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These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations

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Families are still eligible for FSP donations until they are HOME with their new child, so it is not too late to help them with your sponsorship gifts.


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ASTOR for Eric and Blythe — SC

472_photo1_Jul14Eric and Blythe met in college in 2006 and soon married in 2007. While they were dating, they would talk about how they knew adoption would play a big part in our their family would grow. After their first son, Hendrix, was born in 2009, they started seriously looking into adoption and how the process of domestic adoption worked. God placed Emma Kate into their lives in 2011 and their family has never been the same! She is a spunky, loud, sweet, adorable, strong-willed little princess. When Emma Kate was 5 months old, Eric and Blythe got the surprise of their lives….they were pregnant! They had been told that they would never get pregnant on their own but it turns out that the Lord had other plans.

Bennett was born in 2012 and soon after his first birthday, Eric and Blythe started having friends who were adopting internationally. This really open their eyes to a side of adoption that they had never considered. After praying for several weeks, they decided this was the time and they would be adopting again!! They started looking at profile pictures on RR and just begging the Lord to show them their next child. Blythe was looking at the profiles during nap time and one day she came across Astor’s picture. She immediately called Eric and directed him to Astor’s profile. The rest is history!

They are extremely overjoyed to be starting the process of bringing him home. He already has two brothers and one sister that cannot stop talking about him. They are continually asking, ‘Does he get to come home tomorrow!?’. Astor is already loved by so many of our friends and family and now we are ready to fight to bring him home! Please consider helping us through prayer, encouragement, and financial donations. We are taking a huge step of faith and trusting that our Lord will provide everything we need.

3/18/15—FIRST TRIP MARCH 27

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeastor.wordpress.com

$16,664.32 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SADIE for the Shoger family — FL

shoger-sadieshoger-familyAndrew and Kristin have been married for 10 years and have 3 biological boys! In the spring of 2013, God began to open their eyes to the needs of children around the world who are without families. Seeing how much they have been blessed by God with a loving family, faith, and a warm, cozy house, the Shogers felt God calling them to open their arms to another child. They began to have a strong desire to give a child in need a family, love, security and the chance to know and love Jesus. As they prayed about adoption, the Lord began showing them over and over again children with down syndrome and other special needs. As their eyes were opened to the life that awaits children with down syndrome in Eastern Europe, they decided to follow their hearts and pursue the adoption of a special little one with an extra chromosome. They hope to add a little pink to all the blue that’s currently in their home! Though they don’t know her name and have never seen her face, they know without a doubt that God has knit this special little one together in her mother’s womb and, even now, is knitting her together in their hearts!

Please join the Shoger’s on their journey of faith by following their blog. They covet your prayers, your support and your love as they embark on this exciting and life changing journey!

3/18/15—COURT IS MARCH 31

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$8,640.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KEEGAN for the Vantrease family — KY

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Keegan (1)Mike and Anita have been married for 28 years. Anita was adopted at 11 months old. Her dad was also adopted but at the age of 3. He actually was one of the last orphans to ride the orphan train. Anita and Mike had a heavy heart to adopt as it’s always been a part of Anita’s life. They have 4 children all adopted from China and began the journey back in Dec. 2000 when they brought home their first daughter Emmi from Nanchang at the age of 12 months with the nsn program. She is now 14 yo. In 2003, they found their second daughter Maggie on the first sn listing. Her need was cl/cp. She is filled with energy and bounces through the house twirling and doing cartwheels. Not even thinking about a son, they felt the call again to adopt. But this time, God had a different plan for them, it was a son. They found Jacob at the age of 3 also on a sn list. He had a club radial hand. Anita advocated for him and didn’t even realize he was to be their son. Then God layed it on her heart and she knew!!! Trusting in Him, they started the journey to bring him home. Again, what a joy he has been to their family. In 2009, their heart became heavy for the older child. With prayer and trusting in God, in 2010 they found their daughter, Faith, age 12 yo. She was listed with Sequalae from a brain injury, cp. Since coming home, Faith has adjusted very well and is learning with leaps and bounds. It is with great joy that she is coming to know Jesus and attends a Friday night Chinese worship group and then of course on Sunday too. Now as the Vantrease family starts the journey again to their second son, the entire family is giddy to get him home. As with the previous 4 children, Keegan will be loved and adored. He will grow and learn about the love of Jesus in a home where He is present everyday.

2/27/15—TRAVELING MARCH 27

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

$4,763.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EDEN for the McLean family — MA

Eden_Jan 2014 (14)mclean-rayla2015Kerri and Dan have some very exciting news to share!!! This adorable munchkin will soon be part of their family! Kerri and Dan have many reasons to be thankful for the internet. They met on Match.com four and a half years ago, and knew right away that they had found “the one.” They have been married for two and a half years now, and thanks again to the internet, they have fallen in love with a baby on the other side of the world. They knew right away that she was “the one.”

Dan has a 6 year old son and a 9 year old daughter, who is also lucky enough to have Down Syndrome. While Dan’s children live far away, they get to visit with them as often as possible. They are excited that their new munchkin will have such a wonderful big brother and sister, to help her become the newest member of the McLean clan. Kerri and Dan live on a small family farm, which is home to 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, 2 goats, and a handful of chickens. They also both have large extended families who all live nearby. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming this much anticipated member of the family, as soon as they can get her home! Thank you for all your support!

3/24/15—WAITING FOR FINAL TRAVEL DATES

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

$3,888.87 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVERETT for the Johnson family — ND

 photo fwbutton150.pngEverettBlake and Crystal have 2 young biological daughters and thought their family was complete. Little did they know that God would lead them to Reece’s Rainbow through friends who adopted a little girl from Eastern Europe last Christmas. Crystal scrolled through the many faces of children who need families and read many blogs of adoptive parents. After learning about the neglect of these children, they prayed. A lot! They had never seriously considered adoption. Especially international adoption. They are planners. They are not risk-takers. But they love children. They love God. They want to be obedient to God’s calling.

Since they have two girls they decided if they were to adopt they would like to add a boy to the family. They were waiting for clarity from God of what age of boy, from which country, what type of special needs, when to start the process. One day the older daughter talked of a discussion she had with Blake about getting a boy in the family. Blake said they never had the discussion so they believe it must have been a dream. They were wondering what God was up to! Then about four days later they were presented with Everett’s information and fell in love. The decision was prayerfully, fearfully, obediently made to add this precious little boy to their family.

They appreciate your prayers for provision, protection, unity, peace, and health.

3/10/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 19

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at turntojoy.wordpress.com

$1,478.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HARPER for the Nalle Family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.png20419135635 Harper-croppedRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 22 years, and have two biological sons: 19-year-old Benjamin, who attends Liberty University, and 16-year-old Elijah. Five years ago, in late 2009, Rob and Julia learned about a 5-year-old boy named Aaron who was living with arthrogryposis (a.k.a. AMC), a condition that causes stiff joints and poor muscle development in the affected limbs. Even though Aaron’s difficulties were physical, not mental, he had just been transferred to an Eastern European institution for boys with severe mental disabilities. Unless someone adopted him, Aaron would never leave that sad place, except to go on to an even sadder one as an adult. Once Rob and Julia learned of Aaron’s plight, they decided to do whatever they could to bring him home.

Bringing Aaron home turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron— for it opened their eyes to the tremendous suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who were living in desperate poverty through no fault of their own. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had neither toys, nor books, nor stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in open sheds, doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. After witnessing the Lost Boys’ sad plight, Rob and Julia committed to helping more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home in 2010, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

For financial reasons, Rob and Julia have been unable to adopt again until now. In timing that only God could design, the possibility of adopting again arose just as they finished an enormous writing commitment this fall. Adopting a little girl felt right to both of them, and seeing Harper’s sad little face sealed the deal. Although Harper’s special needs are different than Aaron’s, she needs a loving family just as much as he did. Rob and Julia are also excited about adding the first girl to their family. They are stepping out in faith to adopt Harper, trusting God to carry them through.

2/24/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 24

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

$16,465.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAUREEN for the Walter family — TX

Maureenwalter-ariannaShawn and Lola Walter have two beautiful little girls ages 3 and 6. In the early part of 2014, they felt God tugging at their hearts to add another girl to their family. This time they were led to adopt a special needs child and came across the Reece’s Rainbow website, this is where they found “Maureen” and the lives of this whole family would change forever. They instantly fell in love with her and knew she was the one for their family. International adoption is not an easy process, there are a lot of documents and it is quite a lengthy process to finally get approval from the USCIS and Eastern Europe, but after a long road of jumping through many hoops to please everyone, they finally received all the approvals needed to travel to Eastern Europe. Shortly after the approval came, they received heart crushing news, the baby girl “Maureen” whom they loved so dearly, prayed for daily and had a room ready for, was not legally ready for adoption. This news was devastating and left them sad, confused, and with the feeling of their hearts being ripped from their chest. What were they to do now? While praying to God for answers as to why she was taken away from them and mourning her loss, they were presented with another baby girl whom they accepted and traveled for in June 2014. She was successfully brought home August 6, 2014. As soon as they met her, they knew they made the right choice to adopt a special needs child and still today she blesses everyone in the family daily. It was a hard road as she only weighed 12 pounds at 11 months old and needed open heart surgery which was performed October 2014, just a few short weeks after getting home. The surgeon is world renown for pediatric surgery and is the top in his field, he told the Walter’s it was a good thing they brought her and she was able to get the surgery needed, as she would have deteriorated and eventually died. She now weighs almost 18 pounds, sits on her own and is trying to crawl. She laughs and giggles with her big sisters and is growing and thriving!! Shortly after their baby girl had open heart surgery, they learned that “Maureen” was now legally ready for adoption and they prayed all the time she would find a good loving family. But after weeks passed and passed by, Maureen was still available and still tugging at their hearts. Then they found out the region Maureen is located in has horrible living conditions once she is transferred at the age of four and she would be guaranteed a death sentence if she remains. The Walter’s therefore decided they needed to bring her home where she belongs. This time the approvals were already in place, but the expenses to make a second trip and pay the fees for a second time are going to be tough, since so much money has been spent on the first trip and on out of pocket expenses for the open heart surgery. Little Maureen will need open heart surgery as well, once she arrives home to repair her heart so she can grow and thrive. They are trusting God to provide the money needed to bring Maureen home. If you are reading this and find it in your hearts to help bring this beautiful baby girl, who deserves a loving family and proper medical care, home, your tax deductible donations would be much appreciated by this family and mostly by the baby girl who will benefit from it. God bless you!

3/1/15—COURT IS MARCH 6

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

$17,725.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNAMARIE and ETHAN for Kelli and Dustin – KS

annamarie-2Ethan Oct 2013 (3)slead-2015Dustin and Kelli met 18 years ago at college. It was love at first sight! They were married 1 ½ years later in a simple, outdoor ceremony. A few years later, they became pregnant and lost their first precious joy in an early-term miscarriage. Shortly thereafter though, God blessed them with a healthy baby boy. They went on to have five more children, one pregnancy providing a set of twins! Dustin and Kelli feel blessed to have their dream jobs. Dustin is running his seventh generation, family farm. While Kelli is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom.

Adoption had always been on their hearts, but it was just never the right time. Until one day, a photo of a beautiful 15 year old girl came across Dustin’s Facebook page. He knew immediately that God was calling them to travel to Eastern Europe and bring her home. Shortly after committing to AnnaMarie, God also showed them a second child. After much prayer, the family has also committed to Ethan. They are sure that this is just the beginning of their adoption journey and look forward to expanding their brood, by traveling to whatever country God calls them to next. Their children are the joys of their life and the whole family is very excited to meet their new members. They ask for your prayers during this new season of life.

2/23/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 16

$175.28 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Family traveling in April 2015 to bring her home!

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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.

2/27/15—TRAVELING MARCH 25

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

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LAYLA for the Horn family — IA

LaylaKatherine has worked with children as a social worker for almost 14 years. Around 6 years ago she decided she was ready to become a mom. After carefully researching different options she decided on international adoption. She was hoping and praying for the perfect toddler to add to her life. After waiting for a referral for a year she found her first daughter in Bulgaria on the waiting child list. Katherine quickly updated her dossier to match her daughter’s age and special needs and excitedly prepared for her. Maria came home from Bulgaria June 2012 and Katherine entered parenthood with a preteen. The past two years Katherine has been focusing on managing Maria’s spina bifida and ensuring that Maria has the opportunities to experience life fully. Katherine also spent time helping Maria’s close friends find from the orphanage adoptive families. Over the past two years it has been obvious to Katherine that their family is not complete and that Maria misses having the close sibling relationship she had with specific peers in the orphanage. Over the past year Katherine has considered starting the adoption process, but that was put on hold this past spring due to Maria needing 3 unexpected surgeries. Thankfully Maria is recovering well. This summer Katherine saw Layla and knew that she would be the perfect little sister for their family.

3/13/15—WAITING FOR COURT

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

$512.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Dell, Gene & David’s Family

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Jeff and Debbie are high school sweethearts who have been married 29 years. They have 11 children, 5 adopted through Reece’s Rainbow. They adopted Matthew and Michael in 2010, then Sarah and Sydney in 2011. While adopting Matthew and Michael, Jeff met the little boy who, for four years, was in the crib next to Michael. That little boy was listed as Kiril on RR. Jeff and Debbie signed up to be Kiril’s Prayer Warrior through RR. Then in 2013, they became his Angel Tree Warrior. After years of advocating and praying for Kiril, they clearly heard the Lord say, “Go get your son!” so they committed to adopt him.

Dell is another amazing child who has been on their hearts since the day he was listed, so they committed to adopt him as well. As fate would have it, Kiril’s region closed to adoption because of political unrest right after they committed to adopt him. Their hearts were utterly broken, but their determination did not waiver. They continued with the adoption and added Gene when he became available again. They prayed a miracle would happen for Kiril and they would be allowed to adopt him at some point. Well, God moved mountains in a mighty way and Jeff was allowed to adopt Kiril while in-country. Kiril just arrived home and is doing well. During visits at Dell and Gene’s orphanage, Jeff met a little boy who desperately needs a momma and papa. His name is David. After David was cleared for international adoption, Jeff and Debbie decided to add him to their adoption as well.

Thank you for your prayers and support as Jeff and Debbie work to complete this amazing journey to adopt these four precious children!

Update:  Kiril is home (2014)!

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3/23/15—COURT IS MARCH 30

 

$10,601.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BASIL, ANDREA, +1

41011143041 photo fwbutton150.pngAndreaOnce upon a time, there was this hilariously not-so-little family, who kept thinking they were missing somebody. The sisters in the family kept voting for a little girl, to help even out the numbers, and the boys thought a baby sister would be awesome. So the mommy and the daddy prayed, and talked, and waited for God’s direction. Then one day, it came! And WOW- it’s time to go! There’s a little girlie waiting, fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator, just waiting to be snuggled and kissed and loved to pieces by her well-prepared and experienced soon-to-be family. Please pray with them for their healthy and safety until they can get them home!

They’re ready to travel soon, so if you have a few dimes or nickels or a random unused inheritance (haha!) that you’d like to toss in to help them get them home quickly, it would be greatly appreciated! While they’re keeping it all rather hush hush right now, you better believe that once that referral is accepted and they can share that the kids are theirs, you’ll be bombarded with pictures!

Thank you all for your prayers, and support!!!!

2/2/15—TRAVELING NOW

$11,485.87 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JANIE for the Long family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngJanie Photo 2 - April 2014The story of redemption is powerful. One that speaks to the heart of all men and begs the question, “why me?” Yet in the life and very death of Jesus Christ – we see the act of redemption, reaching out to the poor and desperate, seeking those who needed to be found, healing those who were sick, sinful, and hopelessly lost. Ultimately Christ gave the ultimate gift, His very life, to redeem all people from sin and He continues to give the gift of eternal life to all who believe.

The theme of redemption echoes in our very souls, moving us forward to show the love of God to others – just as Jesus did for us. In Hebrews we are commanded, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16.

It is with this in mind, that Matt and Katie have begun a new journey that God has laid before them. It will be a long road, with possible disappointment and frustration, but overflowing with blessing beyond measure and the fulfillment that comes when obedient to God’s leading. Adoption.

A little girl has been calling to their hearts, “come, take me home.” She is an orphan. She has been waiting her entire life for her very own family. She has Down syndrome and cataracts and needs a family who will love her, support her, and help her reach her full potential.

God has uniquely equipped them to understand the needs of children with Down syndrome, by giving them a son with Down syndrome. They are surrounded by an amazing network of family, friends, church members, doctors and educators who share the same passion for helping those in need. They have been uniquely prepared to welcome another child into their home, because they have 5 children of their own and have experienced a myriad of trials and tribulations .

Matt and Katie are anxious to meet their new daughter and covet your prayers, words of encouragement and partnership with them on this new journey.

3/18/15–HOPING FOR 2ND/FINAL TRIP IN JULY

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

$6,707.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LADYBUG for Chris and Kami — CO

 photo fwbutton150.pngChris, Kami, and their two young daughters’ journey toward adoption started before they even recognized it as such. Even upon marriage, Chris and Kami talked hypothetically about a desire to adopt “one day.” In the midst of losing three sweet babies to miscarriage over the course of 12 months in 2011-2012, God revealed that “one day” was much sooner than they would have guessed. Slowly and surely, they have been reading and researching, praying for waiting children, supporting others’ adoptions, and prayerfully seeking God’s timing for their blessed opportunity to give a child a family. They are excited that the time has come!

They feel unequivocally called to adopt a waiting child from an Eastern European orphanage. They are excited to pursue little Ladybug to give her a family, the chance to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to reach her highest potential. They acknowledge that this will be difficult work. But they know that our God is our Redeemer, our Comforter, and our Strength. And, they simply believe that every single child is a blessing – regardless of his or her abilities, history, future, or labels the world has attached to them. They covet your support in this endeavor and ask for your prayers for Ladybug and their family.

3/4/15—TRAVELING MARCH 22

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog forgoodblog.wordpress.com

$16,580.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHAWN and MURRAY for the Warren family — AZ

Shawn (4)Murray (3)warrenboysScott and Lisa grew up in the same small town and attended church together. They started dating in college and have been married for 16 years. They have 6 children; Noah – 15, Luke – 12, Jack – 10, Kaia – 9, Josiah – 8 and Asher – 4. Adoption has always been on Lisa’s heart. When their second son was born with complications, they were thrown into the world of parenting a child who had special needs. When they began their first adoption in 2005, their experiences with their son led them to pursue a child with special needs. They brought home their first and only daughter from China the following summer. Adopting their daughter changed their family in ways they couldn’t imagine. They felt so blessed to be her parents. In 2008, Lisa traveled to China a second time to bring their 4th son home. Over the next few years adoption continued to be on Lisa’s heart and specifically, HIV adoption. It was during the summer of 2013 that “Shawn” first caught her attention. He looked so much like their son Jack. When she sent his picture to Scott, he though it was their son! She watched “Shawn” and waited for him to find his family, but he continued to wait. She contacted RR on 8/8/13 and asked about him. Scott was still certain that their family of 8 was complete, so Lisa continued to pray for the Lord’s direction. She couldn’t seem to shake this little guy and thought about him daily. Over the next few months, the Lord began to work in both of their hearts. Little by little the doors opened and hearts were changed. Scott surprised Lisa on Valentine’s Day with a journal that said, “Let’s go!”. After a lot of prayer and seeking, Scott and Lisa both knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that “Shawn” was their son. This will be a journey of faith from start to finish as they bring Shawn home. Scott and Lisa are trusting the Lord for his provision and direction every step of the way.

3/26/15—COURT IS APRIL 3

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lifeoutoftheboat.wordpress.com

$6,941.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASHER for the Mack family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAsher Photo 2 May-2013Justin and Lindsay have been married for almost 4 years. They have always had a special place in their hearts for individuals with special needs but never knew the true reason why until now! They finally heard God’s calling loud and clear and took a step in faith & began the process of adopting this sweet little boy.

The Macks currently do not have any children of their own but they are excited to start their family with such a precious gift. They look forward to filling their house and hearts with an angel like Asher.

The Macks will be able to provide Asher with a loving and caring home where he will be loved by many! The family greatly appreciates prayer warriors through the process and any financial assistance they may receive.

3/19/15—WAITING FOR COURT

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org

$5,457.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALONZO, SOPHIA, and SADIE for the Vargas family — PA

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Adam and Chastity have been married for 15 years.  They have six children.  There have always been children in their lives – even their first date was surrounded by neighbor children playing in the snow.  In 2002, the Vargas family began a Christian adventure camp that is held at their home twice a year.  The camp has grown to approximately 34 children from both city and rural communities.  Camp IGUANA (In God’s Universe Accepting New Adventures) encourages children through hands-on activities and trips to look at everything in their lives as adventures.  This has also become how their family looks at each day as well.  Their family has hosted 9 children from orphanages in EE over the last 4 years with the hope to adopt that grew more and more.  They eagerly look forward to adding to their family through adoption and are grateful for your prayers and support.

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3/13/15—WAITING FOR COURT

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

$18,029.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BECKHAM for the Groen family — SD

Chad and Kayla have been together for 10 years, and just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. Kayla has and in home daycare, and Chad works for a local coal mining company. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful children. Bella is 11, and Chad adopted her when they got married. Asher is 7, Cylus is 4, and Peerson is almost 2.

Chad and Kayla always knew that they would adopt. A friend was in the process of adopting and added them to a group on facebook that had profiles of waiting kids. 6 months later they saw a 3 year old boy named Beckham that was beautiful. They knew he would get a family quickly, but every time they would see his picture, they couldn’t help but think he could be their son. He had a family committed to him, but something happened and he was listed as available again. Chad and Kayla talked about whether now was the right time to adopt. Beckham has untreated hydrocephalus, agnesis of the corpus callosum, and a cyst on his 3rd ventricle, so they had to make sure the care he needed would be available in their area. They got the confirmation that every month a team from mayo would be 45 minutes away, and wanted to take Beckham as a patient. This was the time, this was their son! He would finally have his forever family, and they would have the final piece of their puzzle.

3/13/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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BRAVE and SAIGE for the Wetherington family — FL

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

 3/13/15–TRAVELING MARCH 22

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeyoftheheart5.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!!!

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CHANCE and CALLIE for the VanHalle family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngChance Photo 7 Jun-2013Callie Photo 2 April 2014 - April 2014 cropIt’s only been 9 months since Angie and Jason brought their first daughter, Claudia, home after finding her on Reece’s Rainbow, but once again, they feel God calling them to abandon their plans, and to bring their son Chance home. Neither thought that they would be pursuing adoption again so soon after the first, but after seeking God’s will, and with the counsel of their close friends and family, they are ready to once again step out in faith.

 

Update, May 2014:  Angie and Jason have felt God calling them towards older children since shortly after starting the adoption of Chance, and they made the decision to add Callie to their ongoing adoption after praying and seeking the council of friends and family.

Callie is going to be their oldest child (by almost 6 years!) and Angie and Jason are actually just barely old enough to be able to adopt her. They have high hopes that she will be a great big sister to Claudia and Chance, and look forward to seeing her thrive in a loving family. The VanHalles would greatly appreciate your prayers, and can’t wait to see God in action this time around.

 

1/8/15—TRAVELING MARCH 14

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

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ARMANDO for the Short family — OK

 photo fwbutton150.pngArmando (4)Margo is a Christian woman and family medicine doctor who desired to be a mother. God provided that opportunity in 2009 with her first adoption from Ethiopia. She now has three daughters adopted from Ethiopia, ages 9, 5, and 3. Her 3 year old has Down syndrome. By the grace of God and love of her family and ffriends, this little girl went from only being able to roll over, to being able to sit up, crawl, then walk, sign, and speak a few words, all within 1 year.

Margo and her daughters are excited to add a precious boy to their family!

12/29/14—COURT IS JANUARY 13, FINAL TRIP IN MARCH

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A Family for SELENA

40622124805 SelenaD & N have been married twenty five years and their children are the light of their lives.  Each of the children are from different countries and have joined together and love each other.

They have searched their hearts and decided that they really needed one more child to make their family complete.  The whole family is excited to be adopting and will be together the whole way!!

3/12/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 31

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JULIANA for the Knight family — VA

JulianaGalin and Emily have dreamed about adopting for as long as they have known each other.  They have two adorable little girls and are excited about adopting the rest of their children!   They learned of Juliana through some homeschool friends who have recently adopted Juliana’s former roommate.  As they heard about Juliana from her best friend and ached for the situation for orphans in this part of the world, they quickly fell in love with Juliana and knew she was the daughter they’d been looking for!  Please help us reunite these precious teens that grew up together on the other side of the world!  Please help the Knight family bring home their daughter before she turns 16!

3/10/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 25

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at trusting3-5.blogspot.com

$20,169.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAURENCE’s family — IL

 photo fwbutton150.pngLaurence 2We are so excited to have Laurence/Lance join our family. I have had a heart for orphans starting at a very young age. I currently enjoy working in the field of special education, and have a great schedule for raising a family. I went back to school to get my Masters in Social work to hopefully start a ministry for orphans/foster kids someday. Although I have these big dreams, for right now, I am using what God has given me in the present moment. I didn’t really plan to adopt overseas, mostly because of the huge expense. In fact, I got my foster care license so that I can adopt a child from foster care in this country. I guess God has other plans at this time, and I am trusting in Him to provide. Lance will join two brothers. My biological son is 8 years old and he is half-Chinese. Lance’s other soon-to-be brother joined us in June of 2013 through a program called Safe Families and will be with us long-term. We are all looking forward to meeting Lance and have enjoyed the pictures and stories from so many people who have already met him and love him.

 

3/17/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD, PLAN TO TRAVEL APRIL 14

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

$1,237.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAMDYN and CANDACE for the Rosencrants family — GA

Kamdyn April 2013Candace2Scott and Lydia met in 1996 and married two years later. They moved to their current home when Lydia took a job as a college professor and Scott began taking classes to complete his college degree. They had planned on waiting to have children until Scott was done with school, but God had other plans. They felt called to adopt in 2001 and brought home their first two children, two boys, from Kazakhstan that same year. They were both 2 at the time. Scott and Lydia were deeply touched by all the children they left behind, so they returned to Kazakhstan the following year and adopted two brothers, who were 4 and 3. With four little boys under 5 to care for, Scott quit school and became a full time dad. In 2004, they adopted three sisters from Russia, who were 8, 7, and 7. After that, Lydia and Scott felt that they needed to focus on the needs of their children. They never forgot those left behind though. In 2011, they had a biological child, who is very spoiled by his older brothers and sisters. In 2013, they brought home a sweet five year old girl from a notorious orphanage in Bulgaria and she is doing very well! They are excited to add another precious girl to their family.

3/4/15—FINAL TRIP MARCH 2015

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog eightisnotenough2012.blogspot.com

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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!

2/23/15—TRAVELING MARCH 7

 

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EDMUND for the Hinz family — FL

hinz-edmundEdmundBrian and Erin have been happily married since August of 2008. After a wonderful honeymoon cruise with family friends, they decided that they wanted to start trying for a family. However, God had other plans. After two years of battling infertility and a year of infertility treatments, the Hinzes gave up on having children naturally and began to research adoption.

After weeks of adoption research, Erin came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and immediately became sold on the idea of adopting a child with Down syndrome. However, she kept this a secret for several weeks while she figured out the best way to approach Brian with the idea. Then, one day, she found a picture of a little boy she knew was meant to be hers. She approached Brian and, after months of research a prayer, they commit to adopting Sterling.

Sterling has Down syndrome and was adopted from Ukraine in October 2011. Now 7, Sterling has been home for over two years and is thriving in a loving home. He has been the greatest blessing the Hinzes could ever imagine. He has helped them to become better people and has given them a love that they never knew existed. You can read all about Sterling’s adoption here: bringingsterlinghome.blogspot.com

Now, the Hinzes are pleased to announce that they are adding another little man to the family! They cannot wait to get him home and they hope you will join them on this mission.

3/13/15—FINAL TRIP MARCH 21

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog:  twolittleketchupcrocodiles.blogspot.com

$9,345.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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