Thank you for your generous gift of life and love!
Thank you for your generous gift of life and love!
We are Brice and Amanda Wurdeman and have been married for 16 years. We have six biological children: Naiyah age 15, Beckett age 12, Paxson age 10, Kensington age 5, Greeley age 3, and Rusk age 1. For the past fourteen years our family served as missionaries overseas. We were honored to live above an orphanage loving on the babies and also seeing families brought together through adoption. We believe we watched God work miracles in the lives of children and families.
This past year we relocated back to our home country of the United States and are once again surrounded by grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. We were gifted in part a new home and Brice became the Director of the Missions Department at the local Christian college. This made us want to open our home to more people in some way. Also, last year, our 6th little one was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome. He has opened our eyes to even more joy and wonder. We prayed and contacted the country we had served as missionaries in, but they told us it would likely be years – if ever – for a boy to be put up for adoption that also had special needs there, since they were such a small country.
Then, a few months ago, God working ahead, we were contacted from a country we had formerly served in to see if we would adopt a little guy also with Down syndrome they knew about who was just a week younger than our new little guy. We knew right away he was a perfect fit for our family. We were matched, completed our homestudy, and are now finishing the paperwork that should allow us to bring him home in May or June of 2022.
We have always seen God supply our needs, so we know as He directs this, He will work out the adoption costs. We believe that the total cost of the adoption will be a little over $29,000. To date, we have already paid $11,000 and together with our kids, we are working on fundraisers to raise and save as much as we can. We are hopeful to raise at least 1/3 of what we need via grants. Thank you very much.
9/1/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Hello, we are Tony and Sarah Witbrod. We have six amazing children and have always planned to have adoption as part of our story. We met in college in 1999 and were married in 2006. Shortly after we were married, we accepted our referral for our daughter in Guatemala.
It was a long but amazing journey which included us moving to Guatemala and living there for the last three months of her adoption to make sure she was healthy and safe. Start to finish, it took nearly 18 months until we were able to bring our daughter home. We realized how long an adoption could take, so we started our next adoption as one of the pilot families in the Congo just a couple years later. We were luckily to bring home two children who are now 11 and 10 years old and are doing amazing after such a rough start to life. However, we had four of our babies pass away and two who are still there in the DRC, never coming home. From that anguish, Sarah started Wren’s Song in 2010 to help provide care for orphans in the Congo that we are still active with today.
Sarah has been following Eastern European advocacy sites since 2017 when her father was put on life support and she wanted to make a difference for the children who were in similar difficult situations. It’s been weighing on her heart and we feel called by God to be moved to action. We know if God calls you to do something, that he will show you the way. We are so grateful for sites like Reece’s Rainbow and for all those who donate to help those adopt.
We added three more biological children to our family in the years after the Congo. We love our six children and all the amazing memories that come from our day to day life. We have many adventures and are blessed to be going back into the adoption journey to add another child to our family.
9/27/2021 — USCIS APPROVED
Our family has set out on the journey of adoption. We are so honored and blessed by this chapter in our lives.
We have watched as many families have said yes and have brought so many beautiful children out of orphanages into loving homes. We are so thankful we have the opportunity to provide a home for a waiting child. We are adopting from a non-Hague country and we understand we have no legal hold on the children there.
Please pray for our family as we continue through the adoption process. We are so thankful for those who donate to our adoption and will forever be thankful that your generosity was a precious gift that helped is bring a child home.
7/29/21 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
We are the Arnold Family. We are adopting again. Adopting has led us all over the globe to find our children China, India, and Ghana. We are currently a family of seven children. We have two Reece’s Rainbow kids at home already. We can’t imagine our lives without our children. We are hoping to adopt again from Eastern Europe a girl that is 11 and in much need of the love of a family and stability. We are hoping to bring her home as soon as possible. Please consider donating to her travel expenses. The church is called to take care of the widow and orphan. If not us than who will go? We were called to adopt from Eastern Europe but many children are in need of families right here in the US. The children are many, but the families are few. Please pray for the children and the families on the journey to adopt them. Psalm 82:3 Defend the weak and the fatherless, uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
7/9/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Hello! We are Daniel and Markie Baird and have two precious daughters – Aslyn who is 3 and Brooklyn who will be 2 in October. Come along with us on an incredible journey of faith as we work to bring our third daughter home from Eastern Europe.
Our adoption journey begins with an Instagram post that Markie saw in February of 2020. That child was an 8 year old (at the time) whose alias name was one that she and Daniel had already picked out to name a future daughter. When Markie saw the pictures, the whole world stopped. She looked like she belonged in our family! Markie showed Daniel the post and he thought she was adorable and agreed that she definitely looked like a Baird. They had always talked about adoption and agreed that one day they would adopt but for Daniel this just didn’t feel like the right time.
After several months of praying, Markie shared her desires with Daniel and he realized that this may be something that he too would need to pray through to decide. They reached out to trusted friends and spiritual mentors to help them try to discern the Lord’s call on their lives. This felt like a weighted decision because life as they knew it would change drastically for them and their family. Markie and Daniel work as houseparents at a residential counseling center, working with teens and their families. They help navigate crisis and lead families to healing through the grace of our Lord. Pursuing adoption would mean that their ministry would change and they may not be able to house parent alongside adoption. Through months of heart searching, praying and seeking they decided together that they would pursue this beautiful work of adoption – trusting that if God was leading them to adopt, that He would open the doors necessary to bring it to completion. Little did they know that God was going to show His faithfulness and His heart for the fatherless in radical ways.
When presented with the choice to remain as house parents or pursue adoption, Daniel and Markie chose to pursue the adoption and leave their jobs, which also meant leaving their home. Though there was no guarantee of jobs, housing or even being able to continue with the adoption, they were confident that they had been called to this and that God would see them through it. Daniel was offered a job in tech almost immediately and despite a limited budget and a very competitive housing market, they also found a house.
God is paving the way and the transitions are full of excitement and expectancy. Thank you for joining us, your support and prayers are another example of God’s faithfulness in our family. We are humbled by this community and deeply grateful. We would love for you to share our story and follow along on our blog as this story continues to unfold.
7/27/2021 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Meet the Newsoms! The Newsom family is originally from Texas but moved to East Tennessee a little over two years ago. They love living in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains and exploring this beautiful part of the United States. Husband & father, Cass Newsom, was in the military for 8 years in both the Marine Corps and the Texas Army National Guard. Wife and mother, Kristin Newsom, was a public school teacher for five years before becoming a stay at home/homeschool mom. They have three biological daughters aged seven, four, and one.
They always talked about fostering or adopting. After watching many friends foster and adopt, they decided that international adoption was best for their family. At the same time, they came across two sisters listed on Reece’s Rainbow. While still contemplating and researching the decision to commit, Kristin came across a post by Keshia Melton containing the girls pictures. It was just the encouragement they needed!
Cass went on several mission trips as a teen when he was first introduced to special needs orphans. Kristin worked with middle school and high school students in both rural and inner city areas. Her last year of teaching, she switched to special education. Through challenges within their own household, they saw parenting through a different perspective.
These experiences have afforded them the ability to work with children from different backgrounds with unique needs. They believe that every child has value and is made and loved by God. While they do not know the extent of their challenges & capabilities, they do know that they need a family to love and take care of them!
8/19/2021 — HOMESTUDY APPROVED
The Price Family is excited to expand their family through adoption! Joe and Amy have been married for 6 years and have 4 children; biological and adopted. Joe works in insurance and Amy is an interior designer and they live in Iowa. They are in the process of adopting a little boy from Bulgaria.
Amy adopted their daughter in 2010 as a single mom and has had a heart for adoption after volunteering in an orphanage in Russia. After they were married, adoption went on the back burner as they worked to unite their blended family and added their youngest to the mix. Amy came across Reece’s Rainbow and was drawn to the amazing children and stories of adoption. Joe slowly warmed up to the idea of adopting and they have been waiting the last couple years for the “perfect time” and lately realized there is no such thing as the perfect time so decided to jump in!
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support as we go through this adoption journey to our little boy!
8/2/2021 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Nick and Joy were married 11 years ago and early on in their marriage they desired to be set apart for God. Their family verse is Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Nick and Joy are examples of walking in faith as they unconditionally love and care for orphans. They are the loving parents of 6 kids: 4 biological and 2 adopted children. Their desire to grow their family through adoption started 4 years ago after their 4th child was born. They spent time researching different adoption agencies and became foster parents to over a dozen children from social services. During this time, their hearts were struck by how compassionate their children were to those with special needs and the pull they had to grow their family in this way. Their first journey to Bulgaria is laden with evidence of God’s handiwork. Joy reached out to an adoptive mom from her church who then introduced her to Reece’s Rainbow. She told Joy there was one little girl whom her heart has longed to find a family. By grace, it was the same girl Joy and Nick had already inquired about and felt so unexplainably drawn to. All the questions over the years of what God was wanting them to do were starting to be answered! Now that little girl is a loved daughter, sibling, grand-daughter, cousin, and friend. God prompted their hearts again. With more room in their hearts to love, they are preparing to bring Sawyer into their loving family. They have made preparations to their home and even have a vehicle that can provide proper transportation for their growing family’s physical needs. Your prayers and financial support will welcome Sawyer into a forever family where he will be welcomed and loved by a warm community and loving family.
6/9/2021 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
The Marsh family is so excited to be growing their family through adoption. They are currently parents to Alex, Sony, and Chelsea and are working on bringing a sibling group of two home. Shannon and Jay both have a long history in special needs adoption. Shannon previously adopted her two daughters as a single mom. Both Chelsea and Sony were previously advocated for by Reece’s Rainbow. Jay himself was adopted by his step-father and has a sister with special needs who was also adopted. When Shannon and Jay started dating, Shannon had no idea that Jay himself had a history of adoption. As the relationship grew, it became very clear Jay’s heart and experiences with special needs adoption aligned with Shannon’s, something that was even written into his wedding vows. Now as husband wife, they are thrilled to be able to adopt together and grow their family. Older child adoption has been at the heart of the family and everyone is excited about their new siblings coming home.
9/20/2021 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED
These children have received a $2000 Country Specific grant from Reece’s Rainbow.
Phil and Kristie Graves have been married for almost 2 decades. Phil met Kristie when he became the youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Maryland in 2001. Kristie was teaching senior high Sunday school and Phil thought she was pretty nice from the very beginning.
For several years, Phil and Kristie discussed the idea of adoption. In 2017 they adopted their fourth child, Elliana, from Armenia. They have now taken the first real steps toward adopting their fifth child, a girl from Eastern Europe. They decided to adopt a special needs child through Reece’s Rainbow because they believe all kids deserve a loving home. She is a beautiful creation of God and they are anxious to get her home.
They also have three biological children. Won’t you please help them take their family from six people to seven? You can help by donating to their adoption. Thanks for your prayers and support!
9/22/2021 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Meet the Boyer family! Shane (dad) works in the manufacturing industry. April (mom) stays at home and homeschools their five children. They live on a small homestead in Ohio. Shane and April began the process to foster-adopt early on in their marriage and soon found out they were expecting their second child, so they decided to put the process on hold until their children were older.
Fast forward to 2020 and Shane and April were blessed by the birth of their fifth child who also has Down syndrome. Aside from the pandemic, 2020 was a rough year for them as they navigated their daughter’s numerous medical needs. However, Shane and April believe God used 2020 to prepare them for even more.
Shane and April believe ALL children are a gift from The Lord and know God is leading them to international special needs adoption. These children are normally put in orphanages, group homes or institutions and do not have access to proper care. Shane and April have been busy planning and looking for ways to earn the funds needed, such as chopping and selling firewood and crocheting handmade items as well as applying for grants to help with the costs. They appreciate your prayers and support. You can follow their journey on their blog at www.boyerfamilyfarm.com. Thank you and may God bless you!
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 NIV
9/1/2021 — DOSSIER COMPLETE
Meet the Peters family! This beautiful family is excited to be on their second adoption working hard to bring home a precious girl born with Down Syndrome. Joe and Ronda have a special admiration for people born with Down Syndrome, their fourth child being born with DS, opened their world to the beauty of everyone being born differently abled. Adoption had been something they have talked about over the years of their marriage. Both Joe and Ronda found their hearts captured after coming across a photo of little boy born with Down syndrome whom another family had been advocating for from Reece’s Rainbow. Joe and Ronda knew right away looking at that photo that he was their son. After bringing their adopted son home from Asia, God started laying on their hearts the great need of so many children still waiting for their families, most never being adopted. So, after the year anniversary of their adopted son being home and many prayers for God’s direction, they started requesting files of children. Joe and Ronda’s hearts captured once again; the Peters family is excited to be growing their family through adoption.
Adoption is a journey of love and that open-heart love makes a family. Your contribution will truly be a beautiful blessing as you will be a part of helping bring their daughter home to her forever family. Thank you for your prayers and donation.
Because the country they were adopting from is still closed for travel, the Peters family has moved on with adoption from another country. They are now planning to bring Ella home –Ella is a sweet 1 year old baby girl born with Down Syndrome.
10/6/2021 — COMPILING NEW DOSSIER
Hi there! We are the Staley Family. Paul is a Software Developer and SharePoint Administrator and Elizabeth a stay at home mom. Why do we want to adopt? The short answer is that we love being parents and we have the time and love to pour into a couple more kiddos.
The long answer is more complicated and heartbreaking. I personally have always wanted to adopt as long as I can remember. I honestly cannot say how that seed was originally planted there. Our son in law called and asked if we would be interested in adopting a little girl from Ecuador. She was 4 and in a bad situation. We had a big house, time, great insurance and lots of love so of course we said yes. Fast forward a few weeks and many calls to attorneys in both Ecuador and here, this was not even an option. We realized then we had both been really excited about having a new little person and decided we would go forward and adopt anyway. We looked into several adoption programs and chose China. We fit the parameters, the program seemed stable and to be honest we also were dying to see China. I do believe when you choose a country, you should probably love the food and be interested in the culture because you will need to weave this into the rest of your life.
We started out to only adopt one child with an “easy” special need (Its ok to laugh here, we know better now). We signed for a little girl with albinism, but there was also little girl with a big scary special need that I thought about constantly, I stalked her advocacy page and watched as families said no to her file. I asked her advocate a million questions. Then I had dreams about her (until that moment I felt that statement “I just knew” was probably a bunch of crap), but I did just know.
Gabby had tetralogy of fallot and pulmonary atresia, she had significant lung damage from receiving the wrong surgery and poor oxygen saturation (She was in the 60’s). We adopted both girls in an expedited process and it was the trip of a lifetime. We joked that we had the best souvenirs ever. We made it through two open heart surgeries for Gabby and 3 other surgeries in very short order, we lived at the hospital for a month after the first surgery in 2015. Gabby’s vocal cords were damaged in that first surgery. She was placed on thickened liquids. The girls started therapy 6-8 appointments a week right away. We were really crazy busy. Isabella had many bonus special needs we were not expecting but we continued to try different things. Izzy had really endured such an awful time because her SN is seen as a curse. I wish those same people could see my stunningly beautiful girl now who exceeded every single evaluation thus far.
During Gabby’s second open heart surgery (2017) she was diagnosed with a rare (only 64 other cases) case of fungal mediastinitis. I called every other infectious disease team I could find NO ONE had seen it or treated it. I gave her high dose antifungal meds through a picc line every day. Only 40% chance of survival and 0% if it came back, but Gabby is tough and had an unequalled zest for life, so she survived. The thing about Gabby is no matter what was going on she would make you laugh, she could be sick or tired, it didn’t matter. Gabby is a princess superhero with sparkle and sass to spare. She introduced herself to everyone saying “Hi my name is Gabby, what’s your name?” as she shoved out her hand. She never met a stranger. Her laugh is like magic, she is sweet and kind but also brave and fierce. Guess what? Gabby beat the odds and survived!
Izzy and Gabby have had a million adventures together. They are sisters, friends, playmates and partners in crime. Gabby had been asking for another sibling for some time, so Paul and I began to discuss it. We needed Izzy to go through the ABA class (she is autistic) first and hoped she would make some progress. She would begin ABA in October of 2018. We thought we would start another adoption in late summer. We began saving for our adoption in mid-summer of 2018. In late August Gabby got her usual little fever (she has had the same thing at least 100 times), never above 101 but she still wasn’t improving on day 3 so I called the pediatrician, the cardiologist but no one was worried “It’s going around” they said. I was still unsettled and took her to the ER (calling ahead to say I think something is wrong). They were not worried. We were never even triaged. No one was worried until they took her blood. She was admitted and after 4 days passed away on August 29 after having a stent and melody valve placed. She survived the operation but had a massive heart attack and bled out, she never left the OR. Gabby was the light of my life. The fungus had returned, she had been in severe sepsis.
When you lose a child, people say the craziest things to you: People ask “Did you know”, we knew she was sick yes and she deserved a family, the real tragedy would be if we had missed the opportunity to be her parents. It was a gift. Gabby was the sort of person who comes along once in a lifetime. She was worth it. I’m grateful we got to be her parents and grief is truly the price of love, and Gabby is worth every bit of that excruciating pain now.
People say “Be grateful you have other children” right, yes this is true, I do have other children, but I’d love for them to pick one of their children they could live without. It is impossible. They say “At least it wasn’t your biological child” as if somehow we loved Gabby any less because we didn’t share DNA. I loved her with my whole heart and I’d give anything for my Superhero Princess to be here and go on the adoption trip with us, unfortunately no one asked me. Being Gabby’s mom showed me that it is ok to be afraid but still do it anyway. Gabby touched so many lives in her 5 ½ years here on earth, she sure changed everything for our family. People say the adopted child is lucky, but they have absolutely no idea, we are really the lucky ones, we met so many wonderful people, saw amazing sites, celebrated holidays and ate foods we’d have never tried had it not been for adoption.
The best thing is coming in the door and hearing the thundering of little feet running toward you to hug you around the neck with giggles and sticky hands.
We are now matched with a little girl “Stella Mae” with Down Syndrome and hope we can bring her home soon. Izzy is so excited to be a big sister and can’t wait to show her sister the ropes, share the pink Unicorn room and the play area. We can’t wait to have all the family adventures with her!
8/2/2021 — COMPILING DOSSIER
We are the Perryman family we have been married for almost 28 years now. God has blessed us with 3 bios. Children 26 ,21,14 & a daughter in law. This is our 2nd adoption from Asia. God blessed us with Eliyahu who is now 6. We brought him home in Nov. 2018. He was born with Down Syndrome (Rocking that 3rd Chromosome) and Anal Atresia so he has a colostomy bag. We have always had a heart for special needs children. Those who have Down Syndrome especially tugs at our hearts. In 2014 God said 2 years. We were not sure what that meant at that time but during the next 2 years we had a heavy heart for the kids with special needs that needed a loving family. Seemed like everything we heard of saw was about adoption so we started looking and reading about thousands of kids waiting to be adopted & it brought tears to our eyes & pulled at our heart strings. We know without a doubt God was calling us to adopt.
In 2016 God said it is time. We went & talked to our friends that have adopted 4 special needs kids from China. She showed us some sweet faces waiting to be adopted. The next morning, she texted me a picture & said she had forgotten about this little guy, he was in the same orphanage as their daughter was. Oh, my heart that little face. I shared his picture with my husband. That night when we got home, I showed our daughter she said Mom that’s my brother. That was conformation that this little guy was ours. In March 2016 we started the process on our 1st adoption. A lot of prayers, trusting and relying on God! Nov. 2018, we brought our son home from China. In June 2019 I (Christin) felt the need to look at special need’s children waiting on a forever family & as I was looking at all of those beautiful little souls there was one little face with Down Syndrome that tugged at my heart & I knew God is blessing us with another daughter. Now all I needed to do was tell M.J.. He would probably say it was to soon, because at this time we had only had our son home for 6 months. We know God had put it in our hearts to adopt again but we were not sure when. I know my wife looks at the special needs children on Reece’s Rainbow & often prays God would be with them & watch over them. One evening when she was on Reece’s Rainbow, she came across this beautiful little girl & my wife said look at this baby. I looked at the picture for a minute then looked back at my wife (Christin) & said this is our baby girl. When my husband (M.J.) said those words, I knew that was conformation & it is God’s plan for this precious baby girl to be ours. She is chosen & wanted. We are stepping out in faith & being obedient to what God has called us to do. We are expectant and can not wait to see how God’s Grace, Mercy & Love is shown through this.
2/15/2021 — COMPILING DOSSIER
Hi! We are the Ray Family. We have been blessed with 3 bio kids, aged 16, 13, and 10, but we have felt a calling that our family is not quite complete. For a while, we were a foster care home, and while we learned a lot and were blessed by all the kids that came in and out of our home, our heart has been captivated by international special needs adoption.
We have always wanted to adopt since we married 17 years ago, and we are now finally settled down in lovely Lawrence, KS and have purchased a home of our very own. A home with room for one more!
Kevin is a 10 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, and Emily is a teacher certified in ELL/SPED/Social Studies. Emily has had wonderful experiences working with students with Down Syndrome (and a wide range of other disabilities) who are also English Language learners in her career as a teacher, and feels a special affinity for children with special needs.
We have been following Reece’s Rainbow for many years, dreaming of the time when it would be our turn to travel to pick up our new daughter! We hope to adopt an older girl with Down Syndrome from Asia.
While the financial obstacles of adoption seem huge, we know that these children belong in families, not in institutions, and can’t wait to bring our new daughter home! Thank you for considering partnering with us by donating and sharing our story. Every little bit gets us a little bit closer to bringing our daughter home from the orphanage. With gratitude, the Rays
3/12/2021 — COMPILING DOSSIER; PRE-APPROVAL RECEIVED
Brian and Julie Swegle are the parents of 7. After raising their 6 birth children, they decided that they were still young enough and brave enough to add more children to their family through adoption. Because Julie is a teacher for the visually impaired at a school for the deaf and the blind, they felt particularly equipped to parent children who are blind. So, 1.5 years ago they welcomed a daughter from China (who is deafblind) to their family. She was such a joyful addition to the family that they decided to grow their family through adoption for a second time.
Through a series of seemingly well-orchestrated circumstances, Madeline and her need for a family to adopt her immediately came to the attention of the Swegle family. When they read Madeline’s story they fell in love with her and realized how well she would fit into their growing family. Brian and Julie are hoping to bring Madeline home as quickly as possible. They are so grateful for the opportunity to be Madeline’s parents and for all those who are joining them in helping Madeline. Thank you for joining the Swegle family on their journey to Madeline!
3/22/2021 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE