MOLLIE for the Wheaton family — IL

Mollie updateKim lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois.  She has four daughters, two biological and two whom she adopted internationally.  She considers her daughters to be the biggest blessing of her life!

This past summer, Kim and her daughters decided to participate in a summer hosting program, hosting a 12 year old orphan for four weeks.  When she first saw “Mollie’s” picture in her email, Kim was drawn to her.  Then during the four week visit, Kim and all her daughters fell in love with Mollie and knew she was meant to be a part of their family!

Despite her hard first years, living in an orphanage, Mollie is sweet and kind with a heart of gold.  She fits perfectly into their family and Kim and her daughters look forward to the day when she is home forever!

4/12/17 —LOA RECEIVED

$1,305.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mollie has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

NINA for the Englert Family — VA

Karen is a licensed professional counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with children and families for over 20 years now. Through her career plans have progressed over time and even is able to run her private practice from her home now, there is something missing in her life — a child. She expected to be married with children of her own by now, but when life didn’t work out that way, Karen set her sights on choosing to offer a forever home to an older waiting child who has never had parents to call her own.

Karen began her search for a child who would best fit into her family and feels that God led her to “Nina,” a 12 year old girl from Eastern Europe, who has spent her entire life since she was six months old in the foster care system. Nina is described as a very caring, grateful, generous and sensitive child who also loves animals and just recently told her foster mother that she “really wants a dog!” Karen has adopted four rescue dogs that she uses in her therapy work with clients! Nina is also very excited about being adopted!

Given her professional background working with tough adolescents, Karen is uniquely prepared to help Nina transition as smoothly as possible to a new home and country. What Karey does need help with, however, is the daunting task of raising enough funds to cover the formidable fees required for international adoption. Your prayers and contributions are deeply appreciated and would enable this dream to happen! Thank you, and may God bless you!

12/20/16 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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Nina has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

DANIEL for the Hatcher family — WV

Amanda and Joe’s adoption journey started with a dream – literally. Three and a half years ago, the same night, they both dreamt they had another little boy (besides their -then- one and a half year old son). Both Amanda and Joe had always considered adoption; Amanda was adopted as an older child from foster care at the age of 15. Joe has extended family that came into the family through adoption.

For three years Joe and Amanda wondered when and where they would be lead to adopt from. Finally in April 2016 their son was revealed to them, through one of Amanda’s close friends, Tiffany.

Tiffany adopted her son, Elias (Pepe) through the help of Reece’s Rainbow in the beginning of 2015. Tiffany learned Elias had a foster brother, Daniel, who had been with him since birth. The boys moved through different foster homes together, and their only true separation was when Tiffany adopted Elias. After learning of Daniel and how close he and Elias were, she started inquiring about adopting him as well. However, after visiting him in early 2016, Tiffany realized her limitations as a single mom and decided to find him a forever family instead.

Daniel turned out to be the same boy Joe and Amanda had dreamed of three years earlier!

Joe and Amanda started the adoption process for Daniel in April 2016. God has confirmed many times for them that this is the boy they are supposed to adopt.

Daniel is 9 years old and, like Elias, has some special needs. Daniel has cognitive delays, hearing loss, and speech delays, among other needs. Part of Daniel’s special needs were a result of a traumatic birth. Daniel also used a feeding tube for a portion of his early life, but now eats solid foods without help!

Joe, Amanda and their two biological children are excited about giving Daniel the loving forever family and home he deserves. Joe and Amanda are seeking assistance in raising the final $20,000 they need to bring Daniel home.

4/26/17 —TRAVELING MAY 21 

$2,240.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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3 Siblings for the Howell Family — WA

howell-trioJustin and Codi Howell are high school sweethearts who have now been married for nine years. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself. Adoption has always been something that is close to their hearts.

The Howells currently have four children at home and one in heaven. Anna is seven, Levi is four, Amelia is three, and Claire is two. Both Amelia and Claire have Down syndrome. The couple adopted Amelia from Eastern Europe in 2015. She has thrived in their home and the Howells feel so blessed to be her parents. Their daughter, Emelyn, was born with a very rare condition and passed away due to complications in 2010.

In May 2016, while scrolling through her Facebook news feed, Codi saw a picture of a sibling group that was available for summer hosting. Not knowing much about hosting but feeling a tug on her heart and an instant connection to the children in the picture, Codi sent the picture and summary to Justin who immediately felt the same connection. It was the siblings’ last chance for hosting and the couple had just one week to raise the full amount of funds needed for the children’s hosting fees. They prayed and God provided the full amount in just THREE DAYS! The couple hosted the children in their home for five weeks. Their love for them was instantaneous and all members of the family bonded quickly and easily … it was meant to be! Saying “goodbye” to the children who so quickly became their own was one of the hardest things the couple has ever done. The Howells are working quickly to be reunited with their children.

The Howells appreciate your financial support as they, once again, “step out of the boat” in obedience.

6/21/17 — TRAVELING JULY 7
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at siblingsforthehowells.blogspot.com

$16,067.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE for the Amick family — NC

charlie-2016The Amick family is excited to be adopting again. Jeremy and Angela have been married for 17 years and have three biological boys- Nathan (12), Caleb (11) and Eli (8). They also have an adopted daughter from China- Lia (adopted in 2015). Jeremy is a pastor and Angela a nurse. They enjoy being outdoors, cooking over a fire pit, and spending time with friends and family. Life is full and energetic, but in the summer of 2016, the family realized there was a little boy that needed to join their family.

The Amicks met “Charlie” — soon to be named Isaac — during Lia’s adoption trip. He was the first child to greet the family when they visited the orphanage and stayed right by their side their entire visit. He was so glued to the family that he ended up in almost all their pictures from that visit!

In the beginning of 2016, Charlie’s adoption file was ready and having such a special place in their hearts, Jeremy and Angela began advocating for him to have a family. They prayed for him daily, posted his story on Facebook, shared his information with other friends that felt called to adopt. But, no families committed. One of the Amick children particularly asked often why their family couldn’t adopt Charlie. After several months passed, Jeremy, Angela and their children all realized they knew the forever family that was being called to adopt Charlie. They were that family!

The Amick family are hoping to welcome Charlie into their home in the Spring of 2017. He and their daughter Lia, who also shares the same special need of Down Syndrome, will be reunited after spending three and a half years together in the same room at the same orphanage. The Amicks are praying and hoping for financial provision to help bring Charlie home. The finances of adopting again was one reason Jeremy and Angela were scared to say “yes” to adopting again. But the day they signed the paperwork to adopt Charlie, they read a quote that said, “The financial burden of bringing home a child through adoption should never be a reason to not provide a forever family for a child.” Please consider partnering with the Amicks to help bring Charlie home.

2/28/17—USCIS APPROVED, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN APRIL

$735.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LILYA for the Colfack family — NE

 photo fwbutton150.pngLilyRex and Melissa, have been married for 20 years and have 4 children; 3 biological and one adopted daughter from China. Rex, Melissa, and their children are excited to welcome another little girl into their family. Reece’s Rainbow grabbed their hearts nearly 10 years ago and even though they loved the idea of adopting they didn’t believe international adoption was financially possible for them, and they had never even traveled by plane. God continued to work in their hearts and they knew even if they couldn’t adopt they needed to do something. As they could, they would donate to children’s grants, typically during the Angel Tree. They loved watching as children were brought into families. In 2013 they went to find which child they wanted to donate to that year and fell in love with “Susan” from China. God had a plan so they pushed away the fear and stepped out in Faith. Through the support of friends, family, grant foundations, and Reece’s Rainbow in May 2015 they got on a plane/s, and “Susan” forever joined their family. They have felt so blessed to have her as part of their family that they decided to open their hearts and home to another little girl with down syndrome. Once again they saw a picture and behind sad eyes they saw a beautiful soul and instantly fell in love. They reviewed her file and knew that she was the one and would fit their family perfectly. They decided to start a new journey and plan to go as far as God will take them. They are grateful for your prayers, donations, and feel blessed to be a part of the Reece’s Rainbow family.

6/15/17—TA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessedbylove7.blogspot.com

$4,942.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lilya has received a $4.95 Waiting Child Grant.

JONATHAN for the Ewer family — NJ

The Ewer family has started their adoption journey to adopt a little boy named Jonathan.They are so excited to bring him home and call him their son! Along with the title son he will also gain the title of “big brother”, “little brother”, and of course gain the title of “orphan no more!”

Jonathan will not only have parents who love him but ten siblings to love him as well! Unfortunately Jonathan has been living in a place that no child should have to live. He spends his days in a room with no toys, no books, no positive interaction of any kind just a room full of boys surrounded by benches. He desperately needs medical care, dental care, an education, but most of all LOVE and a FAMILY! International adoption is very expensive but they know that this is the path God has called them on. Please help them get to their son by helping them chip away at the mountain of expenses that lies in their path! Thank you so much!

“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.” – Radical by David Platt

5/5/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$478.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jonathan has received a $71.10 Waiting Child Grant.

OSCAR for the Gunther family — Canada

oscar-2016Jalena knew she should adopt from from a very young age. Growing up her parents fostered teenagers and instilled in her, a heart for caring for others. She remembers being eight years old, sitting in a blanket fort with her best friend planning their futures. Jalena was going to be a Spice Girl, have a wedding dress that rivaled princess Diana’s and she was going to adopt, because there are so many kids in this world who need families. At the age of 23 God placed adoption heavy on Jalena’s heart, she could not close her eyes to the need so she stepped out in faith to adopt her daughter Emmy from Eastern Europe. Emmy came home in December 2015, she is a joyful, funny, outgoing 2 year old with a heart of gold and a rockin extra chromosome, also known as down syndrome.

14 months ago a special 1 year old boy with down syndrome and additional complex medical needs was listed for adoption on Reece’s rainbow. At that time Jalena was in the process of adopting her daughter Emmy from the same country. A friend sent her his Reece’s Rainbow profile and her heart broke. She was looking at a little boy who was going to “fall through the cracks.” He didn’t have the best photo and he had many big special needs in addition to Down syndrome. She feared the words brain cyst, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and asthma would leave him waiting for a forever family for years. In that moment She prayed for God to find his family, to not let him fall through the cracks, for a mama to see his worth and not fear his special needs. She prayed God would move mountains to bring him a mama.

Little did Jalena know, when She said that prayer 14 months ago, God already had a plan. God had her. 14 months after seeing his face for the first time, 11 months since her daughter came home and after 7 months of working behind the scenes with only her faith to go on, God has moved mountains. Jalena is so overjoyed to share that She will be Oscar’s mama.

Jalena is so grateful for any support you can show her growing family. Pursing 2 international adoptions in less then a year, as a single mama, would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of friends, family and strangers.

1/25/17—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 6

$3,075.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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