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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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OWEN for the Viljoen family — NC

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

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

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

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

11/22/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steadfastparents.blogspot.com

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RENO and DARAH for the Maxwell family — ND

Reno 2014Ryan and Natalie were married June 2011, They planned on pursuing adoption soon after their marriage, but God had other plans. After only a couple months of enjoying their new married life, they got the surprise of a lifetime, Natalie was pregnant! Another surprise came when they found out about their bio son’s special heart. They did not feel qualified or ready to be special needs parents, but three open heart surgeries later, the young couple realized that the world of special needs parenting, although scary and painful at times, contained more beauty than they could of ever dreamed possible. When God began opening their eyes and stirring their hearts for special needs adoption, they were hesitant, but then Natalie found Reece’s Rainbow and laid her eyes on the most precious little boy with the deepest brown eyes. 10 months later they welcomed Ivan into their crazy family.

They knew they would adopt again and now one year after welcoming Ivan home, they are beginning the adoption journey again to bring two more beautiful children with special hearts into their family. Ryan and Natalie truly believe that EVERY heart needs a home and EVERY child deserves a chance. This young family has seen God level mountains before and they know He will be faithful again. Would you consider helping them bring these precious treasures HOME? Any gift you can give is an answer to prayer for this family and they thank you from the bottom or their hearts.

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places. So that you may know I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:2-3

11/20/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourlegacyoflove.blogspot.com

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

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DANIEL and the Davis family — CA

RRDavisBio2RRDavisBio1Ronnie and Kim have been married since 2009 and are the parents of a sweet 3 year old boy. A few years ago, they found their way to RR and fell in love with a boy they only saw a photo of. Immediately they knew they had to start advocating to help find a family for him. When they learned that many other children with dwarfism and various special needs were laying in orphanages across the world, God started leaning on their hearts that an adoption into their own family was inevitable. Then one day a picture of a little boy with dwarfism was placed in front of them, and they knew he was born for their family.

Now seeing their little one in person can’t come soon enough! He will be snuggled, and loved, and probably bossed around a (tiny) bit by his older brother.

They truly thank you for all your prayers and support. They will be forever indebted to anyone who helps Danny become a Davis!

11/18/14—RECEIVED LOA; WAITING on ARTICLE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at borntobeadavis.blogspot.com

$388.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JULIANA for the Knight family — VA

JulianaGalin and Emily have shared their hopes and dreams about adoption for as long as they have known each other. But, though they’ve been married for almost nine years and have two biological children, they have yet to actually welcome an orphan into their home. Clearly, this has all been in God’s timing and his timing is perfect as we know. Three years ago they began the infamous paper trail only to be stopped cold in their tracks due to Galin’s year long deployment. Then again when he returned home they jumped back on the adoption train only to again find the gates closed due to more employment complications. The first time they had a door slammed in our face Emily was devastated but the second time she simply thought, “Lord, do you NOT want us to adopt?” she have a hard time understanding how our God would not want to give an orphan child a home in His family…that just didn’t make sense to her! But she knows He is faithful and her understanding is finite so they waited. And, when the dust settled, there on the other side of this valley was the clearest path they’ve seen so far! So here’s the new story:
About two months ago Galin called to tell Emily that he still had a career and a future retirement plan!!! They’d been waiting on this news for so long that Emily wasn’t sure if he’d remember the momentum that they’d had towards adoption in the past…But then, that sweet, sweet husband immediately followed on with encouragement to reopen the adoption process!!!! Of course, Emily assured him that she had every intention to hit the ground running just as soon as she got through a weekend of training at this home school conference. Emily was so excited to attend the “Classical Conversations Parent Practicum” because this is their first year homeschooling.

So, Emily was at this three day practicum and on the first day some of the community leaders introduced themselves and her ears perk up at one mother’s mention of her newly adopted children. Emily immediately made a mental note to track her down and pester her to tell her story (always excited to hear other families’ miraculous adoption stories). However, Emily was in no way seeking her conversation because she thought her specific adoption situation was one that the knight family would find themselves in…. but boy, was she wrong!

The mom was so warm, practical, and transparent with her story that Emily was instantly drawn in as if she’d known her for much longer than five minutes. While she explained how they ended up adopting two amazing fifteen year-olds , these sweet teens, Ira and Rostik, actually walked through the hall where they were talking! They were helping as nursery aids for the conference. Emily had a chance to enjoy their humor and candor, look into their eyes, and experience who they really are. Every child is a gift and these two remarkable children are no exception! Val told Emily of their special needs and of the plight of orphans in their region of the world. If these two had not been rescued they would surely have been very ill (and worse) on the streets in the living conditions where they were headed next. In this particular country these orphans are put out of their “boarding school” when they turn 16. Rostik referred to it as a “sad graduation” in his thick, endearing accent. He said that their teacher actually cries as she signs the paper to release them because she knows what happens next in the vast majority of these cases. Now, at this point, Ira enters the scene and inquires “Vot you tooking bout?!” (as she hugs Emily’s shoulder). Emily had met Ira earlier because she was helping with the preschool children where her oldest daughter was playing. A very lively girl with a spark in her eyes and a wholehearted hug for whoever needs it, Ira is definitely not shy. She, the refugee, made Emily feel welcome on her first day in a community full of strangers. In this brief time Emily already knows her to speak her mind, welcome everyone, and probe with earnest questions. So, Emily is holding her breath now, feeling sick at the inevitable conclusion to most of these “sad graduations” wondering what alternatives do these girls have besides prostitution, drugs, and death…?

As Galin and Emily got to know the Deutsch family over these conversations, Ira told them of her best friend/room mate that was “left behind” at the boarding school. These girls had been roommates since they were 7 and 8 years old. They were like sisters before Ira was adopted to the US, and now, feeling the weight of her sister’s fate, Ira prays daily for a family to bring her dear friend home. And, as we know, Ira is a very candid person so, at some point, she bluntly asked Emily, “You adopt “Juliana”? All they could tell her was to keep praying, but their hearts wanted to say, “Yes!!! Yes!!! Absolutely!!!”

Emily told Val that this was really moving her heart but that it was highly unlikely that Galin would be on board with this crazy new idea because they envisioned adopting a child the same age or younger than their oldest daughter, Arlie, who is four years old now. Emily thought she would really have to sell this idea to Galin in order for it to even have a chance. But, do you know what God did?! Without any bribery or manipulation, Galin was not only interested but also excited about this “rescue mission!!” He has always had a particular hatred towards child trafficking, sex crimes, and the people involved in these atrocities, so, in his mind, this adoption opportunity is clearly a peaceful way to battle that evil. Emily was blown away at his response! They decided to meet with the Deutsch family later that week and let Galin get to know the kids. Emily was thinking this might seal the deal for him but the truth was, that he needed no convincing; his heart was pricked just like Emily’s and we were on a new path, one that we had never dreamed of walking!

Now the Knight family is working tirelessly to bring ‘Juliana’ home to our family and reunite her with her best friend her in the USA. Their hearts are aching to bring home their daughter as quickly as possible and let the healing begin!

 11/7/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at trusting3-5.blogspot.com

$106.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANIBEL for the Vogelzang family – MI

AnibelAdam and Carin have been married for 17 years and have 5 amazing children ages 13, 11, 8, 5 and 4. Their youngest child, Pearl, was adopted from China in 2013. She has Down Syndrome. Carin imagined she would adopt children when she was a child. She also wanted to mother a child with Down Syndrome. Sometimes, dreams do come true!

Adam and Carin live an alternative lifestyle due to Adam’s job as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department. Their family has lived in 5 foreign countries over the past 11 years. These experiences have opened their hearts and minds to the issues of poverty and orphan care.

Carin worked in an orphanage in Mexico and taught a music class in an orphanage in Armenia. Adam volunteered at an orphanage in Russia. Together, they are trying to live out their faith in Christ and show others that each child has infinite worth and value.

They are now pursuing an adoption for a second daughter from China with Down Syndrome. They fell in love with her beautiful smile the minute they saw her picture. The entire family is very excited to add a new sister.

We are humbled and grateful that God would allow this chance once again.

11/5/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.diplofam.blogspot.com

$135.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SALLY for the Stum family — CO

Sally (1)Chris and Jennifer were married in 2010. They talked and dreamed about the size their family would be like many newlyweds do. Adoption was never considered an alternative for them but something they wanted to pursue in God’s time. Since then they have been blessed with three beautiful biological children (two boys and a girl). After their second child was born the real pull towards adoption started.

Jennifer found Reece’s Rainbow and began praying for children listed. Much time was spent by Chris and Jennifer researching many types of adoption and special needs seemed to pull at their hearts. When Chris was five he lost his foot in an accident. He has undergone many surgeries and therapy and today it does not hinder him. Seeing the life Chris leads and knowing the difference a family makes led the Stums to start looking at children with limb differences. Yet it still didn’t appear to be God’s timing. When they saw Sally they both knew that God planned for her to be their daughter. So, with much prayer and consideration the family stepped out in faith and started their journey of adoption to bring their beautiful daughter, Sally, home.

With God’s provision the Stums are excited to provide Sally with a loving home, the knowledge and love of Christ, and the care and support she needs to overcome the many obstacles she will face. Chris and Jennifer feel very blessed to be able to add Sally to their family and are very thankful for your prayers and support.

11/20/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cayleighscurlz.blogspot.com

$55.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA ROSE for the Eby family — MI

Lydia RoseRon and Laura have been married 22 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Their two youngest daughters were born in China. The Eby family likes to spend time together, outside if possible! Laura has always dreamed of a large family with bio as well as adopted children and was blessed to marry a man who is wonderful with kids and willing to help her make that dream come true. Ron is a fireman and one of his favorite parts of the job is the fire safety demos he does at our local school and churches. They are excited to be making one last trip to China to add another daughter to their family!

10/31/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog dancingwithstarfish.blogspot.com

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

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WILLOW for the Quinn family — FL

41022134950 WillowThe Quinn Family adopted Dunham and Edgar from Ukraine Spring of 2014. Their two oldest children had begun their own journey to adulthood and God laid it on their hearts to adopt following the birth of their son Gage in 2013. Their three boys ages 1,2, and 3 keep their hands busy and their hearts full! Jennifer and Marty felt once again called by the Holy Spirit to adopt. This time a girl! They fell in love with Willow and know she will bring just the right amount of Pink to their house of Blue! They invite you to LIKE their Facebook page at Facebook.com/growingupwithdowns and visit their blog.

 

10/30/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at walknfaithquinnfamily@blogspot.com

$284.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RITA and NIYA for the Erb family — WY

Rita-2014Almanzo and Heather have felt God’s call on their lives to adopt into their family those who are neglected or abandoned. Last March they took a step of faith and adopted a little girl who is visually impaired, from Armenia. Aida turns 9 this year and adds so much to their lives.

They decided to wait longer to adopt again… as they have other children in the home. Lane is 8. Anna is 6. Grady is 5. And Wade is 3…and felt busy enough. And everyone was content.

But God had other plans…

Heather first came across Rita’s story several years ago. And didn’t realize she was available for adoption. Until she saw her story through Maya’s Hope and spoke to Maya about the desperate care Rita needed. Almanzo and Heather felt burdened and ready to trust God in his provision. They only recently realized that Reece’s Rainbow had been advocating for this sweet girl.

While getting around paperwork, they learned that Rita has an older sister. A sister who will turn 16 in November and age out of the program. They decided that they would also proceed and try to adopt Rita’s older sister as well. It is ultimately her choice, but it will be her last chance at finding a forever family.

Would you please consider and helping the Erb family make this step of faith?

10/30/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$138.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN and RAYMOND for the Allison family — OH

Evan and Raymond_Sept2014Jared and Jamie met and fell in love in high school. It was love at first sight and they were living their happily ever after with their three biological children when they found the picture of a sweet little boy who just happened to have Down syndrome. They hadn’t planned on adopting at all but his picture rocked their worlds! They leapt in and rushed full speed ahead to bring home Eli in 2012.

Even though Eli was in a good place, their hearts were forever changed when they saw the other children who had to be left behind and so desperately wanted a mommy and daddy too. Once Eli was home and settled, they committed to bringing home two more children who also happened to have an extra chromosome. The girls came home in Feb 2014.

The family settled into a daily routine and was happily trucking along when they saw another little picture that stopped them in their tracks. A sweet little set of brothers who just needed a Mama and Papa to call their own. So they leapt once again, and are so eager to bring the boys home forever!

This will be their third adoption (4th and 5th adopted children) in 3 years and any financial help is most welcomed!

10/29/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at sunshinedaysandpeacefulnights.blogspot.com

$3,100.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADELINE for the Bearce family — MA

Adeline (3)Heather and Stephen are pleased to announce that they are adopting a sister for Zee!

Their little family has been through a lot! Stephen and Heather’s first baby girl was stillborn and the grief that followed was unimaginable. Having a baby after a loss is called a ‘rainbow baby’ to show the beauty after a terrible storm, so it only made sense to look to Reece’s Rainbow to help heal their hearts and build their family.

Heather found a beautiful baby girl on Reece’s Rainbow and was convinced that she was meant to be her daughter. Much to their surprise, after teams of doctors told them they would never conceive another baby, Heather found herself pregnant for a second time with a baby girl! After an emotionally difficult pregnancy, Heather gave birth to a healthy baby last December. Their story does not end there! You see, the beautiful baby girl that is listed as Adeline on Reece’s Rainbow had worked her way into their hearts and Heather and Stephen felt very strongly that she was to be their daughter!

Please consider adding to their account, any amount is helpful.

10/28/14—HOPING TO TRAVEL in SPRING 2015
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at

$637.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TRAVIS and DEVAN for the Horvath family — IA

TravisIstvan and Anna met in 2006 in Debrecen Hungary. After Istvan aged out of a Hungarian orphanage he felt he Lord calling him to serve those in the same situation. Anna had traveled to Hungary to work in an orphanage for the summer and Istvan was working with GoodSports International serving those same children. They now live in Iowa where Anna uses her ability of dance to minister to children and teens and they are raising their two daughters.

It was a 7 year journey to get to this place of adoption. But January 1st of 2014 Istvan felt like God said “Now is the time” and the next day their journey began.

The Horvath’s are so excited to bring their two boys home early 2015!

They are adopting “Travis” and “Devan” from China. These beautiful little boys called to their hearts and they know that this time was the perfect time for them to adopt.

Thank you for being a part of their journey!

10/25/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at

$121.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NIGEL and NELLIE for the Gadbois family — MA

NandNbirthdayBrian and Nissa have been married for 23 years and are the parents of nine children. Adoption was always part of the plan for the Gadbois family, since before they were even married. They have been around adoption for many years as orphan hosts and adoption advocates.

Brian is an ordained deacon and an electrical engineer. Nissa is a stay-at-home mother and a professional photographer. The Gadbois Family operates a 300 acre farm in central Massachusetts with the help of their adult children. They make maple and birch syrups and honey, raise vegetables, dairy goats, and sheep. They also run a herd of cattle for another local farmer. All nine children still live at home and lend a hand on the farm.

Their special ministry is to the family, believing firmly in the mandate to care for widows and orphans, and in their responsibility to build up and strengthen all families. The Gadbois’ eldest daughter Catherine is in homeless ministry, working with expectant mothers.

“Nigel” and “Nellie” came to the Brian and Nissa’s attention at a time they didn’t think they could adopt. Many weeks had passed when someone else recalled this beautiful brother and sister to them. It was obvious that the Holy Spirit was prompting them to move forward. After some prayer and discussion, they decided to step out in faith to make these two beautiful children a part of their family. Thus far, as needs have arisen, God has provided. They are trusting in His goodness, and to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who will read about them and their children to bring to fruition what God has planned for this family.

10/23/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gadboisfamily.com

$899.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PATTON for the Lanz family — OH

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn July of 2014 the Lanz family attended a reunion for children from the orphanage where two of their girls spent the first six/seven years of their lives. There were many other adopted children in attendance with their families. It was so much fun to meet online friends and give the girls a chance to reconnect with children they knew.

Also at this picnic were a group of children who are still orphans but who were being hosted in the states for a few weeks for the cultural experience. One of these children rated a GASP from their daughter Abigail when she saw him. Later when he saw their girls, he took Jen’s hand and quietly said her Chinese name. It was a very sweet moment! It seemed obvious that there was a “connection” between him and their daughters. After all, they were infants together and grew up in the same place. He even shared a room with Jennifer until she was adopted in 2013.

They had the unusual opportunity to spend many hours with “Pat” over the course of the next three weeks and came to love this gentle boy who seemed to genuinely care about the people around him. He was quick to share and didn’t demand his own way. He was cheerful and happy and had a smile that lit up their world. He was helpful, and especially looked after Jen. He fit in so well with their other children, and they dreaded the day that they had to tell him, “goodbye”. He returned to China at the end of July.

What followed were days of heart searching and questioning themselves and wondering how in the world they could do this again one more time. They adopted two girls in April of 2013 and returned in March 2014 for Isaac. Again?

BUT, they spend hours with Pat. They spent days with him. They know this child! In his book, “Radical” David Platt wrote, “We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” On August 19, 2014 they received their pre-approval from China to proceed with Pat’s adoption.

Ethan and Randi appreciate your prayers and support as they work to bring Pat home and welcome you to follow the journey.

10/22/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

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

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