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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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MIKAH for the Whiteley family — MI

mikah1We 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

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JANELLE and IGOR for the Conklin family — PA

Janelle 3Lawrence and Michele Conklin met as teenagers at Church youth group. They started with a friendship that gradually became a relationship. They have now been married over 20 years.

Lawrence worked hard at providing for their family as they welcomed Lawrence Jr in 1992 and Zachariah in 1995. They thought their family was complete however God had other plans. Michele felt a strong pull to do foster care and they began their foster care journey in 2007. Since that time they have fostered over a dozen children, adopting 4 of the children.

Emily is 14, Jack is 8, Nickolas is 7 and Michael is 5. And in 2011 they added a daughter in Law to their family when Lawrence Jr. married Kimberlee and they welcomed their first child the Conklin’s first grandchild Jayda Renee in 2013.

In the summer of 2013 God rocked their world once again, they were called to host a sweet 14 year old boy from Eastern Europe. Igor filled a spot in their family they did not know existed all the kids got along and when he had to go back the family soon realized the family would not be complete without Igor.

It has been long hard process raising funds etc. to bring him home and God in his wisdom decided to speak to their hearts once again and to compel the Conklins to rescue a child from RR while they were over there and that is when sweet Janelle caught their hearts. The Conklins feel strongly that the Lord has brought them this far and he will continue to grow their family as he sees fit.

3/236/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$29.10 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

$247.35 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

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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!

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

$60.14 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

$24.25 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

$5.34 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!

3/19/15—WAITING ON USCIS

$63.05 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.

3/18/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$218.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YVONNE and JACOB for the Murray family — TN

updated 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

$67.90 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

$19.40 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

$101.85 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

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DEWEY, SOPHIA, and MARK for the Darnall family — GA

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DeWain and Laura have known each other for fifteen years and have been together for almost four. Although they have three biological children from their prior marriages, they wanted children of their own. They went through IVF last year but unfortunately it was unsuccessful. Laura has always supported Reeces Rainbow and would often look at the website for newly listed children. Last year she was drawn to “Dewey” on RR and started praying for this little boy. She started talking to DeWain about adoption and realized that God had placed it on his heart to grow their family through adoption as well. She showed him RR for the first time and he stopped when his eyes met Dewey’s picture. Dewey has hydrocephalus and would so benefit from the neurosurgeons in their area. Laura works in healthcare and had already spoken to physicians about Dewey. DeWain told her that this was their son. They also wanted to add a little girl and were able to learn about a baby girl in Deweys baby house who has Down Syndrome. They are now trying to finish their homestudy and dossier so they can get over to Eastern Europe as soon as possible. Please pray for them as they embark on this journey to adopt Dewey and Sophia and they would greatly benefit from anyone who would like to support their adoption journey.

3/16/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at twofewerorphans.blogspot.com

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FAITH for the Bowen family — NY

Faith Photo 3 Apr-2013Ted, Torey and Leslie Bowen are excited beyond measure at the prospect of welcoming this wonderful child into their loving home. Ted and Torey have been married for 13 years, and adopted Leslie, now 8, from Guatemala in 2007. Leslie’s February 8 Gotcha Day is always a day of joyful reflection and giving thanks in the Bowen home. Torey herself was adopted from Greece at 14 months, and the knowledge that she spent time in an orphanage inspired her to adopt three children before “Faith”, soon to be named Phoebe. In addition to Leslie, Torey has two adult children, adopted from Arkansas and Colombia respectively, both leading happy and productive lives. Torey is a Rabbi involved in the Jewish reform movement, and teaches Hebrew and Judaica at a temple on Long Island. As an ordained member of the clergy, Torey also officiates at life-cycle events including weddings, baby naming ceremonies, and funerals. Ted, a proud Celt of Welsh decent, is the Assistant Director of Customer Relations for Metro-North Railroad, the second largest commuter railroad in the US. Leslie is a gregarious third grader at PS 139 in Queens with remarkable artistic talents and an affinity for animals. The Bowen home is not only filled with love, it is also filled with all kinds of music, pets and spirituality. In addition to two dogs and a cat, there are hamsters, a ferret, frogs, a guinea pig, and fish! This family of the world looks forward to adding another flag to the Greek, Welsh, Guatemalan, Colombian, and American flags already waving in their home, and they are very grateful for any assistance.

3/13/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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COMFORT for the Lee family — MI

ComfortGrant and Susan Lee have been married for 10 1/2 years and currently have six children. The breakdown of the half a dozen kids includes, four children from prior marriages, one child of our own, and one adopted child. Susan has always had a passion to adopt in her heart at a very young age, while Grant did not. When we, as a family adopted our youngest child Soo Min from South Korea seven years ago, Susan was elated as her dream of adopting a child finally came true. Grant was excited but did not share the same passion as Susan. As time passed by, Grant realized the passion for adoption and began to share these same feelings. The idea of giving his son a new life full of unconditional love became very important and special to Grant and he knew that they would adopt again.

This feeling is shared passionately with our children. Our kids realize that they are so fortunate that God has provided all of them with a life full of love, grace, and opportunity. They also realize that they are all children of God and they need to have open sensitive hearts, to bring another one of God’s children to our family. A baby girl named Comfort is our child who were are bringing home. Comfort is HIV positive, our family knew immediately just by looking at her that she is the chosen one to join the Lee family. We will work together as a family to make sure she has all the medical care and love she deserves.

We are often reminded of Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. We are all children of God and we need to help other children. The Lee siblings help each other, Grant and Susan help each other. It is now time for our entire family to bring Comfort into our home through the grace of God.

3/13/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thejourneyisonlybeginning.blogspot.com

$412.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JAMES and JOHN for the Doloski family — IL

Doloski boysdoloski familyThe Doloski family is growing again! Michael and Jennifer have been married for 20 years. Their children are Rebecca (17), Anna (14), Pavel Joshua (9) and Daniel (8). Joshua (formerly “Patrick” on Reece’s Rainbow) came home from Eastern Europe in 2012. While Michael and Jennifer were visiting with Joshua, they had a chance to meet and bond with his best buddy in the Baby House. “James” was funny, polite, kind, and so very handsome. Months after coming home, they were still talking about him, wondering how he was, and feeling like they had left him behind. They have made many inquiries over the last three years, hoping to bring “James” into their family as well. Each time, they were told “James” was not available to be adopted, his paperwork was not in order, and, finally, “this boy is not available and probably never will be.” As “James” moved from Baby House to older children’s orphanage and in and out of the care of his family, the Doloskis tried hard, with the help of a local charity, to keep track of the boy they loved. Hoping to help him stay in his family’s care, they even offered to raise the funds necessary for surgery to correct his special need – an issue routinely repaired successfully on infants in the United States. Many months ago, they were told “James” was back with his family. They thought – hoped – that his story had a happy ending. On Christmas Eve 2014, however, they received a picture from the local charity. “James” was back in the government’s care, this time for good, as his family could no longer care for him. However, he was not pictured alone. He was photographed embracing his little brother, “John.” After weeks of prayer and discernment, knowing they could not leave behind the boy who won their hearts so long ago, the family decided that the only thing to do was put up another set of bunk beds and do everything they can to bring these boys home. These adoption plans were, truly, unexpected, and, as a result, the family is hoping to earn and raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now and the beginning of September. Donations are sincerely appreciated. (Philippians 2:12-13)

3/10/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at doloski.blogspot.com

$1,622.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JAYDA for the Simonsen family — WA

JaydaDavid and Lu have always wanted a big family. Before they knew it they had six kids. What they didn’t realize is that when their sixth child was born it would open their eyes up to a whole new world. Their sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Despite the initial shock of the diagnosis, they as well as the rest of the family realized the unique blessing of this daughter. As they got to know others in the Down syndrome community they bumped into several families that had adopted from overseas. This began their thinking about adopting themselves. Specifically adopting a young child with Down syndrome. After months of talking and looking through Reece’s rainbow they decided to stop talking about it and take action. They are now in the process of adopting a 3 year old girl from Eastern Europe who happens to have Down syndrome.

 

3/10/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at https://www.facebook.com/BabySophiaJoy

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

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ZHEN for the Conner family — FL

ZhenJoel and Stephanie Conner met at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, S.C., but fell in love while on a short term mission trip to a Mexican orphanage. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children, both with special needs. Their first child was adopted from Mexico while they were teaching for 3 years in the same orphanage where they had first fallen in love. After the adoption was complete, they had to return to the USA because of their son’s medical needs. But orphan care and adoption was still their passion. They’ve experienced first hand the need for adoption, and also the JOY of adoption, especially regarding orphans with special needs. They have wanted to adopt another child with special needs for a long time and are excited that the door is finally opening! They are so thankful for God’s gift of little “Zhen” and can’t wait to bring him home to join Team Conner! They’ve decided to name him Gideon Gui Conner.

3/10/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$380.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TOBIAS for the Scheid family — IL

Tobias_2015Nathan and Tina met in high school. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader. They were married in 2004 and have had 10 lucky, wonderful, always changing, years together. Shortly after being married, they found out the were expecting the first of their three daughter’s. Nathan lost his job and was having a difficult time finding another one that would support their family. This lead them down the road of being a military family. They’ve been a military family now for over 9 years and life’s been an adventure. They can’t wait to go on this new adventure that the Lord has put before them. There are three little girls that can’t wait to have a little brother, and two parents who are so excited to have a son! Please pray for them as they go on the adventure they have become calling, Operation Scheid Family, to bring home little Tobias.

 

3/10/2015—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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HOPE for the Peterson family — WY

HopeThe Petersons were high school sweethearts, and have been married for the last 13 years. They both work as special education teachers, and thoroughly enjoy the world of education. They have been blessed with 6 amazing children – 5 boys and one girl! They adopted their daughter, Addelyn (Heavenly on RR), from Eastern Europe in 2014. They have been home 9 months, and are now preparing to head back for their second daughter. Adoption has been an amazing journey for this family. The Peterson family is excited to return and expand their family once again!

3/16/15—DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

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

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EBBA for the Molina family — MI

EbbaFinley and Rebel have been married for almost nineteen years. They met in their junior year of high school. Finley was born in El Salvador and lived there during the Civil War; losing his mom to the war when he was still just a baby. He came to the United States when he was thirteen. Despite being on his own since he was fifteen, Finley put himself through college with the support of his wife, Rebel, and is now a firefighter and paramedic. Feeling blessed to have been able to escape the war, go to school, and make a better life for himself, Finley always wanted to help others to have a chance at a good life. After having three biological children, the Molinas became foster parents and adopted three beautiful children with special needs. The Molinas have always considered foster care and adoption to be their family ministry; using their family and all of their resources to live out 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.”

In 2011, Rebel became ill and had to be placed on a ventilator; she was not expected to make it. During her time on the ventilator, she asked God if she would live and he showed her seven little baby rubber ducks, Finley and Rebel always joked that they would have seven children, but at that time they only had four. After seeing the ducks, Rebel knew that she would survive, and on Thanksgiving day she came off the ventilator and told Finley what she had seen. By April, they had six children, and since that time, they have been eagerly waiting for God to send them number seven.

International adoption had never been contemplated by the Molinas. It was too costly and overwhelming. Until they saw Ebba; Finley could empathize with her. He knows what it is to be hungry, to be alone and afraid, and as a firefighter he understands the severity of her burns. Rebel wanted Ebba to feel loved, she wanted Ebba to experience the comfort of a mother and the support of a loving family. The Molina children also wanted Ebba to be a part of their family. They believe that God has big plans for Ebba, and they are excited to be a part of it! The Molinas have decided to trust the Lord on this adventure and eagerly await the arrival of their seventh little duck!

3/9/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 7littleducks.wordpress.com

$1,149.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TIMOTHY for the Parris family — AL

Timothy-ChinaBryan and Jenifer Parris had known for a long time that their family would grow through adoption. They also knew that it would be a child with Down syndrome. They assumed they would adopt through our local foster care system and that God would just deliver to us a baby with DS…probably leaving him or her on our doorstep in the middle of the night. Crazy thought, huh?

They got the paperwork to begin the process of foster care to adopt. They never even filled out one form and they found out they were pregnant! It made sense to get their new baby home and settled and then Bryan and Jenifer could pick up with their plans to adopt. Then Neely was born…and she just so happened to be born with DOWN SYNDROME!!

Was God really calling them to adopt or just trying to prepare their hearts to be Neely’s parents? They had to figure that part out. Then…..they saw MinLan’s (Laura on Reece’s Rainbow) picture….they knew she was part of their family. Moving forward, they have settled in as a family and were doing well. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done, but definitely enough love to go around.

Around Christmas time, their family chose sweet Timothy on RR to sponsor for the Angel Tree program. They put his picture on the refrigerator, asked for donations to help his account and even hosted a big giveaway right at the end to hit our $1000 goal. They did it!

Ruby Kate,their five year old daughter, walked around declaring that their family was going to adopt Timothy. Ethan their seven year old son, wanted to know why he did not have a brother at home and if Timothy needed a family, why couldn’t they become his family.

Then God began to work…Bryan and Jenifer began to see God going before them to make the impossible possible. He began to make a way where they had seen NONE. Bryan and Jenifer are trusting the Lord to continue to make a way. They are trusting that God will provide the funds needed to complete this adoption. One way may be through people like you. Please pray with faith that God would move mountains to bring their son home.

3/9/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.thestoryof1000.blogspot.com

$38.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GLORY for the Hoang family — MD

GloryAnn and Lam have always wanted a big family and knew they wanted to adopt one day, but were amazed when God showed them just a year after being married that they would be adopting their first.. and now second child through the miracle of adoption! Through an amazing series of events in their lives last year, the Lord led Lam and Ann to a precious treasure named Ruthie, their first daughter. Since bringing her home from China, their eyes have been opened to the tremendous blessing of adoption and the heartbreaking orphan crisis that remains in China and through out the world. Their adventure continues with the adoption a sister for Ruthie also from China, the beautiful Glory. Glory is a sweet six year old who has severe congenital glaucoma of the eye and a tumor on her tongue. Doctors suspect she has a Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic neurological disorder. The Hoang’s are eager to bring Glory home so that she can receive the treatment she needs and so that she can know the love of her forever family. Please join them in their journey through prayers and support. Many thanks and blessings from their family to yours!

3/5/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at childlikehope.wordpress.com

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DAVID for the Smith family — TN

image (1)Ashley and Kain never planned to adopt. They would have 1-2 biological children in addition to Kain’s son, Kaiden … but you know what they say about plans!

After a struggle with infertility and some disillusionment with domestic adoption, their home study agency passed along a photo of a little boy who needed a family. Though they didn’t meet the requirements for that child, they’d found a new purpose for their struggles. They wanted to give a home to a child who needed one.

The Smiths brought ho me their daughter from Eastern Europe in March 2014, but it wasn’t too long before they realized they weren’t done and they were still missing a piece. So, despite not having the financial support available that was present in their first adoption, Kain and Ashley have stepped forward again to bring love and a family to a child who needs one. They hope you will follow along on their journey to bring home their beloved son.

3/5/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at backtobulgaria.wordpress.com

$124.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ERIX for the Yager family — IN

ErixYears ago before Matt and Mandi were married they talked at length about adopting a little girl from China. Mandi expressed her desire to Matt that somehow, someway, she would have a daughter from China. So, they came up with a plan. They would get married, save up some money, have a couple of kids of their own and then look into adoption. Thirteen years later, they had three beautiful, healthy biological children and not a penny in savings, but Mandi’s desire to adopt was stronger than ever. In 2008, they turned their dream into a reality when they brought home their daughter from China. At the same time, Mandi knew that there was more to adopting than she could have ever imagined. When she left China with their daughter, she knew without a doubt that she would return.

Matt and Mandi have now been married 20 years and have 7 beautiful children (3 biological, and 4 adopted from China), that bless them every day. After returning home with their last daughter in 2012, Matt was adamant that they were done. Mandi on the other hand knew she had another daughter somewhere. After months of trying to convince Matt of adopting “just one more time,” Mandi came to the realization that maybe they were done. She stopped asking Matt about adopting and became content with the 7 children they already had. That is until Matt came to her and said that he had been thinking and praying and he came to the realization that if adopting was what Mandi was supposed to do, and this is what God was telling her to do, then who was he to stand in the way?

They began to review files of little girl in the 4-6 age range, but nothing felt “right.” They were recently review a file of a 6 year old little girl when there was a boy being shared on multiple Facebook pages, and advocating sites. They all said the same thing, “URGENT, this boy ages out in 3 months, and is desperate need of a family.” Mandi posted how handsome he was and she how wished they could bring him home. She knew that adopting another aging out boy was out of the picture for them at this time. Adopting in general can be challenging, but adopting an older child comes with a whole new set of challenges. Anyway, she shared on her Facebook about this boy in hopes that someone would see him and immediately start the process to adopt him.

Several families were showing interest in him, but no one was committing. Mandi talked to Matt as soon as he got home that night, knowing what his initial reaction was going to be. Of course it was a “no,” but after getting over the initial shock, they sat and talked about it for hours. Matt is not a spontaneous person. He does not make decisions based on emotions. He is definitely the more logical person in their marriage. Knowing that everything would have to be done in 3 months, it was all about the money to him. He said he needed some time to think it over, and to not push. Of course Mandi knew that time was not something that could be wasted. The next day she kept checking with people to see if his file had been locked, hoping and praying that it had so she could move on. As much as she wanted him to be a part of their family, at the end of the day she just wanted him to have A family.

To make a long story short, within 72 hours of bringing it up to Matt, they were saying “YES!” So, it is with complete faith that they are once again answering the call to open their hearts and their home to another of God’s children. Unfortunately, this journey is nothing like any of the others they have taken. They have less than 3 months to get a year’s worth of paperwork done. Instead of having a year to save, and fundraise, they have less than three months. Their journey is just beginning, and knowing that they are moving at warp speed both excites and terrifies them. Knowing that this boy still has hope, that his family is out there is motivating Matt and Mandi to get all the necessary paperwork done and whatever it takes to get the money to bring him home. They are racing against the clock to bring him home. They are 100% committed to doing whatever it takes to add this handsome young man to their family.

They want to bring Erix — soon to be named Owyn — home to a big, loving, crazy family. They want to fulfill his hope of being adopted. They found out from another visiting parent that he wants to be adopted and is terrified because he knows his time is running out. He dreams of living in the middle of the United States, and becoming a doctor someday so he can help others. Matt, Mandi, and all 7 of their children are completely in love with a child they have never met. They are all completely invested in making this boy’s dreams come true.

One thing is for sure, when Matt and Mandi started the process to adopt, they had no idea the twists and turns that would be involved. But with every door that closed, another was opened. Adoption is not easy, in fact, it can be quite difficult physically and emotionally. However, the end result is worth the sacrifices, the worry, the unknowns, the up and downs, and anything else in between. They cannot imagine their family without all of our kids. In fact, when asked how many kids we have that are adopted or bio, many times they have to stop and think, because to them, there is no difference.

3/26/15— USCIS APPROVED; ON “AGE-EXPEDITE”, NEED TO TRAVEL BEFORE MAY

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

$1,532.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMERY for the Dismuke family — KY

EmeryMichael and Heather have been married for 10 years. They have two biological children 9 and 8. Their adoption process started when they saw a beautiful 3 year old girl from Eastern Europe. Sadly, they could not bring her home because of an adoption ban in that country. After weeks of prayer, they decided to bring home another beautiful 6 year girl with dwarfism from another country. She came home December 2012.

They know that boys are overlooked many times and age out before a family can bring them home. They also know that children with dwarfism are viewed as “unadoptable”. Heather had seen ‘Emery’ in a photo that was posted on Love without Boundaries blog post, she inquired but was told there was no file. A few weeks later she found out that a file was started but it would be some time before he would be on the list. Then, she saw that sweet face again and the timing was right.

They finally have no more deployments and no crazy military schedule to cause delays.  They can not wait to bring home their son. He has three older sisters who can’t wait to meet him. Please join them along their journey to give ‘Emery’ the life, love, and family he deserves. Any help with fundraising and prayers to allow them to complete this process would be greatly appreciated.

3/3/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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

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

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EMIL, VELIA +1 for the Osborn family — AL

 photo fwbutton150.pngemil-2014velia-2013In 2007 by Gods grace my husband and I brought our two family’s together and became one. I had six children, three biological and three adopted, he had one daughter. Sense then we’ve adopted two children and have recently been called to adopt three more from the Ukraine. This is our first international adoption and we are so thrilled to be a part in Gods perfect plan. We are adopting two girls and one boy, Velia and Emil are from Reece’s rainbow. Our hearts have felt for these particular children because they will be aging out of there orphanages soon. We are blessed to have been given this opportunity. Wouldn’t want to leave out how extremely thankful we are for the people who have and will help us in our journey. If God leads you, please lift us up in prayer.

 3/3/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

 

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POPPY for the Koomen family — OH

PoppyAmy and Jason are a non-traditional couple who met at their children’s Catholic school. They met each other after both going through very heartbreaking divorces. After leaning on each other for help and comfort as single parents, they decided to blend the families together. Although they have a beautiful blended family with 3 at home and 3 in Florida, their hearts felt like the family wasn’t complete. Being unable to have any more children, Amy suggested adoption, as both her mother and brother were adopted, and Jason agreed without hesitation.

Amy and Jason’s children have loved spending the past several months discussing the situation, choosing genders, making suggestions as to special needs, and arguing over who gets to play with their new sibling first! The children are 100% supportive of the choice.

They are doing everything in their power to expedite the process and bring Poppy home as fast as possible.

2/27/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$194.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH for the Wierenga family — MA

 photo fwbutton150.pngElijah

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

2/26/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$143.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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