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NOELIA for the Barr family — WA

About twelve months ago, Chris and Mandy’s eyes were opened and they saw the orphan crisis clearly for the first time. Immediately they began to pray about how they could help. Their adoption journey began a few months later when they submitted to a country in Eastern European for a sibling set. Government changes closed those doors, but not before they began the process to bring a 10-year-old girl into their home for the summer as part of a hosting program. Their time with her was short and she left holding onto a piece of their hearts. After she returned to her country, they found out she was not able to be adopted at this time. Disappointed, they intended to step back and wait. But SURPRISE! God had other plans for them!

He saw their brokenness, and in His goodness, brought beauty from the ashes.

He showed them the child who will become their daughter.

“V” or Noelia, as she is known on Reece’s Rainbow, is an active and spunky 7-year-old girl. She was born with cerebral palsy and is in need of a life changing surgery only performed at a few hospitals in the world, and one is just an hour away from their home! Chris and Mandy are excited and humbled by what God is calling them to do for this little girl. They intend to put every spare penny aside for the purpose of giving this child a home, a mother and father, and two crazy little sisters! They greatly appreciate any help you can give.

John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” He has not forgotten this child. He has called this family to be His hands and His feet, and so to her they will go.

10/6/2017 — HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEEZA for the D’Angelo family — WA

Michael and Colleen D’Angelo have been married for 22 years and have two biological daughters, ages 10 and 12. Having worked for years with foster children as a social worker, Colleen has seen firsthand how difficult the foster care system can be for children. Michael is also a psychologist, and therefore is familiar with the psychological issues that can arise for children who have been orphaned.

Neither Michael nor Colleen ever imagined themselves adopting a child, especially not an older child. However, that all changed after they hosted a 14 year old girl for the summer.

Having their eyes opened to the plight of orphans, and falling in love with their host daughter, caused them to immediately begin the process of adoption.

They are so excited to take this journey, and learn what the Lord has planned for them over the next 12 months. They proceed out of obedience to the Lord, and out of a genuine desire to provide love for someone who is in such desperate need of love.

8/28/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$24.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Leeza has received a $2,100 Older Child Grant.

SYDNEY and ROGER for the Branscum family — WA

From as far back as Brianna can remember she has been inspired to adopt because of her sister. Her sister was adopted from Korea back in the 70’s. So, when Brianna and Josh got married it wasn’t a question that at some point they would adopt. They have almost been married 13 years and now have 7 biological boys ranging from 1 to 10 years old. The discussion has always been very open with their boys about adopting, but they have always said down the road. Maybe 10 years. Their 8-year-old is already making plans to adopt teenagers from foster care when he grows up. He talks constantly about adoption and ask every question under the sun. Adopting a special needs child hadn’t always been the plan though. Brianna has always been drawn to Down Syndrome kids and has looked through Reece’s Rainbow numerous times over the years. She’d always show kids to Josh, but they knew it wasn’t the right time. Special needs kids made him nervous. Then a little over a year ago he had a change of heart. He was completely on board with adopting a special needs child. Brianna continued to read blogs about other families adopting. One family in particular that was adopting 4 kids lead her to this specific country, so all she would look at was kids from there. One day though she pulled open 4 kids pages and when Josh got home she showed him. One adorable, little boy they closed instantly because there wasn’t a ton of information and it scared them. They both agreed to pray about the other 3 kids. Ultimately, they didn’t feel like God was telling them to adopt any of these 3 kids. A month or so later one of the pages Brianna follows on Facebook shared a blog by Wide Awake International. The little boy in the preview photo oddly looked familiar so she opened it up. And there right in front of her was that little boy that they had closed the webpage instantly on! It was love at first sight. His giggle and smile stole her heart. When Josh got home he couldn’t believe it. They both agreed to pray about this little boy, but already could tell God was speaking to them about him. A few days later as Brianna was carrying their youngest to the changing table after he had cried in the middle of the night she felt an overwhelming feeling that the little boy was meant to be there son. She texted Josh at work instantly and he agreed! They gave it fully to God to help them figure out the funds to commit to this little boy by Thanksgiving and He came through instantly. All their other boys are so excited! They had always begged for a sister, but the mention of a new brother brought no request for a sister and just the question of how fast can he be their brother. So now we are praying and doing whatever it takes to get him home and make him Branscum Boy #8!

Due to family circumstances that have changed they will not be able to bring the sweet boy home as planned, but a family leaving very soon is adding him to their adoption. Instead they will be adding their first two daughters!

9/5/17 — USCIS APPROVED; DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$392.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Talia has received a $3,389.26 Grant.

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

$16,388.08 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

10/13/16—COURT SCHEDULED for OCT 16

$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.

MARY LAUREN and QUENTIN for the Joss family — WA

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

CELINA and FRANK for the Jenks Family — WA

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

 

CLARICE and BRITTANY for the Evensen family — WA

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at addtothebeauty-e.blogspot.com

GRADY for the Hartman family — WA

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Behlan (Grady) 2015

Behlan (Grady) 2015

 

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

PAYTON and YANA for the Robinson family — WA

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

 

VERONIKA and EMILIJA for the Jenks family — WA

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

 

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BEATRICE and SAWYER for the Tannehill family — WA

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

Katie (Beatrice) 2015

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ZADIE for the Newton family — WA

Stefanya (Zadie) 2015

Stefanya (Zadie) 2015

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

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MELODY for the McCracken family — WA

Leeza (Melody) 2015

Leeza (Melody) 2015

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

 

LUCIEN & SYDNEY for the Jenks family — WA

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

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ZOEY for the Evans family — WA

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

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JAMES & RAFFERTY for the Tadema family — WA

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

EDDIE & EDWIN for the Evensen family — WA

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Follow the Evensen family’s adoption journey on their blog http://addtothebeauty-e.blogspot.com/

PHILLIP for the Lunnen family — WA

 

Seth (Phillip) 2014

Seth (Phillip) 2014

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

 

 

BRADY for the Hartman family–WA

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Judd (Brady) 2014

Judd (Brady) 2014

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Follow the Hartman family’s adoption journey on their blog at

happyhartmanfarm.blogspot.com

MOLLY and KOLINA for the Duncan family – WA

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Kolina (3 months home)

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Follow the Duncan’s adoption journey on their blog  Gathermychildren.blogspot.com

 

 

 

BRIAN for the Burger family–WA

 

Max (Brian) 2015

Max (Brian) 2015

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  Follow the adoption journey of the Burger family on their blog at

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MATTHEW & IVANNA for the Browning family–WA

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Follow the adoption journey of the Browning family on their blog at www.anextraleaf.blogspot.com

MARSHALL, ASHLEIGH, & ELIZABETH for the Lutz family–WA

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Follow the Lutz family’s adoption journey on their blog at

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