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The families listed on this page have made it to “the end of the rainbow”. They have endured many long months of paper-chasing and fundraising in anticipation of bringing their new child home quickly.

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Your sponsorship is most critical now, as their final agency, country, and travel fees are coming due. Your help will make such a huge difference!


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KAMDYN and CANDACE for the Rosencrants family — GA

Kamdyn April 2013Candace2Scott and Lydia met in 1996 and married two years later. They moved to their current home when Lydia took a job as a college professor and Scott began taking classes to complete his college degree. They had planned on waiting to have children until Scott was done with school, but God had other plans. They felt called to adopt in 2001 and brought home their first two children, two boys, from Kazakhstan that same year. They were both 2 at the time. Scott and Lydia were deeply touched by all the children they left behind, so they returned to Kazakhstan the following year and adopted two brothers, who were 4 and 3. With four little boys under 5 to care for, Scott quit school and became a full time dad. In 2004, they adopted three sisters from Russia, who were 8, 7, and 7. After that, Lydia and Scott felt that they needed to focus on the needs of their children. They never forgot those left behind though. In 2011, they had a biological child, who is very spoiled by his older brothers and sisters. In 2013, they brought home a sweet five year old girl from a notorious orphanage in Bulgaria and she is doing very well! They are excited to add another precious girl to their family.

9/26/14—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 18

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog eightisnotenough2012.blogspot.com

$15.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALDA and MIKEL for the Bowling family — NM

40115160442 Alda40730100708Richard and Lisa have been married for 26 years and have 11 children. Their twin boys, Jacob and Josiah, now reside in Heaven. They have had the awesome privilege of raising 3 girls and 6 boys. Lisa is a stay at home mom and home schools the youngest 6, who still live at home. About 22 years ago, Richard took a mission trip to Eastern Europe and fell in love with the children of that area. Since then they have always had the desire to adopt and give a child in need a home to call their own. Upon learning about the orphan crisis in Eastern Europe, Richard and Lisa felt there was no better time than the present to move forward. It was time to step out in faith and trust God’s leading to start the process in bringing home a new daughter and son from Eastern Europe.  Their siblings are excited for the new additions to the family, and they cannot wait to welcome them into their home and hearts. They invite you to join them in this exciting adventure, whether by prayer, encouragement, or contributions as their journey begins. They thank you in advance for all your support!!!

9/26/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog thebowlingfamilyadopts.blogspot.com

$4,220.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALYSSA and HILARY for the Voigts family —

AlyssaMei3HilaryMissy is an experienced single adoptive mom. She has 3 now-grown children adopted from Russia and a 10 year old from Ukraine (one of our original 5 Reece’s Rainbow kids!). With only one child left at home now, she has decided that it was much too quiet and has decided to bring home TWO little girls from China!   Because the older girl “ages out” in early November, she has VERY little time to fundraise so your donations are especially needed! Thank you very, very much!!!

9/20/14—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 1

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mylittlestarfishes.blogspot.com

$381.96 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VALERA for the Schultz family — WI

Valera photo fwbutton150.pngWhile at the RR Family Reunion this year I met a little boy who had the ability to draw in a crowd! He was adorable and sweet and had a continual smile on his face! I couldn’t wait to meet the parents of this little firecracker!

I continued to watch him and finally figured out who he “belonged” to. I was shocked to find out he was an orphan being hosted by a RR family for the summer and would be sent back to the orphanage the end of August. He looked about 7 or 8 years old but was actually 12. I had a hard time imagining what his life was like back there. My husband and I were already in process to bring home a little RR sweetie from another country so I never imagined it would even be possible to be his Mama too; I was wrong!

We had to make some phone calls, change homestudy agencies and have a LOT of Faith that fundraising would go well! But WE DO BELIEVE that he is our SON and he will be home soon with the help of our family and friends in real life and in the cyber world! No donation is too small and will mean the world to our SON!

9/25/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$22,664.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SAMUEL for the May family — PA

Samuel MayJoe and Audra May knew that a seed had been planted in their hearts and that adoption was in their future when they left a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in February of 2002. Expecting their first of what was to be 3 biological daughters at that time, they didn’t know when that might be. However, they committed to praying and seeking the Lord. 10 years later their bio daughters now 9,6 and 3, God had indeed called them forward to adopt, as they had already started the process in July of 2011. They were seeking to adopt a special needs little girl through China’s waiting child program. At the end of February 2012, they had found their daughter, Emmalin. She was living at Maria’s Big House of Hope, the same home co-founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman in honor of their daughter Maria. God had brought the connection to Steven and the seed for adoption had blossomed in their hearts and came full circle.

After traveling to China and visiting not only the orphanage Emmalin spent time in but also Maria’s Big House of Hope, as well as experiencing the miracle of adoption, their hearts had been forever changed. Joe and Audra began to pray and seek the Lord’s plans for their lives and whether God was calling them to adopt again. They had also learned and were very heartbroken for the thousands of little boys, more than little girls waiting for their forever family in China. February 2014, Audra stumbled upon the picture of a little boy on a waiting child page and she was immediately smitten. She was also surprised to realize that he was the same age and had the same medical condition, a form of Spina Bifida, as their daughter Emmalin. After sharing the little boy’s picture with Joe, who wasn’t ready to leap yet, they committed to praying. After a few weeks of prayer God revealed to them that the little boy was indeed their son and they were blessed to be able to pursue adopting him. This adoption, as was Emmalin’s is a complete leap of faith. Having no adoption funds to begin, God continues to pour out his blessings and open the doors as they pursue Samuel. Joe and Audra know that God can easily call the able to adopt but he often calls the willing and that’s what they are, willing to do the Lord’s work and to go where he calls them.

The May family is very excited and eager to bring Samuel home. They are eager to have their first little boy in the family and their daughter Emmalin is especially excited. Joe and Audra have been very open with Emmalin concerning her adoption. Through many conversations she already understands and likes to share with others wherever they go, that Samuel is from China and will be adopted just like her!

The May family would covet your prayers for their family and Samuel as they journey to bring him home. They are also blessed and so very thankful for any financial blessing they receive, no amount is too small.

9/16/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mayblessingsflow.com

$3,038.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OSCAR for the Stallmer family — NY

OscarJeff and Caroline Stallmer married in 2003, and have been blessed with 3 biological children Madeline 10, Thomas 8 and Oliver 2. Oliver was diagnosed with Down syndrome 10 days after his birth. It came as a complete surprise to the family. Not knowing anything about Down syndrome they were devastated. Thanks to modern technology they were able to sit by his little crib in the NICU and start researching. They came across countless inspirational videos of all the amazing things that children and adults with Down syndrome can do and how much love they give to their families and friends.  Oliver has changed their lives completely.  They are apart of a community of amazing people.  Not long after they brought him home from the hospital they came across Reece’s Rainbow and knew that someday they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.  Today is that day.  W hen they saw the picture of Oscar they just knew it was meant to be.  They have been praying everyday and receiving some almost unbelievable little signs from God daily that this is what they are supposed to do.  Please help them adopt Oscar from China!

9/24/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 

$3,927.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIXIE and GENEVA for the Musk family — MI

photogirlJeff and Sabrina believe that children are a blessing and over the last 25 years they have been very blessed. They enjoy having a large family. They have grown children and little children and children in between. Last year, they experienced a whole new blessing through their first adoption. Alayna was adopted from Bulgaria and came home in 2013. Ally has settled in and has grown so much. She is such a joy and everyone loves her.

This year the Lord has called them to another little girl in another country in Eastern Europe. This time it’s an older child whose time is running out. The Musk family is so looking forward to bringing her home. It’s not easy, but those who walk with Christ aren’t called to easy paths. It’s going to be a fast and busy time and they would definitely be blessed by prayers and encouragement.

9/18/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog  iwillgobeforeyou.blogspot.com

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

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LISA for the Bison family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngUpdated Photo 2 - LisaJohn and Heidi were married in 2001 and became proud parents of their daughter, Ariauna later in 2001 followed by their son, Jaeden in 2003. Heidi has a degree in psychology and has worked with the developmentally disabled population and John is a veteran with a degree in criminal justice. John currently works full time while allowing Heidi to stay home and homeschool their children. As a Christian couple, they attend and serve at a local church where Heidi just returned from a 15 day mission trip to Indonesia.

Heidi has always had a passion for the disabled, which prompted her search for a career in that field. The hands on work with these people only strengthened the love she felt. Growing their family through the miracle of adoption was something close to Heidi’s heart so when she felt the Lord was directing her to pursue that calling, she shared it with John. Through time and prayer, John felt the same nudge from God and as a couple, they knew they must be obedient to the Lord’s calling. John has a special love for folks, both young and old, who have a diagnosis of Downs Syndrome so it was without question that they would pursue a special needs adoption!

John and Heidi’s children could not be more excited to have a younger sister and are already advocating for her to be treated just like them. Their compassion and love will help their little sister to develop into all that God designed her for. She has no idea the impact she has already had on the Bison family and the Bison family has no idea the joy that this sweet little bundle will bring to their family.

The Bison family asks for your prayers as they venture through this journey. If you feel led to help financially, no amount is too small!

9/17/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog bringgraciehome.wordpress.com

$10,088.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LILY for the Thomas family — TX

Lily photo fwbutton150.pngRob and Donna had the wonderful blessing of meeting “Anastasia” in Russia in September of 2012.  Having four days to be her Mama and Papa was a joy beyond words.  After the adoption ban, it has taken quite a while for them to discern what their next steps should be.  Although they would go back to get Anastasia tomorrow if possible, God has given them a peaceful release and a new direction – with the promise that He will continue to guide them.

So it is with great joy for the future that they are going to be headed to Asia to adopt 5 year old “Lily!”  What a blessing she will be to her new family!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8

9/24/14—DOSSIER LOGGED IN

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hemmedinbyHim.blogspot.com

$11,318.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASHER for the Mack family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAsher Photo 2 May-2013Justin and Lindsay have been married for almost 4 years. They have always had a special place in their hearts for individuals with special needs but never knew the true reason why until now! They finally heard God’s calling loud and clear and took a step in faith & began the process of adopting this sweet little boy.

The Macks currently do not have any children of their own but they are excited to start their family with such a precious gift. They look forward to filling their house and hearts with an angel like Asher.

The Macks will be able to provide Asher with a loving and caring home where he will be loved by many! The family greatly appreciates prayer warriors through the process and any financial assistance they may receive.

9/25/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org

$2,739.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EDEN for the McLean family — MA

Eden_Jan 2014 (14)Kerri and Dan have some very exciting news to share!!! This adorable munchkin will soon be part of their family! Kerri and Dan have many reasons to be thankful for the internet. They met on Match.com four and a half years ago, and knew right away that they had found “the one.” They have been married for two and a half years now, and thanks again to the internet, they have fallen in love with a baby on the other side of the world. They knew right away that she was “the one.”

Dan has a 6 year old son and a 9 year old daughter, who is also lucky enough to have Down Syndrome. While Dan’s children live far away, they get to visit with them as often as possible. They are excited that their new munchkin will have such a wonderful big brother and sister, to help her become the newest member of the McLean clan. Kerri and Dan live on a small family farm, which is home to 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, 2 goats, and a handful of chickens. They also both have large extended families who all live nearby. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming this much anticipated member of the family, as soon as they can get her home! Thank you for all your support!

9/17/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  soundscrazyoutloud.blogspot.com

$3,405.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KEEGAN for the Vantrease family — KY

Keegan (1)Mike and Anita have been married for 28 years. Anita was adopted at 11 months old. Her dad was also adopted but at the age of 3. He actually was one of the last orphans to ride the orphan train. Anita and Mike had a heavy heart to adopt as it’s always been a part of Anita’s life. They have 4 children all adopted from China and began the journey back in Dec. 2000 when they brought home their first daughter Emmi from Nanchang at the age of 12 months with the nsn program. She is now 14 yo. In 2003, they found their second daughter Maggie on the first sn listing. Her need was cl/cp. She is filled with energy and bounces through the house twirling and doing cartwheels. Not even thinking about a son, they felt the call again to adopt. But this time, God had a different plan for them, it was a son. They found Jacob at the age of 3 also on a sn list. He had a club radial hand. Anita advocated for him and didn’t even realize he was to be their son. Then God layed it on her heart and she knew!!! Trusting in Him, they started the journey to bring him home. Again, what a joy he has been to their family. In 2009, their heart became heavy for the older child. With prayer and trusting in God, in 2010 they found their daughter, Faith, age 12 yo. She was listed with Sequalae from a brain injury, cp. Since coming home, Faith has adjusted very well and is learning with leaps and bounds. It is with great joy that she is coming to know Jesus and attends a Friday night Chinese worship group and then of course on Sunday too. Now as the Vantrease family starts the journey again to their second son, the entire family is giddy to get him home. As with the previous 4 children, Keegan will be loved and adored. He will grow and learn about the love of Jesus in a home where He is present everyday.

9/24/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptmilesoftheheartoneless.blogspot.com

$2,684.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEPE for the Nelms family — VA

Since she was a little girl, Tiffany wanted a large family. At 30, Tiffany decided to adopt as a single mother. With a degree in social work and a love for international travel, she traveled most of Latin America over the last 10 years. International adoption from a region of the world she loved so much seemed a great way to start a family.

A friend shared several waiting children in Latin American and Tiffany immediately fell in love with Pepe. Having traveled to Pepe’s country in the past as a tourist (and loving it), it was an even better fit. Tiffany’s work with immigrant children in the US keeps her well connected to the Latin culture, a part of her life she wants to share with Pepe.

Pepe has some delays, but is a “people person” and makes friends easily. He is an active boy and his momma cant wait to get him home and keep him busy making friends and seeing the world.

 

9/18/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$3,920.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ARAN for the Bishop family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngAran (2)Aaron and Leslie have been hoping, dreaming, and praying for their child for the last three years. Initially, they started the traditional route of domestic adoption and opened themselves up to many special needs. Leslie is a special education teacher and Aaron’s uncle was adopted and has Down Syndrome. He has also worked with adults with varying special needs. They discussed their lives with children of varying needs and what they would be comfortable with; they soon found themselves open to almost everything in their grids. Eventually they were matched with a baby boy who was going to have Down Syndrome and they were overjoyed at the prospect. They made their travel arrangements and left home dreaming of bringing home their son. Unfortunately, the birth parents were not able to let him go and decided to parent. It took time and prayer to accept and to understand God’s plan and why that happened to them. The best part of that situation was the knowledge that they had an abundance of love to share and they were more determined than ever to find their child.

Aaron and Leslie started to look at Reece’s Rainbow and all of the children that needed homes. It was overwhelming the number of children that were in orphanages and they felt a calling that this was the way to go. It saddened them that these children were thought of as less than perfect in their countries and seemed entirely unfair at such young ages to go through so much. They started to research the different countries and requirements for each. Finally, at the end of February they saw him “Aran” and knew that he was destined to be theirs. Quickly, they began the process and were soon matched officially with him. It was a wonderful day when they received their Pre-Approval and knew that he would be their son.

Aaron and Leslie are completing their home study and dossier requirements in hopes of traveling in the fall of 2014. They continue to hope, pray, and dream of bringing their son home and sharing their lives with him through God’s grace.

9/4/14—AWAITING LOA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://aransjourneyhome.blogspot.com/

$370.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHUCK for the Pitcher family — MT

ChuckNate and Julie have been married for nearly 17 years now.  They love their chaos filled life; chasing their five biological children from sports, to spelling bees to piano. It’s a simple life, but it’s what they would choose over and over again. Life is about faith and family. It’s about talent shows, Disney sing-offs, homemade pizza, family home evening, wrestling and yes, basketball.

Adoption was not part of their immediate plan when two years ago they stumbled across the profile of a child meant to be theirs on Reeces Rainbow.  They spent a week in country meeting and falling in love with her, and then the birth country formed a law that banned this adoption. Their hearts, and those of  their biological children, were broken. She would never come home. Starting another journey has been a difficult decision.

The knowledge that there was another child for their family nagged at them.  After a few months, Julie and Nate began to study the profiles of children waiting for their forever families. This little face became familiar. And tender. And then, it became theirs

This journey has taken such different direction that what they would have imagined. But they acknowledge their Heavenly Father’s hand in it, and are so excited to add to their family by bringing this little man home. He has NO idea how life will change with 2 brothers, 3 sisters and a mom and dad.

Bring on the ‘firsts’….

8/27/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pitcherperfect.blogspot.com

$13,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TEMPERANCE for the Willock family — MD

Temperance (2)Brad and Becky first met in 7th grade, their lockers were nearly side by side. Throughout middle and high school they became good friends and eventually on graduation day they started to date. They dated long distance through college and then married just after their college graduation in June in 1999.

In the past several years God has blessed the Willock family with 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls. Their second son has a rare genetic disorder that limits his mobility but not his personality. In 2006 they were blessed with the opportunity to adopt their daughter who shares the same disorder as their son. Then in 2012 God once again blessed them with the addition of their youngest son through adoption.

This time the Willock’s are looking to adopt internationally and they girls (who are outnumbered 5 to 3) have requested they bring home a little girl and they are prepared to head halfway around the world to bring her home.

The Willock’s are trusting in God to open doors for this adoption as He did in the past and can’t wait to share the amazing miracles He works in this process.

9/9/2014—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at willockadoption.blogspot.com

$392.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA for the Whicker family — MT

LydiaThe Whicker family is excited to be bringing Miss “Lydia” into their family!  Since adopting their daughter Thalia (who also has Down syndrome) from China just over a year ago, they have experienced joy they never could have imagined!  Although they thought their family was complete, Lydia quickly changed their minds about that!  The Whickers know that God placed her in their path for a reason and look forward to the day that they can finally be together.  Once home, Lydia will enjoy a house full of fun siblings, laughter, pancake breakfasts, blanket forts in the basement, backyard water fights, family talent shows, movie nights, cookie making sessions, snowman building contests, picnics in the park, and Saturday morning snuggles.  She will be showered with love and affection by her big, crazy family!  You’re invited to follow along with the Whickers via their blog as they work to get Lydia home where she belongs.

8/19/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at harmonyandhavoc.blogspot.com

$407.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HALLIE for the Preciado family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngHalliePreciadoRyan and Carmen knew since their first date they would choose adoption to begin their family. Ryan was adopted from birth, and always knew he wanted to provide a loving home to a child in need the same way his parents did to him, and Carmen has always had a heart for children with special needs. She remembers volunteering her recesses in elementary school to work with the precious students in her school’s special education classroom, and kept her love for helping others through her life, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. (Fun fact: first date was June 28th 2012, engagement was August 4th, 2012, and their wedding was on January 19th, 2013!–even “funner!” fact: the daughter they are adopting’s birthday is Jan. 18 (2004) (that time of year is going to get way more expensive for Ryan!).

Their adoption process began sooner than they imagined thanks to a dream Carmen had been having since before her and Ryan were married (or even knew each other!). Carmen had the same recurring dreams for several years where she arrived home to the Nashville airport with her newly adopted daughter. The beautiful girl had gorgeous darker skin and dark wavy hair on her sweet head, she also had significant special needs, and was met with tears of joy and prayers by Carmen’s family at the airport. Fast-forward a few years after having this same dream over and over again, and while looking at the sweet children on an adoption advocacy site, THERE SHE WAS! THE SWEET GIRL CARMEN HAD BEEN DREAMING ABOUT! Thankfully, she already had a family coming for her, but Ryan and Carmen took her to be their sweet little angel who was telling them now was the time to begin their adoption journey. And so they did. One day while praying for the children and families of Reece’s Rainbow, Carmen scrolled down a page to have her husband grab her hand and exclaim, “Why hasn’t anyone adopted her yet?!” he repeated this several time until Carmen smiled and said, “I don’t know, maybe because we’re supposed to?” And that was it-the beginning of the journey to bring “Hallie”/Lu (soon to be Lucy if she wants a new name!) home. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan are not actually that big of “I love Lucy” fans, they just thought giving her the name “Lucy” would be a great way to keep her Chinese name incorporated into a name given to her by her forever mommy and daddy)

See, Carmen is the weepy emotional sort and Ryan is the confident strong one–it makes for a great balance in this crazy little journey of life and adoption. Carmen is also the fiercely outspoken passionate one and Ryan is the gentle humble one–making yet another perfect balance in the crazy little thing called love. Carmen traveled to Afghanistan a year and half after 9/11/2011 to teach in newly gender-integrated classrooms, she has also been to Burma to set up day medical clinics in secret house churches, rocked babies in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and lived briefly in Uganda. After having seen so much pain and suffering, she decided she was either part of the problem or part of the solution–impassioning her even more. Once when talking to a friend about how she could possibly maintain a quiet and gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4) when she’s seen so much injustice and suffering she was handed this ditty: “if you see suffering and injustice, you better shout it from the rooftops”-and that’s what she’s been doing ever sense, shouting it from the rooftops. (“fun” fact: while teaching in Afghanistan, Carmen had the taliban sit on on several of her classes; luckily she doesn’t scare easily, unless it involves spiders-then her life is over :) )

Ryan is the operations manager for the Home Depot and is always looking for ways to bless the immediate community around him, from donating crates upon crates of watermelon to the homeless mission to doing workshops with individuals with special needs. He is generous and humble-hearted: whenever Carmen approaches him with a way to “save the world (for somebody)” he listens and plans with her on how to do just that. (fun fact: Carmen sometimes convinces Ryan and a few of his coworkers to come and do a mini-workshop with her preschoolers, and one time they made bug catchers and told Ryan they wanted to catch black widows and poisonous snakes in it–Carmen did the important thing and taught them later that snakes are actually referred to as “venomous” and explained the difference–there is always a learning opportunity!).

Since Ryan and Carmen had only been married a year when they began the process to become a forever mommy and daddy to a sweet child on RR, they had to write a letter requesting a waiver (China requires you be married for 2 years). Remember how Carmen has a knack for writing with tons of emotion and being weepy and incredibly impassioned, well she wrote such a letter and pled her (and her husband’s) case, and…it was approved! Then a few weeks later the PA came, and now their are giddy new parents-to-be of a sweet 10 year old. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan’s first dance was supposed to be to “Fools Rush In”–because, well, that’s what happened, remember the first “fun fact”?, but someone started the playlist before they got to the reception, so they didn’t)

They feel truly blessed, and look forward to walking through this journey with such a beautiful community (Carmen wants to make sure you know that is you!)

Change the world, for somebody.

9/15/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beforeievenknewyou.blogspot.com

$4,239.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JONAH for the Steele family — ID

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Rob and Morgan are high school sweethearts and have been married for 11 years. They have 6 amazing daughters – some biological and some adopted. Rob is an officer in the US Navy and Morgan stays home with their crazy bunch.

They didn’t set out to adopt again, but once they saw the cutest-little-boy-in- all-of-China’s photo listed on Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love. They decided to take that leap into a 12-passenger-van-type-of-family (Something they said they’d never do!) and add a little boy to the mix.

These two parents are beyond thrilled to be adding a prince to their home filled with princesses. Six little girls are eagerly awaiting a brother. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins can’t wait to love on this special boy . His extra chromosome just gives everyone more to love.

 

9/2/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steeleadoption.blogspot.com

$1,387.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIZABETH for the Fristoe family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.pngElizabeth (1)Dewey and Suzanne met in Lexington, MO in 1995 while taking care of a terminally ill patient and his family. With much encouragement, by the family, Dewey asked Suzanne out. After 3 short months they married and have now been together over 17 years. When they married Dewey had 3 children, living with him, and Suzanne had none. She had been told, by Doctors, that she never would have any. Dewey knew Suzanne had a desire to go to China and adopt and that she had been saving money for that reason. But, God is kind and gracious and two months later, Suzanne found herself pregnant. They now have 7 living children (ages 29-3), one in heaven, and 5 grandchildren and twin grand daughters due in June 2013. They still have 5 children living in their home, but know there is room for more. Daniel and Abby are both home schooled and in the 10th and 9th grades. Aaron currently attends early childhood education at the local school, to receive speech therapy, to correct a speech deficit, caused by frequent ear infections and hearing loss. Hannah (who has down syndrome) started attending early childhood education this year, where she gets speech, physical and occupational therapies.

Clara joined our family in May of 2012, through the Special Needs Adoption Program from China. Clara, like Hannah, has down syndrome. She also came to them with many other medical needs. Since her arrival in the US she has had her cleft lip and palate repaired, tear ducts enlarged, tubes in her ears, which returned hearing to her right ear, had her tonsils removed and major dental work done. In January of 2013 she had open heart surgery to repair her ASD, VSD and PDA. For the most part her surgery was a success. After surgery it was discovered that her PDA had partially burst open, due to high pulmonary pressures, and at her post-op visit it was noted that her pressures were decreasing, and her PDA was closed in March of 2014. She recently had her 1 month post of visit and they said her pulmonary pressures were remaining lower and they were very happy with the results. Clara and Aaron are finishing up their kindergarten year.

They had seen Elizabeth’s picture about a year ago and had been praying about her. While they were deciding what to do, another family submitted their LOI. Two other families did the same and released her. Through a miracle her file was found and they knew she was their daughter. They submitted their LOI and have received their PA. They are working to quickly get through all the paperwork so they are able to adopt her before she ages out in December of this year.

9/27/14—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 9


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeourchinesebutterfly.blogspot.com

 

$7,085.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PHINEAS and LOVE for the Lee family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngPhineasLeeKelly and Kevin (K.C.) have been married for 10yrs and have 3 children Kendall (8), Kopelan (6) and their newest blessing whom they just finalized on this past month Karis (1). They have been blessed by adoption 2x now and know the love and joy it brings to a family. They were foster parents for over 9 years in the past and worked/volunteered in various fields with children who needed a little extra love. To say their life has not been surrounded by children would be an understatement. Recently moving from the East coast to the West coast to be closer to Kelly’s family, they have just bought their dream house in the country. They now have the house, and the land and have even added some goats and chickens to the mix. After years of advocating, praying and donating to families bringing children home to their families Kelly and K.C. are stepping out in faith as they not only plan on bringing one, but two sweet song birds into their family! They are so excited and the older children are overjoyed at the prospect of a new brother and sister. Especially Kendall, she is enjoying the fact that she may become a little sister!

Committing to “Phineas” is very special to us. Kelly being his Guardian Angel has prayed and advocated for months for him. She has raised funds and talked to families late into the night that were so close to committing, but never did. Now we know why. He was our son. God was preparing their hearts. It was not until they committed to host two children through a hosting program P143.org and the hosting did not work out that they really felt the tug. Why wait? Why should we wait until summer hosting? Why should we make the kids wait? We prayed and struggled with what to do. It was K.C. that said, ” Why don’t we just adopt then”. So here they go…. Please Pray as they step out in Faith in this brand new journey of International Adoption!!

8/16/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at floridaleefamily.blogspot.com

$2,473.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CONNER for the VanAuken family — NY

ConnerPaul and Kim have been married for 18 years in August and tried getting pregnant right away. Paul had two children from a previous marriage so they decided to have only one child. They tried for two years to get pregnant, had 3 miscarriages but finally had Laura in October of 1998. Their family was perfect. They had 2 girls and a boy, they had custody of Paul’s 2 children. Life was filled with college for Aaron, dance classes, softball, church youth groups, jr high school, preschool and birthday parties. Then our world fell apart, in October of 2002. Aaron was killed in a car accident. The next three and a half years were like a bad dream that they couldn’t wake up from. They were all living in the same house but their family was broken. They went through life day to day hour to hour. Kim tried to keep normalcy for Caprice and Laura. They continued with the sports, dance, youth group, and school activities. Paul barely existed. He went to work, was put on anti-depressant medication and when the medication didn’t work he turned to alcohol to numb the pain. Caprice decided to go live with her mom which made the hole in our hearts even worse. Nothing seemed to be bringing their family back together at this point not even counseling.

Until the night Paul was driving and wrapped his car around a tree he had been drinking it was the anniversary of Aarons death. The police officer that had arrived on the scene first at our son’s accident arrived first at Paul’s. He said his biggest fear arriving on the scene with Paul hanging out the window was that he would again have to come to our house and tell us of the death of yet another member of our family. This was Paul’s turning point. Paul survived the accident with only bumps and bruises. Their lives changed after that night. They started going to a Christian counselor, their friends invited us to go to Cross Creek church and they started going and even started volunteering there. Life slowly got back to the “new normal”.

Friends from their new church were foster parents so they decided to honor Aaron’s life by helping other children. They started taking foster care classes and became foster parents. They have helped 9 children over the last 6 years ages 2 months to 15 years old. They have watched them come into their home scared and broken and leave happy, secure, healthy and most of them with Jesus in their heart. They see the children and keep in touch through visits, calls and cards and are so happy that they were able to help them along the way. This is one of the reasons that they would like to adopt because they would like to help a child permanently.

Another reason is, their families have adopted. Kim’s dad and mom adopted 3 children from Korea, her brother adopted a boy from Russia and her sister a boy from New Jersey. Paul’s sister adopted 2 children from Korea also. Their families and the love they have for these children have been a tremendous inspiration.

Finally one of our biggest inspirations besides their son are a couple in our church who adopted a little girl with down syndrome last year. We never thought about adopting a “special needs” child until they introduced us to a picture of “Conner” on Reeces Rainbow. We fell in love at first site. “Conner” has Hodgkin’s disease and went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy and is now in remission, he is also close to aging out. We are his last hope.

So although they were not expecting especially financially to adopt from Eastern Europe God has led them to “Conner” and they can’t wait to give him a forever home that he deserves. They also cannot wait to show Conner the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as they have shown all the children who have come into their lives. They have been shown that his is the GREATEST LOVE of ALL!!!

9/28/14—TRAVELING OCTOBER 31

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog  vanaukenfamilyadoption.blogspot.com

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CHARLEY for Aaron and Jenny

Charley2“Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.”-Isaiah 55:5

Aaron and Jenny live in beautiful north Georgia and have been married for almost nine years. God has richly blessed them with three precious children. Their oldest son is six, their second born son is four, and their newly adopted baby girl is two. In January 2011 Jenny read the book, “Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman. Her eyes were opened to the plight of orphans worldwide and she knew in her heart that their next child would be adopted. Through much prayer and research Aaron and Jenny’s hearts became tender to, “defend the weak and the fatherless.” After only nine months, they welcomed their gorgeous daughter into their family through the miracle of adoption.

2013 was the hardest year of Aaron and Jenny and their children’s lives. They are grieved to be caught in the middle of the Russian adoption ban. They were in the process of bringing precious Vitaliy home when they were blind sided by the new legislation. Sweet Vitaliy is now five years old and has Down syndrome as well as several heart conditions. Vitaliy calls them, “Mama” and “Papa” and is waiting on them to come bring him home. A day after Putin signed the ban, they were given the opportunity to adopt their daughter’s biological brother. Their birth mother changed her mind the week he was due in March and they were unable to adopt him. And they committed to a little boy in Uganda with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus in June-but due to no fault of their own, his adoption fell through in late 2013. They were just one step away from bringing all three boys home.

Through their grief, they have clung to Jesus and hope in His promises for their little boys spread throughout the world. They pray that even if those precious boys never come to their home, that the Lord would adopt them as His beloved sons. And they trust that eternity is long enough to spend with their three lost boys. While Aaron and Jenny continue to wait on Russia, they have been led to bring home little Charley, soon to be Boaz, from China. He is nearing a year old and has Down syndrome and is the most adorable boy in the whole country. They are already so proud of him! The whole family is overjoyed at God’s unfailing love and new mercies He has poured out on them through the gift of sweet Bo. They cannot wait until he is united with his mama and baba and brothers and sister. They would be so incredibly grateful for your support in bringing him home.

“…In You the orphan finds mercy.” –Hosea 14:3

 

8/29/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at whatisunseeniseternal.blogspot.com

 

$21,941.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JANIE for the Long family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngJanie Photo 2 - April 2014The story of redemption is powerful. One that speaks to the heart of all men and begs the question, “why me?” Yet in the life and very death of Jesus Christ – we see the act of redemption, reaching out to the poor and desperate, seeking those who needed to be found, healing those who were sick, sinful, and hopelessly lost. Ultimately Christ gave the ultimate gift, His very life, to redeem all people from sin and He continues to give the gift of eternal life to all who believe.

The theme of redemption echoes in our very souls, moving us forward to show the love of God to others – just as Jesus did for us. In Hebrews we are commanded, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16.

It is with this in mind, that Matt and Katie have begun a new journey that God has laid before them. It will be a long road, with possible disappointment and frustration, but overflowing with blessing beyond measure and the fulfillment that comes when obedient to God’s leading. Adoption.

A little girl has been calling to their hearts, “come, take me home.” She is an orphan. She has been waiting her entire life for her very own family. She has Down syndrome and cataracts and needs a family who will love her, support her, and help her reach her full potential.

God has uniquely equipped them to understand the needs of children with Down syndrome, by giving them a son with Down syndrome. They are surrounded by an amazing network of family, friends, church members, doctors and educators who share the same passion for helping those in need. They have been uniquely prepared to welcome another child into their home, because they have 5 children of their own and have experienced a myriad of trials and tribulations .

Matt and Katie are anxious to meet their new daughter and covet your prayers, words of encouragement and partnership with them on this new journey.

9/8/14—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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CARRIE ANN + KITT for the Davis family — LA

 photo fwbutton150.png40402200842 Carrie Ann40427101745 Kitt (1)As the years passed and many miles between them both had married other people and lost touch.  In 1989 Denise’s husband Tim had passed away and a few years later while shopping once again they both crossed paths and fell back in love. With Gary being a single parent they raised 6 children who are now grown.  During the years the Davis Family mission in Ukraine and brought medical supplies to orphanages.

During 22 years of marriage the Davis Family  raised 4 children from Denise’s first marriage, two children from Gary’ first marriage and have 15 grandchildren they love.  Through years of infertility treatments, IVF, several miscarriages, the loss of twins Gary and Denise decided to adopt.  After studying adoption for 10 long years they decided on Ukraine. After visiting the many orphanages they knew in their hearts their children were waiting for them.

In May of 2001 they took a Leap of Faith and went independently to Ukraine.  They compiled all their own paperwork and visited the National Adoption Center in Kiev.

They traveled to Odessa where they met their precious Makayla. At that time Makayla could barely walk nor could she talk. Makayla is now 16 years old dances and does not shut up.   Makayla’s diagnoses are Beckweider Syndrome and NF1.

The Davis’s decided to return to Ukraine to adopt a child they met during a visit to an orphanage in Uzhgorod and they returned on May 2002 where they adopted their son Patrick.  Patrick weighted less than 8 pounds at age 2 years and Patrick now age 14 years weighing almost 100 pounds.  His diagnoses are Aspergers, Mild CP, Epilepsy and seizure disorders.  Both children are beautiful and loving children which the Davis’ thank the Lord daily for his blessings.

As time passed they met Andrea the founder of Reeces Rainbow and viewed her site over and over.  A few years later as much heart searching they decided to adopt a child Reeces Rainbow had listed. With their hearts for children with special needs they knew this was the organization to find their next child. As both their hearts lead them to travel to Bulgaria to adopt the most beautiful little girl curly headed, silly girl there was.  And they decided to named her Chrissie after a dear friend’ daughter Chrissie that passed.  And on May 2012 they brought home Chrissie from Bulgaria and their lives have never been the same.

With their hearts still in love with the many children in Bulgaria they returned to adopt Jake and Gennie in 2013. Both Gennie and Jake have cystic fibrosis and very malnourished.  Shortly after their arrival home their precious baby girl Gennie has passed from CF complications and her small heart had failed.  During this pass year their hearts have ached for their little daughter Gennie.  As her bed sits filled with dolls and teddy bears they knew it was now time to adopt another little girl.

With three precious little Angels in Heaven they have led us back to go back to Eastern Europe and decided to chose another little girl off of Reeces Rainbow name Carrie Ann. Little Carrie Ann has Spina Bifida like the Davis’ daughter little Chrissie.  With their being over 147 million orphans in our world our Lord has guided our family to this little girl to bring home.  Please follow the Davis’s Adoption Blog and follow their journey in bringing home this precious little girl Carrie Ann.

8/27/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomealittleangel.blogspot.com

$1,507.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STEVEN for the Davis family — UT

7626_13Taylor and Katie met at Brigham Young University on the very first day of college as freshmen. After a couple of really fun years dating and Taylor serving a mission for the LDS church, they were married in August of 2005. They have four incredible children ages 8, 6, 4, and 2, and are excited to make it five. Katie is a stay-at-home mom and loves it. Taylor works as a Statistician at KLAS Research. As a family the Davises are happiest when they are spending time together. For the past few years Taylor and Katie have felt that adoption would be part of their family’s story and they are thankful for the experiences they are having as they work to make Steven part of their family. They have already learned a lot from their adoption journey and they love this little boy and look forward to their future with him.

6/9/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; MATCH APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tkdavis.blogspot.com

$2,667.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHERIE for Cody and Jessica — SC

 photo fwbutton150.pngIn spring of 2013 we saw some dear friends fall in love with a little girl in Eastern Europe and jump through a ton of obstacles to get to her. We were able to follow their journey and learn about the in’s and outs of international adoption. On October 15th, 2013 we sat in our back yard at our fire pit and had a life changing conversation. God had lit an internal fire in both of our hearts for orphaned children who were being treated appallingly. We started to pray about what we were supposed to do with that calling. In the mean time we started praying for one little girl at a time on from the RR website. We loved seeing her shared on Facebook, her FSP being bumped little by little, and the very best was when that little face was moved to MFFM. After praying for five little girls we arrived on girl number six- her grant never seemed to move, she was hardly ever shared on Facebook. We just couldn’t understand why?! All we saw were these piercing brown eyes and the innocence of a child. God has created her so uniquely and beautifully. Why wasn’t someone stepping up for her? And then one day that “someone” turned out to be us… As a woman, our hearts tend to melt first. When sharing feelings with the husband he listened cautiously. After three months of praying and asking God for clarity around this child and if we are supposed to peruse her, He has been SO gracious in making it abundantly clear to both of us that this little girl, this precious child is meant to be ours, she is supposed to be our daughter. So we are ready to leap, ready to step out in faith in knowing that God will lead us through this journey to our her. She will join our two biological sons who have been asking for a sister since they were old enough to talk!

Please pray for our family and follow our blog!

9/24/14—APPOINTMENT IS OCTOBER 20

FULLY FUNDED!!!!! 

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CHANCE and CALLIE for the VanHalle family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngChance Photo 7 Jun-2013Callie Photo 2 April 2014 - April 2014 cropIt’s only been 9 months since Angie and Jason brought their first daughter, Claudia, home after finding her on Reece’s Rainbow, but once again, they feel God calling them to abandon their plans, and to bring their son Chance home. Neither thought that they would be pursuing adoption again so soon after the first, but after seeking God’s will, and with the counsel of their close friends and family, they are ready to once again step out in faith.

 

Update, May 2014:  Angie and Jason have felt God calling them towards older children since shortly after starting the adoption of Chance, and they made the decision to add Callie to their ongoing adoption after praying and seeking the council of friends and family.

Callie is going to be their oldest child (by almost 6 years!) and Angie and Jason are actually just barely old enough to be able to adopt her. They have high hopes that she will be a great big sister to Claudia and Chance, and look forward to seeing her thrive in a loving family. The VanHalles would greatly appreciate your prayers, and can’t wait to see God in action this time around.

 

8/8/14—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at followingourcallingdaily.blogspot.com

$3,055.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEAH and ROXIE for the Foerch family — IA

 photo fwbutton150.pngLeah 1RoxieChad and Erin Foerch met at Cedarville University and became college sweethearts. They have been married 13 years and have four biological children: three boys ages 11, 6, 1, and 1 girl, age 8. Erin graduated with Elementary Education and planned to return to school for a degree in special education. She has always had a heart for kids with special needs. Erin currently home schools their children and plans to continue home schooling after the adoption. Chad and Erin planned to have another biological child, but God began stirring individually in both of their hearts towards adoption. They found their daughter on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with her through her pictures and her profile. She will fit in perfectly in their family dynamic. Their children are all very excited to bring their new sister home, especially her big sister, Eden. They are currently open to adopting two children and are praying that the LORD will make His will clear. They greatly appreciate the financial support along with the ministry of prayer and encouragement that comes from Reece’s Rainbow.

9/4/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog www.excuseourmess.com

$101.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LENNY for the Nap family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.pngLenny (3)The Nap family found Lenny in June of 2013 on Reece’s Rainbow.  While compelled to be his prayer warriors, the Lord had not yet moved them to pursue his adoption.  Through a series of events and confirmations from the Lord in the beginning of 2014, they sent in their application to adopt Lenny themselves the beginning of March 2014.  He will be joining 4 brothers and 2 sisters that are so excited to be getting a new brother!!!  Please help them bring Lenny ho me.  He is greatly loved.

7/17/2014—LID
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.napclan.com

$1,222.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALEJANDRO for the Greene family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.pnggreene-alejandroAlthough his country’s guidelines won’t allow us to show you little “Alejandro’s” face, we CAN tell you that he is an adorable, energetic and and quickly growing 5-year old who deserves and desperately NEEDS a family of his own! This precious boy is Deaf and has been diagnosed with Autism and global development delays. He was a mere 2.2 pounds when born and has endured several surgeries as a toddler and has shown what a fighter he is! To see him doing somersaults now, you’d never guess the tough start to life he has overcome !

The Greene family has been married 7 years and has always considered adoption to grow their family. They were busy pursuing domestic adoption through the state of Missouri when they stumbled upon Alejandro. They were quickly smitten and soon realized they had been led to their son. Last summer they began the long process to adopt him and now they are finally THIS close to traveling to get their precious son and bring him home! (As soon as September 2014)!

Charles was adopted as a child and knows firsthand the blessings that come from finding your forever family and realizing how loved you are. Denise has spent over 20 years working within the Deaf community and with individuals with special needs. She is anxious to introduce Alejandro to basic Sign Language to help him communicate for the first time. Both are very prepared to offer this amazing boy a home full of the love, support and 1:1 care he needs to thrive and to start to understand his confusing and silent world!

This is their first child and first adoption and they are anxious to secure the remaining funding to allow them to complete the process!! Every single dollar donated is appreciated and needed! The Greene’s have exhausted all possibilities for further loans and grants, and have held numerous fundraisers. They now are praying for their story to reach those in a position to give and help them cross the finish line!

Their goal to be fully funded is $18,000.

9/4/14—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at greeneadoption.blogspot.com

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CALLIE for the Maples family — FL

Callie 2011photoJonathan and Sarah met on Mother’s Day 1999 and were married less than a year later. Almost from the start they knew that adoption was going to be the method they would use to grow their family. In 2005 they brought home Samuel from India and through an odd set of occurrences Ivy from China at the end of the same year. While on these trips they saw the huge need of the orphans looking for a forever family, and felt especially connected to children with special needs. So in 2006 they adopted Ian from China who was born with sever bilateral cleft lip and palate. In 2008 they felt the call to adopt again and brought home Iris, who has a hand deformity, from Guatemala. Most recently in 2009 Jonathan and Sarah adopted Grace, who has Down Syndrome, from Serbia.

Now Jonathan and Sarah are feeling the call again to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. They immediately fell in love with Callie from China and have started down the path to bring her home. In addition to being an amazing addition to their family she would be a wonderful companion to grow together with Grace.

9/29/14—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gatheringangels.blogspot.com

$12,154.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EDMUND for the Hinz family — FL

EdmundBrian and Erin have been happily married since August of 2008. After a wonderful honeymoon cruise with family friends, they decided that they wanted to start trying for a family. However, God had other plans. After two years of battling infertility and a year of infertility treatments, the Hinzes gave up on having children naturally and began to research adoption.

After weeks of adoption research, Erin came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and immediately became sold on the idea of adopting a child with Down syndrome. However, she kept this a secret for several weeks while she figured out the best way to approach Brian with the idea. Then, one day, she found a picture of a little boy she knew was meant to be hers. She approached Brian and, after months of research a prayer, they commit to adopting Sterling.

Sterling has Down syndrome and was adopted from Ukraine in October 2011. Now 7, Sterling has been home for over two years and is thriving in a loving home. He has been the greatest blessing the Hinzes could ever imagine. He has helped them to become better people and has given them a love that they never knew existed. You can read all about Sterling’s adoption here: bringingsterlinghome.blogspot.com

Now, the Hinzes are pleased to announce that they are adding another little man to the family! They cannot wait to get him home and they hope you will join them on this mission.

9/23/14—REFERRAL RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog:  twolittleketchupcrocodiles.blogspot.com

$3,169.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family For LETTIE and HARBIN

 photo fwbutton150.png40720105029 Lettie30419222151Once upon a time, there was this hilariously not-so-little family, who kept thinking they were missing somebody. The sisters in the family kept voting for a little girl, to help even out the numbers, and the boys thought a baby sister would be awesome. So the mommy and the daddy prayed, and talked, and waited for God’s direction. Then one day, it came! And WOW- it’s time to go! There’s a little girlie waiting, fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator, just waiting to be snuggled and kissed and loved to pieces by her well-prepared and experienced soon-to-be family.

They’re ready to travel soon, so if you have a few dimes or nickels or a random unused inheritance (haha!) that you’d like to toss in to help them get her home quickly, it would be greatly appreciated! While they’re keeping it all rather hush hush right now, you better believe that once that referral is accepted and they can share that she’s theirs, you’ll be bombarded with pictures!

Thank you all for your prayers, and support!!!!

8/22/14—WAITING TO TRAVEL

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ARMANDO for the Short family — OK

 photo fwbutton150.pngArmando (4)Margo is a Christian woman and family medicine doctor who desired to be a mother. God provided that opportunity in 2009 with her first adoption from Ethiopia. She now has three daughters adopted from Ethiopia, ages 9, 5, and 3. Her 3 year old has Down syndrome. By the grace of God and love of her family and ffriends, this little girl went from only being able to roll over, to being able to sit up, crawl, then walk, sign, and speak a few words, all within 1 year.

Margo and her daughters are excited to add a precious boy to their family!

8/6/14—HOPING FOR COURT IN OCTOBER

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LANIE’s family — MD

 photo fwbutton150.pngTwo years ago, this family began the process to adopt from Russia and they spent four beautiful days visiting with two precious children in Russia in December 2012. Before they were assigned a court date to finalize the adoptions, however, Russia passed a law banning American citizens from adopting Russian children. The little ones they want so much to bring home remain in orphanages despite the blood, sweat, tears and prayers of many people on both sides of the Atlantic. This family remains ready return for the children they met in Russia just as soon as they are allowed, but as time has passed they have determined that there is still room in their family for one more child – specifically, for one more little girl who has waited a long, long time for someone to make her their daughter.

9/4/14—WAITING FOR COURT

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at foxberryfarmalmanac.blogspot.com

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ALIA for the Snow family — WI

Alia (1)Michael and Julie Snow were married in 1999. They became foster parents in 2000. They spent the next eight years actively fostering children of all ages with a variety of needs. Their eyes were quickly opened to the many children in need; so they set aside any pursuits to conceive biologically. They became aware of the unplanned pregnancy of a foster child’s birth parent, which led to their first adoption of a domestic infant in 2001. While most of their foster children did not remain in their home permanently, they also adopted four children through foster care from 2005-2008. In 2006, they felt God stir their hears in a new direction and began the process to adopt internationally from Ethiopia. Having eight children in the home closed the door on their foster care ministry; the diversity of their adoptions and family gave them a worldview vision of the need. Julie’s involvement in and connection to the adoption circle provided an opportunity to reach out to other adoptive families. Serving in that role brought three more Ethiopian born children into their family, whose first adoptive families had decided to dissolve their adoptions. The Snows completed two more domestic processes to finalize these adoptions making their own family now a family of thirteen!

The Snows have parented over sixty children in their home. Michael and Julie have found that helping to heal children who have suffered trauma is what they do best. They have dedicated their lives to this purpose. They don’t believe they are special, but that God has called them and equipped them through education and experience.

Michael and Julie previously explored adopting from China, but it wasn’t until a friend traveled to China in late October, 2013, and met this little angel, that they felt compelled to respond. the Snow children are very excited to welcome a new sister! The Snows also hope to adopt a second child. Well aware of the work and sacrifice involved, they know they will be the most blessed by this. They have total trust in God’s provision, but would like to invite others to share in the blessing by having an opportunity to give.

9/4/14—WAITING FOR LOA 

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JIMMY for the Duvall family — IN

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Jon and Carly Duvall have been married for 9 years, and have three wonderful children ages 7, 6, and 5. They met at the small Christian school they both attended and got married after 4 years of dating. They live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they were both born and raised.

The Duvall’s talked about their desire to adopt early on in their marriage, but ended up having three children very close together and were caught up in the busyness of raising a young family. As their children have grown, God has been bringing the call to adopt to the forefront. They did not set out to adopt a child with special needs, but God had a different plan. When they found Asher (Jimmy), they knew he was their son and it began to make perfect sense. Carly had lost a younger sister who had Down syndrome and died from a hole in her heart. God was completing His perfect plan!

Jon, Carly, and family are so excited to bring Asher home and give him the love and family he deserves. They are trusting in God’s provision in the financial aspect of this process and would be so grateful for any support as well as prayers.

9/4/14—LOA RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN NOVEMBER

Follow the Duvall family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeasher.blogspot.com

$350.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KOEN for the Gomes family — HI

40110192034 KoenJoanna and Paki have been married for almost 5 years and have been blessed with 3 children. From the time they met said they’d like to have a “larger” family and had talked about adoption. In late 2012, Joanna and Paki felt God’s call for them to look into adoption. Paki reached out to a friend that had recently adopted through Reece’s Rainbow and she informed them about the website. After much contemplation, they saw a little girl who truly stirred their hearts, but were frustrated when they realized they could not begin the adoption process until Paki came home from a military deployment. Shortly after Paki returned, baby #3 was born and life became a bit more hectic. With their youngest turning 5 months old, Joanna felt God again, gently stirring the desire to adopt. Joanna and Paki returned to Reece’s Rainbow website and were devastated to learn the they little girl they had hoped to find again had passed away.

Paki continued to look through the little faces and came across sweet Koen. Surprisingly, he looks a lot like their oldest son and they absolutely fell in love with this him. They are so excited for God’s calling to bring this little boy into their hearts and family! Please pray for this family as they move forward in this exciting journey.

7/4/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog gomesohana.blogspot.com

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LEANDRA for the Averett family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngLeandra (1)Dean and Tori have been happily married for 25 years and have 6 beautiful biological children, 4 boys and 2 girls. They recently adopted 1 amazing little boy with Down Syndrome that they found here on Reece’s Rainbow (Percy on RR) and are now adding to lifes adventure by adopting Leandra. They always knew they wanted a large family. Dean and Tori talked about adopting several times throughout their marriage because they love children and love sharing their lives with them. They are active and have many passions and hobbies and do everything together. Their youngest son with Down Syndrome has lightened their lives and brings more happiness and laughter to the family everyday. After finding and donating to Leandras Angel Tree Grant they knew that she too belonged in their family.

Please consider helping Leandra and the Averetts unite as a family and contribute with a tax-deductible donation. They are very grateful for everyones help, prayers, support and blessings as they embark on there next adoption journey.

 

9/4/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://onemoremonkeyadoption.blogspot.com/

$3,134.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BENJAMIN and JUNE for the Williams family — PA

 photo fwbutton150.pngbenjamin2JuneClive and Frances are devout Christians who always wanted children. Married 25 years they have 3 children. It took 16 long years of infertility before the Lord blessed them with children & then 3 came along in 4 years! Benjamin 9 through IVF, Abigail 10, adopted from China when Ben was just 3 months old, & then a total surprise, Daniel, born with Down Syndrome & other health issues. Taking a few years to recover…….Clive & Frances realized they still had room in their hearts & homes, for 1 more…….but quickly the Lord showed that in fact they could take 2.

Clive had gone on a medical mission to Africa, another place blighted with parent less children, & came back wondering what else he could do. A quote that had always stuck in his mind – “I cant change the world………but I can change someones world, somewhere”. Driven by this & other factors Clive & Frances feel they have a responsibility to adopt children into their family, & use the resources God has given them – just the way God has modeled this in their lives with their adoptions into the family of God. They have identified 2 children, and have pre-approval & I800A, & have therefore started the process of “changing their lives forever”, by bringing them into their “forever families”. The financial burden of adopting one, let alone two special needs is pretty immense – would you please consider help in bringing these children home to their “forever families”?

9/25/14—ARTICLE 5 RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  felixofmedia.blogspot.com

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HUGH for the Brangers family — SC

HughPhil and Jenn have been married for 4 years. They met at Morehead State University in Kentucky in 2004. After Jenn completed graduate school they married and moved to Summerville, SC. They found their church home at Journey Church, a church plant pastored by Phil’s good friend and high school youth minister.

They have had a heart for adoption since they married. Adoption has helped build them a beautiful extended family including 3 adopted nephews, 3 biological nephews and 1 niece who live in Kentucky. After a year of trying to conceive, knowing they always planned to adopt, they began searching for the child God had planned for them. They began their search through Reece’s Rainbow, as this organization was integral in the adoption of their amazing nephew Artem, from Ukraine. After several months of prayer and information gathering with different agencies, one 3 year boy from China was consistently placed in front of them. They knew that little guy, Micah (Hugh), was meant to be their son!

As Jenn is a physical therapist, the Lord stirred in their hearts, and led them to a son who has some physical special needs. They desire to teach him that he is wonderfully made by a God who loves him, and that his differences do not have to be limitations. They are eager to bring Micah home and give him the love and attention he truly needs and deserves.

Though Phil and Jenn can provide Micah the love and stability he needs after he arrives, they are trusting in God’s provision to overcome the financial barriers involved with his adoption. They welcome you to partner with them in prayer throughout this journey, and especially for their son, who is still waiting in an orphanage in Southeast China. They will be forever grateful to those who feel lead to help financially with their adoption and share in their blessing.

9/21/14—ARTICLE 5 RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pbj-family.blogspot.com

Matching grant met!! 

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KELLIN for the Kehoe family — MN

KehoeKathleen has had a desire to adopt ever since she was a teenager. Before marrying, Kathleen and Eric discussed the family they envisioned and agreed that an adopted child would be part of that family. Kathleen and Eric have now been married for 11 years and have 3 biological children (ages 9, 6, and 2). About a year and a half ago, Kathleen discovered Reece’s Rainbow and learned that children with special needs are routinely abandoned in some countries and have little hope for a productive and happy future, surrounded by the love of a family. It was with that discovery that Kathleen and Eric decided their adopted child would have special needs. Recently Kathleen came across the picture and description of a little boy (Kellin) who touched her heart. She shared this little boy’s information with Eric, who agreed that this was the child they had been waiting to add to their family.

Kathleen and Eric believe that they have a wonderful, comfortable life and have room in their hearts and lives for another child. They believe with all of their hearts that Kellin is the child that is meant to complete their family. They look forward eagerly to the joys and challenges of adding another child to their family!

While Kathleen and Eric are able to pay for about half of this adoption themselves, they will need to fundraise the rest. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your prayers and support!

8/5/14—DOSSIER IN COUNTNRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog racing2kellin.blogspot.com

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EMMA and SHAILEY for the Dubbs family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngEmmaShaileyBrad and Lori were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 28 years. They have adopted 9 daughters from China – the first three through the traditional program and the other six through the waiting child program.

Brad works from an in-home office doing risk management for a company, and Lori is a stay-at-home mom.

Brad and Lori did not set out to adopt again, however, this one special little girl kept coming to their attention. First, they saw her on a waiting child list and advocated for her. Later, they decided to sign up for a hosting program, although they did not realize at the time that the child needing hosting was the same child they had advocated for previously. Unfortunately, the hosting program was closed and they were unable to host her. Once she was listed with her current agency for adoption, they saw all of her photos and realized that this was the same child that Lori had been advocating for months earlier and the same one they would have hosted. It was then that they realized that she was their daughter! Brad and Lori applied and were matched with “Emma”, and they began compiling their dossier.

They became aware of another adorable little girl named “Shailey” who had the same special need as “Emma” (deafness). They quickly applied for her and have received pre-approval for her as well!

Brad and Lori are so excited to be blessed with two more daughters! All of the Dubbs children are very happy and eagerly await their arrival as well!

 

9/22/14—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog followinghisleadtochina.blogspot.com

$2,563.28 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DRAKE for the Theisen family — ID

DrakeAbout 18 months ago God started whispering to Meg’s heart about considering adoption when their Student Ministries Pastor and his wife were at the beginning of their own adoption. At the time Meg’s body was a mess of unchecked Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and chronic back & neck pain; not the best scenario to introduce a little one into.

Meg started praying about it and, during yet another experience in hearing God’s desire for them to adopt through a speaker at a Homeschooling Conference, Meg asked Rich to start praying about it too. The subject of adoption kept coming up through any avenue God saw fit to use; movies, books, bible studies, and of course, scripture. It was undeniable and unavoidable; Jesus had a plan for their family. Rich and Meg have taught their 5 sons that it doesn’t matter how much you study the bible; you have to live it. In short, the boys were on board long before their parents were.

God has moved mountains in our world to accommodate obedience. He’s addressed nearly all of Meg’s physical issues, including the latest surgery on her back that should resolve most of her daily pain! The fitting response to getting a second chance at a normal life is to extend that blessing to a little one who’s chance at basic survival is disturbingly low. (They read that Internationally, 80% of special needs children who age-out and are then institutionalized, die within the 1st year.) Then finally, God softened and spoke to Rich’s heart on the subject; although in his defense he is already pretty dang tender!

So where do we start? There’s so much need. I looked at so many websites and read so many biographies of waiting children and what captured their hearts was a 3 year old little boy with Down’s syndrome named Drake and he lives in Lithuania. He was the only one out of all those kids that had stated in his bio, “He’s 3 years old and nobody visits him.” Meg’s (and Rich’s) heart broke. The Holy Spirit whispered, “Yes.” and that’s all it took. Meg was blessed and burdened with a glimpse of how Jesus feels about these forgotten little ones… there’s no turning away from that.

Now, they are within months of meeting their son; Homestudy in motion, Dossier package on it’s way to them to start the mad dash towards completion. They are watching God’s plan unfold for their family in awe of His thoroughness and provision. Not only provision in their fund-raising efforts through the generosity of others but also God’s provision in the form of redemption. To make a long story short; Meg’s heritage on her mother’s side is full Lithuanian, the side where the generational sin of abuse occurred. But God, by His grace, is doing a new thing! He is bringing something good and honorable and loving from what was damaged and broken and ugly by redeeming this long tainted Lithuanian blood. What an unforeseen blessing! God is so good.

They pray that Jesus is whispering in Drake’s ear… “Your parents are coming soon and they love you so much…”

9/23/14—TRAVELING NOV 25

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hecapturedourhearts.blogspot.com

$1,358.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEO for the Aschoff family — MN

AschoffTed and Jodi met in 2001 and married in 2005. After many years of infertility they chose to pursue adoption as a way to grow their family. Initially they encountered some bumps in the road including a domestic reclaim (of a boy with DS) but in their hearts they knew that adoption was the right choice and in 2011 they completed the adoption of their daughter (with DS), Kayella, from Latin America. They knew that Kayella should have a sibling and decided to pursue international adoption again specifically hoping to add another child with Down Syndrome to their family. Once they were ready to begin the process, their search of options for another adoption led them to Leo’s profile and they fell instantly in love with him and knew he would be the perfect addition to their family.

9/3/14—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN OCTOBER


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tedandjodicolombia.blogspot.com

$4,050.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAYNE for the Garrett-Gardner family — NC

LayneJohn and Joanne met through mutual friends in 2001. They were both musicians and enjoyed playing guitar and collaborating with other musicians. They began writing songs together, and quickly became close friends. They soon fell in love and in 2005 were married. They always knew that they wanted a family, and it had been a dream of theirs to grow their family through adoption. In 2008, that dream came true when they were blessed with a wonderful son, Zachary, who is from Vietnam.

The visit to Zachary’s orphanage in Vietnam had a profound impact on John and Joanne. It was very difficult for them to see so many special needs children being overlooked for adoption. At that moment they knew they would be adopting again. They just weren’t sure when!

In December 2012 John and Joanne decided it was time! They signed with an agency and started the adoption “paper chase”. They intended to complete their dossier and wait for a referral for a daughter with special needs. However, one day Joanne began looking at photos of waiting children, and immediately was drawn to a beautiful baby girl name Layne who has hydrocephalus. From the moment they saw her, John and Joanne knew that Layne was meant to be their daughter…and they can’t wait to be her parents! Zachary is so excited to be a big brother and asks every day when they will be able to travel to bring Layne home.

Thank you for your help in bringing Layne home.

11/7/13—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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TIMOTHY for the Embry family — KS

EmbryDerek and Michelle are high school sweethearts who can’t wait to bring home a big brother for their two sweet girls, ages three and one. Their story began in 2006 and is still very much being written. Michelle remembers adoption being laid on her heart while she was still in the hospital after delivering their second baby (only one short year ago!). It may have been the anesthesia, or just God’s divine intervention that opened their hearts to adoption that day, but from then on they have been working tirelessly to make adoption a reality for their family. Michelle knew it was meant to be when she nervously told her husband she’d felt called to adopt a child with Down Syndrome and he replied “Let’s do it!”. They believe their love for all children (regardless of chromosomes) and Michelle’s experience as a nurse will help prepare them for welcoming an older child with Down Syndrome into their family. They are working day and night to bring home a son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow from a country in Asia. He has been waiting 5 long years for a family. It is unfathomable to the couple that he has waited this long, but know that God does nothing on accident and believe he has been waiting for them the entire time. Every day spent waiting is a day he goes without knowing the love of a family, and they are grateful for any donation, big or small, that will help them bring him home.

6/5/2014—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog weareembry.blogspot.com

 

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JACKSON for the Simmons family — TX

JacksonJody and Julie have been married almost twenty years and have three children: Hannah-17, Joshua-15, and Caleb-7. Over the years, they have seen God’s faithful hand of redemption in their marriage and family, and believe that he is now writing the next chapter of this beautiful story: ADOPTION.

After feeling God’s call to adopt in 2012, Jody and Julie began researching agencies and searching photo-listings for the child that they felt would be a good fit for their family. However, God had greater plans than theirs. Over time, God began opening their hearts to the possibility of adopting an older child, one with special needs. When they saw Jackson’s photo on Reece’s Rainbow on April 26, 2013, he took hold of their hearts and hasn’t let go! They know that Jackson will need lots of patient instruction and unconditional love to overcome the delays he has experienced from spending six years in a crib, but they also know that God has called them to be his family and do whatever it takes to capture his heart and meet his needs. They are trusting God to provide both the financial provision to bring him home and the wisdom to parent him. Jackson’s older brothers and sister are preparing for his arrival by raising money, and even learning Mandarin and sign language to help him learn to communicate. The Simmons family won’t be complete until Jackson is finally home!

9/23/14—TRAVELING NOV 23


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at simmonsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com

$409.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHAWNA for the Cassel family — VA

ShawnaDean and Andi Cassel have been married for eight years, and have three wonderful children, ages 7, 5, and 3. They met while both were serving in the Marine Corps, and married a few years later. Now out of the military, they have settled in Virginia, and truly live dependent on the grace of Christ.

The Cassels have felt the call of adoption on their hearts for several years, but over the years, the call has matured with new light and life. It took seven years for them to act on God’s prompting, but it was through those years that they realized God was preparing them for a specific adoption. He had grown their hearts and turned them toward the child with special needs; and more specifically, to a child with Down syndrome. This seemed out of the blue, and perhaps bigger than they thought they could handle; and yet there was no fear. Only peace, and excitement.

Dean and Andi feel humbled and privileged at the same time, and whole-heartedly anticipate the arrival of their newest little one. The whole family is excited about the prospect of bringing home their daughter/sister, Shawna!

They would appreciate Prayers, and if you feel compelled, financial support as they move forward in faith to bring Shawna home!

7/29/14—LOA RECEIVED

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A CHILD for the Shoger family — FL

ShogerAndrew and Kristin have been married for 10 years and have 3 biological boys! In the spring of 2013, God began to open their eyes to the needs of children around the world who are without families. Seeing how much they have been blessed by God with a loving family, faith, and a warm, cozy house, the Shogers felt God calling them to open their arms to another child. They began to have a strong desire to give a child in need a family, love, security and the chance to know and love Jesus. As they prayed about adoption, the Lord began showing them over and over again children with down syndrome and other special needs. As their eyes were opened to the life that awaits children with down syndrome in Eastern Europe, they decided to follow their hearts and pursue the adoption of a special little one with an extra chromosome. They hope to add a little pink to all the blue that’s currently in their home! Though they don’t know her name and have never seen her face, they know without a doubt that God has knit this special little one together in her mother’s womb and, even now, is knitting her together in their hearts!

Please join the Shoger’s on their journey of faith by following their blog. They covet your prayers, your support and your love as they embark on this exciting and life changing journey!

8/8/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.copycatrat.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$8,078.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DEBBIE for the Anderson family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.png30416141749Dane and Misty have been married almost 22 years. Their family has grown over the years, and to their great joy now includes 11 children! They never thought they would have a family so large, nor be the parents of two daughters with special needs. They traveled to Eastern Europe last year to bring home their daughters, both girls have Down syndrome. They felt God call them to father the fatherless, and although there were many unknowns they pressed forward and pursued international adoption. The blessing of adoption has flowed into every part of their lives. Both Dane and Mistys’ faith has grown, and their family had embraced their new sisters! Their house is full, full of love and laugher and joy! But something was missing. Even when all the children were seated at the table, they would ask, “Who’s missing?” It was Debbie that was missing! When Misty showed Dane her picture and told him she’d been transferred and needed a family soon, Dane felt she was theirs. Misty knew it too. They prayed and brought the idea of adopting Debbie to their children. Once again God moved their hearts and the children all agreed – she belonged in the family!

Now the Andersons are embarking on another international adoption, the third adoption in less than a year, the cost is monumental, and the paperwork and the stress is still there, but it’s worth it! They all feel it’s worth it, to save a life, to redeem a lost child, to make one less orphan.

Won’t you help them bring Little Debbie home? Home to a life filled with love, acceptance, joy, and of course fun!!

9/30/2014— DOSSIER IN COUNTRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog thesassafraschronicles.blogspot.com

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