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These are the families who have taken a leap of faith and committed to adopt one or more of our orphaned children most recently.

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We are thrilled to have them, and so grateful for this life-saving step to rescue our angels!

Your continued financial support will give them the strength and courage to continue this journey!


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A CHILD for the Hefner family — WV

Nate and Cassie have been married for almost 7 years with two biological children, Noah (5) and Sophie (2). This will be their first adoption and what a journey it has been. Adoption laid heavy on their hearts in early 2014 and after much prayer and trusting in God’s plan, they took a leap of faith to adopt from Eastern Europe. They had found a beautiful four year old girl who they were sure to bring home. With the help of family and friends, they bathed that child in prayer. Nearing the end of the process (after they received their invitation to travel), they found out that she had been adopted by a Eastern European family. While they were grateful that she was given a loving home, their hearts were broken. They pressed on determined to pick up the pieces and follow God’s plan for their adoption. Finally, after a year of preparation and roadblocks, they are ready to go to Eastern Europe and meet their child. The couple can’t wait to see the child that God has picked to be part of their growing family.

4/27/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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KOLBY and SADLER for the Quesenberry family — PA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASadler 1049Eric and Natalie have been married 24 years. They met coincidentally as both of them were supposed to be be meeting dates that never showed up. Eric is a co owner of a machine tool repair and sales business. Natalie is an OB/Gyn nurse.

Adoption is an issue close to her heart as she was adopted by her maternal grandparents at the age of 11. They became aware of the plight of special needs orphans from watching a documentary called “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. An Internet search led them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their boys.

They are a Christian family who believe that they are amply blessed. After having their eyes opened forever to the plight of special needs orphans they felt as though they had to do something to share these blessings.

All help and prayers are welcome and appreciated.

 4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED; AWAITING TRIP ONE

Please follow our blog and join us on our journey! www.bulgariabound2015.blogspot.com

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TAMARIX for the Hutson family — MD

TamarixWe love our life!

God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.

This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!

Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?

We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.

There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…

An invisible read thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.

4/27/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thehutsonfamily.wordpress.com

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MARK for the Soto family — WA

SotoMarkAdrian and Ali have been married for 7 years and have 4 biological children. Their youngest child, Jack, was born with Down syndrome. Adrian and Ali have always had a heart for helping children and fostered for a short time in 2011. It was not until after Jack’s birth in 2013 that they began their journey of international adoption.

Ten months after Jack was born, Ali happened upon the Reece’s Rainbow website. She knew instantly that her family was supposed to adopt a person with Down syndrome. Ali and her husband know that their son Jack was given to them for a greater purpose than just brightening their family. He was given to them so they would feel equipped to care for other special needs children.

Mark, as he is known on RR, is a 7 year old boy from Latin American who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He has been in institutional and foster care since he was 12 days old. As Adrian and Ali were looking at the countless faces and biographies of children, Mark’s face was the face that would not leave their minds. He is the child meant for their family and they can hardly wait to bring him home!

The Soto children are excited to travel to Latin American as a whole family! Besides bringing home a new brother … they are also REALLY excited to fly in a plane and look out at the clouds!

 4/23/15—DOSSIER COMPILED; AWAITING TRANSLATION
 Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lovemercylivejustly.wordpress.com

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

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KIT for the Sanborn family — MN

Kit (1)The Sanborns are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Kit, an orphan boy from China with Down Syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and to bring Kit home!

Sarah and Bryan have always had a heart for adoption. Sarah knew she would adopt a child since she was a little girl, it had always been her dream. Bryan on the other hand, didn’t fall in love with the idea of adoption until he met Sarah in 2003 – and everything changed.

They fell in love with individuals with Down Syndrome many years ago when Bryan began coaching Special Olympics Swimming. Throughout the years they met many wonderful kids and adults with Down Syndrome and knew that someday they would adopt a child with that very same special need.

Bryan and Sarah met and began dating in 2003. They were married in 2009 and welcomed their daughter Kate in 2013. Kate is an amazing, funny, smart, loving, and vivacious little girl and is very much looking forward to having a ‘partner in crime’.

Kit is a beautiful, healthy little boy with Down Syndrome and no other known medical needs. He is very smart, sweet, and deserves a loving home. There’s no doubt he will thrive at home in Minnesota with a loving family and access to exceptional medical care (OT, PT, Speech Therapy).

Bryan, Sarah, and Kate just can’t wait to bring Kit home! They are all very excited and look forward to experiencing this journey of a lifetime.

4/23/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$509.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TOMAS for the Fix family — ND

TomasMike and Wendy Fix recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

As they anticipated this milestone over the years, Mike often talked about wanting to celebrate their 25th in Hawaii. Instead, God pierced their hearts for the cry of the orphan domestically and abroad, and just months before their anniversary, they traveled – not to Hawaii – but to China to adopt their daughter, Selah AiJing, who came home in April 2014. Mike and Wendy agree the trade-off was well worth it. China gave them something a Hawaiian beach vacation never could: a beloved daughter.

It was during Selah’s adoption process in January 2014 that Wendy first saw Tomas’ file and photos. Something about his smile and countenance grabbed hold of her head and heart and wouldn’t let go. Approved to adopt one, she knew it wasn’t possible to add him to Selah’s adoption. Months after they were home from China, she still thought about Tomas frequently. Every time she saw an advocacy post for him on Facebook, her heart lightened a bit, and she prayed for his family to find him quickly.

It was on the evening of October 19, 2014 that Wendy realized Tomas was waking up to his 8th birthday in China. Suddenly, it was as if God struck her with this thought: “Don’t mamas think about their babies on their birthday? Why can’t I be his mama?”

Though the idea of returning to China so quickly seemed an impossible task because of the financial strain, God impressed a peace upon Mike and Wendy that compels them to move forward. They decided it was a step of faith they needed to take, and are trusting the Lord to provide. Through a twist and turn of events and answered prayer, the Fixes submitted their Letter of Intent to adopt Tomas in December, and received their Pre-Approval just in time for Christmas.

Mike and Wendy are parents of 8 children; 4 grown and 4 at home, ages 16, 16 (boy-girl twins), 3-year-old boy, and 3-year-old Selah AiJing. One of their children has Mild Mental Retardation, Global Developmental Delay, and an Unknown Genetic Syndrome. Because of this, the Fixes learned long ago that along with raising special needs children come many blessings and joy! The Fix Family is very excited for Tomas to join their family, that he may be ONE LESS ORPHAN and know the stability and comforts of unconditional love. Once home, they will name him Levi – which means “united, joined, adhered.” The Fixes thank you and covet your prayers and support on this journey of faith to bring Tomas home.

4/22/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.PrairieInk.com/blog

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABIGAIL for the Kupper family — US Military

Abigail Photo 16 Nov-2014 - Nov 2014 - AKupperWhen Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.

With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.

Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.

Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?

4/20/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog

$543.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIZABETH JANE for the Anderson family — NM

Andersons Andersons-001In 2014, the Anderson family felt the call to adopt two children from China, a 12 year old boy with moderate CP from the bottom of the shared list, and a 6 year old boy with a severe genetic condition who was close to death. Jake (Danny on RR) and Finn (Wayne on RR) are growing and thriving every day. No, they were NOT named for Adventure Time, but they make every day an adventure. The Andersons also have homegrown kids, making their total three boys and two girls between the ages of 14 and 5. With the majority of their kids now in their double digits, they are at maximum teen/tween capacity, and are looking to add a little pink and tiny to their lives! Elizabeth Jane is only 2 and also has brain differences and hemiplegia, just like big brother, Jake. With just six months since their last adoption, the Andersons would love any help and prayers friends and family members feel moved to give. Thank you all so much for sharing in our adventures!

4/21/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at whereyouwantmetogo.blogspot.com

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

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MATSON for the Van Nostrand family — NY

MatsonVan NostrandIf you asked Rich and Vicki if they ever thought they would be parents to 14 children, they would both have given a resounding NO! They will be married 38 years, this September. Rich said on the night he was introduced, “I am going to marry you” and Vicki laughed and walked away.

Their oldest 5 children were born in Korea, and the oldest has blessed them with 2 grandsons, who they help watch some afternoons. Vicki always “felt” she was going to have 6 children, and when she learned that China was open in 1992, she went to find out some information from a family who had just returned. The youngest 9 were all born in China. They will have soon have 8 sons and 6 girls! Most came through the special needs programs and the last 6 have come home older. Their new son will be almost 13 when he arrives home.

Stepping out in faith, Vicki prayed about Matson for a number of months, before even approaching Rich with the notion that she knew he was meant to be their son. He had surgery for 2 of his special needs, and will require open heart surgery, once home to further repair and help heal. That was something that spoke to them, since their last daughter, who arrived home 2 years ago at 12, needed heart surgery that they were unprepared for, since that was not one of the needs she was said to have.

The sign in their den reads, “Some call it chaos, we call it family.” They both think that sums up their often crazy, wouldn’t change it for the world, life.

4/20/15–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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EPHRAIM for the Watkins family — WY

30626164933 smThe heart wants what the heart wants. When in Eastern Europe for their second adoption in 2013 Kevin and Andrea both fell in love with a little boy and felt that they were supposed to be his parents. Finding it hard to believe that God was leading them to adopt again before they even got home with the girls, Masha and Kylee (Charity) was hard to believe. Given the opportunity to add him to the adoption they did everything they could but were unable to make all the puzzle pieces fit in time. Since then their whole family has felt that he was missing and have been striving to get back to bring their son home. Andrea’s grandmother had a son with Spina Bifida that passed away when he was just three years old and after she passed away they felt even stronger that they needed to go now. She was such an example of selfless love and adopting is the best way they could honor her memory.

4/17/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$116.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LENE for Robert and Elizabeth

NE243a Lene (2)Robert, Elizabeth, and their children are a loud, vivacious, always-busy family of eight. Robert and Elizabeth met as young teenagers at their local shopping mall. Their first encounter, at the Blockbuster music store, consisted of Elizabeth questioning Robert with, “What are you listening to?” And his enduring reply, “Skee-Lo”. It was a genuine alignment of the stars.

In 2001, at the ages of 20 and 18, Robert and Elizabeth were married. A year and a half later they had their first biological child and then, one by one (except the last two… they came together!), five more followed. With such a busy household, they thought they were in for a nice, lengthy break from adding more children to their family.

They were wrong.

In March 2014 God got their attention in an undeniable way and told them: “You’re adopting from Latin America”. After the shock began to die down, they somewhat skittishly agreed. Very soon afterward God once again got their attention in a way they could not work around and He informed them (and confirmed in multiple ways) that they were to pursue a particular little girl. Her name is Lene. If they were to be totally honest, they’d have to admit to being caught by utter surprise that God pointed them in this little girl’s direction. Why? Because Lene has Down Syndrome. A child with that type of special needs was never on their radar. While God was busy softening their hearts toward what this would entail, He also began building a love for Lene inside them. Once they laid all of their fears and hesitations down at the feet of their Lord, they were changed. God had done a work in their hearts that was not possible in the natural realm. Not only did they say yes to God and to sweet little Lene, but suddenly they saw themselves with only her in mind. Regardless of legalities, this family feels that Lene is already a part of them and they are doing everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible!

4/15/15—HOME STUDY IN PROCESS, COMPILING DOSSIER

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

$40.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KASMIRA for the Ballard family — IL

kasmira-2014Jason and Erin first got to know each other in high school on a missions trip to Lithuania. Over the years they have been back several times and involved in English Bible camps and DVBS in a Children’s Home. Having seen the children and their needs first hand, adoption has been on their hearts for quite some time.Shortly after they were married they became pregnant with their 1st son. Erin had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, like Princess Kate, and they struggled with whether or not to try for another pregnancy. They did, and she again had the same medical issues with their 2nd son. After much prayer they decided to adopt a daughter from the country that means so much to their family.

The plan had been to start the process in 2016. God had other plans and made it clear that now was the time. They found the agency that works with L adoptions and applied. The new plan was to take this year to get through the paperwork and home study and save the needed finances. Again God’s plans were much better and different! They saw a picture of Kasmira and were in love! Their 4 year son is very excited about his new sister, he has been praying for her for months. The little 1 year old son has no idea what is happening but they are sure he will love another sibling to play with.

The Ballards are now moving as quickly as they can to get through all the required paperwork, home study, ect and bring their little girl home by the end of 2015.

4/15/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

Follow the Ballard family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.tobelongandbeloved.wordpress.com

 

$22.31 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ISAIAH for the Hawkins family — ID

Isaiah-168x300-croppedNathan and Savannah have always had a heart for adoption. They are foster parents and have had many foster children over the past 5 years and have adopted two of those beautiful children, they know the pure love and joy that comes from bringing children into their family that maybe would not have had a mom and dad. The process is amazing and God’s hand has been all over their life in bringing these children to their forever family.  They also have 1 biological son who was an answer to many, many prayers and a true miracle from God.

Nathan and Savannah feel deeply that God is calling them to a new avenue of adoption and that is international adoption. They feel so deeply and so passionately about adopting a child with Down syndrome and cannot wait to be one of the lucky few blessed with Down syndrome in their lives.

Nathan and Savannah’s life has been blessed immeasurably and they cannot wait to bring another miracle into their family, so that he too can know the warm embrace of a mother and father and know what it’s like to be loved every day for the rest of his life. This truly is God’s work for this family and they couldn’t be more excited to begin this adventure!

4/14/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com

$97.00 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

$177.60 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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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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LEXI and LAUREL for the Doling family — FL

LexiJames and Holly have been married for 18 ½ years, and have been blessed with 5 awesome biological children: Christian – 17, Caleb – 15, Cheylyn -12, Colton – 10, and Caden – 18 months. James is privileged to work from home when he isn’t traveling, and Holly has the most awesome job in the world as a “Stay-at-Home Mom”! They have been considering adoption for a long time now, and have even tried to adopt out of the US foster system on several different occasions, but to no avail. Even with all the heartbreaks, Holly continued to look at all the adoption websites on a weekly (daily most times!) basis, and pray that they would find the children that God had already planned for their family, and also pray for all the children to find their forever homes. That’s when Holly finally saw “Lexi” (9), and after finding out which agency was listing her, she got signed up on their website, where she also found “Laurel” (3), and just knew they were meant to be sisters! The entire family is super excited to finally be able to get farther than the homestudy, and are committed to bringing these two little girls home from China!

They are already super thankful for any support that you may be able to provide to help them finally bring two more girls into their family, as they know that every bit counts!

4/7/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at facebook.com/pages/This-Is-Our-Mandate

$0.00 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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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

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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

 

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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

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ANDREW for the Hyatt family — GA

AndrewCraig and Michelle were high school sweethearts at the age of 15. During their senior year, Michelle’s family was transferred from North Carolina to Ohio. Because they lived so far away from each other, they ended up going their separate ways. After about 8 years and a few twists and turns along the way, they finally figured out a way to be together. They got married in
1992 and have been married for almost 23 years. Craig and Michelle have two biological daughters; Laura, 19 and Christine,15. They adopted their 6 year old daughter, Ava, from China in 2012 and they are waiting to adopt their first son, Andrew Lawrence, 4 years old from China in the Fall of 2015.

Andrew needs a family who can give him the individual love and attention that he deserves. His nannies say he is already working hard to overcome the many delays and challenges that he has. Andrew will have three sisters to spoil him and help him. He has spent almost four years in an orphanage and this family can’t wait to bring him home to his “forever home” and teach
him about God’s love and grace.

HOW IT ALL STARTED: The Hyatt’s ADOPTION STORY
Craig’s job moved them to Georgia (from NC) in 2004. Soon after they moved to Georgia, they started feeling like they wanted to add to their family through adoption. Several years passed and in December of 2011 their paths crossed with several families who had adopted from China. God made it very clear to them that that was the way they were supposed to add to their family. What started out as a journey to add to their family, has turned into so much more. It’s not about “them” any more…..it’s about the sweet babies who are abandoned, who don’t have a mommy or a daddy, or a silky (blanket), or even enough food to grow. It’s about the babies who are born with medical needs and their parents don’t see any way to take care of their children so they abandon them at the gates of the orphanage or leave them in the streets and pray that a family who can give them a better life will adopt them. It’s just not about “what they want” anymore. It’s about how they can follow the path that God has set before them. Before they adopted Ava they were not familiar with words like orphans, abandoned, fatherless, one child policy, special needs, and many other words pertaining to China’s Special Needs adoptions. But their eyes have been opened and now they feel accountable. God has instilled a passion in them to care for the orphans! After they got back home with Ava there was a deep desire to adopt again, but financially it just didn’t seem possible. They exhausted all their resources when they adopted Ava. But they kept hearing God’s voice, and He kept saying to trust Him and He would provide a way. So they are totally trusting Him to provide for their needs by fundraising and being creative in raising the money to bring their little Andrew home!

The entire family is so excited to add a little boy to their family. They covet your prayers as they continue on their adoption journey. Thank you, and May God Bless you.

Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

4/2/15—COMPILING DOSSIER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hyatt-house.blogspot.com

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

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GEOFFREY and ZOE for the Trimbach family — OH

Geoffrey 2ZoeAs a family, we have traveled through many unexpected roads. We began dating at the end of high school and married four years later. Two years into our marriage and after a challenging, high-risk pregnancy, our first child, Jacob, was born. Our concept of life and love was completely altered the moment we met him. Nothing would ever be the same.

When Jacob was just a few months old, Denise left her career and began the stay-at-home mom journey, and eventually the homeschooling journey, that now stretches over two decades. Five more high-risk pregnancies resulted in four more children and one miscarriage. We were a family of seven, and we felt complete; but God had new roads for us to travel that we could not yet imagine.

When our youngest son was 9, Denise felt God tell her that there was a child who needed us and she was waiting for us. We knew then, that we were to adopt. Eventually, we were led to China; and our daughter, Joy, came home in 2011, followed by our daughter, Hope, in 2012. Again we thought our family was complete. Yet God made it clear we were not.

Last spring, Denise saw a little boy on a China waiting child advocate site, and felt sure he was meant to be our son. We discussed it, but decided we were not yet in a financial position to start another adoption. A week later, another family submitted paperwork to adopt this child.

A few weeks later on the same advocacy site, Denise found a little girl she recognized as the very first adoption file we had ever viewed some four-plus years ago. We did not move forward at the time because her medical needs seemed more than we could handle. We had hoped she had gone on to be adopted by a braver family, but here she was still waiting. In fact, she was coming to the U.S. through a hosting program, and her original host family had just backed out. We decided that this was too coincidental. We needed to host her. She returned to China at the end of the 3-week hosting program and we have been working as fast as we can to get her back home permanently as our daughter.

Shortly after our dossier was logged in to China in late February, we learned that the little boy mentioned above had just suffered a disrupted adoption. The other family traveled to China, but after two days decided not to go through with his adoption. Because of that, he was not permitted to return to the wonderful non-profit organization’s foster program where he had lived for years. He would now be required to live at the orphanage. So here was the child Denise felt sure was our son, now with no family and living in the orphanage. We made the decision to step way out in faith and bring him home at the same time as we bring home our daughter. We just submitted our paperwork for him and received pre-approval from China. We were already so far along in the adoption road that we are just a few months from travel. We expect by summer we will be bringing our two new children home.

Our Christian home has evolved over the years. We began as a small family with typical worldly values. As we surrendered to him, God opened our eyes to His heart; and our passion for Him grew. We try to demonstrate to our children what it means to be Christ-like by the way we treat them and each other. We want them to see love most of all. We want our home to be an environment that invites healing to their hearts, a place where they don’t have to perform to win love and acceptance. We teach our children that their value is in the fact that God made them and not in the lies the world may have told them about their existence. We want them to experience compassion here and patience as they work through what is, at times, really hard stuff. Some of our children are now grown. Some of our children were adopted at older ages. Our family dynamics have changed over the years, but what remains consistent is that we long for our children to see God working in our lives and in our hearts, changing us, so that they witness transformation first hand and can trust that it is there for them, too.

4/1/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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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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SUMMER

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Summer is a lovely 13 year old girl with cerebral palsy. She can walk independently and go up and down stairs while holding on to a railing. She has a happy disposition, loves arts and is very friendly. Summer has no cognitive delays and wants to be adopted.

Summer is currently in a foster home in China and is doing well.

According to the law in her home country, Summer’s adoption needs to be completed before she turns 14 in May 2015.  She has a family racing to bring her home in time!

If Summer is not adopted in time, her grant will be gifted to another aging out girl in China, listed on Reece’s Rainbow.

$6,014.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MIMI for the Howell family — WA

Mimi (5)Justin and Codi Howell are high school sweet hearts. They have been best friends for 12 years and married for 8. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself so adoption has always been “something for some day” for them. In 2010, their daughter Emelyn was born with a very rare birth defect and died one hour and six minutes after she was born full term. Since then, their hearts have been turned toward individuals with special needs. When their fourth child, Claire, was born with Down syndrome, Hirschsprung’s disease and heart defects, they jumped right in, ready to embrace her and to help her reach her fullest potential. The couple also has a daughter Anna, who is five, and a son, Levi, who is three. Codi’s heart began stirring toward adopting a child with Down syndrome specifically while Claire was still in the NICU and when the couple found Mimi on Reece’s Rainbow, they knew it was their time. They are already connected with a phenomenal medical team and therapy center and have created a support network for Claire that Mimi will easily fit right into! They were even chosen by Claire’s care team as the “featured family” for their local Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees last Christmas for their positivity and commitment to advocating for Claire, something that they are excited to do for Mimi as well. If you were to ask the Howells why they are pursuing international, special needs adoption, they would answer that it is what they were made to do.

3/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at clairemichellehowell.blogspot.com or facebook.com/ClairesCheerleaders

$10,608.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH for the Pruyn family — TN

PruynBrice and Jessie are an ASL fluent family pursing a deaf toddler. Having been married for almost 5 years, they always knew they wanted to expand their family through adoption one day, but had no idea God would have it happen quit this soon. Shortly after experiencing their second miscarriage they were contacted about this child. They have been working hard on their house ever since in pursuit of this child ever since!

As they begin preparing to move and spend the required 4-6 months in country to bring this precious child into their home, they covet your prayers. They are in desperate need of funds as the in country stay and fees required are quite staggering, an estimated $40,000.00! Having exhausted their resources in order to get their home ready by adding bedrooms to meet adoption requirements, they are trusting God for the money to bring this child home!

3/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourdeaflife.blogspot.com

$30.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAURA for the Barrett family — FL

LauraMichelle is a single mother to her seven children. She has four biological children and three children that were added to her family through adoption. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law have blessed her with a four year old granddaughter, a one year old grandson and another granddaughter due in 2015. She has a son currently completing the Police Academy and is top of his class. She has a daughter who is going to school to get her degree to work as an adoption social worker. She states she plans to have 3 biological children some day and 3 children who join her family through adoption. She has a son who will be graduating high school in a few months and plans to complete his college studies with a major in Equine Studies. Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care system. They were biological siblings but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces, has had ankle reconstructions, and her cancer is in remission. She is also no longer medically needy. She adopted a 3 year old little boy from China in 2014. She traveled with her second oldest daughter and fell in love with the culture and her heart hurts for those left behind. Before her trip to China she fell in love with a beautiful bald little girl with amazing dimples who had waited on the shared list for over 5 years. When she saw how there was no future for her in China she knew she had to return to adopt her. She received an update shortly after submitting her letter of intent and she now has a beautiful head of hair and the same glowing dimples!

4/4/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$226.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE for the Goodhue family — AZ

Goodhue OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Goodhue family is excited to add another little boy to their family!

Larry and Maria met in high school in 1986 and married in 1992. Having been told by multiple doctors that they would never have children, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child within their first year of marriage. Over the last 22 years their family has grown year after year. They have nine boys and two daughters, unfortunately one daughter went to be with Jesus in 2011. Children have always been an important part of their family and they desire to let God bless them through whatever means He chooses.

Their daughter, Alyssa happened upon Reece’s Rainbow when she was just 13. She has advocated for many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, as well as, helped many families raise funds for their adoptions. Throughout the last six years, her knowledge of the conditions these children endure while they wait for a family to come for them, their different special needs and the process each family goes through to bring these children home has grown. She has shared with her parents and all of her siblings (all boys!) all that she has learned. The Lord has used her to work in the hearts of her parents and they are excited to take the next big step in their family! The response from their children when they were told they were adopting was…”I can’t believe it! It seems like a dream!”

3/23/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at our-family92.blogspot.com

$32.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARNI for the Dunn family — CA

MarniAs Laura and Chris embark on their journey, they are so thankful for all of the support and love that has been shown to them. Reece’s Rainbow is an amazing organization that provides a tax-deductible way for family and friends to help. Fundraising has not been a part of Laura and Chris’ adoption plan, but with so many people asking if they can help, Reece’s Rainbow has offered a way for those who have inquired!

 

3/20/15—LOA RECEIVED; HOPE TO TRAVEL in MAY

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

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Ya Ya for the Williams family — MI

YayaHere they grow again! The Williams bunch is expanding! John and Sarah have been married for almost 19 years and have 2 biological daughters and three adopted children. Their oldest girls have fully embraced their siblings and have been a great help with the younger children. Their oldest daughter, Imani, is in her sophomore year at the University of Michigan. She loves to visit and see her siblings! Isabel is a junior in high school and has a soft spot for children with Down syndrome. Landie, age 9, is their “mother hen” and was adopted from Haiti at the age of 3 ½. She was lucky to be in a wonderful orphanage there because she was extremely sick as a baby and would likely have not made it without their quick thinking and access to medical care! Isaiah is 3 and is a sweet, sensitive boy who was adopted domestically. He LOVES his brother Ashton age 1 ½! Ashton has Down syndrome and he was also adopted domestically at 3 ½ months. They are best buddies and love to play together.

Over Christmas, the Williams were able to host a little girl from China who they call Ya Ya. She is almost 9 years old and has Down syndrome. Ya Ya is a bright and determined young lady! They loved having her here and are missing her terribly! Everyone was very surprised at how well she adapted while she was here and how they were able to overcome the language barrier. She is very expressive and they used a lot of charades and Google translate, but they did very well! They made the decision to adopt Ya Ya because she is such a sweet, loveable girl and they were able to see what a wonderful fit she was for their family.

The Williams would be honored to have others come alongside and partner with them in their adoption. This will be their third adoption in 3 years and they know they can’t do this alone! Adoption is such a life changing gift for everyone involved! They can’t wait to see how much Ya Ya grows and learns when she has the opportunity to be loved by a family.

3/20/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$29.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHELDON for the Stacey family — IA

SheldonThe Stacey Family have 4 biological children, one who has Down syndrome. They are pursuing the adoption of a little boy with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe. They always wanted a large family and having their son with Down syndrome opened their eyes up to parenting children with special needs. They are passionate about advocating for children and they love helping others along the way. They have followed the Reece’s rainbow site for several years and are excited to be a family bringing home a little one. Jared recently retired from the US Army and Tera is a Nursing student. Jared and Tera are trusting that God will lead them all the way through this new journey and they hope you will follow their journey as well!

4/20/15— USCIS APPROVED

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

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POPPY for the Grover family — MT

PoppyAnd 1… Makes 15. Alan and Karrie are the proud parents of 14, soon to be 15, beautiful children and 9 grandchildren. They have been married for 32 years and believe that Gods’ greatest gifts and happiness come through the family. Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them…

After their last biological daughter Disney was born, they felt strongly that there were still children missing from their family. They were drawn to 2 children living in an orphanage in Liberia, Africa. That started a process of adoption that has continued for the past 13 years. Over that time they have adopted 6 children from Liberia, 1 from Hattie, and 1 from Montana. They feel that each child, and their journey home to their forever family, has been filed with miracles and Gods’ tender mercies.

They are currently working on the adoption of “Poppy”, a 20 month old baby girl with Down Syndrome from China. It’s been a long and drawn out process for them with many challenges and road blocks. They are so anxious now to get this little angel home where she belongs.

4/10/15—DOSSIER in COUNTRY

$218.25 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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KARSYNN for the Salvador family — CA

KarsynnTina and Mark have 4 children at home; 2 biological children ages 18 and 14 and 2 from China ages 14 and 12.  Their youngest, Kennedi, was their first adopted child and she was adopted when she was almost 6 yeas years old back in 2008.  They thought their family was complete with their 2 biological children so they were shocked when God asked them to adopt a child in 2006.  They knew nobody who had adopted but decided to follow the path they felt God was laying out before them.  They are so glad they did because she changed their lives.  In 2010, Tina started an adoption/orphan care ministry at their church and has since seen many families foster and adopt children both locally and internationally.  In 2012, the Salvadors headed back to China to bring home their (at the time) 12 year old son.  Again, they thought their family was complete but for some reason God placed on Tina’s heart Down syndrome and they fell in love with an adorable 5 year old in China who needed a home.  Unfortunately, this girl would not turn out to be their daughter but she helped open their hearts to the idea of adopting again, and adopting a Down syndrome child.  Although they were not planning on adopting again, they are now in the process to bring home a stunning 6 year old girl who has Down syndrome waiting in China.

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

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

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RAYNE for the Sellers family — NM

Rayne (1)Matthew and Christy Sellers are excited to bring Rayne into their family. She will be welcomed with loving arms by 3 big brothers and a sister. One brother, like her, was adopted and also has Down Syndrome. Matt and Christy have known since before they were married that God had called them to adopt and more specifically adopt a child with Down Syndrome. After the adoption of their first child, they knew this is the calling God had for their family and were excited to open their hearts and home to another child with Down Syndrome. Matt is a pastor and Christy is a stay at home mom. She also home schools the children. Adoption has changed their family for the better and they can’t wait to see God write the rest of Rayne’s story.

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

$31.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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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ROYCE for the Perry family — IN

RoyceMichael and Maggie Perry were married in June of 2011. Both Michael and Maggie are teachers, and they share a deep passion for children with special needs. Throughout their relationship, they have known that one day they would adopt a child with Down syndrome. The two even talked about their desires to adopt on their first date! The Perry’s feel especially called to adoption because it mirrors God’s love for his children, as he has adopted his sons and daughters into his kingdom.

Though the two frequented the profiles of children on Reece’s Rainbow often, they did not feel that it was their time to adopt in the years prior to now. In order to still support the children on Reece’s Rainbow, the Perry’s ran a half marathon two years ago to help waiting children. At the beginning of 2015, God made it clear that this was their time to finally adopt. The Perry’s quickly fell in love with Royce and knew without a doubt that he was their son. They cannot wait to welcome sweet Royce into their home! All prayers and support are greatly appreciated!

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

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

“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

3/16/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$68.87 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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