they can to get to her! Eric and Blythe have seen, time after time, how God makes the impossible POSSIBLE! They are fully putting this adoption in His hands and believing that He will provide the energy and the funding to make it all happen. They are thankful for each and every person that joins them in helping to bring Tabitha home.

6/10/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$9,452.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Sammy for the Falls family — AL

There are times in our life when God is calling us to step out on faith and trust in Him and no one could have given us a more profound love and help us have a greater faith and trust in our Lord than our precious second born son Jake. Born with a terminal illness that left him severely handicapped and medically fragile, Jake opened our eyes to a whole new world of special needs, chronic illnesses and medical fragility that we never knew existed. Yet through all the struggles, we found the true face of God, our Rock, our Redeemer, our great Comforter. Because of his pure and selfless love, having Jake as our son has completely transformed our lives and we are forever changed by God’s blessings and His goodness. He has blessed us in this life with 3 wonderful sons and although shortly after his 3rd birthday, we were stricken by life’s greatest tragedy in losing our precious and beloved Jake, we can’t help but be thankful that we have been chosen for such a treacherous journey because through the storms, our eyes have been opened to see the beauty of God’s precious orphans that are in need a mother and father to show them the love and comforts of a family.

Because of Jake, we have a heart for God’s special children living in orphanages that have been “thrown away” and otherwise forgotten. To others they may seem damaged but we see the true beauty that God sees in them and we know the full potential they possess if only given the chance. We feel that God is tugging at our hearts to adopt our 4th son whom we believe God has already chosen for us; a precious angel who was placed in a orphanage simply because he was born with Down Syndrome. What his birth mother saw as a burden, we know if a gift from God and we want to show him how worthy and loved he truly is but we need your help to make him ours. We are fully stepping out on faith and trusting God to make a way financially for us to bring our next child home. We trust in Him and know that He will provide for our needs. We want to thank you in advance for helping us bring our precious angel home and give him a wonderful family who will give him the life he deserves.

3/19/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$242.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JULIE for the Tiller family — NH

Steve and Kim Tiller have been married since 2005, but their story began long before then. Not really running in the same circle of friends initially, both Steve and Kim have been active Kingdom workers in New Hampshire and globally since the 1990’s. They even got to spend the turn of the century serving together with others on a short-term mission trip, helping to clean up and prepare an orphanage building in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Not long after, Kim trained for and transitioned to working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Kyiv, Ukraine. While applying the love of Jesus through volunteering, she felt God’s calling to adopt a young boy with Down Syndrome named Taras (Ty). Kim and Ty traveled back to the USA in late 2004. Very impressed by God’s provision and Kim’s faithfulness, Steve was blessed to spend lots of time with Kim and Ty in the early weeks of 2005 (which resulted in them getting married in August of that year).

In July of 2006 their son, Jacob, was born with Down Syndrome. Jacob’s path of visiting doctors, being helped by feeding & swallowing specialists, and receiving Early Intervention was blazed beforehand by his older brother. Jacob is the Tiller family’s little director and has been acknowledged as well to be the king of the schools he has attended (starting in preschool)!

A few months before Jacob turned 3, the Tiller family was expanded by another son, Zachary. Though not having Down Syndrome, Zachary is compassionate, a great friend and advocate for his brothers. The Tillers have been blessed beyond measure by these three boys & the community of friends and family that surround them.

Kim has always had a desire to adopt more children, especially kids with Down Syndrome. The impact of her first-hand experience of seeing what institutional life can be like for children with special needs and the corresponding challenges in their early years has motivated her to be an adoption prayer warrior. In 2012, she stepped up her prayer efforts with the help of Reece’s Rainbow website, spending significant time lifting up the children in the various stages of adoption and those yet to be adopted. The Tiller boys would also join her by praying for specific children and would rejoice when some would come home with their new families.

The Tillers are excited to share the news that one of these precious children will be joining their family. They have agreed that it is time to welcome home a little girl with Down Syndrome. Julie’s sweet smile drew them right to her! They are looking forward to sharing in God’s upcoming blessings with her and showering her with the love of a family. Ty, Jacob and Zach will be fantastic big brothers. Zach in particular is especially ready for her to come home soon!

Your prayer & financial support has a huge impact in God’s Kingdom and is a true blessing to the Tillers!

6/12/2019 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

$6,895.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Julie has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

WYATT for the Kingsley family — WI

From four to seven all in a year. Only God can move mountains like the Kingsleys have seen. Some would call it a miracle. The completion of their family has been a marathon and a sprint all wrapped into one.

Their endurance fueled by love will carry them to the finish line, and bringing home sweet Wyatt will be their reward.

Aaron and Gretchen recently completed the Eastern European adoption of two older teenage sisters, Maliyah (16) and Mira (15) after God led their family to the girls through an orphan hosting program. Maliyah and Mira joined Natalie (11) and Nolan (9) and made their family six.

But God wasn’t finished with them yet. Just when they thought His plan was complete, God showed them a sweet boy from the other side of the world that tugged on their heartstrings.

Growing up with a brother who had special needs and is now her angel, Gretchen knew there was something special about Wyatt when she saw his sweet face. It rang deep within her, the need to bring him home.

Gretchen had been praying for months that Aaron’s heart would open to Wyatt, but she kept her desires quiet. If it was God’s will, she knew he would do the hard work. On the evening before her birthday, Aaron saw Wyatt for the first time and insisted he should be a Kingsley. God delivered on a miracle that was previously presumed to be out of reach. But isn’t that what He does! He was paving the way for this beautiful family!

Building a longer table and not a higher fence was their motto, but were they taking on too much, they wondered. Were they capable of raising one more? Was a child with Down syndrome out of their league? After much praying, it became clear they were not equipped, but that God had indeed called them, and so with their faith, they knew He would equip them!

Weeks later, the family committed to Wyatt on his fifth birthday and have been on a sprint ever since. Filling their days researching, completing paperwork, visiting GiGi’s Playhouse, and meeting with families of children with Down syndrome has been their new normal…and they are loving it!

The Kingsley family feels so blessed to have seen Wyatt and is so grateful to Reece’s Rainbow. With the recently completed adoption of their oldest daughters, they understand they will have to get creative with their fundraising. Any support through prayers, words of encouragement, or financial contributions will never be overlooked or forgotten. The family is forever grateful for your support. Please help them bring Wyatt home!

3/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$14.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Shannen for the Pearson family — NC

Mark and Nikki are high school sweethearts who have been married for 28 years and blessed with 7 biological children ranging in age from 4 to 22 years – Caleb, Ethan, Bethany, Zoe, Noah, Josiah and Micah and they are excited to be growing their family once again and welcoming Shannon – soon to be Joannah!

Several years ago God had placed adoption and specifically Down Syndrome on their hearts and they followed Reece’s Rainbow on Facebook. Then, one day in early September last year, while having her usual morning coffee and Facebook check in, Shannon’s picture showed up on Nikki’s Facebook feed and she just knew that she was to be their daughter. She showed the profile to Mark that evening who’s response was “Do whatever you need to do to bring her home!” With no idea what international adoption entailed she reached out to RR who put her in touch with the placing agency and so the journey to bring Joannah home began. They hadn’t even started a home study so were doing this whole process in reverse having fallen in love with a child first but God has worked and is continuing to work all the pieces together and they are excited to be on this journey together and with Him!

Family is everything to them and everyone is excited to bring Joannah home. Their hearts ache for this little girl, abandoned as a baby, without a family to call her own and they can’t wait to shower her with all the love and cuddles that she deserves and watch as the big plans that God has for her life unfold – How very blessed they feel to be a part of that!

Your prayers are very much appreciated, and your financial support would truly be a blessing as they jumped into this without thought to the financial cost of adoption – trusting that God would provide and knowing that they needed to bring their daughter home!

6/5/2019 — LOA RECEIVED

$67.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Shannen has received a $1,239.60 Waiting Child Grant.

YIA for the Bartlett family — WI

Steve, a special education teacher, and Stacy, a science teacher, have always known they would grow their family through adoption. Since first starting the process to adopt from foster care in 2008, they have walked an adoption path that has turned out to be long and winding, hope-filled and heart-breaking, and, ultimately, one of surrender. After a recent, failed international adoption of a dearly loved and known daughter, Steve and Stacy began questioning how – wait things out, switch countries, adopt from foster care – or even if they could or should proceed – maybe their dream hadn’t been meant-to-be, afterall.

And then a series of seemingly random events led Stacy to see the photos and videos of a precious, adorable, funny, mischievous, and joyful little girl named Yia. Stacy’s heart melted and exploded at the same time.

Stacy gathered up the courage to discuss this unexpected adoption possibility with Steve and the boys, Kye (17) and Kade (14). ALL of them agreed that nothing about it made any sense: Yia was from a country that would require them to switch agencies, countries, and start back at square one with their paperwork, Yia had a lot of medical unknowns (though they love that she is a heart warrior just like their son, Kye), Yia was younger than they had considered, and, financially, their failed adoption left them completely unprepared to pursue her adoption. And yet, they have decided to step out in faith because it is clear, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Yia is their daughter. They are believing and trusting that Yia has been the plan all along, and, so far, each step of this new journey has confirmed that.

The Bartletts are excited, scared, hopeful, cautious, optimistic, anxious, but most of all certain that Yia is their sister and child. They would be forever grateful for your support as they run to bring Yia home!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5

7/18/2019 — DOSSIER in COUNTRY

$13,642.37 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Yia has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
Yia has also received a Waiting Child Grant of $1,102.65.

MARSHALL for the Kincinas family — IL

Sheryl and John met while supporting adults with disabilities, most of whom have Down syndrome, and married five years later. Early into their relationship, they were committed to adopting a child with Down syndrome. That plan was put on hold when their second child was born with Down syndrome. He was closely followed by his little brother. Tragically, their middle son passed away suddenly after his fourth birthday.

John and Sheryl again recommitted to parenting a child with Down syndrome, and brought home a Reece’s Rainbow child with Down syndrome in February of 2018. They tried to bring home another little boy at the same time, but rule changes went into effect which prohibited this plan. A vow was made that, if everyone in their family was adjusting well from the adoption, they would go back for the other boy. And the time has come!

The Kincinas family is excited to travel back to Asia this summer to bring home Marshall. He has been in their hearts for nearly two years and they are eager to have him in their arms. Their kids are thrilled to have another sibling to run around with, and are looking forward to another adventure in Asia.They thank everyone who has advocated and prayed for Marshall and appreciate any financial help that is given.

6/14/2019 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,891.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Marshall has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

TINA for the Sellers family — NM

Matt and Christy Sellers have been married for 21 years. They have 6 children, 3 of which were adopted internationally and just happen to be rocking an extra chromosome. Their love for children and Down Syndrome has led them to pursue another sweet girl to add to their family — and she will soon be named Glory.

They love investing in the lives of children. Seeing each child grow and change has been one of their most exciting seasons of their marriage. It has grown them to be more like Christ.

Adoption finances are challenging, but so worth the work. If you would like to be a part of bringing their little girl home, please consider donating. They are trusting that God will provide the means to bring her home. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do!

7/8/2019 — DOSSIER in COUNTRY

$2,091.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Tina has received a $2,000 Grant! ***

LESLIE for the Roeske family — IN

We are the Roeske Family. Darrell and I during our time dating talked about adoption. It has always been a part of our eventual story, even if we were able to have biological children. We just didn’t know the timing or how we would make that possible financially. Years past and we continued to pray and be open. Five years ago we encountered the opportunity to host a child from China, and this began our journey into the world of opening our home for the children God would call us to. At the time we were parents of 2 girls, and during our first adoption process we found out we were expecting… so with an 9 year old, a 5 year old and a 3 month old we made our first trip to China to adopt our first son. We knew we would be back. Our hearts we tied to the calling of adoption. It was not just a calling of Darrell and I, it has become a family calling. Each of our children have a growing passion for the fatherless and especially children with Down syndrome. We are all excited to welcome our sweet girl into our family and long for her to be forever home.

6/12/2019 — AWAITING i800 APPROVAL

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Little A for the Boyer family — FL

They are stepping again … This will be Dennis & Cindy’s 4th Adoption. In 2012 their first Adoption Journey was for their little Adalyn in Russia. They traveled in December, spent a week with their precious little one, while they were with Adalyn the threat of the Ban was circulating. The Judge was trying to get them back quickly for Court. But a week after their return home the Ban became law and Adoptions were stopped in Russia. They did everything they could, gathering with the other families that also had children behind the Orphanage Gates in Russia, meeting with our Government, Praying, Believing. Adalyn is now 8 years old still in an Orphanage, we still Believe for the day she will come through the Orphanage Gates & Home.

In 2014 God brought two little ones Abraham & Sarah. They knew the two little ones were their son & daughter and on January 7, 2014 they Committed to adopt two little ones in Ukraine, just 2 & 3 years old, biological siblings. A month after starting their Adoption the War broke out in Ukraine and the two little ones were in one of the 3 Cities where the War was. Dennis & Cindy still continued, Believing, listening to God, knowing He would bring their babies home. On May 7 their paperwork was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But soon were told they could not travel due to active bombing in their children’s city. God spoke through it all & they Believed, Prayed, clung to their Faith & never gave up. On Dec. 4, 2014 just as God had spoken, Abraham & Sarah took their first steps in America, their Home. God did Miracle after Miracle in protecting, bringing them out of a War zone and brought them Home just as He spoke & Promised… They will be Home for CHRISTmas, and they were.

In February of 2016 God brought another little one to Dennis & Cindy. Little Ayden … Ayden’s adoption was another Journey of Trusting God, watching, Trusting and seeing once again His perfect timing , Miracles. On December 7, 2017 little Ayden took his first steps on American soil.

When Dennis & Cindy were in Ayden’s adoption God brought a little 10 year into their Home through Hosting , little did they know then what God’s plan was. They Hosted this precious little boy now turning 13 in March 7 times in their Home. God is still unfolding His plan for this little boy in their family.

Then in October of 2018 God brought a little girl, Little “A” just 6 years old. While following another family’s Adoption Cindy saw on their page this little one, they were looking for a family to Host her for CHRISTmas… Little A was their Sarah, she could be Sarah’s Twin. When Cindy showed her video to Abraham, Sarah & Ayden they all thought it was Sarah. Cindy wrestled for a week trying to figure this one out. How could they possibly do this, they were already Hosting their little boy, this was another Hosting Agency, would involve raising funds, flying to another city to pick her up. After a week she went to Dennis & when she showed him her picture & video he too thought it was his daughter Sarah. So they stepped in faith seeing what God would do. In a day He provided all her funds for Hosting and then He provided all her flight fees. When she landed on Dec. 19 in Texas & Cindy saw this tiny little one come through the doors, frightened, looking all around, not knowing where she was with tears in her little eyes. She scooped her up and immediately she knew and her heart broke knowing in just a month she would have to send her back. Little “A” fit into our family from the minute she stepped into their lives. She was another CHRISTmas Miracle, a Gift from God and when Cindy asked God how can we do this again, how can we send her back. God told her. I brought her to you. You have to send her back so I can bring her Home. So here they are again after raising their 8 children to Adults, 9 Grandchildren, God opened their hearts, their Home & family to Adoption … They will continue to step & follow … Will you help them bring their Precious Little “A” Home?

3/1/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$53.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TESSA for the Mills family — VA

Meet the Mills Family: David, Kerry, Luke, Braeden, Esther, and coming soon … Mia who is called “Tessa” on Reese’s Rainbow. The Mills family views life as a great adventure, and have lived all over the world with David’s Air Force career. By faith, they adopted Esther in 2016, and they are ecstatic to expand their family once again through adoption.

Mia is a medically fragile, 13-year-old girl, and the Mills are working quickly on an expedited adoption process–cramming what is normally a long process into just a few months. Mia has several diagnoses, and renal failure is the most pressing problem. She is on dialysis every other day and receives blood transfusions twice a month. In Mia’s medical file, her orphanage director submitted a letter begging for Mia to be adopted because there is nothing else medically they can do for her in her country. The Mills have a wonderful Nephrology team queued up and ready to treat Mia the day she arrives in the states.

Please help the Mills family! All five plan to travel to welcome Mia into their family. They would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as they work hard to bring their daughter home as quickly as possible.

Their adoption motto: “Our ‘NO’ will be much more difficult on her then our “YES’ will ever be on us.”

2/20/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE on 2/4

$814.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Rodgers family — OH

Life is a gift. This is something that we as a family cherish, and through such seek to return to God the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We are a quirky bunch who seek to enjoy the joys of life through a family rooted in Christian beliefs. We are bi-lingual, in that five of our nine children are deaf (we carry a recessive gene which causes Pendred Syndrome- progressive hearing loss). Our second child Ambrose passed at 25 months of age in 2006 from a pulmonary embolism after a surgical procedure.

The gift of his life is what brought Bernadette and I to seek out Foster Care for medically fragile and special needs children. We worked through a local Non-Denominal Agency called House of Samuel. We encountered an amazing group of people, especially the children. It was such a beautiful time that taught us so much, and we experienced God’s love in a whole new form. We stopped doing Foster Care once our family grew, and the needs of our biological children became apparent.

Bernadette and I met while serving as Missionaries for NET Ministries in St. Paul MN, we were on the same team for our year commitment. Both of us were committed to religious life and found fellowship in the support of each other’s calling. Towards the end of the year we both found a love for each other, however, not wanting to stand in each other’s way planned to go our separate ways. I was going to return to Canada, and my now wife to Ohio, however, it was apparent to us something was happening in the life of the other. I returned to Ohio with Bernadette and her family, and we found profound peace in the sense of Marriage and by His grace were marriage on May 31st 2004.

Christ is foremost in each of our lives, with me now working in Healthcare we remain active in ministry at our Parish through teaching: both youth and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes. We have been blessed with a beautiful marriage, and the joy of nine children: Josephina 15, Ambrose (past 2006), Augustine (deaf)11, Sebastian 9, Emilia(deaf) 7, Ignatius 6, Maximus(deaf)5, Juniper 2, Tiberius (deaf) 11mths, they are a lively bunch who continue to add great adventure in this journey.

Dima was brought to our lives by one of the Clinical Managers I work aside. She had heard of Dima and thought of us immediately because of his deafness. Other families had tried to adopt him but had backed out because the language barrier was too great of a hurdle for them. Our hearts were pierced by his story, the fact that he was deaf, our enduring thoughts and prayers led us to foster/adoption again, he is a gift from God. We prayed and know this was the road we had to walk, and time was of the essence. Orphans have until their sixteenth birthday for someone to apply for their adoption and Dima was one week shy of his sixteenth birthday. We answered the call and said yes!

The journey has been tiring at times, but the thought of him being left without a family, it is all that he has experienced in life that calms the awkward times and we press on. The children call him their brother, and he is lifted in our daily prayers, for peace, patience, and trust- we are coming. Dima already seems apart of us in many ways, we facetime and message daily. The remaining hurdles of finance will pass, and one day we will look back and smile at the lessons God taught us in this time.

We humbly ask for your support, to consider our family, and our choice of adoption, the reception of funds will ease some of the process ahead. Thank you for considering your partnership in our journey to bring Dima home.

7/19/2019 — APPT on JULY 31

$9,307.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MILA for the Perry Family — KY

James and Kasey Perry have been married for 15 years and live in Kentucky with their eight children.

In the fall of 2016, they saw and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Eastern Europe, and set out to adopt her as quickly as they could. Shortly before travel, the Perrys learned this particular little girl had become unavailable for adoption in her country. They were devastated, but knew this news did not come as a surprise to God, so they continued on in faith, believing the Lord to have another child in mind. He did, in fact, and in the summer of 2017, James and Kasey brought home their precious Daisy, who has filled their home with so much love and joy!

Never forgetting the first little girl that spoke to their hearts, the Perrys faithfully prayed they’d learn something of her availability. Nearly a year and a half later, the day had finally come! “Mila” was available again! Although they are sad she has remained an orphan during this time, they are grateful to be able to travel to Easterm Europe once again, for this beautiful girl they just can’t leave behind.

Your support means the world to James and Kasey as they begin again to adopt sweet “Mila.”

7/19/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$10,849.48 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GRIFFIN for the McCormick Family — NC

The McCormick adoption story began when Susan was very young. She saw movies like “Annie” and “Oliver!” and asked her parents if orphans were a reality. Ever since then, she wanted to give orphans a family who loves and cares for them.

Several years after she married Greg and had their first child, she spoke about adoption with him. He was open to it, but the family was still very young and not financially stable. Fast forward 19 years and 7 more pregnancies and Susan feels a strong calling to pursue adoption. Greg still doesn’t feel it’s the right time, but her grandfather sent some money unexpectedly and it was just enough to host an orphan for the summer. The family decided to host a 9 year old boy from Ukraine in the summer of 2017. The child was well accepted by the Mac kids and everyone was treating each other like siblings quickly. Greg saw that the family could handle bringing in a child and that adoption could actually work. In October 2017, the application to adopt a child in Poland was sent. Once the dossier was complete, Poland stopped accepting international couples. So the Mac Clan changed to a waiting older child in another Eastern European country. The dossier was submitted on November 13, 2018 and the official referral and invitation to travel was received on February 7, 2019.

6/12/2019 — FINAL TRIP in JUNE

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Griffin has received a $2,000 EE# Grant! ***

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BODEY for the Mendez family — VA

Edgar and Rachael Mendez met and fell in love at work when they both worked for the same Pest Control Company. Rachael was an insect specialist and Edgar was the Branch Service Manager. Their shared love of insects is what bonded them and allowed them to spend a lot of time together on problem accounts. Two years later, in July of 2009, the priest that married them told their friends and family he had never before had anyone fall in love because of bugs! Theirs is a happy marriage filled with similar values and a desire to build a family despite their cultural differences.

It was not until three years later, that Rachael found out she was pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Rachael went into early labor and delivered a 2- pound baby boy. Although he was tiny and fragile and stayed in the hospital for 105 days, there was a fighting spirit in him, and he soon became the center of the universe for the Mendez Family. Two weeks after his birth, this tiny boy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. So, Edgar and Rachael immediately started reading and preparing for how to bring home a special needs micro-preemie. Now six years old, Nicholas loves Mickey Mouse, horseback riding, swimming and basketball, and with a lot of extra tutoring is very advanced with reading. And what a personality!

But Edgar and Rachael knew in their hearts that their family was not complete. After two miscarriages, one of which almost took Rachael’s life, and giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, the Mendez’s decided to turn to adoption. One night, Rachael stumbled across Reese’s Rainbows and discovered the plight that special needs orphans face abroad. Picturing their own son in this predicament, they suddenly felt called to do something. After clicking on the list of waiting boys, Rachael discovered Bodey and instantly felt the connection. His little baby photo, showed him sitting with his little hand fanned out beside him the same way their own son used to sit as an infant. Abandoned at 3 months old and sitting quietly in an orphanage with no one interested, Bodey needed a family to call his own. Yes, he needed to come home! After requesting his file, the Mendez family found more and more similarities between their two boys, especially with their shared love of basketball. Additionally, a friend of the family is from the same area and has toured the orphanage Bodey is living inside. It is the dream that these two little boys will grow up together in such a loving household, so now the Mendez’s are trying to prepare financially to take the leap and bring their son home. The cost of adoption will stretch them very much, but they could not leave Bodey behind. Please keep Bodey and the Mendez Family in your thoughts and prayers. Any contributions to bring Bodey home faster would be greatly appreciated.

7/9/2019 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

The Mendez family family has a matching grant of $5000 from RODS Racing! When their FSP total reaches $5,209 they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$3,060.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ERIN for the Heckert family — OH

The Heckerts: Ryan, Sara, Layna, Luke, Ava… and… coming Summer 2019 – “Erin”, who will soon be named Anna!

Ryan and Sara are humbled and grateful to be growing their family through adoption once again! With Ryan’s career work in the disability field and Sara’s family members with disabilities, plus her professional experience, they feel God has perfectly placed them together. This is their second adoption and this time they’re going international!

Anna is actually 11 days older than Ava! “TWINS!” Reports from her caregiving agency describe her as extroverted and affectionate. She loves to be hugged. She can interact with other children. Sometimes she tickles other children and plays with them. She also makes funny faces to make the adults laugh.  Anna has Down syndrome and other minor special needs.

The Heckerts could talk all day about the love they receive from their amazing network of friends and family, including many who already have traveled the adoption road. This adoption wouldn’t be possible without their never-ending encouragement and support.

5/13/2019 — LOA RECEIVED

$7,010.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Abraham for the Riley Family — MO

Jody and Kara Riley have been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful children living in their home and 1 handsome boy living halfway across the world! Adoption has always been on Kara’s heart and she made it known to Jody when they were dating. After having 2 beautiful daughters, they began to pursue adoption. They brought home their first son in December of 2017 and hope to bring home their second son this year.

They have watched the Lord work out so many details with both adoptions and have seen Him provide for them over and over again. Kara has said since their first adoption that an adoption process is a front row seat to watching miracles occur. They are thankful the Lord chose them to play a part in the lives of two special little boys.

Thanks for all the love and support as they bring their second son home!

5/13/2019 — TRAVELING in JUNE

$6,565.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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POSEY and SCOUT for the Azevedo family — NC

Dennis and Tia Azevedo have been happily married for nearly 3 years now and have a your’s, mine and ours family – three beautiful children. Tia was one of those orphans they called “the crib babies of Romania”. By the grace of God, she was adopted by an American family and given a beautiful chance to live. Many were not!

Adoption has been a part of Tia’s life for several years as her family adopted internationally several times, so special needs and adoption is not a new thing for her. When Tia was very young, she thought everyone was adopted. As Tia grew, she realized how unique and special it was to be chosen and she wore it like a badge of honor

When Dennis and Tia married, they spoke of having a one or two biological children and then adopting. After the very terrible and almost life-threatening birth of their daughter Isabel who was born between 34/35 weeks gestation, they decided not to risk another pregnancy and they kept adoption on their radar. A few months after Isabel’s birth Tia had a hysterectomy because of some health issues pertaining to her pregnancy and delivery.

Tia started to look on Reece’s Rainbow daily, praying and then she fell across a sweet girl and shared her with Dennis and they immediately knew that she belonged in their family!

They are excited to start this journey of adopting their own sweet “orphan” who is soon to be called “daughter”.

Keep thy heart in all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

6/24/2019 – DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$6,653.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Scout has received a $2,055.66 Waiting Child Grant.
Posey has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

TRISTAN +1 for the Challis family — MD

The Challis Family is Tabitha, Henry and 9 year-old Z. Tabz works at the public library, Henry manages an office for a small family business, and Z is a future pro-parkour-gamer-comedian. They are working to bring home a 15 year-old boy who they have hosted and another child (to be identified) so they can wrap them up in their close-knit, quirky home to enjoy a life of board games, movie nights, comic-cons, crafts, trampoline tricks and their faith community.

Tabitha and Henry had been coming back to “Tristan’s” profile for over a year. They were considering adoption or hosting, and weren’t sure which to start with… until an advocate for Reece’s Rainbow kids noticed that “Tristan” was being hosted and (as a 15 year-old boy,) was still waiting to be chosen – with time almost up. To Tabitha and Henry it was just the sign they needed. It was time to move and stop watching this boy get older on his webpages! Left behind, aging out, this shy sweet teen would soon know just how wanted he was.

The Challis Family hosted him over the summer for ten wonderful weeks. He fit right in like a missing puzzle piece. He played with nine year-old Z, melted into Tabitha’s hugs, and learned about being a husband and father from Henry. His older siblings had aged out. His younger sister had been adopted without him to the U.S. three years before. He had not heard from her family since they had left his orphanage. He had been left behind and alone for so many years. He came to hosting very shy, and sad. Although the Challises often wished they had more children, they realized it was God’s plan for him to be with a small family that summer – they could pour extra love and time into him. He thrived! He loved the quiet family and the time they could spend all together. The Challises realized quickly that their family was no longer complete without this special boy! They were even able to find the family who had adopted his sister three years before and get him back in contact with her! Though he had only known her for a few months in the orphanage they thought it was important for him to know where she was and that she was safe and sound – and even get to visit her!

As soon as he went back to the orphanage, the Challises got to work on preparing for their home study. They are fundraising, Henry has put his Special Education degree on hold to work extra, and even little Z has been making crafts to sell to bring his brother home! They remain in frequent contact and can’t wait for “Tristan,” who has been calling them Mama and Papa for six months now – to be an official Challis.

The family has two empty bedrooms left as well as flexible job schedules, supportive resources and an excited 9 year old son to help, so with prayer and support they have decided to bring home another child from the same region. This child will probably be under 8 and will also have special needs – they welcome messages with suggestions from their RR family! They are so grateful to the RR community for advocating for the boy they will bring home. Don’t give up! Your advocacy will bring this teenage boy home!

6/17/2019 — USCIS APPROVED; COMPILING DOSSIER

$617.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tristan has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.