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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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VALERA for the Schultz family — WI

Valera photo fwbutton150.pngWhile at the RR Family Reunion this year I met a little boy who had the ability to draw in a crowd! He was adorable and sweet and had a continual smile on his face! I couldn’t wait to meet the parents of this little firecracker!

I continued to watch him and finally figured out who he “belonged” to. I was shocked to find out he was an orphan being hosted by a RR family for the summer and would be sent back to the orphanage the end of August. He looked about 7 or 8 years old but was actually 12. I had a hard time imagining what his life was like back there. My husband and I were already in process to bring home a little RR sweetie from another country so I never imagined it would even be possible to be his Mama too; I was wrong!

We had to make some phone calls, change homestudy agencies and have a LOT of Faith that fundraising would go well! But WE DO BELIEVE that he is our SON and he will be home soon with the help of our family and friends in real life and in the cyber world! No donation is too small and will mean the world to our SON!

11/17/14—APPOINTMENT IS DECEMBER 2

$22,664.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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COLLIER for the Wiggs Family – CA

David and Tracy were married in 2000, and have seven children, and two of them are adopted.  They began fostering in 2006.  They have a passion for the orphan and believe in their hears that the LORD has willed these children that continue to come into their lives.  Just when Tracy and David think they’re done, God has a different plan for their lives.  When Collier, a small boy with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe was first seen by Tracy, she shared him with her husband and they both knew the LORD was leading them to adopt him.  David and Tracy are very excited to meet and eventually adopt Collier, they both know God will work out all the details, and that His Will be done.  The verse Tracy and David use to confirm the passion that God has placed in their hearts for the orphan is this:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  (James 1:27)

11/17/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 25

$2,132.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANIE’s family — MD

 photo fwbutton150.pngTwo years ago, this family began the process to adopt from Russia and they spent four beautiful days visiting with two precious children in Russia in December 2012. Before they were assigned a court date to finalize the adoptions, however, Russia passed a law banning American citizens from adopting Russian children. The little ones they want so much to bring home remain in orphanages despite the blood, sweat, tears and prayers of many people on both sides of the Atlantic. This family remains ready return for the children they met in Russia just as soon as they are allowed, but as time has passed they have determined that there is still room in their family for one more child – specifically, for one more little girl who has waited a long, long time for someone to make her their daughter.

10/1/14—COURT IS NOVEMBER 20

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

$26,756.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALDA and MIKEL + 1 for the Bowling family — NM

40115160442 Alda40730100708Richard and Lisa have been married for 26 years and have 11 children. Their twin boys, Jacob and Josiah, now reside in Heaven. They have had the awesome privilege of raising 3 girls and 6 boys. Lisa is a stay at home mom and home schools the youngest 6, who still live at home. About 22 years ago, Richard took a mission trip to Eastern Europe and fell in love with the children of that area. Since then they have always had the desire to adopt and give a child in need a home to call their own. Upon learning about the orphan crisis in Eastern Europe, Richard and Lisa felt there was no better time than the present to move forward. It was time to step out in faith and trust God’s leading to start the process in bringing home a new daughter and son from Eastern Europe.  Their siblings are excited for the new additions to the family, and they cannot wait to welcome them into their home and hearts. They invite you to join them in this exciting adventure, whether by prayer, encouragement, or contributions as their journey begins. They thank you in advance for all your support!!!

11/12/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 26

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

$10,550.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DEBBIE for the Anderson family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.png30416141749Dane and Misty have been married almost 22 years. Their family has grown over the years, and to their great joy now includes 11 children! They never thought they would have a family so large, nor be the parents of two daughters with special needs. They traveled to Eastern Europe last year to bring home their daughters, both girls have Down syndrome. They felt God call them to father the fatherless, and although there were many unknowns they pressed forward and pursued international adoption. The blessing of adoption has flowed into every part of their lives. Both Dane and Mistys’ faith has grown, and their family had embraced their new sisters! Their house is full, full of love and laugher and joy! But something was missing. Even when all the children were seated at the table, they would ask, “Who’s missing?” It was Debbie that was missing! When Misty showed Dane her picture and told him she’d been transferred and needed a family soon, Dane felt she was theirs. Misty knew it too. They prayed and brought the idea of adopting Debbie to their children. Once again God moved their hearts and the children all agreed – she belonged in the family!

Now the Andersons are embarking on another international adoption, the third adoption in less than a year, the cost is monumental, and the paperwork and the stress is still there, but it’s worth it! They all feel it’s worth it, to save a life, to redeem a lost child, to make one less orphan.

Won’t you help them bring Little Debbie home? Home to a life filled with love, acceptance, joy, and of course fun!!

11/12/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 26 

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

$14,046.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KOEN for the Gomes family — HI

40110192034 KoenJoanna and Paki have been married for almost 5 years and have been blessed with 3 children. From the time they met said they’d like to have a “larger” family and had talked about adoption. In late 2012, Joanna and Paki felt God’s call for them to look into adoption. Paki reached out to a friend that had recently adopted through Reece’s Rainbow and she informed them about the website. After much contemplation, they saw a little girl who truly stirred their hearts, but were frustrated when they realized they could not begin the adoption process until Paki came home from a military deployment. Shortly after Paki returned, baby #3 was born and life became a bit more hectic. With their youngest turning 5 months old, Joanna felt God again, gently stirring the desire to adopt. Joanna and Paki returned to Reece’s Rainbow website and were devastated to learn the they little girl they had hoped to find again had passed away.

Paki continued to look through the little faces and came across sweet Koen. Surprisingly, he looks a lot like their oldest son and they absolutely fell in love with this him. They are so excited for God’s calling to bring this little boy into their hearts and family! Please pray for this family as they move forward in this exciting journey.

11/12/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 26

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

The Gomes family has a $500 matching grant!  When their grant reaches $744, they will receive an additional $500!

$854.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASHTON for the Scheel family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.png40224204946Jeromy and Stacy have been googly-eyed since 1995. They started married life in 1996 in Anchorage, Alaska, college sweet hearts and best friends. After moving back home to Idaho, they decided to begin a family. After falling in love with their first 2 little girls and having very difficult pregnancies, they decided that building their family through adoption would be a wonderful idea.

By the grace of God they brought home their first little boy in 2005 at 16 days old through the foster care system. He was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect the family had never heard of but soon became very familiar with. Two years later, they got a call about another precious little boy with anoxic brain injury. They waited several days to find out he survived and was in need of a family to care for him. After attempts at reunification with his birth family they were able to become his permanent parents through guardianship.

After getting more involved in the adoption community and feeling led by God to be part of reaching out to older orphans, the Scheels found out about a beautiful teenage girl in Eastern Europe. She was 10 days away from aging out and, like their son, had arthrogryposis. This began their first international adoption on the fast track. She has been home almost 2 years and the Scheels are now stepping out in faith to add to their family once again through international adoption. They are excited to add Raymond to their family knowing the very special blessing each child brings.

11/12/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 25

$4,549.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DANIEL and JOSEPH for the Head family — MS

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JosephSteven and Cindy have been married for 33 years. Their entire life has been one of risk and adventure. They have been blessed with 4 biological children 24, 22, 16, and 14 and 2 grandchildren. They really weren’t considering adoption in 2012 when God began to shape their hearts and make it undeniable He was leading them this way. To confirm what He placed in their hearts He set them up meeting all the right people, raising support from the most unusual places and through the support of family. Upon returning with their first children from China in September 2012 they could never have known what joy was ahead. Now 4 years old Elijah and Olivia Head have had 2 heart surgeries and are full of love, life, and energy. Today God has asked them to go back and bring two more children home, Daniel who has a severe heart condition and Joseph who has a cleft lip/cleft pallet. This time even more faith is required. Because Daniel has not had any surgeries Steven and Cindy have chosen to complete a medical expedite advancing the timeline on all events including fees due, travel, and travel expenses. The Head’s expect to travel in November and have a large need for the expenses due at the end such as orphanage fees and travel expenses. Daniel has had no surgeries and is in desperate need of help. The entire family (of 11!) is asking for your help to join their journey of love and bring their sons/brothers home!

10/29/14—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 27


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

$1,730.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DRAKE for the Theisen family — ID

DrakeAbout 18 months ago God started whispering to Meg’s heart about considering adoption when their Student Ministries Pastor and his wife were at the beginning of their own adoption. At the time Meg’s body was a mess of unchecked Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and chronic back & neck pain; not the best scenario to introduce a little one into.

Meg started praying about it and, during yet another experience in hearing God’s desire for them to adopt through a speaker at a Homeschooling Conference, Meg asked Rich to start praying about it too. The subject of adoption kept coming up through any avenue God saw fit to use; movies, books, bible studies, and of course, scripture. It was undeniable and unavoidable; Jesus had a plan for their family. Rich and Meg have taught their 5 sons that it doesn’t matter how much you study the bible; you have to live it. In short, the boys were on board long before their parents were.

God has moved mountains in our world to accommodate obedience. He’s addressed nearly all of Meg’s physical issues, including the latest surgery on her back that should resolve most of her daily pain! The fitting response to getting a second chance at a normal life is to extend that blessing to a little one who’s chance at basic survival is disturbingly low. (They read that Internationally, 80% of special needs children who age-out and are then institutionalized, die within the 1st year.) Then finally, God softened and spoke to Rich’s heart on the subject; although in his defense he is already pretty dang tender!

So where do we start? There’s so much need. I looked at so many websites and read so many biographies of waiting children and what captured their hearts was a 3 year old little boy with Down’s syndrome named Drake and he lives in Lithuania. He was the only one out of all those kids that had stated in his bio, “He’s 3 years old and nobody visits him.” Meg’s (and Rich’s) heart broke. The Holy Spirit whispered, “Yes.” and that’s all it took. Meg was blessed and burdened with a glimpse of how Jesus feels about these forgotten little ones… there’s no turning away from that.

Now, they are within months of meeting their son; Homestudy in motion, Dossier package on it’s way to them to start the mad dash towards completion. They are watching God’s plan unfold for their family in awe of His thoroughness and provision. Not only provision in their fund-raising efforts through the generosity of others but also God’s provision in the form of redemption. To make a long story short; Meg’s heritage on her mother’s side is full Lithuanian, the side where the generational sin of abuse occurred. But God, by His grace, is doing a new thing! He is bringing something good and honorable and loving from what was damaged and broken and ugly by redeeming this long tainted Lithuanian blood. What an unforeseen blessing! God is so good.

They pray that Jesus is whispering in Drake’s ear… “Your parents are coming soon and they love you so much…”

9/23/14—TRAVELING NOV 25

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

$1,358.00 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.

11/12/14—FINAL TRIP DECEMBER


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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EDEN for the McLean family — MA

Eden_Jan 2014 (14)Kerri 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!

10/25/14—FIRST TRIP NOVEMBER 14

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

$3,624.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JACKSON for the Simmons family — TX

JacksonJody and Julie have been married almost twenty years and have three children: Hannah-17, Joshua-15, and Caleb-7. Over the years, they have seen God’s faithful hand of redemption in their marriage and family, and believe that he is now writing the next chapter of this beautiful story: ADOPTION.

After feeling God’s call to adopt in 2012, Jody and Julie began researching agencies and searching photo-listings for the child that they felt would be a good fit for their family. However, God had greater plans than theirs. Over time, God began opening their hearts to the possibility of adopting an older child, one with special needs. When they saw Jackson’s photo on Reece’s Rainbow on April 26, 2013, he took hold of their hearts and hasn’t let go! They know that Jackson will need lots of patient instruction and unconditional love to overcome the delays he has experienced from spending six years in a crib, but they also know that God has called them to be his family and do whatever it takes to capture his heart and meet his needs. They are trusting God to provide both the financial provision to bring him home and the wisdom to parent him. Jackson’s older brothers and sister are preparing for his arrival by raising money, and even learning Mandarin and sign language to help him learn to communicate. The Simmons family won’t be complete until Jackson is finally home!

9/23/14—TRAVELING NOV 23


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

$409.34 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!!!

 

11/18/14—FINAL TRIP DECEMBER 5


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

$4,210.69 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

11/7/14—COURT ON NOV 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessingseternal.blogspot.com

$8,744.51 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!

11/17/14—COURT IS DECEMBER 2

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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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! 

$19,376.64 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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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.

11/12/14—FINAL TRIP NOVEMBER 29

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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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

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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

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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

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INESSA for Cody and Jessica — SC

40730092559 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

 

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CONNER for the VanAuken family — NY

Connervanauken-connorPaul 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

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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

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Kiril, 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!

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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

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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!

 

 10/29/14—COURT NOV 18th

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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

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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.

11/5/14—APPOINTMENT IS NOVEMBER 6 

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

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A CHILD for the Shoger family — FL

ShogerAndrew 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!

11/18/14—FIRST TRIP DEC 2014

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

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