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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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ALYSSA and HILARY for the Voigts family –

AlyssaMei3HilaryMissy is an experienced single adoptive mom. She has 3 now-grown children adopted from Russia and a 10 year old from Ukraine (one of our original 5 Reece’s Rainbow kids!). With only one child left at home now, she has decided that it was much too quiet and has decided to bring home TWO little girls from China!   Because the older girl “ages out” in early November, she has VERY little time to fundraise so your donations are especially needed! Thank you very, very much!!!

9/20/14—TRAVELING OCTOBER 30

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

$1,702.37 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CONNER for the VanAuken family — NY

ConnerPaul and Kim have been married for 18 years in August and tried getting pregnant right away. Paul had two children from a previous marriage so they decided to have only one child. They tried for two years to get pregnant, had 3 miscarriages but finally had Laura in October of 1998. Their family was perfect. They had 2 girls and a boy, they had custody of Paul’s 2 children. Life was filled with college for Aaron, dance classes, softball, church youth groups, jr high school, preschool and birthday parties. Then our world fell apart, in October of 2002. Aaron was killed in a car accident. The next three and a half years were like a bad dream that they couldn’t wake up from. They were all living in the same house but their family was broken. They went through life day to day hour to hour. Kim tried to keep normalcy for Caprice and Laura. They continued with the sports, dance, youth group, and school activities. Paul barely existed. He went to work, was put on anti-depressant medication and when the medication didn’t work he turned to alcohol to numb the pain. Caprice decided to go live with her mom which made the hole in our hearts even worse. Nothing seemed to be bringing their family back together at this point not even counseling.

Until the night Paul was driving and wrapped his car around a tree he had been drinking it was the anniversary of Aarons death. The police officer that had arrived on the scene first at our son’s accident arrived first at Paul’s. He said his biggest fear arriving on the scene with Paul hanging out the window was that he would again have to come to our house and tell us of the death of yet another member of our family. This was Paul’s turning point. Paul survived the accident with only bumps and bruises. Their lives changed after that night. They started going to a Christian counselor, their friends invited us to go to Cross Creek church and they started going and even started volunteering there. Life slowly got back to the “new normal”.

Friends from their new church were foster parents so they decided to honor Aaron’s life by helping other children. They started taking foster care classes and became foster parents. They have helped 9 children over the last 6 years ages 2 months to 15 years old. They have watched them come into their home scared and broken and leave happy, secure, healthy and most of them with Jesus in their heart. They see the children and keep in touch through visits, calls and cards and are so happy that they were able to help them along the way. This is one of the reasons that they would like to adopt because they would like to help a child permanently.

Another reason is, their families have adopted. Kim’s dad and mom adopted 3 children from Korea, her brother adopted a boy from Russia and her sister a boy from New Jersey. Paul’s sister adopted 2 children from Korea also. Their families and the love they have for these children have been a tremendous inspiration.

Finally one of our biggest inspirations besides their son are a couple in our church who adopted a little girl with down syndrome last year. We never thought about adopting a “special needs” child until they introduced us to a picture of “Conner” on Reeces Rainbow. We fell in love at first site. “Conner” has Hodgkin’s disease and went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy and is now in remission, he is also close to aging out. We are his last hope.

So although they were not expecting especially financially to adopt from Eastern Europe God has led them to “Conner” and they can’t wait to give him a forever home that he deserves. They also cannot wait to show Conner the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as they have shown all the children who have come into their lives. They have been shown that his is the GREATEST LOVE of ALL!!!

9/28/14—TRAVELING OCTOBER 31

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

$150.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIZABETH for the Fristoe family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.pngElizabeth (1)Dewey and Suzanne met in Lexington, MO in 1995 while taking care of a terminally ill patient and his family. With much encouragement, by the family, Dewey asked Suzanne out. After 3 short months they married and have now been together over 17 years. When they married Dewey had 3 children, living with him, and Suzanne had none. She had been told, by Doctors, that she never would have any. Dewey knew Suzanne had a desire to go to China and adopt and that she had been saving money for that reason. But, God is kind and gracious and two months later, Suzanne found herself pregnant. They now have 7 living children (ages 29-3), one in heaven, and 5 grandchildren and twin grand daughters due in June 2013. They still have 5 children living in their home, but know there is room for more. Daniel and Abby are both home schooled and in the 10th and 9th grades. Aaron currently attends early childhood education at the local school, to receive speech therapy, to correct a speech deficit, caused by frequent ear infections and hearing loss. Hannah (who has down syndrome) started attending early childhood education this year, where she gets speech, physical and occupational therapies.

Clara joined our family in May of 2012, through the Special Needs Adoption Program from China. Clara, like Hannah, has down syndrome. She also came to them with many other medical needs. Since her arrival in the US she has had her cleft lip and palate repaired, tear ducts enlarged, tubes in her ears, which returned hearing to her right ear, had her tonsils removed and major dental work done. In January of 2013 she had open heart surgery to repair her ASD, VSD and PDA. For the most part her surgery was a success. After surgery it was discovered that her PDA had partially burst open, due to high pulmonary pressures, and at her post-op visit it was noted that her pressures were decreasing, and her PDA was closed in March of 2014. She recently had her 1 month post of visit and they said her pulmonary pressures were remaining lower and they were very happy with the results. Clara and Aaron are finishing up their kindergarten year.

They had seen Elizabeth’s picture about a year ago and had been praying about her. While they were deciding what to do, another family submitted their LOI. Two other families did the same and released her. Through a miracle her file was found and they knew she was their daughter. They submitted their LOI and have received their PA. They are working to quickly get through all the paperwork so they are able to adopt her before she ages out in December of this year.

9/27/14—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 7


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

 

$8,378.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEO for the Aschoff family — MN

AschoffTed and Jodi met in 2001 and married in 2005. After many years of infertility they chose to pursue adoption as a way to grow their family. Initially they encountered some bumps in the road including a domestic reclaim (of a boy with DS) but in their hearts they knew that adoption was the right choice and in 2011 they completed the adoption of their daughter (with DS), Kayella, from Latin America. They knew that Kayella should have a sibling and decided to pursue international adoption again specifically hoping to add another child with Down Syndrome to their family. Once they were ready to begin the process, their search of options for another adoption led them to Leo’s profile and they fell instantly in love with him and knew he would be the perfect addition to their family.

10/15/14—TRAVELING OCTOBER 25


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

$4,272.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE and LOLA for the Boyer — FL

30819163037On May 26, 2012 Dennis & Cindy committed to adopt a little girl named Adalyn. Adalyn had the same birth defect as 3 of their children. In December they traveled to meet Adalyn, while in country the threat of the ban was happening. On December 23 they returned home hoping to travel quickly back in Jan. since Adalyn needed surgery. Then the ban was made law the day before Adalyn`s 2nd birthday December 29. In February we found Adalyn did in fact have her surgery and was starting to gain a little weight, that was a blessing. In March they traveled to Washington with the parents of children with children still in Russia. Sadly nothing could be done. Still Praying and Believing for Adalyn they would move when God showed them other little ones that needed a home, however the door was not opened for another child yet. Until we saw a little brother and sister. We talked to two Moms who met these little ones. Three little ones in Brooksville have already come home from this same orphanage. Then on January 7, which is CHRISTmas in Russia we committed to adopting little Charlie and Lola. We had to work through a lot of emotions even after committing, that we are not abandoning Adalyn. Little Charlie is just 22 days younger than Adalyn and Lola is the same age Adalyn was when we started to adopt. Right after we made the decision to adopt these precious little ones I had my son put on Praise music and the song that came on God is Able. The very name we will give this little one. God had given me the names Sarah and Abraham in the beginning of our journey to adopt. Please pray for us as we start over again in adopting little Sarah Elizabeth and Abraham who will be called Abel, still have to pick out a middle name. They will be coming into a family of 8 children. Jennifer (Kevin) Westin,Trentin & Cindy Sue, Adam (Megan) Reese due in April, Andrew (Casey) Atlas, Aaron (Laura) Brandon due in march, Alex is on the mission field in Mexico right now and is based in Australia with YWAM, Austin is about to start apprenticeship under Steve Saint & his son Jesse , Addison seeking where God is leading him with music & Nora just returned from YWAM Australia , God is leading her to the Philippines next. Our home study update is almost done. This is moving very quickly and smoothly. Praying, Believing as the Hand of God leads us through this journey and He opens the orphanage Gates and provides for us to be able to bring our little ones home. We are incredibly blessed by the gift of two and still praying for the one. Blessings & so Grateful to everyone helping us. Dennis & Cindy

I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4 My Prayer for all Our Children…………

10/6/14—CLEARED TO TRAVEL!!! 

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

 

FAMILY CAN TRAVEL IMMEDIATELY UPON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.  FSP NEEDS TO READ $15,000 to TRAVEL, and $20,000 TO BE FULLY FUNDED.  PLEASE SHARE & GIVE! 

$19,366.94 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHERIE for Cody and Jessica — SC

 photo fwbutton150.pngIn spring of 2013 we saw some dear friends fall in love with a little girl in Eastern Europe and jump through a ton of obstacles to get to her. We were able to follow their journey and learn about the in’s and outs of international adoption. On October 15th, 2013 we sat in our back yard at our fire pit and had a life changing conversation. God had lit an internal fire in both of our hearts for orphaned children who were being treated appallingly. We started to pray about what we were supposed to do with that calling. In the mean time we started praying for one little girl at a time on from the RR website. We loved seeing her shared on Facebook, her FSP being bumped little by little, and the very best was when that little face was moved to MFFM. After praying for five little girls we arrived on girl number six- her grant never seemed to move, she was hardly ever shared on Facebook. We just couldn’t understand why?! All we saw were these piercing brown eyes and the innocence of a child. God has created her so uniquely and beautifully. Why wasn’t someone stepping up for her? And then one day that “someone” turned out to be us… As a woman, our hearts tend to melt first. When sharing feelings with the husband he listened cautiously. After three months of praying and asking God for clarity around this child and if we are supposed to peruse her, He has been SO gracious in making it abundantly clear to both of us that this little girl, this precious child is meant to be ours, she is supposed to be our daughter. So we are ready to leap, ready to step out in faith in knowing that God will lead us through this journey to our her. She will join our two biological sons who have been asking for a sister since they were old enough to talk!

Please pray for our family and follow our blog!

9/24/14—APPOINTMENT IS OCTOBER 20

FULLY FUNDED!!!!! 

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EDMUND for the Hinz family — FL

EdmundBrian 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.

10/7/14—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 18

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

$5,063.52 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.

9/26/14—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 18

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

$64.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUTTER and ARIEL for the Smith family — IN

SutterAriel photo fwbutton150.pngJason and Emily have been married for 19 years. They have 4 children who make them very proud: Hannah (18) Julia (16) Noah (12) and Gracie (5). Jason has a heart for ministry and Emily is a stay-at-home mom. (i.e., she homeschools the kids and shows them love by taking them all over the world and back for the sake of their growth through various activities). While Jason and Emily had talked about adoption before they were married, it wasn’t until recently that they were confident that it was now time.

Jason and Emily ask that you would join them in prayer as they walk this journey to bring home the children God has for them. They also thank you for prayerfully considering supporting them through this process.

APPOINTMENT IN NOVEMBER

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

$3,700.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KYLE and KALEB for the Anzaldua family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngkyleoct2012-croppedKaleb_profile photoMark and Nuria Anzaldua, also known as Janeth, are high school sweet hearts which have been married for 8 years and have 4 beautiful children and one has Down Syndrome. Mark is in the Marine Corps, and has been for about 8 years and plans to make it a career and Janeth is currently a medical assistant/EMT. They are stationed in North Carolina, but have orders to relocate to California next summer. Mark and Janeth did not plan to adopt but somehow ended up on Reeces Rainbow looking at the pictures of all the children that are in need of a family. Searching through the older kids pictures they saw this little boy that resembled their son so much and could not help but feel this overwhelming sadness in their heart for him. From that point on all they did was think about him, and how he would fit perfectly in their family. Without thinking twice they decided they need to bring him home. He was going to be an Anzaldua! God was telling them this was their son and they needed to save him, to bring him home where he belongs, not in a mental institute.

Mark and Janeth, as well as their children, are very excited to bring this little boy into their family and give him the love he deserves.

10/3/14—COURT IS OCTOBER 21

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

 

$1,328.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TWO BOYS for the Johnson family — PA

JohnsonJohnson-2Jody Johnson is a single mother with three sons. In 2011, she committed to adopt Oksana from Russia. God intervened in miraculous ways to bring her to the other side of the world to meet the little girl for which she would promise to return. Five months later, she was ready to return to court when Russia halted all adoptions to U.S. families. While she has not given up on Oksana and hopes to return for her as soon as she is given the opportunity, she knows there are others whose needs must be met in the meantime. Christians are called by God to minister to orphans and through such ministering bring glory to God. Because they are specially drawn to orphans who are difficult to place due to special needs, the Johnsons hope to touch the lives of those who have little chance to find the love of Christ and a family. Though abandoned and broken in our sin, God, the Father, sent His Son to take the punishment we deserved, that we may become His children. He loves us when we are most unlovable and through our weakness, He shows His strength.

“Adoption is a real-life illustration of the gospel. It shows us how God transforms spiritual orphans into family members. He changes our names, identities, and families by His grace. Orphan care is acts of mercy that flow from the heart of one who has been changed by the gospel.” Tony Merida, “Orphanology”

The Johnsons know from experience that the road to adoption can be long and require great patience, but they are committed to the task and will follow as the Lord leads them. After inquiring with Oksana’s placing agency about other waiting children, Jody received and accepted a referral for a four year-old boy with some significant cognitive delays. About a week later, the agency mentioned an older boy, healthy, but difficult to place due to age. Having much experience with boys, she knew she needed to give this boy a home, too. To that end, now the adventure extends to another corner of Eastern Europe where God will make two special boys a part of their family. The Johnsons appreciate your prayers and would be happy to have you follow along with them as they blog their way through the process. Please pray that throughout this journey, God will open the hearts of those who may not know Him and cause them to want to know more about the Love that drives people to seek out and rescue orphan children the way that Jesus sought out and rescued us.

6/29/14—TRAVELING in JULY for FIRST TRIP

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

$6,499.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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THEODORE +1 for the Dailey family — AL

30922122939 TheodoreIf you remember Ben and Kathy after almost 33 years of marriage have two bio children and three of his brothers children they took in when his brother died and 9 grandchildren when they adopted Harrison. Well Ben and Kathy had only been home two months after adopting Harrison from Ukraine. Their adopted son had a best friend they were able to meet and the few times they were able to spend with him and their son they grew to love him. One day as they were leaving from a daily visit with Harrison, he and Theodore ran up and ask if we could adopt him also, they did not know what to say because their home study was only for one child, how to you respond to this? There were a few times that Theodore was able to sneak in and would spend time with Harrison and when the workers would come to get him, he and Harrison would grab hold of each other not wanting to be separated. The day the Dailey’s were able take Harrison from the facility it was with bitter sweet tears because these two young men held to each other knowing they may never see each other again.

Recently as they were praying about whether or not to try and adopt him, it was Harrison that God used to direct their decision, you he came and asked them if they could adopt Theodore so they could be brothers like twins. That was all the answer they needed so they are again two months home with Harrison and ready to go back for Theodore. They ask that you pray for them that they are able to raise the needed funds they will need to go and bring Harrison brother, Theodore, home.

10/17/14—COURT DATE

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

$1,702.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kiril, Dell & Gene’s Family

Kiril21030110845 Dell (2)Gene1-256x300Kiril has waited so long!  It’s finally his turn to have a family of his very own!  Kiril’s family cannot wait to bring him home where he will be treasured and loved  unconditionally.  The family greatly appreciates your prayers and financial support as they follow God’s calling to bring him home.

UPDATE:  The family will also be bringing home Dell AND Gene!

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9/8/14—APPT  RECVD

$1,954.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STEPHIE for the Pickett family — VA

Stephie2_2013-e1372005942427Scott and Chandres met in 2000, were married in 2003, and by 2010 were expecting their third child. During an early difficult pregnancy, there were markers for heart defects and chromosomal disorders, so they began researching Down syndrome and met with a cardiology team. After their daughter’s successful heart repair in 2011, the Picketts knew they were ready, once again, to add to their family. They began exploring different adoption routes, discovered Reece’s Rainbow, and brought Viktorya and Denny home from Bulgaria in March 2013.

After a year of adjusting and settling, Scott and Chandres saw a picture of a young lady in the same country so dear to their hearts and began praying about adding her to their family. Scott, Chandres, Viktorya, Ayden, Elijah, Denny, and Sadie are excited to welcome “Stephie” into their family!

9/4/14—FIRST TRIP NOW

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

$77.02 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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10/1/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$11,107.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EBONY for the Sutton family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngEbonyThe Suttons believe children are a gift from God and they have been abundantly blessed with 9 children, ages 11 and under, to love and raise up so far! Coming from a family that is not new to adoption, they always knew they would adopt someday, as well, and they completed their first adoption in January 2013.

Just four months after returning home from Eastern Europe with their son, Benjamin (Mikale on RR), the Suttons discovered he had a younger brother at the same orphanage that they didn’t know even existed. They stepped out in faith to follow God’s leading to bring ‘Gideon’ home as well. Almost exactly a year after beginning the process of tracking down his file, committing to adopt him, completing their dossier and thinking of him as their son…they finally got to go meet him. Sometimes God’s plans do not end up the way we expect them to. Sometimes He wants His children to say yes and obey…and He instead uses them for His purpose in an unexpected way. God did not give them peace to bring ‘Gideon’ home. Heartbroken but trusting in God’s plan…they have committed to advocating, sharing all they have learned and helping to find the perfect family for ‘Gideon’.

During that year, while waiting for ‘Gideon’s’ file to become available, they saw a picture of a little girl and knew she was supposed to be their daughter. During their first adoption, they had hoped to adopt a little girl along with Benjamin, but were not able to find the one meant to be in their family. They wouldn’t have even seen her had they not been watching for ‘Gideon’ to show up on the waiting child lists, because they had not planned on adopting again so soon. God is in the details and looking back, they would have missed out on the precious blessing soon to join their family.

Ebony faces a bleak future growing up as an orphan in her birth country. She has been waiting for a family her whole life and the Suttons cannot wait to bring her home as their precious daughter, sister and granddaughter.

Would you please consider helping the Suttons, with a tax deductible donation? No amount is too small and they are grateful for each and every gift and prayer.

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:18

8/27/14—ARTICLE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessingseternal.blogspot.com

$8,041.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VALENZ’S Family

Valenz_Nov2011There is a woman who is working very hard to become “Valenz” Mom.  She cannot wait until he comes home! He will be surrounded by uncles who share his extra chromosome and an extended family who can’t wait to meet him.

Thank you for your prayers!

 

 8/17/2014—AWAITING COURT 

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DYLAN for the Kindall family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngKindallsGavin and Mali Kindall have been married for almost nine years; after only seven weeks of dating! You could call them crazy, but when you know you know, right! They have a beautiful two year old boy named Jeton, they call him Jet! It has always been in their plans to adopt one day. In their minds it would happen in a few years, but what they didn’t know, was that their beautiful daughters Harmony and Penelope were already here and waiting to be brought home. One night Mali happened upon Reece’s Rainbow and after a few days of falling in love with all the children and being forever changed, Mali knew God had his own plans for them. It didn’t take long before Gavin knew, too.

While in the process to adopt Harmony and Penelope, their girls’ country banned Americans from adopting. Gavin and Mali have complete faith that the ban will be lifted one day and they will bring them home. They will never forget or give up on their sweet little angels! In the meantime, they have prayed about and have decided to change countries and bring a big brother home for the girls and Jet!! Through much heartbreak has come something very beautiful and that is bringing home another son. They cannot wait to bring home their handsome and amazing Dylan!

So much love has already been shown and given to our Dylan that will help bring him home…..we would like to thank everyone with our whole hearts!

10/2/14—FINAL TRIP, END OF OCT

$15,640.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GAGE and MILLIE’s Family

Gagemillie2013This adoption is one that is just awaiting it’s fairytale ending. When Gage’s soon to be mama travelled in June with another family that was adopting they saw the little boy that they knew as “Gage” every day of visits. Gage had previously had a committed family when he was listed in the fall of 2012, but the adoption couldn’t be completed and he needed to be relisted, it broke their hearts to see him everyday and know he was still waiting, especially because he was listed at the same time as the 3 children that her and her friend were at the orphanage visiting. She would see him in passing and know she needed to find him a family when she arrived home, never in her wildest dreams would she have believed it would be her though!My Album 5-014

Gage’s family never imagined that they would be crossing the ocean for not one, but two treasures! Millie is a child that has been listed since they first found Reece’s Rainbow in 20o9 and they had watched her age through pictures year after year. Prior to meeting Gage though, they had never considered adoption from her country. Much like with Gage, never in their wildest dreams did they ever think the child they watched grow up in pictures would one day be their daughter!

10/14/14—FINAL TRIP IN NOVEMBER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at iwillcometoyou-john14-18.blogspot.com

$11,523.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADAM and DAVID for the Ray family — CA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAdam_Aug 2013David 2013 (2)After bringing Micah (RR) home in 2011, Barry and Shelly thought their family was complete. They were content with their four Littles running all over the house, happy, healthy and thriving (and their two Bigs out of the house). Then Shelly’s dear friend posted another “find his mama” post about Grant, whom Shelly had noticed and prayed over for the past three years. But for some reason, this day in November was different. She felt a strong gut-punch telling her to go for him. A few days later, another family committed to him and she thought she was off the hook. But the Holy Spirit kept telling her to go back for another child. She told Barry, and once he was on board, it was full steam ahead! At first they thought they’d go back to Ukraine, adopting another very young boy with Down syndrome, but they didn’t feel called to one specific child, so they decided they would do a blind referral this time. They had it in their heads how it would go, and they were SOOO excited to return to Ukraine because they left half their hearts there in 2011. It’s funny how God is in control because a couple weeks after that, Shelly noticed “Adam” and inquired about him and his country. Once they saw his videos, they knew he was their son!
Several weeks later, they found “David” and also felt drawn to him immediately. They are so excited to bring the boys home in 2014, and their current children are also very excited.

10/14/15—FINAL TRIP NOVEMBER 4


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.rays-r-us.blogspot.com

$4,609.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bowden, Sam and Jesse for the Rieben family — OH

OSamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Richard and Valerie Rieben were married 12 years ago they never could’ve imagined the adventures that awaited them. In 2005, just 2.5 years after saying “I do,” the Rieben’s welcomed biological triplets Maren, Lukas and Jacob into the family. But the adventures didn’t stop there! In 2007, the family grew by two when Joshua was adopted from Uzbekistan and Evan from Ukraine. Life with five under five was so much fun that the Rieben’s decided to invite a few more to the party and in 2010 Alayna, Lilyana and Alexis joined them from Bulgaria. Realizing that they were still a few players short of a baseball team, they brought Benjamin and Thomas home from Bulgaria in 2012 bringing them to double digits! They say that things are cheaper by the dozen and, with three seats left in their 15-passenger van, the Rieben’s have decided to cross the pond one last time to bring Jesse, Sam and Bowden home! Won’t you join them in the adventure by supporting them on this wild ride!? After all, the more the merrier!

 8/11/2014—FIRST TRIP
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fromthetrenchesofadoption.blogspot.com

$1,394.23 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NELIA for the Good family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngNeliagood-nelia-2Hello we are the Good family. We are a Christian Air Force family currently living in Virginia with our three little children. We have two biological sons and a daughter from Korea. We are very excited to share God’s journey to our second daughter! Please pray for strength during our journey and for our daughter’s heart as she waits for us in Eastern Europe. God bless!!!

 

7/20/14—WAITING FOR COURT


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at sawgood13.blogspot.com

$4,191.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JUDE for the Jupin family — AL

 photo fwbutton150.pngJude (2)After two years in process to adopt a child from Russia, John and Amy Jupin finally met their little boy in December 2012. They were elated! Davis was sweet and funny and wonderful. Excited and head over heels in love, the Jupins returned home to wait for a court date. One week later, Russia passed a ban prohibiting Americans from adopting children from Russia. The Jupins were devastated.

Almost a year since losing their sweet Davis, the Jupin family has decided to give adoption a try again. This time their hearts have found a young man from Eastern Europe who desperately wants a family. He is 11 and endearing and kind and so very deserving of the love only a family can give. Lord willing, he will finally get his wish and join the Jupins’ three other children, Joshua, Anna and Benjamin.

8/22/14—TRAVELLING NOV 2014

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

$1,519.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SAVANNAH for the Piatt family — CA

Savannah 2Tami is a single mom to four beautiful girls. Her oldest, Suzanna, is grown and working as an engineer. Her daughter Elisa, adopted from Bulgaria and Lara, from China were joined by Mary, adopted in 2007, also from China. She thought her family was done but God had other plans and she knew she had another child waiting to come home. Over the last few years many children have touched her heart and she liked to think that she had prayed many children home. Last April, she saw Savannah and knew that this was her long awaited daughter. She prayed for many months that God would provide a way for her to bring her daughter home. God opened those doors this fall, and now the whole family is excited to be welcoming 5 year old Savannah into their hearts and home.

8/8/14—FIRST TRIP AUGUST 11


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

$5,040.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VERONIKA and EMILIJA for the Jenks family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.pngRebecca-6Mark and Rebecca are the proud parents of six children; four biological children and their youngest two, who have Down syndrome, were adopted just last summer from Ukraine. The Jenks family thought that if their family grew again it would be another young child, and more than likely from foster care. Sometimes God points you in unexpected ways, because God had other plans. Rebecca kept feeling drawn back to Reece’s Rainbow and the girls age 10+. They had not even been home a full year when Rebecca noticed an preteen girl with Down syndrome and once again her heart skipped a beat, but Rebecca threw off the idea with her being so much older. That night, Rebecca and Mark prayed and asked God, “Break our hearts for what breaks yours, Lord!” The following day Rebecca asked about Veronika and the response she got from that inquiry was overwhelming. When Rebecca found out that Veronika had been listed on Reece’s Rainbow since BEFORE 2010, instantly she knew that this was the next child to join the Jenks Clan. Mark and Rebecca never imagined they would be working on another adoption in less than a year, but the Lord’s plans were greater than their own. At first Mark and Rebecca thought they would just bring home Veronika, but in December, after working on Veronika’s adoption for several months, they received information about another twelve year old girl in the same country. They knew what was in their hearts, but wanted to pray on it as well. So, that night when they got into bed they asked God to lead them, not just with their hearts, but their minds, and that he shows His will. They prayed for God to guide them where He wants them to go, that if He leads they will follow no matter where. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:31) They knew this was it, their leap of faith. They do not know what the future will hold for Emilija, but what they DO know, is that she needs a family too. So they will be bringing home Veronika AND Emilija!

They ask for your prayers as they embark on this journey, and if you feel lead to help bring Veronika and Emilija home, please know that no gift is too small and they are thankful for any help you can offer! Veronika and Emilija have waited twelve years to become part of a family. We can not let them wait any longer.

9/16/14—COURT PASSED


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

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