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3 Siblings for the Howell Family — WA

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

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

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

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

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

$16,194.08 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE for the Amick family — NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LILYA for the Colfack family — NE

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

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

$6,692.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lilya has received a $4.95 Waiting Child Grant.

JONATHAN for the Ewer family — NJ

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

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

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – Radical by David Platt

5/5/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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Jonathan has received a $71.10 Waiting Child Grant.

OSCAR for the Gunther family — Canada

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

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

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

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

6/23/17—FINAL TRIP JUNE 2017

FULLY FUNDED!!!

STEPHAN for the Johnston family — NC

StephanThe Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the second time. Chris and Julianna have been married for almost 10 years. Chris works for an international relief organization, and Julianna works at home, educating and caring for their 5 children.

One day, the couple read Stephen’s story through Wide-Awake’s post, and after learning more about him, they knew they would go as far as God would take them in bringing Stephen into their family. God graciously introduced them to the blessing of special needs when their son Isaac was born in 2010, and they have since welcomed their daughter Providence with Down syndrome into the family through adoption two years ago.

The Johnstons are uniquely blessed with a community of friends and family who support, celebrate, and value life. They are grateful for others they continue to meet through organizations like Reece’s Rainbow.

5/12/17—APPOINTMENT on 6/21

$7,004.47 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

CALINA for the Weaton family — AZ

Calina 2 (2)Chris and Amy have been married for twelve years, and have hearts for growing their family through adoption. They have five young children, aged 1-9 years old, four of whom are adopted from Ethiopia, USA and China. They believe that family is more than blood, and built through love. Though some may say their hands are full, they firmly believe their hearts have more love to share.

With joyful hearts they ask for your prayerful support as their family embarks on a new chapter of life’s journey: bringing home a ten year old daughter from Asia. They are ever thankful for all who advocated for “Calina” over the past eight years until God prepared their hearts to bring her home.

The Weatons have chosen to name her Teresa, after Saint Teresa of Calcutta, a woman who “got it” with being Christ to those around her, and inspired us to change the world with little acts of big love. St Teresa’s Feast Day is September 5th, the day Chris and Amy got engaged!

The Weatons’ yearn to have her home, but if adoption has taught them anything time and time again, it’s to trust in His timing! Until then, their five children take turns with Teresa’s picture next to them in an empty chair at the dinner table each night, and pray that she can feel their love from across the ocean.

5/11/17 —USCIS APPROVED

$1,730.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

A Family for ANDRE — NY

AndreThe Schaus family is excited to be adopting for the first time. Chris and Amanda have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful biological children – Esme (10) and Gavyn (7). They are both teachers – Chris is a high school English teacher and Amanda is a Chairperson for Special Education. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking walks in the neighborhood, and snuggling up with a good book together. Life is full of extra curricular activities, church functions, and sports, but their hearts are not full yet.

For the last year Amanda and Chris have been discussing adoption and Andre’s picture continued to resurface. But on October 23, 2016, a Facebook post by another Reece’s Rainbow adoptive parent, Natalie Tena, who was raising funds for Andre’s Christmas Miracle Maker sealed the deal and they haven’t turned back since.

The Schaus family is excited to welcome Andre into their home and their family and friends could not be more supportive. They are currently looking for prayers and support to make this adoption financially, emotionally, and spiritually successful. Andre is already a member of their family in heart and mind. Please consider partnering with them to bring him to his forever home.

6/13/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$9,626.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Andre has received a $2198.15 Waiting Child Grant.

A Child for the Bloom Family — AL

The Bloom family is heading back to adopt again, this time for one last extra special girl. This is an adoption built on miracles. Our family met her during a previous adoption. She was a lonely girl confined to a crib. Everyone thought she couldn’t be adopted. Everyone thought she had already aged out. Her health has been deteriorating quickly. Our family began making inquiries as to how we could care for her within her own country. We began talking about plans to move our family to her. Everyone thought she was ineligible for adoption. But we were wrong! It is not too late; she CAN be adopted. Her paperwork is being prepared now. This is just the beginning. Many more miracles are needed to get this special girl home where she can receive love and immediate medical care.

We have been racing through paperwork at record speeds. This is going to be a “hurry up and wait” process, where we rush as much as possible, then sit tight until her paperwork is finally completed. We are praying things move just as quickly on her end. She has waited in a crib for nearly 16 years, without hope. She has hope now. We are coming.

6/16/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$15,316.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMALINE for the Millward family — NJ

emmaline-2016We are the Millward family.  Carolyn and Eddie have been married for 26 years and have two incredible boys; Christian 18 and Brian 13.  We cannot forget the other members of the family; their cat and dog Goober and Maggie.

Adoption has been a consideration for many years, but a recent blog rekindled the fire and pointed them in the direction of Reece’s Rainbow.  Soon after, a Facebook post focusing on the plight of Emmaline really struck a chord with the family.  Emmaline is an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy, and the thought of her spending the rest of her life institutionalized was not something they could accept.  A good amount of thought and even more prayer led them to the decision to move forward with the adoption.

Please pray for Emmaline that she will soon be home with her family, receiving the love and medical treatment she deserves.

“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues”  – John Stott

6/8/17 — APPT on JULY 18

$782.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Emmaline has also received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

MALLORY for the Bowman family — IN

Mallory Photo 1 May 2016 - May 2016The Bowman family is excited to be adopting for the 1st time. Angie and Tim met while in college and have been blessed with 4 biological children. Their oldest daughter Allison graduated with a biology degree, and she lives in the same city as Angie and Tim. Their second daughter Brittany is currently working on her doctorate degree in physical therapy. Joshua, their third child, is studying fire science, as he wants to pursue a career as a firefighter. Their youngest son Jacob is still in high school and is an avid runner. Angie and Tim have always been committed to children in a variety of ways. Angie is a Kindergarten teacher, but ran an in-home daycare while her children were young. Tim works in management for Simon Property Group but has always been a coach and referee of youth soccer, football, and basketball.

In January 2016, Angie and Brittany were reading a Facebook story, which led them to Reece’s Rainbow. The whole family felt such empathy and compassion for the many children in need of homes, but they were particularly drawn to one beautiful little girl. Mallory is two years old and has Down syndrome. For months, Mallory’s picture and story kept tugging at their hearts until they finally said, “YES,” in May. The entire family jumped on board as the family discussed, prayed, and planned for the addition of another child to become a part of their lives. There were so many signs from God that this was what He had clearly planned for them.

The Bowman family is ecstatic to welcome Mallory into their home, and the Bowman children are thrilled to have a little sister on whom to dote. The Bowman’s cannot wait to bring Mallory home and to hold and cuddle her. They are looking forward to providing her with experiences such as zoo trips, time spent at the Children’s Museum, dance lessons, and religious education. They are also excited to celebrate holidays, read books, and play soccer and other games with her. They are currently trying to raise the adoption funds and appreciate your prayers as well as any financial support to help them bring Mallory home as soon as possible. There are no words to express how much they already love her, and they pray for her every day as they anxiously await the arrival of their newest family member.

3/17/2017—COMPLETED FIRST TRIP MARCH 

$3,272.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DONNI for the Young family — PA

Donni croppedTrevor and Jodi began their journey together in 2000, when they both stated in their premarital counseling workbook that they’d like to have three to five children. After four biological daughters, God spoke to their hearts about adoption in 2010. Over the next six years, they brought home a son and a daughter from Bulgaria and a son from China, as well as adding three more biological daughters (and to save you the math, that makes ten kids!)

Their most recent son from Asia (“Caden” on Reece’s Rainbow), was their first introduction to the blessing of children with Down Syndrome. They both fell in love with this funny, smart, determined boy, and felt, even while in country adopting him, that they had room in their family for another little boy with that magical extra chromosome.

A friend of Jodi’s had been advocating for “Donni” ever since adopting her own son from the same orphanage. As soon as they saw his photos and read his story, they knew that if they were to adopt again, this was their next son. The Lord closed some doors but opened others, and they are thrilled that this precious little boy will indeed be the next Young.

Updates to Jodi’s blog are not as frequent as they once were, thanks to many more little people to look after, but you can follow their journey at www.theyoungpages.com/jodis_blog/ Thank you for your prayers for their journey to this amazing little man!

4/23/17—TRAVELING in MAY

$427.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

ELLIS and TANNER for the McBride family — GA

Ellis (1)Tanner (2)Jim and Amy McBride live in rural Georgia with their two daughters and two sons who range in age from 6-16. Jim is a beloved middle/high school band director in a very small community. Amy stays home to home school two of the children and tend to their family farm.

Adoption has been an important part of their lives for many years. They have one son and one daughter who joined their family by adoption. Amy also works to advocate for orphans and has a special place in her heart for children with cleft lip/palate. That’s how the McBride family learned of Ellis and Tanner.

Amy spent a year advocating for these two boys to find a family. This summer the boys became available for hosting and the McBrides were given the opportunity to have both boys in their home for four weeks. It was a “real life” four weeks with hard moments and fun moments. The hardest moment came when the boys had to return to the orphanage. Everyone was heartbroken. It was at that time that the McBride family knew these two boys should be their sons/brothers.

We have been able to watch God open doors and provide during each step of this process. We are continuing to trust Him as we work to bring our sons home. We know it won’t be easy bringing in two 12 year old boys, but we know that He has prepared this path for us and He will walk with us through this. Would you like to join us on this journey? Would you like to help us as we open our homes and hearts to these precious boys? Thank you for any support and prayers.

5/30/17—LOA RECEIVED

$72.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ellis has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Tanner has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

JENIFER and JOEL for the Horn family — PA

rrpicAfter raising three bio boys, Chuck, Dan and Nick, Christine and Chuck Horn had much more love to give. China was where their hearts were when they learned of orphan hosting in the US.  The Lord opened doors and they excitedly moved forward.  In June of 2016 they hosted an amazing 8 year old boy. Joel was one of 5 incredibly brave children who came to the US in hopes of finding families and homes of their own. There were four boys and one feisty girl who had no problem keeping up with the craziness of boys! The feisty little girl was Jenifer.

Christine had an immediate, unexplainable, connection with Jenifer from the moment she watched her read the “Welcome” sign at the airport at 1:30am and excitedly use sign language to one of the boys. It was from that very minute the Lord put her in Christine’s heart. She knew Jenifer was meant to be a part of their family.

By the time they had to return to China, all of the hosted children found families, including Jenifer. And their host child, Joel, had quickly became their son. It was a blessing to know all of these special children would have families and homes of their own.

But there was still something tugging at the Horns, they called their agency, several times, and asked, “How is Jenifer’s family?” The reply was, “Great, they are perfect!” Wonderful, they were happy to know Jenifer would have the perfect family to come home to. At twelve years old, this sweet little girl had waited far too long for a family and home of her own.

Almost two and a half months after the children boarded the plane back to China, and Joel’s adoption process well under way, Christine got the call, at 3:50 on a Monday afternoon. Jenifer’s family could no longer adopt her. Her heart sank knowing this little girl lost another home, yet somehow she had known this call would be coming. Jenifer was meant to be their daughter.  Christine cried. They prayed. It was clear that the Lord had already been working. Nothing had ever been so clear: Jenifer was already a part of their family.

The Horns are grateful for the blessing of donations and prayers that are much needed to get both of their children home.

5/16/17—TA RECEIVED

$555.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

JOHN for the Zupfer family — WA

johnnyShawn and Jenni Zupfer have been married for 10 years and have an incredible 4 year old biological son. While they felt their family of three was complete, they knew they had more love to share and opened their hearts to international adoption. They completed their home study and were soon matched with a toddler.

When visiting their prospective child in country this past July, Jenni met a young boy named John who was at the same interim care center as their toddler. She knew instantly there was something remarkably special about this young boy after meeting him and hearing his story.

At a young age, John fell from a mango tree an injured a disc in his back, but was not able to have the medical care he needed. She learned he was a true orphan, having lost both his parents to the recent tragic Ebola outbreaks, which forced him to live on the streets in one of the country’s worst slums, and fend for himself for survival. Despite all that was working against him, he managed to keep himself in school; he is very bright. He is one of the most loving, kind, and tenderhearted young boys you will ever meet. He maintains a sweet disposition, a strong inner drive to achieve his dreams, and a desire to once again have a family to call his own. Shawn and Jenni were grateful to learn he was matched with a family so that he would have the opportunity to have a loving family, continue his education, and pursue his goals.

Recently, however, due to unforeseen circumstances and no fault of his own, the family pursuing his adoption was unable to proceed. John was left with few options as he will age out of adoption eligibility in early January 2017 and once again be on his own, and alone.

Upon learning John was in need of a family, without hesitation, Shawn and Jenni stepped forward to pursue his adoption. They quickly completed a whirlwind of paperwork and updated their home study to include a teenager. Now it is a race against time for everything to come together, including raising the remaining funds, for John to join their family.

11/29/16—USCIS APPROVED

$1,910.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

MARK for the Evans family — NC

mark1Martha and Mike live on a family farm in North Carolina. They have 2 children, one of whom they found on Reece’s Rainbow way back in 2009. Their daughter was completely deaf when adopted and now hears with the aid of Cochlear Implants. They knew their adoption story was not over but had not heard clearly the call of the Lord again until 2 years ago. They hosted a boy who lived in the same country from which they adopted their daughter. The hosting did not go well, and they were unsure about how to proceed. They prayed for this child when he went back to the orphanage and helped a wonderful local family with his needs that were not being met in the orphanage. During this past winter, the Evans family visited his orphanage to provide supplies and gifts.

Then they did something they never thought they would do…. they hosted the same boy, now a teenager, again. This time, the once scared, angry boy had seen and felt unconditional love. He knew people prayed for him and believed in him. He finally knew someone cared about him. His hosting experience went MUCH better!

When he left to return to his country, the Evans family prayed about whether they were supposed to move forward to adopt him. A few months later, the answer was a YES from the Lord. This young man was to be added to the Evans family!

Mike and Martha understand the challenges to be faced by adding an older child to the family and will do all they can to equip this boy to become a man of God. He knows he is already loved by God, and the Evanses long to show him the love of a family!

6/8/2017—APPT on JULY 24
Follow the family’s journey on their blog thelittleredhouse.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!! 

$7,007.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mark has also received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

 

ADELAIDE and GERTIE for the Speck family — KS

 photo fwbutton150.pngAdelaide (2)The Speck family — Adam, Tiffany, Elijah, Avelyn, Malachai, Brynley, and Truenne — are excited to be adding to their family again, this time through adoption. While Adam and Tiffany had briefly discussed adoption when they were first married 16 years ago, the arrival of 5 biological children in a few short years and the busy life that results from a home blessed with many children, caused the idea of adopting to fall out of sight. God clearly had other plans however, and brought the idea of adopting suddenly back into the forefront of their minds this past spring, when a friend unexpectedly introduced them to Reece’s Rainbow. One beautiful child immediately caught Tiffany’s eye, and she and Adam began to pray and discuss the idea of adopting this child with special needs.

Over the following several weeks, the more they prayed and discussed adopting, the more God confirmed that this plan was from Him– through an unexpected sermon series (about adoption and foster care) at their church, random interactions with strangers who spontaneously shared adoption or foster stories of their own on an almost daily basis, and devotional topics discussing our own adoption into God’s family through salvation. After several months of praying to confirm that this idea of adoption was truly from the Lord and for this time, the Specks contacted Reece’s Rainbow to make a commitment to the little girl who had initially grabbed at their hearts, only to find another family had recently committed to her adoption. For several weeks after this, Adam and Tiffany wrestled through what felt like a loss to them, and realized fully that God was truly laying adoption on their hearts for their family.

It is with great excitement that they are able to announce that they will be welcoming Adelaide into their family! They are also currently trying to raise additional funds to be able to commit to a second daughter, and appreciate your prayers and any financial support to help them bring home Adelaide as soon as possible, and to be able to fully commit to this additional beautiful daughter.

UPDATE:  The Speck family will also be bringing home Gertie!

6/13/17—DOSSIER COMPLETE

$1,369.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adelaide has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Gertie has received a $2,682.86 Older Child Grant.

A mama for EDWIN

 photo fwbutton150.pngEdwin June 2016Krista has worked in private (domestic and international) adoptions as well as Social Service adoptions for her entire 15 year career. Krista is an only parent to an 8 year old son who has always wanted a little brother. They have often discussed expanding their family through adoption, however were looking at options through the foster care system; but the doors were always closing. On June 30, 2016 Krista was looking through Reece’s Rainbow photo listing and saw her son! He is a beautiful little boy, with Spina Bifida.  She was shocked and surprised and after wrestling with it for a few days decided to bury it deep and write it off as a “crazy thought.” However, she could not stop thinking about those big brown eyes and dreamed about bringing him home. After almost three months she was completely broken and realized that she was not just imagining a fairy tale. She was hearing the Lord speak to her that this was her son! She needed to put her worries away and fully rely on God.

All the worries and anxieties:  How would she pay for this as on a single income? What will her family think? Will her coworkers be angry that she is not adopting from the system she works for? How will she meet the needs of this special little boy who deserves so much?   After thinking and obsessing about these questions over and over for days, into the wee hours of the morning, she finally realized that NONE of that is up to her! There was absolutely nothing she could do to control those things, but needed to be obedient. The only way that any of this would happen was in her absolute surrender and faith that God would provide. She keeps going back to II Corinthians 12:9: in my weakness His power is made perfect; His grace is sufficient. Krista is working on putting her worries away and fully relying on God to make this precious little boy her son!

4/12/17—DOSSIER en ROUTE
Follow the family’s journey on their blog:  redeeminggracethroughadoption.blogspot.com

$2,025.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Edwin has received a $180 Waiting Child Grant.

 

NORA for the Duty family — WI

img_1673The Duty family, Scott, Jennie, Nathan, Jack, Joelle and Elliot, are excited to be adopting for the 1st time! With 3 biological brothers at home, 12, 11 and 7, sister Joelle is ecstatic to finally have a sister! Scott and Jennie have desired to adopt since they started dating. After marrying, having 4 biologic children plus multiple losses, the desire was still there but not in the forefront. Then in 2016, after helping friends fundraise to adopt their son from Asia, they discovered Orphan Hosting programs, and started looking at photo listings. They were inexplicably drawn to Nora, but told she already had a family hosting her. They decided to wait until 2017, but the Lord had other plans!  3 weeks before Nora’s group was to come to the US, her family had to back out. They were asked if THEY would host her. She now had a $1900 grant from the family who had to back out. They had $1300 set aside to replace carpeting in our home; this was the EXACT difference needed to bring Nora to the US! Clearly they were supposed to host Nora, so they said yes. From Day 1, she fit right into their family. Very clear she is a “Duty”, full of joy and spunk!

Scott has enjoyed stable employment for 15 years at the same employer. Jennie has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years. They were told their oldest son, Nathan, had Down Syndrome when they were pregnant with him. He did not, but through that experience the Lord taught them that they would love a special needs child no less! Jennie works with special needs adults at their local YMCA, and subs as an instructional aide with special needs children in their children’s school district. The Lord has absolutely prepared this family for adopting and raising this special little girl. Nora was abandoned at 1 year of age, and has been raised in an orphanage since. Every child deserves a family. The Duty’s love Nora and desire to raise her as their daughter!

6/22/17—TA RECEIVED; JULY 31 GOTCHA DAY
You can read more about their journey on their public page: www.facebook.com/dutytoadopt

$1,456.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALISSA and GIDEON for the Bridges family — TX

gideonalissaBradley met Wendy during a singles Bible study class at a church he was visiting with a friend… the same church she had attended since high school. He invited her to a church social, and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married in the very same chapel in which they first met.

Today, Bradley and Wendy have been married for 17 years, and have two beautiful children. Their son is 14, and daughter, 10. Adoption has been a subject of discussion in the family for years, but with Bradley’s career being somewhat stalled, was never considered a real possibility. Until now. The family is finally “at home” in Houston, TX, where Bradley works for the University of TX Health Science Center, while Wendy is a stay-at-home mom.

In the summer of 2016, their daughter randomly asked, “So, when am I gonna get a sister?” A light went off in their hearts and minds, and when a few days later, Wendy came across the link to Reece’s Rainbow in a blog shared by a Facebook friend, things got real. She first found Gideon, who, based on his photos, shared many of the same interests as her own son. He even resembled her side of the family. She was instantly moved by his wish for a mom and dad. Not long after, she came across Alissa’s profile. Again, she felt the same tug on her heart, and knew Alissa belonged in their family as well. Within minutes, she had emailed Bradley the link to their RR profiles. His response? “I love them both!”

The Bridges are working as fast as they can to bring both Gideon and Alissa home. Gideon is at risk of aging out within the next year, so time is of the essence. The family is so grateful for any help in bringing both children home, be it in the form of donations, prayers, or just in the reassurance found in the success stories of those who have gone before them.

3/6/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4,092.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Alissa has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Gideon has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

 

MARCUS for the Turner family — MD

 photo fwbutton150.pngOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Turner Family would like to introduce you to a very special little boy.  This is their child, Marcus!

Although they do not know Marcus yet, Carl and Martha are adopting him from Eastern Europe. What they do know about Marcus is this:

He has never known the warm and loving embrace of a mother, or the joy of a piggy-back ride from a father. He doesn’t know what it feels like to be tucked in and kissed goodnight, warm and safe in a caring home. He has yet to receive full medical attention, proper, nutritious food, a childhood that allows him to be a child and an environment where he can thrive and flourish and reach his full potential. He needs a loving family the most.

The Turners cannot wait to bring Marcus home, to hold him in our arms, to read stories with him, to watch him play with his big sister, to take him to Sunday School, and always provide a hand for him to hold as he grows. No words can capture the true joy and excitement we feel as we anticipate the blessing of his presence in our home.

Carl and Martha would like to invite you to be a part of our adoption. They have two goals, the first is to create a community of friends, family and neighbors, locally and globally, who are ready and excited to welcome our Marcus into their lives and will commit to pray for our family over the next few months. The 2nd goal is to raise funds to bring Marcus home. Thank you for joining the Turners in this journey both in prayer and in financial support.

2/19/17—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: responsivelove.weebly.com

$831.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROMAN and LYNDA for the Petersen family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.png41122171341 Roman30815195533Ian and Karleigh Petersen met on New Years’ Eve 2011. Although it’s cliché, they met on the internet. They emailed back and forth for a few weeks before Ian finally got the gumption to ask if Karleigh wanted to get together. Although never admitting it, Karleigh was so excited to meet the man on the other side of the screen. After several hiccups in the timeline, they finally met that evening at the local mall and the rest is history. Within a few days they were dating officially, six months later were engaged, and just five short months after that were married.

Less than a year later they found out they were pregnant with their now two year old son, Axel. He was the light of their life and although life wasn’t perfect, it was wonderful. Not long after having their son, Karleigh joined the Reece’s Rainbow community on Facebook. After sitting back and following everyone on their own journey for over a year, the adoption itch was becoming unscratchable. Almost daily Karleigh would show Ian pictures of children and tell him their stories. She would curl up on his lap and cry and beg and plead that finally they could. He would hold her close and say “soon. Not now, but soon.”

Finally, Karleigh was scrolling through the posts on the RR Facebook page and a cute picture of a little boy with chubby cheeks caught her eye. Daily she would go looking for the post just to look at this little one’s face until finally she gave in and saved the picture. The next morning Karleigh showed her husband the picture, expecting the same reaction, but praying this time would be different. And it was.

This time, Ian looked at the picture like it was a child he already knew. He took the phone out of Karleigh’s hand and just stared at it. She told him his story and then fell silent. Axel took the phone away from his dad just so he could kiss the picture of this sweet little boy. Ian looked in Karleigh’s eyes and with tears streaming down his face said, “Baby, I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But we are bringing him home, and we’re not going to stop fighting until we do.”

Soon after they found a little girl with a story all her own. She quickly wrapped herself around Ian’s finger and is already her princess. This story is already filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and bumps and bruises. But they are determined to do whatever it takes to get these kids home where they will be loved, cared for, and cherished.

3/22/17—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: hismissionourhome.wordpress.com

$2,149.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Roman has received a $13.50 Waiting Child Grant.
Lynda has received a $5434.75 Waiting Child Grant.

ALEXIS for the Van Halle Family–NY

Alexis Photo 2 Apr-2013AThe VanHalle family is not new to special needs adoption, having adopted three children with Down syndrome with the help of the Reece’s Rainbow community (along with their family and friends) in the last 4 years. They are ready this time to pursue the adoption of Alexis who has been on their hearts now for over a year.

The VanHalle family is not jumping into this adoption blindly. They realize their children at home need much care and it would take a special child to fit into the family if they were to add another. After discussing the current needs of their children with one another and after seeking help from their adoption agency to obtain updated information on Alexis to make sure she would fit into their current family dynamic, the VanHalle family took a leap of faith and are stepping into international special needs adoption once again.

The VanHalle’s know this journey well and know that it will not be easy. They are asking for your prayers for their adoption and family as they work to bring Alexis home.

6/19/17—FIRST TRIP JUNE 24

$2,444.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

TIMON for the Arnold family — WA

TimonBrent and Holly Arnold have been married for 24 years. They wanted to adopt children from the beginning of their marriage. Their plans were put on hold when they were blessed with two biological children. Later they added four more children through the gift of adoption. They are hoping to adopt a 13 year boy in Asia who has overcome so much adversity in his years. They need to adopt him before he ages out of the adoption system, so they will travel in spring or early summer before his 14th birthday. They are excited to welcome their seventh child home. Through God all things are possible.

6/21/17 — TA RECEIVED

$485.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

KIARA for the McAndrew family — AZ

 photo fwbutton150.pngkiara1Joseph and Katie met while working at a feed store and going to college in northern Arizona. They have been happily married for three short years and have been blessed with a one year old daughter.

Katie has always had a heart for adoption and Joseph agreed that one day they would adopt. Neither of them expected to be called to adopt so soon into their marriage! While browsing through Facebook one day, Katie saw Kiara’s picture posted. Katie couldn’t get Kiara and her immediate need for a home out of her head for the next couple of days. She sent Joseph Kiara’s picture and, after much prayer, they knew that she was meant to be part of the McAndrew family.

Joseph and Katie are so anxious to finish their paperwork, raise their funds, and bring this little girl home. They know that God is in control and He is able to do abundantly more than they could every ask for or think of. Joseph and Katie simply request your prayers and support as they journey through adopting Kiara.

5/26/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$15,258.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kiara has received a $509.40 Waiting Child Grant.

 

BRIANNA for the Shupe family — VA

brianna-2016Jeff and Wendy were married in 2010. Having both come from previous marriages, they each brought with them 3 children…..six all together. Wendy had experienced the joy of adoption in 2003 when her daughter Cassie was adopted from Kazakhstan. Jeff and Wendy knew that God was calling them to bring another child into their family, so they started on the journey to find the child that God had for them. One evening, while researching adoption from Eastern Europe, Wendy came across a website that changed everything. Reece’s Rainbow lead them down the path that brought them to their beautiful children…..Avery and Caden. Avery is a sweet, spunky little girl who has Dwarfism and Caden is a precious boy with Down Syndrome who is truly all boy! They have been such a blessing to the Shupe family! But, God wasn’t done adding to this family. The Shupes were recently contacted about another little girl with Dwarfism in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. What a miracle it was to find out that this little girl was Avery’s biological sister. The Shupes were shocked and amazed that she had been located, and even more amazed that they made the family connection to their daughter Avery. Jeff and Wendy did not know that adoption was in God’s plan for them again, but they have committed to follow God’s will for their lives. The Shupe’s have started their fundraising and are appreciative of your support and prayers as they raise the funds to bring their new daughter home.

1/10/17–DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theshupestorycontinues.blogspot.com

$1,249.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JOSEPH for the Graves family — IN

 photo fwbutton150.png41130120852 JosephGraves (2)Jared and Michelle Graves have been happily married for 11 memorable years.  They have been fortunate enough to have 3 biological sons, Andrew (16), Evan (12), and Jake (9).  They are hoping to add just one more boy to their family, Joseph.  Michelle comes from a large family of four sisters, two brothers, and nine nieces and nephews.  Jared on the other hand not as big, he had one sister.  Both families are waiting opened arms for Joseph to make his way ho me.  When Michelle first started researching the idea of adoption, which they have considered for many years, Joseph caught her heart and she instantly knew that he was going to be her son and the newest addition to their family.  Joseph is seven years old and has Down syndrome, but that is exactly what Michelle and her family wanted and needs.  Their youngest son, Jake, also has Down syndrome and has changed their lives in unimaginable ways.  The Graves family is fighting with everything they have to adopt Joseph.  The family has raised money and collected hundreds of shoes for a fundraiser that helps those in need.  They want more than ever to bring Joseph into their lives and nourish him with love and affection, because that is what every child deserves.

5/31/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$5,230.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Joseph has received a $3199.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

MERRYN for the Kesti family — AZ

Merryn 2016 cropped 2Andy and Kelly have been married for almost 29 years. They have been blessed with seven biological children over the course of their lives together-six sons and one daughter. They now have four adult children that have left home so that leaves only three at home.

In 2010 they were introduced to the beautiful world of Down Syndrome when their youngest child was born. Although the learning curve was steep and Jamison suffered from numerous medical challenges in the first few years he is now a healthy, thriving and delightful 6 year old who is the absolute delight of their family!

Kelly has had a desire to adopt for a long time. Before Jamison was born she discovered Reece’s Rainbow and she and her daughter, Abby, would spend many hours looking at the waiting children and wondering if there would be a time that adoption would be a part of their family. The timing wasn’t right.

Following Jamison’s birth and a cross country move the Kesti family settled into their new community. They discovered and became active in their local Down Syndrome advocacy group, DSNetwork of Arizona all the while becoming more and more aware of the awesome-ness of these special people blessed with an extra chromosome.

Once again Kelly began looking at the waiting children on Reece’s Rainbow and becoming part of Facebook’s DS adoption advocacy community. Now after a year of looking for their child and beginning an adoption savings they found their daughter, “Merryn” right where this all started-on Reece’s Rainbow!

“Merryn” is a very adorable little 5-year old girl with Down Syndrome who is waiting for her family to come and bring her home. Andy and Kelly are her mom and dad and are working hard to get her home as soon as humanly possible! They can hardly wait until the day they will bring their sweet girl home where she can feel the love of all of her family that waits for her!

The Kesti family has already seen so much support and enthusiasm as they are beginning this process. They know there are generous people that would also like to help by donating so they can make this process as smooth and as fast as it can be!
Please consider making a donation; any amount will help!

3/15/17—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringingourspecialangelhome.blogspot.com

$295.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Merryn has received a $125 Waiting Child Grant.

MATEO for the Van Duyn family — CA

MateoChris and Grace first found out about Mateo through an American couple they knew who were living in Asia and short-term fostering different children. When they saw Mateo and heard his story, their hearts were moved towards him. They had never planned to adopt a child with special needs, let alone an almost 5 year old with severe hydrocephalus, but when they met Mateo (online), all that changed.

Chris and Grace began praying for Mateo daily and getting updates on him often. God called them to be the ones to adopt this precious boy. So after many months and lots and lots of paperwork, Mateo is almost ready to go to “Merica!” ( as he calls it).

Grace and Chris have raised 4 children, all whom are grown and out of the house. While they know there is a long journey of work and healing ahead, they have no fear, only love and excitement to see how God will work. Mateo’s life up until now has been miracle after miracle-there is no reason to believe they will stop now!

6/19/17 — TRAVELING MID-JULY

$687.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EDWARD for the Harris family — TX

Edward (2)Adam and Tiffany have been married for twenty years and have three amazing children, Hannah, Brooklin, and Jack. Their family started sponsoring a boy a couple of years ago. As they saw his story, prayed for him and sent him packages, the burden to adopt him became undeniable. In early December 2015 they began the discussion of adopting Edward. Their family is now in process of getting all those precious documents together so that they can add a son to their family. They are all very excited about this new journey and pray for Edward until they can all be together.

6/7/17 — TRAVEL DATE
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: harris6adoption.blogspot.com

$12,758.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

MAEVE for the Morales family — NY

Maeve EE4Together since 2001, Seana and Dan thought they were following their dreams, taking on new challenges on the work and home front and living life to the fullest. By 2012 Dan had started his own business and they, with their two children, had moved away from NYC to the country to start a little homestead. Life was good and they felt like they were on the right track. Little did they know that in just a few years, their lives would burst open with even more challenges and possiblities.

2012 was also the year that Seana came across the Reece’s Rainbow website and became overwhelmed by the faces…she had always wanted to possibly maybe adopt, but adopting a child with special needs seemed daunting and way out of her league. At the time, turning away from the enormity of need, the overwhelming sadness was the easier thing to do.

Everything changed when their third child was born with a surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome in June 2014. The tender and fierce love that roared in their hearts opened up a new world–disability was no longer a scary or uncomfortable “other”–it was their son. And now they strongly felt that ALL life is precious, and that all lives have meaning and value.

Drawn back to the Reece’s Rainbow website, the faces became personal. Each of these precious children could easily be their child. Each of them deserved a family, and now their family felt completely capable and inspired. Now it was impossible to turn away.

Dan and Seana look forward to adding beautiful “Maeve” to their family. This gorgeous girl has captivated them since she was listed in early 2015. She will be their “baby” and will join their three children, who are thrilled and can’t wait to meet their little sister.

They are so thankful to Reece’s Rainbow, and all the people who work and advocate on behalf of these precious children.

1/24/17—FIRST TRIP FEBRUARY 19

$1,013.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TYLER and NOAH for the Waller family — AL

Tyler (2)Jason and Rebekah Waller have been married for almost 14 years and have 4 beautiful children.  Adoption was only something they had discussed briefly as a “maybe one day” or “we might eventually” kind of notion.  One day, after following a Reece’s Rainbow link a friend had posted on facebook, Rebekah came face to face with Tyler.  She immediately felt a connection, but knew she couldn’t make that decision alone. After weeks of crying, praying, and constantly thinking about this precious boy, Jason agreed that they should contact someone for more info.

It’s been tough, but they can already see the great rewards.  Their kids (especially the oldest) are super excited!  Please pray for the process and for sweet Tyler.

6/1/2017 — AWAITING COURT DATE

$3,741.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Waller family has also received an Older Child Grant of $10,000 for Tyler.

Soleil for the Thorp Family – TX

Soleil June 2013Ben and Tracy live in Texas with their six precious children, two of which were adopted back in 2014 with the help of Reece’s Rainbow. Both of the girls that the Thorps adopted have special needs. One girl has Down Syndrome, and according to the orphanage had no communication abilities. The other has renal agenesis. Both are healthy and thriving now. The girl with Down Syndrome quickly learned sign language and has learned to verbalize many words. She has even put together a 3 word sentence! While at one of the girls’ orphanages, the Thorps met an older child who desperately wanted a family. But, sadly, he had aged out. When Tracy asked if he could still be adopted in his country, she was told most people only wanted young, healthy children. That hopelessness stayed with Tracy, and when another adoptive family mentioned that Soleil was about to age out, Tracy’s heart broke. She emailed her husband the blog post and asked him to pray for a family for Soleil. Later that evening, Ben began to ask about the adoption fees, and so another adoption was begun. This time to bring home a child who has waited much too long for a family. The Thorp family is moving as fast as they can to bring Soleil home to her forever family. With your help, we will give her a future and a hope. Any prayers or donations for Soleil would be greatly appreciated!

6/6/17—COURT PASSED

$3,956.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

PEPPER and LIAM for the Marshall family — VA

pepper longgangWe are the Marshall Family! Billy and Laura met during high school and dated for about a month. Billy moved away for college and Laura chose a university close to home. A few years later they reconnected and the “rest is history”.

Billy and Laura will have been married eleven years in May. They have two daughters, Tessa Grace and Bella. The whole family is excited to welcome Pepper and Liam into their family! Billy and Laura began their adoption journey early in their marriage. After some research, they discovered they were too young for some countries and had not been married long enough for others. They became busy with jobs, children, and family life. The Marshall family was blessed to meet a little girl who happened to have Down Syndrome. As they got to know this precious child and her family, they learned about the difficult circumstances many orphans face when they have DS. Laura began to look at listings of children with DS. About 2 years ago, Laura came across Pepper’s file and knew she was her daughter. Billy was not so sure. After prayer and consideration the couple decided to wait. Laura prayed for this little girl to find a family (even if it wasn’t theirs) and thought about her often. Last summer Billy told Laura he was ready to commit to Pepper and they called the agency that very day. It was a joyous day when the Marshall family received pre-approval and shared the news with family and friends. The Marshall family went from being a family of 4 to 5!

The Marshall’s have been busy filling out forms, compiling papers and getting their house ready for Pepper. One day, shortly after the Marshall’s sent their Dossier, a family sent a cake to their little boy living in the same orphanage as Pepper. They posted a picture of the “cake Party” and off to the side was the sweetest little boy Laura and Billy had ever seen. It only took a minute for them to decide they wanted to find out it he had a family coming for him. After a couple weeks the Marshall’s were able to locate little Liam’s file and submit for him. Now the Marshall’s will be a family of 6! They never imagined a simple cake and picture could change their lives in such a wonderful way!

The Marshall’s are hard at work preparing for Pepper and Liam. It has take a great deal of hard work, sacrifice, and prayer to get this far in the process. The Marshall’s are so thankful for their family, friends, and special donors who have joined their team and are helping bring these precious children home.

5/19/17—LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuingping.blogspot.com

$5,563.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Pepper has received a $45 Waiting Child Grant.

MIKALE for the Guarino family — PA

mikale-2016Life turned out to be very different from what Nancy had expected. The beauty of the unexpected brought with it confirmation of the strength of family, regardless of its shape and size. For many years, Nancy’s family consisted of herself and her Down syndrome son, Nicky. Deep down, Nancy always knew her family was not complete. Two and a half years ago, Maria (Margit on RR) joined her family. It was during the process of Maria’s adoption that Nancy was introduced to the dismal reality of life for many special needs children in other parts of the world. Nicky, now 22 years old, is and had always been a happy, joyful child. It was heartbreaking for Nancy to learn about what his life might have been like had he been born in a different part of the world. Maria had lived her life in an institution without having anyone to love her. The reality is harsh and difficult to see. Nancy and Nicky were thrilled to bring Maria into their family and embrace her with love and support. Maria has thrived and is full of joy. She brings joy to everyone she encounters. Nicky has loved taking on the role of big brother and Nancy now knows the blessing of opening your heart and family to a child in need. It really is possible to make a difference. For this reason, Nancy has decided to adopt again. Nancy, Nicky, and Maria are opening their hearts and their family to embrace a new family member. Nicky and Maria are excited to have a new sibling to share in the fun and Nancy eagerly awaits the gift of another child, giving him the love and support to thrive in a foundation of family love.

The Guarino family is very thankful for all types of support as they take on this journey.

2/22/17—WAITING to TRAVEL

$639.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mikale has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

TEMPERANCE for the Sims family — MI

Temperance (2)The humanity in all of us is touched by thoughts of the loneliness experienced by any child waiting for adoption. The story is all the more profound if the child has some special medical need that means his/her passage into adulthood without the love and protection of a family will result in an already desperate prospect having a truly hopeless outlook–most especially when the special need secures little sympathy or help from in-country institutional sources.

This is a story about a little girl called Temperance, and the family she was meant to have.

Temperance has just turned 8. Her prospects of adoption are hugely compromised not only by her age but also and more particularly by her very special need—a chronic blood disorder which is not well understood in her country. She does well in school and is respectful to adults. She is pretty and sweet, but she will not survive under the current circumstances.

The Sims married later in life but faced the prospect of a childless marriage because Dean had the exact same medical condition that Temperance has. Consistent care, persistence, intelligent medical management and the advance of science not only enabled him to manage this condition and live an active, healthy life but it allowed Mary and Dean to have two healthy biological children. This story, if we had space to share the details, would itself leave you watery eyed in terms of its improbability.

Mary and Dean want to try to give something back by way of thanks for their good fortune. Their age now puts them just over the line of ineligibility for many adoption programs, but their preparedness to embrace Temperance into their family and their unique ability to offer medical care and personal experience in successfully managing her condition has opened up an opportunity for them to adopt Temperance.  The cost of this adoption (nearly $60,000) is a harrowing obstacle even after making sacrifices and putting aside other wants and needs as all adoptive parents must do. The high cost is due not only to the extensive in-country fees, but also to the requirement for a six-week stay in country for the whole family.

They are resolved to make it happen. They feel they have to. Without this lifeline, Temperance would seem to have little chance at a full and happy life. In fact, now that she is eight, she may be moved to the school for children with mental challenges, which is where many children with miscellaneous conditions seem to end up. This would be a terrifying prospect even for an adult, but imagine yourself looking through the eyes of a smart and aware, but defenseless, little girl! Even without that, she could find herself suffering extreme prejudice and hardship upon aging out, due to her health condition (if she remains healthy long enough to age out) as well as having spent time in a school for mentally challenged children (of which she was not one). In the arms of her family she would be loved and nurtured and have her condition safely managed so that she could have a full, happy and long life of achievement and strong relationships.

We hope you will join us in bringing this precious child home, and saving a soul worth saving. Maybe in the process, we can begin to break down the bureaucratic paradigms that prevent other children in similar circumstances from finding salvation. But for now—Temperance.

3/15/17—COMPILING DOSSIER

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HATTIE for the Willoughby family — KY

WilloughbyHattie (1)Virgil and Cindy Willoughby have been married 33 years. Virgil is a policeman and Cindy is a stay at home mom. If you had told the Willoughby’s 8 years ago that their family of 5 would soon be a family of 13 they would have laughed. After all, their children were all grown (the youngest was soon to graduate from high school) and they were both middle-aged. But God loves to do the unexpected. He whispered into their hearts as they read a devotion that talked about getting out of their comfort zones and really LIVING. The devotion gave several suggestions, one of which was adoption. It spoke to them both and after talking and praying, they soon began the process to bring home a daughter from China. Once they learned of the Waiting Children’s List, they knew that was the route they wanted to go. They went into the process knowing nothing about adoption. That first adoption they checked only some minor special needs. In 2010 they brought home a 6 year old daughter. It wasn’t long before God was calling them back. Less than a year later they were back in China adopting a 7 year old and one who turned 14 (the age children can no longer be adopted in China) minutes after landing back home. Their 14 year old would spend a month in the hospital less than a year after coming home for four very difficult surgeries to correct severe scoliosis that was limiting her lung function. Their 7 year old has already had numerous cleft surgeries, with more to come. No longer did the medical needs list concern them. They went from being willing to handle very few needs to almost any need. 2013 was another joyful year of welcoming 2 more daughters from China. Both were 5 years old. One is legally blind and the other has many neurological problems. In 2015 they were once again in China to adopt a completely blind 12 year old and a 6 year old with some hearing issues (now repaired) and cleft issues.

They have been blessed with 7 beautiful children from China in a little less than 7 years, and God is once more calling them back. This time they are working on paperwork to bring home Hattie, a 10 year old girl with cleft lip/palate and VSD (repaired). It is hard to believe that at the age of 53 and 51 they are soon to be parents again. God has worked in mighty ways and continues to do so every day. They covet your prayers and are grateful for any gifts that will help them bring this child, who has waited so long for a family, home.

6/24/17—TRAVEL DATE RECEIVED, JULY 10 GOTCHA DAY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog a elliourgiftfromgod.blogspot.com

$248.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

LULU for the Madsen family — WI

LuLuFaith. What does it mean to you? As I study that word in the Bible, I learn : “Now faith is the confidence that we shall receive the things for which we hope, the proof of the reality of things we do not see…”

We will be adopting another little girl from Asia with Down Syndrome. LuLu. We have chosen “Faith” to be her middle name ~ LuLu Faith Madsen. For right now, it is by FAITH we must believe, not by what we feel or see. She was born at the exact time as our adopted daughter Lilly, abandoned at 8 months like Lil, and looks JUST like our Lil. We will call them twins.  We have been formally accepted to be LuLu’s parents. Let the paperwork and money craziness start.

We have prayed—A LOT. We still are. We have asked for His will. His provisions. We feel called. He equips the called. Our flesh is overwhelmed. Scared. And then we remember ~ Let our FAITH be bigger than our fears. So, we step. Our other children tell us to go & get that little girl home- she needs a family.  Lilly is super excited that LuLu is going to share a room with her and have “lots of sleep- overs.”

Please follow us on our CrAzY journey to bring this sweet child home. We ask, that if at all possible, to support us in any way you can. We ask for your prayers.  More than anything- we want to THANK YOU for loving and supporting us.

6/6/17 — AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$5,216.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHELSEY for the Ashley family — MS

Ashley FamilyChelsey-updateThis is the Ashley family, Ken, Amy, Travis (11), and Cai (10).  They have been married for 25 years.  As of 13 years ago, they had been married for 12 years and had no children.  They never dreamed that 13 years later they would be at the point of having 3 children; but God is faithful, and He is on time.

Their first child, a wonderful son, was born in October, 2004. They felt so blessed and assumed that they probably wouldn’t have any more children.  In 2012, their pastor’s wife was about to go on a mission trip to China to work with orphans at a Bring Me Hope camp.  One Wednesday night before her trip, the pastor’s wife told a story about an infertile couple who were about to adopt from China. Amy says that something came over her while hearing that story, and she began to think about adopting from China for days and nights after that.  About a year later, the pastor’s wife, the Ashley’s neice, and another girl from their church went back to China to volunteer at the Bring Me Hope camp.  This team of ladies began sending pictures of one of their campers to the Ashley family.  When they saw those pictures, they knew that this was their daughter, and they went to China about 1 year later to adopt that camper who became Cai Ashley in July of 2014.  They felt so blessed and assumed that she would complete their family and that their trip to China to adopt was a once in a lifetime experience; but they now believe God had a different plan.

About a year or so after they came home, Cai went through 3 surgeries, because she was born with spina bifida and scoliosis.  On the day of the last surgery, which was a spinal fusion, they  began to be overwhelmed with thoughts of what if they had not adopted her, what if  she didn’t get those surgeries, and what would have happened to her if she had aged out at 14.  Amy remembers thinking that she would do this all over again and that they COULD do this again.  A couple of months later, they saw the picture of an 11 year old girl on a waiting child advocacy site, who was being advocated for by some Bring Me Hope volunteers.  They reviewed her file, but at the time it seemed that they had a lot of good excuses and reasons not to adopt again.   However, they could not stop thinking and praying about her.  Over the course of the next 5 months, every excuse that they could have had just seemed to be wiped away.  They finally locked her file on June 19th, which just so happened to be Father’s Day.  They have decided to name her Abby, which means my father’s delight.

During that 5 months time of thinking and praying about this adoption, there was some heartache involved, but it made them realize how short life is and that only the things we do for Christ will really matter.  They realize that they can’t save the world, but they can change the world for someone.  There is a song out that says, “He’s calling all hearts, calling all hands.” They know that everyone is not called to international adoption, but they feel that they have been.  They can’t wait to bring a second precious daughter home.  They would like to thank you for reading their story, for your support, and for your prayers!

4/12/17—TA RECVD
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourpathtocaifaith2.wordpress.com

$261.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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


 

KEELY for the Young family — TN

KeelyyoungShawn and Kara live in Memphis TN with their two beautiful daughters adopted from China. Shawn works at St. Jude children’s hospital by day and as an artist at night. Kara works from home as an artist. Their adoption story begins when they brought home Chandler in December 2012. In 2014 Perry joined the family. Suddenly life got very busy and with two fun feisty six year olds and the family seemed complete. That is until they saw a picture of a girl with intelligent eyes and a dazzling smile. Keely has Cerebral Palsy which affects her mobility. She will be soon be thirteen years old. For orphans, birthdays are not always happy occasions; if she is not adopted by fourteen she will lose forever her chance to have a family. When the family saw her profile on Reese’s rainbow they knew they would be going back to Asia. They are thrilled and cannot wait to bring their daughter and sister home.

2/17/17—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey: Shawn and Kara’s adoption page

$218.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

ISAIAHU and KELVIN for the Klopp family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngisaiah40626124650 Philip (2)Duane & Kimber are not young parents. They have 4 children (10 yrs-31 yrs) & 14 grandchildren (11 months – 17 yrs). On any given day if you were to visit the Klopp house you would find many children at their home. They are not new to the special needs either, as they have twin grandsons with Williams Syndrome. Kimber also has a family member with Cerebral Palsy & her oldest brother was born with several birth defects.

One evening Kimber was on Facebook & saw a post shared from someone who had grown up in the same small town she had. His daughter & her family were working as missionaries in an orphanage. The blog was on Wide-Awake Family titled, “Fighting for my babies.” It was a night with little sleep & lots of tears after reading the blog. Kimber asked to join Wide-Awake Family on their Facebook page where she also learned about Reece’s Rainbows. She tired to hide the feelings she had for one of those precious little boys. She shed many tears over the next several months every time she thought about that little boy she had seen in the pictures & by now she had also seen a few videos with him in them as well. She went to other adoption pages but she found herself always looking for that “one” little boy.

For several months their prayers were for Isaiahu to find his forever family. They’ve shared many posts to family & friends about him & his need for a family. Then on Friday, March 4, 2016 there was another blog written, “Fatherless Friday.” This is when God let them know his family were none other than them.

Kimber & Duane had talked about adoption several times over the years. They decided to investigate the process of adoption & more specifically on this one little boy they feel is “the missing piece” in their family.

Please pray for Isaiahu’s adoption, that all will go smoothly & quickly so that they may bring this little boy home into a family full of love & security. The Klopps know that this little boy is worth it! The family is hoping to raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now & the beginning of September. They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little boy.

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

5/15/17— DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$8,091.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kelvin has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.