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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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JACKSON for the Bouchard family — MO

021Rick and Chante were married in 1999, and have been blessed with three biological children, Triston, Hadassah, and Kyron.  The Bouchard’s live on a farm, and love anything they can do together as a family.

Adoption was something that God had laid on their heart even before they were married, and in 2001, when they  heard about the children on Haiti, God led them to adopt their son, Ben.  Four years later, they adopted Nesanet from Ethiopia, and thought their family was complete.  After meeting some children with Down syndrome, they began feeling led to adopt a child with DS.  When they saw little YiXi’s picture, they were in love!  Six months after they welcomed YiXi home from China, some friends told them about a little girl they met in China, who also had DS.  While the Bouchards were in China, picking up Amy, they met an amazing seven-year-old boy with CP.  He stole their hearts, with his smile and loving personality, and they realized that even though they thought their family was complete, God had other plans.  They have realized that God’s plans are so much more incredible than any plans they can make for their own future, and they are so thankful for the amazing kids He has brought into their lives.  Their kids all have a heart from adoption and an incredible love for each other.

6/20/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com

 

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OCTAVIAN + WHITAKER for the Harlin family — WI

Octavian update20141017_100945A six year old boy, an ocean away
Lay in his crib day after day
Never a touch or an I love you
Not enough food, neglect and abuse
And then by God’s amazing grace, his mama from afar saw his face
And now today, home at last
A little boy is full of life and happiness!
Adoption is the reason he lives……

Sergei and Crosby, 2 former Reece’s Rainbow kiddos came home spring of 2014! Only by God’s goodness and grace and support of all of you was this possible and two lives were saved. So stepping out in faith again, Brian and Laurie are adding number 10 and 11 to their family! Prayers and support are very much needed to make this happen the second time around! They would be honored for you to join them on this journey. The blessings from adoption are too numerous to count!! Brian and Laurie and their family want to say thank you in advance for donations and prayers that help lives change and miracles happen.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

10/05/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amillionstepstosergey.blogspot.com

$465.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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IVEY for the Charnesky family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.png31209225022 IveyEric and Jasmine met in high school and quickly became close friends. After two years their friendship blossomed into a relationship and the couple was happily married in 2007. Adoption had always been on their hearts, and more recently special needs adoption. The family is blessed to have Jasmine working as a full time homeschooling mom and Eric works from home 4 days a week so taking children to appointments is much easier to manage. They currently have 4 children with at home, a son (7) and daughter (4) born in Ethiopia, a daughter (5) born in Utah and a daughter (2) born in Hong Kong.

After having read through many of the child profiles, Eric and Jasmine felt God leading them to adopt again. Over their last 4 adoptions they have learned to trust more and more in God’s leading and are taking a leap of faith as they pursue adopting an older child. They are looking forward to adventure God has in store for their family!

9/8/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at countitalljs.blogspot.com

$1,109.39 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CAROLINE for the Anascavage family — FL

CarolineHello my name is Terri and I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter adopted from the US. I am currently adopting a 13 year old girl from China with minor special needs. The greatest need that my daughter has now is that she is aging out and must be home from China before her 14th birthday. I have applied for several grants and I have contacted several different agencies that help families who are adopting, only to be told that they do not offer help to single parents. When I learned about Reece’s Rainbow I contacted them and they immediately told me to send my application in. As you know adoption is very expensive and requires a lot of faith. But, when you know that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and answer His call, He will provide for you.

I have met some of the most amazing families through adoption sites and on Facebook. I am blessed beyond words for all of the prayers and support that I have received so far. I have also been criticized and asked by those who do not understand, “Why would you adopt a child with special needs?” For me this answer is simple, God has called me to do this. When my daughter Addison and I looked at the new children that were placed on our agencies site, we knew immediately that this precious child that looked so sad was ours. She was turning 13 in a couple of weeks and no one had requested her file.

So, it was with a Leap of Faith, that we submitted our LOI to China on Thursday, August 28th and on Tuesday, September 2nd we received our PA.

I have heard many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, I need that village and their support.

10/06/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$83.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLIFF for the Morse family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngCliff 2014David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family.

Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.

 9/25/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love–conquers–all.blogspot.com

$5,328.23 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARGEAUX for the Duncan family — WA

girl18-margeaux-croppedWhat is it that, those of us who adopt, see in a picture of a child we have never met? It is unexplainable that we are so drawn to that picture that we put our lives on hold, begin a massive paperwork project, raise more money than most of us have ever had access to, and then leave our family and friends and travel half way around the world to bring a child home and commit to them for the rest of our lives?

Linda has pondered that question several times. She fell in love with 4 little girls posted on Reece’s Rainbow and went through the above process for each of them. This is in addition to 11 other children she adopted in the US.

This time seems more unexplainable because there was no picture, just the brief description of a young girl about to age out of the chance to get adopted with only a few more months before the door closes for her to ever have a family.

But the process has started one more time. One more “least of these” has been singled out from all others to become part of Team Duncan.

9/19/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gathermychildren.blogspot.com

$111.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NADIA for the Daughton family — NY

OTwo years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.

Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.

Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them.

The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.

9/26/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$2,594.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DYLAN for the Gagnon family — AZ

Dylan“We looked out at the whole world and have been blessed to choose a beautiful child named Dylan to be our son.” The Gagnon family is excited to welcome home Dylan! Darren and Stacey have 5 children and know that God is calling them to bring home one more. The Gagnons are blessed with a large home, big family and lots of love to spread around. Dylan will be welcomed by three brothers and two sisters. He will be embraced by a daddy and mommy who love Jesus and can’t wait to see the wonderful plans God has for him. Daddy is a teacher and mommy is a nurse, so he will be in good hands with his medical and physical needs. But best of all, Dylan will know the love and hope of a family.

The Gagnons are stepping out in faith and hoping for prayers, support and excitement at the arrival of their child. Will you join them in the rescue and ransom of Dylan?

10/10/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ransomfordylan.blogspot.com

$3,930.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABBI for the Noll family — FL

AbbiJoshua and Sara met at a small Christian college. They soon got married and had 4 biological children. They had always known, as a couple, adoption and/or fostering children would be something they would do in the future.

The Bible says in James 1:27 “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.” They are blessed with the love of children and believe adoption is one way God wants them to fulfill this command. There are so many kids that need a loving family, they want to provide that to as many children as they can. But they had no idea God had wanted them to take the leap to adopt when their kids were so young. But they are trusting God and moved forward to adopt.

In 2012 they took the leap and started the process to bring their son and daughter home from China and came home on Thanksgiving day of 2013. They know the ups and downs and ins and outs of bringing home a child who has special needs and suffered loss, and while they agree that it is not easy, the lessons they learned from watching their children thrive despite such obstacles has been amazing!

Once again they have felt God move them to bring home another child.

Sara has grown up around children who are deaf at different times in her life, and has seen what a chance at living a life like any other child, who is given the opportunity, can do for them. To see this sweet child, and know she is living in a world that she can not hear and is unable to communicate, all because of circumstances beyond her control, is heart breaking. They are both so excited about bringing home sweet Abbi and making her a part of their family and giving her every chance to thrive!

10/7/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hisgranddesign.blogspot.com

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

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BRAVE and SAIGE for the Wetherington family — FL

BraveSaige (1)We are the Wetherington Family. We have been married for 15 years and have 7 amazing children. Our journey into the world of special needs began long ago, but never did we imagine that we would one day become the parents of our own children with special needs. Nearly 4 years ago, our youngest son, Isaac, was diagnosed with many special needs in utero, including a very severe heart defect, and was not expected to survive until delivery. Not only did he survive, but we were gifted with 18 AMAZING months with him. He had numerous open heart surgeries and other numerous surgeries and procedures during his short lifetime, and spent many of those months recovering in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, and we were so thankful for every moment we shared with him. Never could we have imagined the immense joy and unimaginable heartache that would come from birth of our amazing boy. He was such an INCREDIBLE gift who forever changed our lives. In our complete heartbreak, we knew we had two choices. We could either choose to be angry at God for taking our sweet son from us, or we could be thankful for privilege of being his family, even though our time with him on this earth would feel far too short. We knew we needed to choose the latter. We knew that we had to do something with the lessons that our amazing son taught us. As we were learning to live our lives without our son, we knew that there were children in the world who were learning to live their lives without a family by their side. They had no one to fight for them…..no one to be their voice….no one to love them every second of every day…..and no one to show them their incredible worth. We knew we had to do something, and thus began our journey into the world of adoption. In October of 2012, we brought home our two incredible sons from Ukraine, Max and Ryder. Ryder has Down syndrome and Max has a complex heart defect and other genetic syndrome. They are both 3 ½ years old now, and are such amazing blessings in our lives. Once we were home with Max and Ryder, we knew even more how desperately children needed families, and in July of this year, we welcomed our newest son and daughter, Anchor and Stori, into our family from China. Our daughter just turned 14 years old, and she has Cerebral Palsy, and our son is 5 ½ years old and he has Down syndrome. They are both so amazing, and we are so blessed to have them in our lives. While in China, we were able to meet our daughter’s friend who had recently aged out. In that heartbreaking moment we knew that we could do more….that we had to do more. Shortly after coming home, we saw someone advocating for an incredibly brave little boy who has been longing for a family. But, his chances of finding a family were pretty slim because most would consider him too risky. He was considered too risky because he had a serious heart defect that had gone unrepaired for nearly 10 years. He has been deemed inoperable and terminal in China. I pleaded for people to be willing to take the chance on him…..that he was worth it. We knew how incredible of a blessing he would be to a family if they would be willing to push their fear aside and take the risk. As I pleaded for others to be willing to take the risk, I wondered if we would be willing to do the same if God asked us to take the risk. And in that moment, we knew that He WAS asking us. We are so excited to push our fear aside to welcome our incredible son, Brave, into our family. “You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.” (Bethel Music)

 10/2/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeyoftheheart5.blogspot.com

$65.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FRANCINE for the Wassink family — MO

Francine Photo 2 March 2014Once upon a time, in the wild land of Montana, there lived a young boy named Chad. He grew up with two brothers and loved playing sports and exploring the mountains around his home. There also lived a young lady named Whitney who grew up in the land of Kansas, far far away. Growing up among the wheat fields, she played sports along with her brother and sister and helped around the house. Little did Chad and Whitney know, God had a very special plan in store for them.

Among many other pursuits, each of them learned to throw the javelin. Each having shown a talent for the sport, a college recruiter named Robert whisked them off to the exotic land of California where they met for the first time. Competing together for the track team, they fell in love and were married in September 2000.

They had many adventures together over the next years and moved to the land of Oklahoma, where they decided to start a family of their own. They were blessed with a son, Finley (now 6) and a daughter, Delaney (now 4) before moving again. They settled in the land of Missouri, a short journey to the east of her home land.

It was at this time that God started to open their eyes to the very special path that he had in store for them. He blessed them with another son, Grady (now 2). Now Grady would prove to change the course of their lives forever. He opened their eyes to a world that had been around them all along, but they had never truly seen. Grady, you see, had Down Syndrome. Grady, and this newly discovered world brought untold treasures and blessings into their lives. But God was not finished yet.

Over the next years, God opened their eyes to lands across the vast oceans that had countless children like Grady, that were without families. They were not seen as another of God’s precious children, but as outcasts. As mistakes that were not worthy of love and were to be discarded to the edges of society. But what Chad and Whitney saw were thousands of amazing children who had been made in God’s image, with his loving hand crafting each of them just as he meant them to be. Children, whose potential and gifts could be unlocked through simply giving them the loving family that they so desperately wanted and deserved.

One little girl touched their hearts and they knew that God was calling them to travel across the ocean to a far off eastern European country and bring her home as their daughter. They knew they couldn’t help all of the children, but they could give this one child a life and allow her to become who God had created her to be. But the ruler of this distant land would not allow them to come. They were heartbroken and pray to this day for the situation to be put right.

Time passed and Whitney continued to watch the children on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering when the time would be right. After being blessed with another son, Kelby (now 8 weeks), the day came when they knew. They saw another little girl, Francine. God gave them a peace that day, for she was the one that was meant for them. For that moment, all of the excuses, hesitation, and fear melted away and they knew that the time had come. God was calling them down this path, and they had faith that He would provide the strength, wisdom, courage and endurance to meet the challenges and obstacles to come. Only God knows what is to come for their family, but as this beautiful journey unfolds, they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

8/8/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$148.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STARR for Kelly and Kyle

 photo fwbutton150.png40808183336  Starr (1)Kelly and Kyle’s family has grown twice through the gift of adoption. The two beautiful souls that proudly call them Mama and Papa have changed their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

Their hearts are full and happy.

Knowing that their home and lives are set up for little ones with Down Syndrome, they talked about finding a baby girl to complete their family. Starr fits the bill just perfectly!

Any help you can offer them as they bring Starr home is most appreciated!

 8/19/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$185.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLEN for the Stewart family — ND

31021075254 Olen (2)Harlan and Andrea met in junior high, became friends in high school, started dating in college, and were married in June of 2012. They were both born and raised in rural North Dakota and attribute their values of hard work, family, friends, and faith in God to their upbringing in this area.

Harlan and Andrea developed a love and passion for working with individuals with special needs while working at a local summer camp devoted to providing services to children and adults with disabilities in North Dakota.

The subject of adoption came up frequently and was talked about as something they would do “some day.” A divine encounter with a mom of a child adopted through Reece’s Rainbow changed their whole outlook on the plan to adopt. This mom told Harlan about the journey they went through to bring their son home – sparking an urgency to their plan to adopt.

Harlan and Andrea made the decision to grow their family through adoption. They are very excited to make this dream of theirs a reality. They appreciate anyone who chooses to partner with them by supporting financially, emotionally or through prayer for their little boy.

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14

8/20/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.journeyforteddy.blogspot.com

$3,238.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMON for the Burckhard family — ND

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Simon L“Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in His majesty
When we love the least of these….”

The song played from Kevin’s phone. He felt Audio Adrenaline’s song was speaking right to his soul. And then, after he played the song for Paula for an untold number of times, she felt the familiar stirring as well. Up until this song pierced their hearts, they both thought their family was complete.

After praying, they returned to the place where they found their two youngest children—Reece’s Rainbow. There, they found a little boy who needed a family to save him from being sent to an institution: little Simon.

Living in North Dakota, the Burckhard family includes Kevin and Paula and their five children: Elizabeth (20), Samuel (17), Grace (14 w/Down syndrome), Bella (9 w/DS, adopted from Ukraine in 2009), and Nole’ (7 w/DS, adopted from Serbia in 2011).

Won’t you join them in this unexpected journey to bring Simon home and help him become a king? Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support are so appreciated and represent a tangible way to partner with the Burckhards to “love the least of these.”

10/03/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.beautifulgiftfromgod.blogspot.com

$2,231.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANTOINETTE for the Oden family — OK

30728134045Jeff and Shanda got a bit of a non-traditional start.  When Jeff and Shanda met, Shanda was a divorced single mom of two boys.  They quickly merged into one tight knit family though, and were thrilled to soon celebrate the birth of a little girl.  A few months after the princess joined their family, they realized she wasn’t developing at the typical speed and began seeking answers.  The princess was soon diagnosed with Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.  Not long after that, their family expanded again, this time with the addition of an 8 yr old through kinship foster care.  They were later blessed to adopt this sweet boy, who fit perfectly into their family from day one.  But God wasn’t done – Jeff and Shanda then welcomed the newest addition to their family – a sweet baby boy was born in December 2012!  Their family now has 4 boys, ages 15, 12, 11, & 1, and one sweet little 3 year old girl.  Their family was complete – so they thought.  One day they read an article about the plight of special needs kids in other countries.  Their eyes were opened and their hearts were broken.  Children just like their sweet princess, routinely abandoned to spend their lives in institutions.  The magnitude of that injustice was beyond their comprehension.  Their journey parenting a special needs child and also adopting had taught them many things.  It brought their family closer together, it made them stronger.  It made them realize that the important things in life are smiles and love, not IQ and test scores.  They learned that every child brings pride and joy and blessings, regardless of a diagnosis or a biological connection.  As a family who had seen first hand the blessings of both adoption and special needs, they had to do something.  So, they prayed.  They knew that it was their job as Christians to join the fight against this injustice.  So they prayed about how.  And soon God gave them an answer – their part is to adopt.  So they made plans to adopt.  Someday.  But God changed that plan when they ran across a picture of sweet Antoinette!  They took some time and prayed over it, and God confirmed that she is their child.  God has already begun moving mountains – after a long search, they recently bought a big house that could easily accommodate another child.  The purchase of the house has depleted much of their savings and made the process of adopting at this time very daunting.  But God promised – if they just said “yes”, that He would provide.  So they enter into this adoption completely on faith that God will move the mountains and they will soon bring home another sweet little princess.

9/1/2014—HOMESTUDY STILL in PROCESS

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog 15milesfromnowhere.blogspot.com

 

$34.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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