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Homestudy In Process

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These families are in the process of completing their HOME STUDY, and still very much need your financial support!

Thank you for your generous gift of life and love!


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GARY for the Benz family — ND

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADerek and Kaylee got married in 2012 were so excited to start a family. They were blessed with a little boy in March of 2014 and have had their hands full ever since. Kaylee has wanted to adopt for most of her life inspired by mission trips and her love of children, she knew that somehow orphan advocacy would be a part of her life and her family. Derek took a little more convincing and as Kaylee waiting “patiently” for God to move in Derek’s heart she kept a close eye on RR and soon she fell in love and could not hold back and neither could Derek. It was amazing how quickly their hearts attached to the little faces they saw and they decided it was time to move forward. It has already been an amazing journey watching God lead their hearts towards their little boy, Kaylee and Derek are so very excited to see this redemption story continue to unfold as they strive to bring him home.

 

3/17/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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

$251.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MERCY for the Holland family — FL

mercy-2014While they were in Eastern Europe adopting Wesley, Patricia found “Mercy” on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with her! They began to pray for her and for her forever family. She began to weigh very heavy on both of their hearts and Patricia began to share her profile on Facebook and started advocating for her to be adopted. Deep down they both new that this was their daughter. They both were fearful of the unknown of another adoption so quickly and the fact that they are still planning on getting Mirabel as soon as she becomes available. Over time it became so crystal clear that God was saying the time is now! They both felt an overwhelming peace that this is what God was calling them to do.

They know that this journey will not be easy, but if they keep their eyes focused on Jesus He will provide a way. They both feel like Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on water, but their goal is to not take their eyes off of their precious Jesus. They were both recently reminded that in this teaching we often overlook the 11 other disciples who were too afraid to get out of the boat and missed the opportunity to walk on water. Even when Peter began to sink Jesus extended his hand and pulled him out of the water. He will never leave us or forsake us. Even though adopting again after being home from the last adoption for only six months may seem crazy in the world’s eyes the Hollands know nothing is to big if you are following God’s calling on your life.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
(Oceans, Hillsong United)

Their daughter (almost 3 years old) already loves her sissy and they can’t wait to see the interaction and love shared between all four children when “Mercy” comes home. James’ and Patricia’s prayer for the last year has been for God to break their hearts for what breaks His and loving the “least of these” is exactly what God has called them to do. They suspect that their adoption process will go very quickly and to be honest they do not have near enough funds for this, but they know God will show them a way one step at a time. Step one was to step out of the boat and say “yes” to Mercy and they look forward to seeing God work the rest of the steps out. It’s hard for God to get the glory when you have every step completely figured out but when you step out in faith He receives all the glory for how the process works out. Thank you for getting to know their story and God bless!

4/3/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$931.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BREE for the Duvall family — IN

BreeJon and Carly have been married for 10 years. They have known each other since grade school and started dating in high school. They have 3 biological children, ages 9, 8, and 6 and they adopted their 8 year old son with Down syndrome in November of last year. They found their son through Reece’s Rainbow and they thought they were done, but God had other plans! Just 4 months after bringing their son home they saw the picture of Hannah Joy (Bree on RR), also with Down syndrome, and they knew God was calling them to go back and bring her home.

Their first adoption took a year and a half, but this adoption will be much faster. Hannah Joy (Bree) will be aging out when she turns 14 on December 1st of this year, so Jon and Carly need to travel before that. That gives them less than 8 months to complete this process.

Jon and Carly are once again stepping out in faith, trusting that God is going to provide the needed funds just like He did with their son. They ask for your prayers and they would be so very blessed if you would be a part of their journey to bring their daughter home.

4/8/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

$4.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YVONNE and JACOB for the Murray family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngupdated yvonne2Murray-001Ernie and Jennifer have been married for 16 years and have 8 kids, 7 of whom have been adopted from around the world. After their most recent adoption (“Breck” on Reece’s Rainbow) they had planned to spend some time recovering from the financial challenges associated with so many adoptions. However, they couldn’t stop thinking about their daughter Hannah’s foster brother who continued to wait for a family long after they had brought her home. He was diagnosed with arthrogryposis and had limited use of both his arms and legs. Ernie and Jennifer knew there weren’t many people eager to adopt a child who couldn’t walk, had limited use of his arms, and would need numerous surgeries and lifelong treatments due to his special needs.

However, they also knew that while his medical needs seemed significant, his need for a family was truly his greatest need. He and Hannah had been very closely attached to one another. Hannah continued to carry his picture around talking about him on a daily basis. Their other children had started asking to adopt him while Hannah was still in China (he was with Hannah in many of the pictures they received while waiting to bring her home). They couldn’t let this child spend another minute waiting for a family when they knew the only concern in adopting him was money. They would simply have to step out in faith that once again God would provide to get this precious boy home.

At the same time, their hearts continued to be pulled towards older children with Down syndrome who had literally been waiting YEARS for a family. With each passing year these children become even less likely to find a family. Ernie and Jennifer knew they could easily love one of these children. Their other children were eager to have another sibling. It took only one look at Yvonne’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow for them to know SHE was the one they should adopt. The children all eagerly joined in praying for Yvonne to become their sister. After several weeks of hearing their children’s prayers Ernie and Jennifer knew THIS was the answer they had sought concerning God’s will for their lives and this adoption. While their initial pull to adopt yet again had been to bring home Hannah’s foster brother, they would also be bringing home a new daughter.

Adopting even one child can be a huge financial challenge. These two newest children will bring the number of children adopted into this family to NINE. The family has worked hard to cover the financial expenses associated with so many adoptions, even moving to a smaller home to help financially, but they know that it’s only through God’s great provision they will be able to bring home these two new children. They greatly appreciate all who desire to be a part of God’s provision to help bring these precious children home to the love and care they so greatly need.

3/18/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mysonsfromafar.blogspot.com

$650.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELLIS for the Koehler family — US Military, Germany

ellis1Jeremy and Aubrey met in 2006 and married in 2008. They are both from upstate New York. Jeremy enlisted in the Army in 2007 as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember. In 2009 they PCS’d to Germany. Inspired by Jeremy’s hard work, Aubrey joined the Air Force. Today, they are still living in Germany. Aubrey is a Dental/Prophylaxis Technician for the Air Force and Jeremy is in the Army Reserves and attending college. They have a one year old daughter.

While living in the military communities of Vilseck & Ramstein, they have been blessed with many good Christian friends who took the time to mentor them in God’s Word. One such family adopted 7 children and showed them the important role faith in God has had in their decision to adopt from around the world. After many wonderful Tuesday night dinners with them and learning about their unique family, Aubrey & Jeremy wanted to follow their example.

Ellis’ sweet little smile and the sparkle in his eyes melted their hearts, and they knew the time to adopt is now.

4/6/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$739.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MIKAH for the Whiteley family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngmikah1We are Jordan and Bethany Whiteley, and we are so excited to announce that we are adopting Mikah! When he joins our family, Mikah will become a brother to our two biological children — Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3). We are a happy family that loves God, loves life, and loves each other. We look forward to making Mikah a loved and valued member of our family!

For a number of months, we saw Mikah’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow, and along with many others, wished that a family would step up for him. We had no clue that we would be that family! Recently however, we received word that Mikah was suddenly being moved into a bad situation, and God laid it on our hearts to adopt him! After much prayer and discussion (and some encouraging words from some close friends), we made the decision to make him our son! We are now working to get him home as soon as we can.

Through all of this, we remember the compassion and love Jesus Christ had for us when He sacrificed His own life for us, and see how we are called to give the same love and compassion to those in need around us.

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:16-18

To us, adopting a child is wonderful picture of what God has done for us — He adopts us to be His children, loves us unconditionally, and makes us heirs to eternal life. In the same way, we plan to take Mikah up into our arms, and give him a new life where he is loved and valued, and able to reach his full potential. We thank you for your help!

3/26/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption

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

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KELVIN for the Bowling family — NM

30920114058 KelvinBowling picThe Bowling Family has decided to adopt again!!!! This time they are committing to an eight year old boy from Eastern Europe with down syndrome. They just returned from Eastern Europe on January 1st of this year with a seven year old girl and eleven month old boy. Their daughter just turned seven in February with epilepsy and developmentally delayed. Their son will be one year old in a few weeks. He just had open heart surgery to repair a birth defect and has down syndrome. They were approved to adopt three children on their first trip and were only able to bring home two children. They believe and will follow this scripture:

Proverbs 3:27 (Amp) – Withhold not good from those to whom it is due (its rightful owners), when it is in your hand to do it.

Richard and Lisa have been married for almost 27 years and are blessed by having 11 children. They have 9 biological children and two adopted. There are 7 boys and 4 girls in total that range in age from 22 years old to 11 months. Richard is a Worship Pastor at their local church and Lisa works at home, caring for and teaching their children.

The entire family is very excited for this next journey in their lives. As a family, they will take this step of faith to bring good to their new son. They will follow this scripture that it is within their hands to do so. This is a journey they believe God is leading them on and they are responding by following His lead. Please consider helping this family financially as this is a BIG commitment for them so quickly after their previous adoption and in such a short time period they will be able to travel to complete this adoption as well.

They thank you in advance for all of your help!!!!

4/9/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thebowlingfamilyadopts.blogspot.com

$277.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ARIELLE for the Warinner family — IL

ArielleThe Warinners are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Arielle, a baby orphan girl from Eastern Europe with spina bifida.  They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring Arielle home!  Derek and Sarah became interested in adopting from Eastern Europe through a large family newsgroup, when a prayer request introduced 4 brothers who needed a family. As they followed this story until they were adopted by another family – they got to know about orphans in the region including several with special needs. After several months they were introduced to “Casey” and “Iggy”, two orphans with cerebral palsy who were nearly too old to be adopted (both were 15 years old at the time).wboys

Derek and Sarah felt that Casey and Iggy would have difficulty thriving in an adult institution, so they acted quickly to make the proper government filings to become eligible to adopt them before they “aged out”. After completing their home study and fundraising, they made the trip to meet them.

They bonded quickly with the children and, after prayerful contemplation, decided they should become part of the Warinner family! In March 2014, Casey and Iggy became Lucas and Matthew, the newest (and oldest) Warinner children.

Derek and Sarah have enjoyed having Lucas and Matthew in their family and have put considerable effort into accelerating their development. After only a year it’s clear the kids are making great progress!

Now, they have become aware of the need that Arielle has – a baby, without any family, living just a few hours from Lucas and Matthew’s home region. Arielle’s spina bifida condition also renders her medically fragile – it’s critical for her development that she has the necessary surgeries to correct this condition and receives the appropriate therapies to get her cognitive development on track.

Derek, Sarah, and their 7 children Maria, Jeremiah, Michael, Daniel, Gabriel, Lucas, and Matthew, anxiously await the adoption process approvals and arrival of Arielle into their family. They are fundraising to obtain resources to cover the international adoption costs, travel expenses, and Arielle’s process to enter the US.

Thanks for your partnership and support!

4/6/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at willpaint4babies.wordpress.com

 

$40.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TALLIE for the Worrell family — MO

Tallie (2)Because they are led…Cecil and Cathy met 15 years ago of all places commuting back and forth on the bus for their jobs. They have been married now 13 ½ years. Cecil has grown children, in addition to a grandson and Cathy is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their two youngest. They started their family through adoption in 2007 with their daughter at 16 months old, now 9, then again in 2009 for their youngest son at 22 months old, now 7, and one more time in 2011 for their son at 12 years old, now 16. They have all been adopted from China with various special needs.

Adoption has always been a part of Cathy’s life as she is adopted also. She knew she always wanted to adopt at least once and here they are adopting #4!

They believe this is their calling in life and very excited to be adding another daughter and sister to their growing family and they feel led to add as many children as God wants them to have! They would be grateful for prayers and support to help bring their daughter Ceilie into their family.

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

4/6/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site?pg=747782

$421.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OWEN for the Viljoen family — NC

Owen Mar 2014From the time they started planning their nuptials, Jacques and Tabatha Viljoen knew they wanted to grow their family with adopted and biological children. Fourteen months after they were wed, they were blessed to see two pink lines on a pregnancy test! In early 2013, they welcomed their son Hans into the world!

During her pregnancy, Tabatha felt there were other children somewhere in the world who belonged in their family. She prayed and prayed, without knowing exactly *who* she was praying for! Nine months after they announced they were going to pursue adoption, Tabatha was sent the profile for Owen. After sharing his information with Jacques, they decided that they wanted to make him a part of their little family.

In order to pay for the adoption, the Viljoens sold their first home in the city and bought a more affordable home in the small town where Tabatha grew up. Tabatha has also taken two temporary jobs in order to help bring their little boy home! Needless to say, this is a couple that believes that hard-work and dedication win the race!

The Viljoens are doing everything in their power to make Owen a member of their family, and greatly appreciate any help they receive along the way!

2/23/2015—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steadfastparents.blogspot.com

$155.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PRUDENCE for the Sherley family — TX

PrudenceFor as long as she can remember, Elizabeth has had a heart for the orphans. Her parents smile as they recall how she constantly tried to persuade them to add a child (or a dog or a cat) to the family by way of adoption. Although they were firm in saying no, Elizabeth dreamed of the day she would say yes.

After college, Elizabeth adopted two dogs, all the while waiting for God’s timing to say yes to a child. In 2012, she began to feel the Lord guiding her towards international adoption, and as she researched countries, her heart settled on Uganda. Through this journey, Elizabeth discovered Reece’s Rainbow. At the time there were no children listed from Africa, but she knew it would somehow play an important role in her adoption story.

Fast forward to December 2014. Once again, Elizabeth felt God’s guidance toward adoption. She began pursuing foster care, but something wasn’t quite right. One day, as she was browsing Reece’s Rainbow, she saw “Africa 1″ and her heart skipped a beat. As she clicked on the link, she saw “Prudence’s” sweet face and tears filled her eyes. She instantly knew this was her little girl, the one the Lord was leading her to.

This may not be the comfortable or typical path, but it is where God has led. It had been made abundantly clear that now is the time to say “yes!”

Elizabeth cannot wait to bring her little one home for all the snuggles and love and medical care she desperately needs.
Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1:17

4/8/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at spreadlovelikeglitter.blogspot.com

$29.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RANIA for the Centrella family — NJ

Margaret and Danny have volunteered and worked with people with special needs since their high school and college years.   They met 29 years ago while volunteering at the Special Olympics.  After they married, Margaret took time off while they raised their 4 children. Benny and Sammy are working and living on their own.  Helen is a sophomore in college and Harry is in middle school. Margaret and Danny talked about and looked into adopting a child with special needs.  Their search started and ended with Reece’s Rainbow when one beautiful smile from Rania captured their hearts! The whole family is very enthusiastic and excited about adopting Rania and their children are looking forward to having a new sister!

 1/23/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
 Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at margierose25mc.blogspot.com

$1,510.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALBAN “Nugget” for the Vanchura family — MI

Alban12-11-08Vanchura Bio picBritt and Jaime have a lot of little kids. Daisy (Libby on RR) came home from Ukraine in 2013. As they stood outside that door, holding their daughter for the first time in a little hallway, they felt something they didn’t know was real. Never before had they held a child who had no one. And in that instant, the little girl whose name they hadn’t even chosen…was theirs. She was a frail, tiny 18 month old infant, and has blossomed into a toddler with a sassy attitude and love of swinging. A year after she came home, little Seabee was born, joining her big siblings Cal (9), Jedi (7), Lumpy (5), Hoss (3), and Daisy (now 3). The Vanchuras continue to wait for Russia to reopen so they can bring home the son who began their adoption journey, Mac (Thadius on RR).

As you might imagine, with 6 kids, Britt and Jaime don’t get a lot of sleep some nights, the house is usually messy, and you don’t want to see their grocery bills. They drive a passenger van, homeschool, and teach second grade Faith Formation classes together…with two babies in tow. They recently moved to the country to raise the crew of six and some goats, maybe. Everything they do is busy and a little chaotic and costs just a bit more than they’d like. Everywhere they go they get don’tyouhaveyourhandsfull-ed. But that’s ok.

Because their hands may be busy, but they aren’t full. There’s still room for one more.

A little boy, lovingly nicknamed Nugget, has been in their prayers and on their minds. Three days before the first family who tried so hard to bring him home announced they couldn’t complete their adoption, Britt and Jaime had decided to start a new homestudy. They had just moved to a farm, and the timing wasn’t right at all, and the finances were going to require a leap of faith to make happen…but they could do it for Nugget. This little boy has been without a family for 6 birthdays. They hope he will be home forever on his seventh.

The Vanchuras named their farm Open Hands Acres, because the best things in their life together have been given and received with open hands. They thank you all for your support and encouragement as they bring their little boy home.

2/24/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  openhandsacres.blogspot.com

$831.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH for the Wierenga family — MA

 photo fwbutton150.pngElijah

Colleen and James first met in college.  Colleen was a freshman and James was a junior.  After James graduated, they parted ways, then five years later they started dating.  Two years after that, they got married, and they have been married for two years.  After exploring state adoption and not really agreeing with their system, Elijah’s file basically fell in their lap, and James and Colleen knew he was theirs.  Colleen and James have always wanted a big family, through adoption and biological children.  Elijah will be their first child and they couldn’t be any happier.  They cannot wait to show him the world.

2/26/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$201.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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