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NINA for the Englert Family — VA

Karen is a licensed professional counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with children and families for over 20 years now. Through her career plans have progressed over time and even is able to run her private practice from her home now, there is something missing in her life — a child. She expected to be married with children of her own by now, but when life didn’t work out that way, Karen set her sights on choosing to offer a forever home to an older waiting child who has never had parents to call her own.

Karen began her search for a child who would best fit into her family and feels that God led her to “Nina,” a 12 year old girl from Eastern Europe, who has spent her entire life since she was six months old in the foster care system. Nina is described as a very caring, grateful, generous and sensitive child who also loves animals and just recently told her foster mother that she “really wants a dog!” Karen has adopted four rescue dogs that she uses in her therapy work with clients! Nina is also very excited about being adopted!

Given her professional background working with tough adolescents, Karen is uniquely prepared to help Nina transition as smoothly as possible to a new home and country. What Karey does need help with, however, is the daunting task of raising enough funds to cover the formidable fees required for international adoption. Your prayers and contributions are deeply appreciated and would enable this dream to happen! Thank you, and may God bless you!

12/20/16 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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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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.

1/18/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuingping.blogspot.com

$2,870.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZAYNE for the Fowler family — VA

zayne-2015-1fowler2016Since before they met, Josh and Susan knew adoption was in their future. After 10 years of marriage and a beautiful 4 year old daughter (Hazel), they wondered where God was going to lead their family. They felt God calling them to make several big changes in their lives that didn’t quite make sense, until they laid eyes on Zayne. A friend shared his info on Facebook and said, “I’m going to speak up for this young fella again. He is so cute and he really needs a family very soon. If you’ve ever considered international adoption for even one second, please look at this sweet pea and ask the Lord if he is yours.”

The thing was, the Fowlers hadn’t really considered international adoption, and also hadn’t considered a child with special needs. But one look at Zayne’s picture changed all that. They also quickly realized that his medical needs are similar to those that Josh had as a child (but more severe). They decided to take a day and pray about it, but after about 10 minutes realized that a day was too long to wait and they jumped headfirst into the adoption process.

Five months later their dossier was submitted and now they wait for approval and travel dates! Once Zayne is home, he’ll need a major surgery to connect his esophagus to his stomach, at which point he’ll learn to eat. Thankfully the Fowlers live close to an excellent children’s hospital.

The Fowlers are over the moon excited to welcome Zayne into their family, and have a wonderful support system in their community! They’re surrounded by other adoptive families and great medical teams close by—everyone is thrilled to bring Zayne home!

12/17/16—WAITING FOR FINAL TRIP DATES
Follow the family’s journey on their blog at campaignforzane.wordpress.com

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SALEENA and POLLY for the Huizinga family — VA

Saleena (2)Polly

We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years.  2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed.  We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.

Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….

Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there.  The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish!  Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!)  Thank you for supporting our family.  James 1:27.

1/27/17—COURT IS JANUARY 30

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

$5,087.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHYLA for the Carter family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngShyla (1)carter-2017John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.

It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.

Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.

But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.

One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.

The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!

“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17

“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6

1/31/17—FINAL TRIP FEBRUARY 14
Follow the Carter family’s adoption journey at www.joel2twentyfive.com

FSP needs to read $8500 to be fully funded.

$5,593.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BERNADETTE and MASON for the Rogers family — VA

UKRAINE

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jessa (Bernadette) 2013

Jessa (Bernadette) 2013

Caleb (Mason) 2014

Caleb (Mason) 2014

ALLYSEN & BELLA for the Edwards family — VA

BULGARIA

 

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

CHRISTINE and OSCAR for the Rogers family — VA

rogers-2-2016Ukraine

 

 

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

 

 

 

DAWSON & ISAAC for the Rhodes family — VA

BULGARIA

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

PAULINE for the Bergman family–VA

 

Polina 2015

Polina 2015

Ukraine

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

VIOLET & SOPHIA for the Salem family–VA

 

 Ukraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Follow the adoption journey of the Salem family on their blog at at http://www.nogreaterjoymom.com/

JULIA & SERGEY for the Schwenzer family‏ – VA

 

Julia 2014

Julia 2014

Ukraine

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