When I entered the adoption world I heard the term “Repeat Adopters” and couldn’t help but laugh. I couldn’t imagine how or why someone would or even how they could go through the process of international adoption, come home with their new child and turn around and do it all over again! We are living that out in real life at the moment. Bill and I met through mutual friends a little over 4 years ago; I had a houseful already with 5 bio kiddos and 2 adopted through Foster care, but he was ready for the challenge! Little did he know how we would grow! Shortly after our wedding I asked him if he was ready to start an adoption, he wasn’t super gung-ho but he didn’t say no so I ran with it! 9 months after our wedding we were flying home from Serbia with our first child together! Rowen was 4 and super cute and I was looking at child profiles before we were home with him! 3 months later I saw Macy (Silvie on RR) and knowing China was not a fast program I was able to talk Bill into once again jumping into another adoption! While we waited on China I attended the Reece’s Rainbow Reunion in Kentucky (summer 2014) there I met the cutest little spitfire ever and couldn’t wait to find his Mom to talk to! When I finally found her I found out she was hosting him and that he would go back to the orphanage at the end of summer I was devastated and was in tears at the thought of it. I never thought I could be his Mom because we had just received PA from China for Silvie and there was no way to do two International Adoptions at once! Or was there? I called our agency and found out that while it would be a lot of paperwork and expense it WAS possible! That was all it took and I left the reunion to head home to start working on two homestudies and two dossiers! Eastern Europe is a much faster process so we left for our referral appt on Nov. 30, 2014. Simon (Valera) became ours on December 16 and finally came home on January 30, 2015 just 2 days before Rowen’s 1st anniversary home. Simon walked into our lives and home like he had always been there and the transition has been absolutely amazing. We continued to plug away at Macy’s adoption (our dossier was submitted to China while I was in Eastern Europe on our pickup trip!) We had some unusual hiccups that held us up a bit but I finally came home with our little China Doll on November 5, 2015, almost exactly 18 months after seeing her picture on Reece’s Rainbow for the first time! She is an absolute joy and is totally enjoying her new life and family!
While we were in Eastern Europe it was difficult not to fall in love with the other children we met. Simon was the first international adoption from his facility so we knew most of the kids would never have a chance at a real family. So even though it sounds crazy and we aren’t sure how we are going to pull this off once again WE KNOW these are our children and that they NEED US and we NEED THEM! Ross James turned 16 on August 9; USCIS received our application on August 4 saving him from an uncertain future in Ukraine and allowing us a little more time to let God show off once again!
Jade is 14 and her future is just as uncertain. We covet your prayers and well wishes as we work to bring our children home. And of course we can use all the financial help we can get; we have faith that the funds will be there as we need them but it is hard not to worry when your children are on the other side of the world waiting for you!
6/10/16—APPOINTMENT is JULY 19
The Schultz family currently has a $10,000 matching grant!! When their FSP total reaches $11,119.16 — another $10,000 will be added!
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!
Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!
This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!
Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!
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Adoption is the common “red thread” that has been woven through the fabric of Steve and Katie Goar’s life. They’ve been married 23 years and have been on numerous mission trips, visiting orphanages and doing community work. They even spent their 20th wedding anniversary in Honduras staying at an orphanage, digging a well, and doing general service work. Their love for each other, willingness to embrace adventure, and tolerance for dwelling among scorpions made their 20th anniversary most unique, but perfect for them. Their connection with adoption started long before marriage. Steve is an adoptee and a life-long advocate for the beautiful life opportunity of adoption. It wasn’t until after the birth of their fourth child, Bode Chai, when they started to realize their role was evolving from advocacy into participation. Bode was born with Down syndrome, and after being confronted with this information one day after his birth, the family was ushered into a world of new information, new medical acronyms, and the welcoming arms of the special needs community. The thread that started to bring the tapestry into view was Katie traveling to Asia with their 12 year old son, Asher. They were part of a team preparing adoption file assessments. Returning from the trip, pulling into the driveway, and not even having feet on the ground, Asher turned to his parents and said, “I believe we should adopt”. For several months, the family’s eyes began to widen even more. The point came when advocacy, contributing, and prayers were no longer enough, and it was time to respond. The love story of Steve’s own adoption, the divine message of Bode’s special chromosome, and the imprint of Asia, all converged and inked their hearts with the faith and passion to find June. A little six year old girl with Down syndrome, waiting for a forever family.
6/9/16—TRAVELING JUNE 27
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Grant and Susan Lee have been married for 10 1/2 years and currently have six children. The breakdown of the half a dozen kids includes, four children from prior marriages, one child of our own, and one adopted child. Susan has always had a passion to adopt in her heart at a very young age, while Grant did not. When we, as a family adopted our youngest child Soo Min from South Korea seven years ago, Susan was elated as her dream of adopting a child finally came true. Grant was excited but did not share the same passion as Susan. As time passed by, Grant realized the passion for adoption and began to share these same feelings. The idea of giving his son a new life full of unconditional love became very important and special to Grant and he knew that they would adopt again. This feeling is shared passionately with our children. Our kids realize that they are so fortunate that God has provided all of them with a life full of love, grace, and opportunity. They also realize that they are all children of God and they need to have open sensitive hearts, to bring another one of God’s children to our family. A baby girl named Comfort is our child who were are bringing home. Comfort is HIV positive, our family knew immediately just by looking at her that she is the chosen one to join the Lee family. We will work together as a family to make sure she has all the medical care and love she deserves. We are often reminded of Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. We are all children of God and we need to help other children. The Lee siblings help each other, Grant and Susan help each other. It is now time for our entire family to bring Comfort into our home through the grace of God.
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Todd and Lindsey first met while living in New Orleans 10 years ago. They now live in Southwest Michigan with their two preschool-age sons, and just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to giving Ben the unconditional love of his family and being by his side as he receives the medical attention and therapies he has waited so long for. They are so thankful for the many people who have given their talents, time, prayers, donations, and advocacy for sweet Ben even before they found him. They know God has intentional plans for Ben’s life and feel honored and humbled to be a part of it. Their prayer is for God to continue to be with their son and every child waiting for a family, so they may be safe, brave and loved. Every bit of support and every prayer you could offer for Ben and his family would mean so very much to them!
6/10/2016—TRAVELING in JULY
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Tasha had always assumed that when she and Jeff adopted, it would be in birth order. In her mind, the way you add to the family is with a baby. Over the last year she had actively advocated for waiting children and knew in her heart that one day her family would bring one of those children home. She had felt compelled to adopt, but Jeff had never agreed. Tasha prayed for over a year that when the time was right and the child was right, Jeff would say yes. She would wait.
In March of 2015, Tasha reviewed Erika’s file, like she had many files, and began to occasionally advocate for her on facebook. She reviewed the file again toward the end of May, and even called the placing agency for more information. She asked why no one had adopted Erika, considering she had such large grants. The answer: because she has Down Syndrome. Tasha has a heart for people with Down Syndrome and that answer felt personal and offensive. Still…
A few days later, the agency rep emailed to ask if the family was interested in adopting Erika. Tasha replied that she would talk to her husband over the weekend, and then she promptly put the file in a desk drawer and closed it.
On July 7th, Tasha saw another post on facebook advocating for Erika, and it hit her like a sucker punch. As the morning continued on, God really convicted Tasha’s heart. Why should she reject a waiting child based on her age? What made her think that she got to choose who her child was? Waiting children were not shoes to be shopped for. It was a very hard and humbling day.
Reluctantly, Tasha decided that she would take Erika’s file out of the drawer and show it to Jeff when he got home that night, and when she did he said, “Okay….I’ll think about it.”
Jeff has always cared about orphans. But the idea of actually…in real life…adopting??? They didn’t have the money. Their house needed repairs. They had just gotten out of the diaper phase after 10 years and 4 kids. Kids with Down Syndrome and the health concerns involved were kind of scary.
Jeff had never said he “would think about it” before. That is such a simple sentence, but it spoke volumes. AND IT FREAKED TASHA OUT. Remember, she had always thought that when they did adopt it would be a baby. Erika’s file eased many of Jeff’s concerns about adopting, but Tasha was out of her comfort zone. As she went to bed that night, she prayed to God that if adopting Erika was His will, He would give them a clear sign.
The next day a package arrived from China. FROM THE VERY CITY IN WHICH ERIKA LIVES. This is not a well known city. The package was a birthday gift, ordered for Jeff and Tasha’s youngest child’s birthday. Ordered by Jeff’s parents who live in Arizona. A dress. That gift had been ordered while Erika’s file lay in a closed drawer. Tasha knew, beyond any doubt. It took Jeff another 2 weeks, but he agreed. Erika was to be Norah, daughter of Jeff and Tasha, sister of Isaiah, Quinn, Emmett and Josie. God had chosen this child for them.
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Ethan and Randi have been married for thirty-five years and have raised seven (of their twelve) children to adulthood. When they returned from China in April of 2015 after their fourth international adoption, they may have loudly proclaimed to God and anyone else who was listening that their family was DONE. Done, done, done! Never say never.
Even though Randi loved this little beauty the minute she laid eyes on her, they thought they were too old for a four-year-old child. So she advocated for “Susy” for nearly two years. “Susy” was in her thoughts most days, and literally haunted her dreams at night. They are thrilled that Randi’s advocacy paid off – though not exactly how they expected. THEY get to adopt this magnificent (now six-year-old) little girl!
Another adoption wasn’t on their radar or in their budget. Please rejoice with them and keep them in your prayers as they try to quickly complete all the legal steps to bring home the completion of their “baker’s dozen.”
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God has been setting the groundwork for adoption of a child with special needs in Phil and Celeste’s hearts for a while now. From Celeste’s involvement with children with special needs at a young age and then later becoming a special education teacher, to Phil and Celeste serving in their church’s special needs Sunday school class and having the opportunity to take mission trips to parts of Eastern Europe visiting orphanages. Numerous sermons, recent events, prayers, and conversations have led the Grahams to answer God’s call for them to adopt.
Immediately “Jonah” caught their attention, and through much prayer and God’s Holy intervention, He showed them “Jonah” was waiting on them.
The Graham’s have one biological daughter, Paisley.
Would you join us in the exciting journey to show God’s love to Mr. “Jonah”?
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Timm (with 2 m’s) and Hannah Heath have a habit of saying yes to life. They said yes to tossing wedding planning out the window and threw a simple wedding together in one week, yes to spending a year studying in Cambridge, England, yes to moving five times in their 5 1/2 years of marriage, and yes to settling down in small-town Wisconsin. They had often dreamt of one day adopting, but it was not until Hannah became a part of the Reece’s Rainbow Facebook community that they felt a sense of urgency for orphans with special needs.
This year Hannah, an occupational therapist, began advocating on her blog for children listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Timm, who is a pastor, began including prayers for orphans around the world each night during family devotions. The couple began talking about goals to accomplish before starting the adoption process; they had a few vague timelines, and felt like they were steadily heading in the right direction. If you had asked them if they were ever going to adopt their answer would have been “hopefully someday!”
But it was the words of their 3 1/2 year old daughter that called them to say yes once more. One night while tucking her in for bed, their daughter whispered in Hannah ‘s ear, “We need to get in the car right now and get Angelina because she doesn’t have a mommy or a daddy.” Angelina was one of the first children Hannah advocated for and those pure blue eyes and ready smile had haunted the Heaths for months as they prayed for a family to commit to her before she was transferred to an adult mental institution. When Hannah shared the words of their little daughter with Timm his response was perfect: “It isn’t a question of if we will try to adopt Angelina, but how, because of course the answer is yes.” The Heaths pray Angelina joins their family soon where she can hear that yes, she is cherished, yes, she is worth it all, and yes, she has a worthwhile life to live!
When the Heaths started their adoption journey last year they had no idea how in the world they’d would afford one adoption; their only hope was God would work all things for his good and the Heaths put their trust in Him. The family worked hard for months on fundraisers, Hannah picked up hours as an occupational therapist, and people all over the world were generous with their support. The week before Christmas 2015, Hannah sat down to crunch the numbers and discovered that they were fully funded for Angelina, in fact, due to anonymous donation to this grant, they had approximately $3,000 OVER. At this same time, an advocate on Reece’s Rainbow facebook group talked to the Heaths about a little boy waiting for a family. Timm and Hannah asked each other this question “if we could add a second child to our adoption, would we?”
The answer, of course, was YES!
Adding a second child in the same country but different region added approximately $12,000 to the adoption costs. Good thing the Heaths already had their homestudy approved for two children, not just one, just in case.
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Starr is the mother to four grown children. Her husband passed away in 2001, and after many years of grieving she decided it was time to adopt the little girl from Asia that she had always longed for. She began the process in late 2006, and was on the ‘healthy child’ track.
In 2010, she realized the wait would be very long, so she decided to adopt “Zoie”‘s brother, as she didn’t want to raise an only child, since her other children were all grown and out in the world of work and college. Ziggy Lion Yared came home from Ethiopia in 2011, when he was 14 months old. Every year she would ask God if “Zoie” was on the special needs list, but he said keep waiting. Now she knows why — because she wasn’t even born yet!
In 2013, after a move from California to Washington, before she was even unpacked God revealed she had to re-open her adoption case of Zoie Love because she was on the special needs list, and she was ready. Starr was over the moon! She brought Zoie Love Mi home from China in April 2015. She was diagnosed with Developmental Delays. She is now 3 1/2 years old, and she is an absolute blessing in all their lives and they adore her so. Ziggy and Zoie are best of friends.
Starr was absolutely sure she was done and so very thankful she never had to go through this process again. She had even named Ziggy and Zoie with a Z signifying the end of her procreation so to speak. But God had other plans for them. After a couple months home, everything was perfect and everyone was adjusting so well. Then she heard God whispering, so very clearly – and that is how she ‘met’ Daisy.
She had seen a picture of a little girl with Down Syndrome while browsing the photo listings while waiting for Zoie back in 2014.
She was the sweetest child and there was just something so familiar about her. After a couple of months with Zoie, she decided to check on Nani — soon to be named Daisy! — and see if she had been scooped up; but there she still was. Her file had gone to several agencies throughout the year and several parents looked at her file, and no one chose this sweet child.
That’s when Starr knew she was her daughter — but she had no money at all for this adoption. She asked God what he was thinking, and how could all this money come to her? Then almost straight away, as if God was answering her, a friend said she could reuse her Dossier from Zoie’s adoption and it would save a lot of money, and she also told Starr about grants she could apply for.
After starting the process, Starr was told she was too old, and she couldn’t get approval to adopt Daisy. She was absolutely gutted.
At Zoie’s first post-placement visit, she shared her heartache with her social worker — who suggested she talk to his boss. His boss was able to get the waiver for Starr’s age, and she was absolutely euphoric!
Daisy is a Special Focus child, as she has Down syndrome. Starr’s years of childcare make her confident she can help Daisy be the best she can be. Starr and her family live a very simple life, and she can easily provide for her children, Daisy included.
She is totally going on Blind Faith, for this adoption, so soon after Zoie came home. The first two adoptions were entirely paid for on her own, and she didn’t have to fundraise, so this is definitely a new experience. She has muddled through all the initial fees, and God is telling her to have FAITH. So she does. Money will NOT be a reason Daisy will not have a Family to call her own.
Starr, Zoie and Ziggy cannot wait to bring Daisy home and give her love and the life she so deserves!
5/31/16—APPOINTMENT IS JULY 20
*** $5000 MATCHING GRANT….when FSP reads $8109.63, the Pelc family will earn another $5000 for their adoption ***
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After much prayer, Jeremy and Nicole have decided to begin the adoption process. They have been approved for TWO boys, a 4 year boy with Cerebral Palsy, and a 3 year old boy with severe prematurity and microcephaly. In Jeremy’s words, “It is our chance, by the grace of God, to change the future of at least two of His children and to show them the love they may not have received from a loving family. Unfortunately, adoption can be extremely expensive but we are both trusting that God will provide through whatever means necessary.” The Clarks are (im)patiently waiting to hold their little boys in their arms and be one big happy family.
5/16/16—WAITING FOR COURT
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The Goodhue family is excited to add another little boy to their family!
Larry and Maria met in high school in 1986 and married in 1992. Having been told by multiple doctors that they would never have children, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child within their first year of marriage. Over the last 22 years their family has grown year after year. They have nine boys and two daughters, unfortunately one daughter went to be with Jesus in 2011. Children have always been an important part of their family and they desire to let God bless them through whatever means He chooses.
Their daughter, Alyssa happened upon Reece’s Rainbow when she was just 13. She has advocated for many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, as well as, helped many families raise funds for their adoptions. Throughout the last six years, her knowledge of the conditions these children endure while they wait for a family to come for them, their different special needs and the process each family goes through to bring these children home has grown. She has shared with her parents and all of her siblings (all boys!) all that she has learned. The Lord has used her to work in the hearts of her parents and they are excited to take the next big step in their family! The response from their children when they were told they were adopting was…”I can’t believe it! It seems like a dream!”
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While Todd and Melissa always felt a calling to adopt, their real adoption story began 3 years ago when they started the process to bring two boys home from Eastern Europe. Since that time they have learned so much more about the hearts and needs of children all over the world who are hurting and alone, waiting for a family to take a chance on them. A few months ago they started hearing that still small voice telling them their family wasn’t yet completed and they began once again seeking wisdom to know what this calling would look like for their family. After a lot of prayer and consideration there was one little face that stood out and said “Pick me!” A 7 year old little girl who is in severe need for medical intervention and simply someone to care about her. Much like Lance, the Schmitt’s 5 year old son, she is not able to sit up or roll over and suffers from severe muscle spasticity. The Schmitt’s have learned so much from Lance in the past 2 years that a physical inability to do these things does not mean they are incapable of joy and love. As they watch Lance laugh and smile (things he wouldn’t do when he first came home) they want to be able to provide this little one with that same opportunity to experience joy, love, warmth, physical contact, and a full belly every day without question.
They feel honored to be called parents to each and every one of their children and are excited to embark on the journey one more time. They would love for you to share in this process with them and thank you for taking your time to read their brief story and consider supporting them. More than anything they covet a spot in your prayers as this is a long, emotional journey.
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We (Tim and JoLynne) are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt Marla! We want nothing more than to bring our little girl home and we are asking that you consider coming along side us with prayer, financial, and emotional support. God has been calling us to adopt for quite some time, and our answer is finally YES!
While on a recent trip, JoLynne got to see first hand the reality of orphanages in Eastern Europe. The call to adopt has always been there for her, but suddenly orphans were no longer a blurry image in her mind– but names and faces– hands she held and feet she washed. Her heart was broken for these children without parents. The call to adopt became urgent. When she arrived home she found comfort with her children, Dexter and Beatrix, but Tim could see her devastation. Unbeknownst to JoLynne, God had been working in Tim’s heart– growing in it a love for orphans.
Two years after JoLynne’s trip, and one more biological child later (Simon), We (Tim and JoLynne) are at last stepping out in faith and declaring that Marla will be an orphan no more.
The story of adoption is about so much more than us- so much more than our story. It is about a Father that seeks out His child. A Father who says, “No matter where you are and no matter where you have been- I long to call you My own. No matter the cost- you are wanted and you are LOVED more than you can possibly fathom. I will change your status from lost to found and I will keep you in the palm of My hand.”
Thanks to God who sent His son to die on a cross for our sin- we can claim this promise of a Heavenly Father. We want to be Marla’s earthly parents and to ensure she knows that she is loved and wanted.
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Eric and Blythe are very excited about the adoption of Mark! This will be their second international adoption in a year and they couldn’t be more thrilled about adding to their family again so soon. Mark has down syndrome and he desperately needs a family. They have four children already at home, two are adopted and two biological. Mark’s siblings are very excited about having a baby brother and they constantly ask if its time for him to come home yet!
Since they just recently finished an adoption, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, of a special needs child, they are praying for people to rally around them once more to help bring this little boy home. They greatly appreciate any support that is given whether it be financially, prayerfully or just an encouraging note!
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Effie was found abandoned at the age of 2 months and she was placed in an orphanage where she currently lives. She turned 5 in October, 2015.
Effie has a Tessier Facial Cleft and congenital malformation of her nose which has not been corrected.
Effie’s country has granted me preliminary approval to adopt her and bring her home to live with our family.
As a single parent, I created my family through the miracle of adoption and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and a fabulous young son, all from Asia. I also have a wonderful adult son who I adopted as a toddler here in the United States.
There is still plenty of love to spread around and we look forward to giving this little girl the love and medical attention she needs to reach her full potential.
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Andrea and Jesse met and fell in love on a co-ed soccer team in 2004, he was great & she was not, but they’ve been teammates ever since. Jesse works in Property Management & is the Worship Leader at their church. Andrea stays at home with their son, Jackson (adopted), and any foster children they may be loving on at the time. While serving the homeless in their city the DeBoer’s became increasingly aware that most of the people they met on the streets came from broken homes or were lacking family. The DeBoer’s both come from large families & love family life, they recognize their adoption by God is the single most significant part of their heritages, and they realized that extending their family through adoption and foster care was one way they could stand in the gap between brokenness & life on the streets. Andrea and a friend came across Reece’s Rainbow, saw one beautiful smile that stood out in particular, and was heartbroken over the plight of orphans and orphans with special needs. The DeBoer’s had no intention of adopting internationally but continued to learn more about the orphan crisis. In the time since, they became licensed foster parents & adopted Jackson. In 2013 Andrea saw a face on social media that looked familiar, went back to RR & sure enough it was that same little boy. She asked, Jesse said ‘Yes!’ and they began the adventure to bring Jaeger home to their family!
The journey is long & complicated, and the costs are high, but the DeBoers know that these boys are worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little men.
UPDATE: Jaeger has been adopted domestically, so the DeBoer’s will be bringing home Kjellsen and Robby!
5/12/16—HOPE TO TRAVEL MID-JUNE
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We are Peter and Daphne Lang. We have been married for 23 years. We had discussed adoption prior to getting married due to medical issues I had, but the Lord surprised us with our beautiful daughter after 10 years of marriage. It was an extremely difficult pregnancy and it was a miracle when she arrived 2 months early weighing just over 3 lbs with few complications. We were so thankful for this gift from God! The Lord then surprised us with another miracle. This time a precious baby boy (Pierson) that we adopted from Taiwan. This private adoption was a huge blessing from the Lord as the costs were minimal compared to most international adoptions. Several years have passed and our home was full of love and joy but someone was still missing. The Lord then led us to our son Cargan who was an older child with special needs waiting in China. He has been such a huge blessing.
After being home 2 years we still felt that our family was not complete. After much prayer and continually looking at all the precious children on Reece’s Rainbow, the Lord led us to our precious little daughter waiting in Asia. She is a preemie, who weighed just over 3 lbs like our older daughter. We are praying for a miracle to bring “Shelly”, whom we have named Moriah home as we only had the funds to start the process and have a huge mountain before us. This will be a very difficult and humbling journey as we wait upon the Lord to provide. We have been so encouraged by so many families that have walked before us and we look forward to all the Lord will do. We hope you will come and join us on this incredible journey.
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Joe and Audra May knew that a seed had been planted in their hearts and that adoption was in their future when they left a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in February of 2002. Expecting their first of what was to be 3 biological daughters at that time, they didn’t know when that might be. However, they committed to praying and seeking the Lord. 10 years later their bio daughters now 9,6 and 3, God had indeed called them forward to adopt, as they had already started the process in July of 2011. They were seeking to adopt a special needs little girl through China’s waiting child program. At the end of February 2012, they had found their daughter, Emmalin. She was living at Maria’s Big House of Hope, the same home co-founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman in honor of their daughter Maria. God had brought the connection to Steven and the seed for adoption had blossomed in their hearts and came full circle.
After traveling to China and visiting not only the orphanage Emmalin spent time in but also Maria’s Big House of Hope, as well as experiencing the miracle of adoption, their hearts had been forever changed. Joe and Audra began to pray and seek the Lord’s plans for their lives and whether God was calling them to adopt again. They had also learned and were very heartbroken for the thousands of little boys, more than little girls waiting for their forever family in China. February 2014, Audra stumbled upon the picture of a little boy on a waiting child page and she was immediately smitten. She was also surprised to realize that he was the same age and had the same medical condition, a form of Spina Bifida, as their daughter Emmalin. After sharing the little boy’s picture with Joe, who wasn’t ready to leap yet, they committed to praying. After a few weeks of prayer God revealed to them that the little boy was indeed their son and they were blessed to be able to pursue adopting him. This adoption, as was Emmalin’s was a complete leap of faith. Having no adoption funds to begin, God continued to pour out his blessings and opened the doors as they pursued Samuel. Joe and Audra knew that God can easily call the able to adopt but he often calls the willing and that’s what they are, willing to do the Lord’s work and to go where he calls them. They brought Samuel home in March 2015!
In early October 2015, Audra was reading on an adoption blog when she came upon the picture of a little girl who had the same medical condition as Emmalin and Samuel. The little girl was being advocated for and Audra was able to read about her and watch her video. Heartbroken after watching her video and seeing her pictures, the May family committed to praying for her family to find her. They would continue to pray for over a month or more, only to find out that God intended they be her family and her parents. They are naming their new daughter, Violet Joy, which is a name they have had in their hearts since Emmalin’s adoption.
The May family is very excited and eager to bring Violet home. They will become a family of 8! They have trying to expedite this adoption process, as Violet is 2 years old and severely malnourished, weighing only 13 lbs. at two years of age. They are praying to travel to bring Violet home this summer!
The May family would so appreciate your prayers for their family and Violet as they journey to bring her home. Having just traveled in March of 2015, 9 months before God revealing Violet to them, they have no adoption funds saved. This adoption journey as were the two before is a complete leap of faith! They would be so very thankful for any financial blessing they receive, no amount is too small.
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-01-17 18:31:592016-06-05 19:09:34VIOLET for the May family -- PA
My husband and I have been married for twenty five years. He was my high school sweetheart. We married and had five beautiful bio kids. We felt a very strong calling for the orphans of the world. God was very strong in speaking to our hearts that there were children who needed Moms and Dads. I would like to say we obeyed immediately but we wrestled with it for a year or two. We are a home schooling family and felt we were finally “arriving” where we could have some time to just enjoy the kids. But God was faithful and patient. We became foster parents and got a call for placement of micro preemie twins. One was with bio Mom and the other waiting to be discharged with nowhere to go and would we take them? Well of course, the answer was yes! Haylee had a brain bleed, she needed a shunt and has cp. She got the shunt and walks with a walker. Baylee is healthy.
Having Haylee as a special needs placement changed me. I knew when I walked in the hospital I would never be the same. My heart grew 1000 times bigger in a matter of seconds. So we got little Miss Baylee on a Thursday night. The smallest baby I had ever seen and Haylee the next Saturday. We adopted the girls on Dec. 1 2014. Well Bio Mom had preemie baby twins again 11 ½ months after Haylee and Baylee. She requested we take them as well. So Joy and Jessa joined our family and became ours June 2015. All I can say is it is a life full of extreme craziness! It really is like having quads!
But I still felt like a special needs child needed me. I just did not feel complete. Which is weird and kind of scary considering we added four babies in a year and a half. So I have always followed Reece’s Rainbows. I saw Darren last Saturday and I knew he was my son. I have never in my entire life felt the way I felt when I saw him. Immediately I went before the Lord. I had so many questions…. How can I do it? The time, the money, the extreme amount of rehab he needs. But the Lord made it very clear that I would be doing all of that. I fell prostate on the the floor and the emotions that came over me are like nothing I have ever experienced. I know now, God was breaking my heart for what breaks his. It was hours before I could compose myself and days before I could stop crying. Just thinking about him all this time laying in that bed. My heart felt like it was in a vice. But then God showed me what his life is gonna be and I had hope and joy and then the “Momma Bear” kicked in and I worked 8 hours straight on Sunday readying all those forms to put a legal hold on him. We barely made it. His file was going back on Wednesday. By Wednesday, I have hired Datz foundation and express mailed the 2500.00 for an expedited home study. Of course, I borrowed the money with the promise to pay it back.
Now I feel like I have no other calling but to bring my son home. We are a family of 12. Soon to be 13. That is our story, his Dad and I are changing his name to Nathaniel James. Nathaniel means Chosen by God! And that he was. Hang on little guy Momma is on the way!!
6/20/16—1ST TRIP JULY 1
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Rachel Lawrence is beyond excited and blessed to soon be a mother for Austin. She is an intervention specialist (special education teacher) and also runs a horseback riding program for kids with special needs. God is in control and he has been blessing and paving the path to help bring Austin home. This is her first adoption and she is beyond grateful for all the support and prayers of those around her. Rachel is a single mother who has always known that she wanted a family through adoption. When she came across Austin on Reece’s Rainbows, she just knew it was time to begin her family and Austin was who she needed to bring home! Rachel can’t wait to meet and hold Austin. He will be growing up on a small farm with family and friends close by. Thank you for your prayers and support during this process!
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2015-08-03 09:49:082016-06-20 09:59:39AUSTIN for the Lawrence family -- OH
Three years ago, Alyssa and Drew made the decision start their family through adoption. While working in an orphanage in the summer of 2005, Alyssa’s heart was burdened for all the waiting children who wanted nothing more than a Mommy and Daddy to tuck them in bed at night. After following the journey of family friends who found their son on Reece’s Rainbow, Drew and Alyssa eventually discovered the profile of a sweet, older boy who stole their hearts.
In 2014, they brought home the ten-year-old bundle of energy, “Hogan” (on Reece’s Rainbow). He has taught his parents a lot about family and unconditional love. Together they have laughed, adventured and experienced a lot of growth (emotional and physical – teenage boys can EAT!). They are all excited to bring home another child and add to the laughter and joy in the house.
“Hogan” looks forward to being a big brother, sharing his love for story telling and music, and showing his new sibling how great it is to be part of a forever family. Knowing how much “Hogan” has blessed their lives, Alyssa and Drew can’t wait to see what joys their next child will bring to the family.
4/22/16—TRAVELING MAY 15
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Meet Saam. He is one of a group of seven older boys who were friends from the same welfare center. He’s watched as six of his friends over the past several years were adopted one-by-one, and has been waiting patiently for his own forever family…until now!
This past year, we (Laura and Brandon) watched as Laura’s brother and his wife adopted two of Saam’s teenage friends from his Chinese orphanage. When they started advocating for Saam, the last boy left, and mentioned that they wanted to find someone like us to adopt him something sparked in our hearts, and we began to pray. Our prayer was for Saam to find his forever family, and if it was to be us, that God would let us know. There were a few challenges to overcome, but prayers took care of those, and soon enough, we found ourselves starting the paperwork to begin the adoption process. That means that these three friends, Saam and our newly adopted nephews from the same welfare center, will be cousins and live across town from each other!
Our three biological children are on-board and excited about the process. Saam’s sister Hayley even started telling people that we were adopting before we had made the final decision. In many ways, our children, and their cousins, were the catalysts for adopting Saam. The love these kids have for others and each other is inspiring to the adults in this family. In addition to being excited about having a new brother, our kid’s each have opinions about what English name to give Saam. Much to their dismay ‘Bruce Wayne’, even though we love Batman, has been vetoed. Fun discussions continue as to what Saam’s name should be as we journey through the paperwork and adoption process in this upcoming year and pray as a family for his safety and wellbeing until we can travel to make him ‘ours’.
Adoption was not in our original plans for our life, but God knew it was in our hearts. Seeing the impact it had on other families who have adopted touched us in ways we never imagined. One of the scariest parts of this process for us is finances, but God put this opportunity in front of us, and even though we don’t have the money saved to pay for this adoption, we know we have to take a step of faith knowing know that God will provide. Please consider helping to bring Saam home to his forever family. Our entire family truly appreciates your help and prayers and can’t wait to reunite three friends who will now be cousins, and welcome him home as a son and
5/12/16—TRAVELING JUNE 8
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Tim and Janice have been married for 20 years and are the parents to 13 children, 4 biological and 9 through adoption. Although they knew they would adopt someday from the moments they discussed it during college, they never thought their family would be quite this big! Though after looking into the eyes of so many children they had to leave behind in the orphanages, they knew that as long as they were able, they should be advocating and adopting, and caring for God’s children.
This time around, the Rowe family is bringing home a 16 year old girl named Toma. Toma was hosted by the Rowes this past summer, and was about to age out of the orphanage. They knew they could not allow that to happen. She would have been faced with a scary and uncertain future out on the streets – a place where no teen should have to learn to survive on their own!
Please pray for Toma’s adoption, that all might go smoothly and quickly so that they might bring this girl home into a family full of love and security. And if you are able to donate to their FSP they would greatly appreciate the help as this will be their 5th international adoption in 4 years. Thank you!
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For as long as she can remember, Elizabeth has had a heart for the orphans. After college, Elizabeth adopted two dogs, all the while waiting for God’s timing to say yes to adding a child. In 2012, she began to feel drawn towards international adoption. Through this journey, Elizabeth discovered Reece’s Rainbow.
In the fall of 2015, Elizabeth saw precious “Heavenleigh” – a tiny, spunky five year old girl rocking her extra chromosome. Although this was not the path she planned, she knew it was time to say “yes.” Elizabeth raced to bring her fragile daughter home. On November 9, 2015, “Heavenleigh,” named Wren by her mama, went home to Jesus.
Throughout the sorrow and heartbreak of losing this precious daughter, Elizabeth is so thankful for the hard yes. Because of Wren, Elizabeth was prepared to open her doors and heart to another precious gift – this time, a son.
Elizabeth cannot wait to bring home Wren’s big brother! He has waited so long for snuggles and love and medical care, and of course, a family of his own.
Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2015-10-15 07:21:092016-06-21 10:13:51NELS for the Sherley family -- TX