James and Kasey Perry have been married for 15 years and live in Kentucky with their eight children.
In the fall of 2016, they saw and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Eastern Europe, and set out to adopt her as quickly as they could. Shortly before travel, the Perrys learned this particular little girl had become unavailable for adoption in her country. They were devastated, but knew this news did not come as a surprise to God, so they continued on in faith, believing the Lord to have another child in mind. He did, in fact, and in the summer of 2017, James and Kasey brought home their precious Daisy, who has filled their home with so much love and joy!
Never forgetting the first little girl that spoke to their hearts, the Perrys faithfully prayed they’d learn something of her availability. Nearly a year and a half later, the day had finally come! “Mila” was available again! Although they are sad she has remained an orphan during this time, they are grateful to be able to travel to Easterm Europe once again, for this beautiful girl they just can’t leave behind.
Your support means the world to James and Kasey as they begin again to adopt.
2/4/2020 — COURT in LATE FEB
Colin and Kym have been married sixteen years and have nine biological children. Colin is a firefighter/paramedic and Kym is a homeschooling Mom.
Since even before they were married, Colin and Kym talked about adopting one day. It has always been something that was on their hearts. They had several friends who had adopted, and Kym followed their stories and their blogs and passed along their stories to Colin. They were always curious about what those friends had said of their adopted children: “I just knew that child was mine.” They wondered: “What did that feel like, to look at the face of a child half the world away, and to know that child belonged to you?” It was a mystery to them.
One day, Kym was sitting at the computer following still another adoption story, when up popped the face of a little boy staring right back at her. That face. Those eyes. She knew instantly what her friends had meant when they had said they “knew.”
The face looking back at her was her son.
She immediately sent a text to Colin and asked that he check out the little guy’s file. He too was moved. But they already had nine kids of their own – one still a baby – they had a family trip which had already been planned, and Colin was looking at leaving one fire department to go work for another. It wasn’t a good time.
Three months later, when life was a bit slower, Kym asked Colin if he ever thought of that little guy. Without saying a word, Colin pulled his phone from his pocket, turned it on, and showed her the Reece’s Rainbow page that had been opened all that time. “I’ve never closed the file. I look at him every day,” Colin said quietly. And then he said, “I think we need to bring him home.”
Obviously, the budget is tight when you’ve got nine kids eating you out of house and home, so Colin simply trusts and prays daily: “God, I’m just a lowly firefighter with a firefighter’s salary. If this is supposed to happen, You’re going to have to come up with the money to make it happen.” And so far, GOD HAS PROVIDED! For every piece of paperwork, document submittal, or fingerprinting appointment, God has provided them with the exact funds they have needed to pay for those things at the time they have needed them.
There is still so much to be done and more money to be found, but they have great confidence that all will come through at the time it is meant to, so they forge ahead and eagerly prepare their kids, their hearts, and their home, for the new little Fachling who will join them next year.
12/4/2019 — FIRST TRIP in DECEMBER
Carrie and Gary Mitchell are adopting again! In 2017 they brought home their daughter Preslava (4). In addition to Presley, they have two biological children, Constance (7) and Callie (5). All three girls are looking forward to bringing home their little brother!
Adoption has been a life-long passion of Carrie’s, and Gary got interested in loving orphans several years ago too. They were thrilled to adopt one child in 2017, but felt God wasn’t done using their home to take care of those who need a forever family. Carrie has felt especially drawn to waiting children and regularly looked at waiting kids online. When she saw her little boy online, Carrie immediately knew this was the one God had in mind for our family. And Gary knew it immediately too. Not only will all the girls have a little brother to be the “mother” too, Presley with have another sibling to share her Bulgarian roots with.
Gary and Carrie have been married for 16 years. Carrie is a stay at home mom who homeschools her girls, and loves every minute she gets to spend with her children. Gary has been a certified public accountant for eight years, ever since Gary and Carrie were honorably discharged from the Army National Guard. Constance wants to be an astronaut and loves softball and soccer, Callie loves dance, and Presley loves dogs.
We thank you for your support and prayers as we step out in faith and embark on this journey again!
12/13/2019 — FIRST TRIP in JANUARY
The Mitchell family has received a $2000 country-specific grant.
Mike and Theresa Grimes met in a tiny college town in Emmitsburg Md. We have 8 wonderful sons ranging from 28-8 years old. While there is never a dull moment at our home we know we have lots of love to share. People keep telling us “your plate is full” our answer is “We have a lot of room in our hearts”.
Both Mike and Theresa always wanted a daughter and are thrilled to be getting her through the blessing of adoption.
We are so happy to have found Reeces Rainbow and are thankful for all of the support from this amazing community.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for forgotten by everybody, I think that is much greater poverty than the person that has nothing to eat.”
– Mother Teresa
1/31/2020 — COURT in FEB
Abbey and Evan met while attending graduate school in Philadelphia 6 years ago. After starting to get to know each other, they discovered they shared an unlikely connection of wanting to one day care for a special needs child. Abbey worked professionally in a 1-on-1 setting with children with special needs, and Evan grew up with a younger brother with Williams syndrome and an aunt with cerebral palsy. They were married in 2016 and agreed that they would eventually adopt a special needs child, perhaps one day when they had a small family they could bring them into.
Three years later at a time when Abbey and Evan were talking a lot about having children, Abbey discovered Reece’s Rainbow after speaking with a colleague about their desire to adopt. After reading more and learning of the pressing need for adoptive parents for special needs children, Evan and Abbey had a conversation of “Why not now?” Shortly thereafter Abbey discovered a little boy with cerebral palsy waiting to find his forever family. Both Abbey and Evan fell in love with his smile, and they knew they couldn’t imagine putting off adoption any longer.
12/26/2019 — REFERRALS ACCEPTED for BOTH CHILDREN!
In 2010, Sam and Aaron met because two mutual friends found it strange that they both wanted “a lot of kids”. Their friends immediately introduced them. Within a few weeks, they were dating. Not long after, they had a serious talk about their future. Sam had grown up as a foster sister (her family had done foster care since she was 13). Her dream was to carry on that legacy. She wanted to foster and adopt. Aaron was fully supportive of this dream. Two short years later, they were married in July 2013!
They have carried out this dream already twice! They welcomed a son by birth, then adopted a 5-year-old boy, gave birth to a baby girl, adopted a 13-year-old girl, and then welcomed another boy through birth. Their kids are currently 14, 9, 5, 3, and 4 months. That makes 5 kids in 5 years!
Shortly after their second adoption, Sam found Reece’s Rainbow. She started researching and scouring websites full of waiting children all over the world. She read about “seeing the one” and “just knowing”. She asked Aaron many times about children she saw to see if maybe it was time to start an international adoption because they had simply found “the one”. She was heartbroken each and every time it was a “no”.
In December 2018, they welcomed another baby boy, Maverick, to the family. This put them at five kiddos in five years and they were sure they were done for a while. But then on January 25, 2019, just a month and a half after Maverick was born, Sam saw a picture of a little boy that made her heart skip a beat! She immediately started emailing his agency to find out more. She knew for certain that this was “the picture” she had been waiting to see! She approached Aaron with hesitation as they had just discussed waiting to add more kids to their family. He said “no” again, but this time she asked him to pray about it because she was certain he was their son. One month later, she asked again. This time, he asked questions about the boy, his country, and the process. Two weeks later, they submitted their first documents to adopt him! God sure does work in mysterious ways!! They welcome your prayers as they begin this long process to bring home Odegaard baby #6 in just 6 years.
They are so excited to meet their son but need help to get there! If you are able and feel called to do so, please pray for their journey and consider donating to help them get their son HOME.
12/20/2019 — AWAITING COURT
The Odegaard family met their $5000 matching grant from RODS!
*** Dominik has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
We are the Winslow family; a family of 4 who is working towards becoming a family of 6, by adoption! Our story began in 2007, when I met my husband, Dan. Dan was an active duty PFC in the Army and was a very proud soldier. Sadly, and proudly, the day came when Dan received orders for his deployment to Iraq, and it was scheduled to be an 18-month long tour. When Dan deployed that day, I was about four months pregnant with our son; whom was named after his dad.
Unfortunately, Dan’s deployment did not go without complication. During a mission, one of his battle buddies dropped a very large and heavy tailgate onto the top of his head. This injury was not properly treated by the medical team and sadly everyone went on with their mission, Dan included. Over the next several months, Dan continued to serve in Iraq and did have many complications arise that were going untreated.
When our adorable baby boy was born, Dan was unable to make it home. Dan was not able to officially meet Daniel until a “rest and relaxation” was allotted, which allowed Dan leave Iraq for 18 days to be home. At that time, Daniel was 2 months old. During the 18 days home, we were officially married. After returning to Iraq, two years after the initial accident, a brain scan was even completed and we learned Dan suffered a traumatic brain injury. Due to this, Dan’s “planned out future” of staying Army until a 20-year retirement turned into becoming medically retired from the United States Army at the age of 25.
Dan and I were absolutely thrilled being parents, we always wanted a large family. We became pregnant again but lost the baby in a very early stage; this happened again during pregnancy number three and four. These losses were very hard on our family. In January of 2014, Daniel was 5 years old and we were once again blessed to learn that I was pregnant, but also absolutely petrified. Our beautiful little girl decided to come none the less; at only 25 weeks gestation; we named our tiny girl Joslynn.
Throughout our marriage, Dan and I have always had discussions about adoption, our goal has always been to have a blended family of biological and adoptive children. We always had this image that when God spoke, we would know it was time to start the process to adopt from foster, but little did we know the plans He had in store for us.
On a morning that seemed no different than any other day, I was scrolling on Facebook of all places and came across a post that a friend made. This post showed a picture of an adorable little boy with the sweetest grin. I learned that this sweet child was in Eastern Europe and I learned this child was an orphan and had a lot of the same special needs as our Joslynn! I can’t explain it in any other way then that I felt God speak to my heart. It was as if He said, “this is your son.” Then we came across a little girl with adorable curls and it was as if we could hear her laugh through her photo. Dan and I just looked at each other and we knew.
Feeling so called, we started praying very fervently, this was such a big cost and a scary one to boot. How could we possibly think we could do this? When speaking to Daniel and Joslynn regarding the children, they were both so excited. Daniel yelled out “I will make a lemonade stand! We can raise the money” and our hearts just melted. Just today, our little Joslynn found a penny in a parking lot and excitedly exclaimed “this is going to help bring our babies home!” Its such a big leap of faith, but as a family it’s a faith walk, we feel God is calling us on. We are trusting in Him to provide and doing all we can to be open vessels for that providing.
1/6/2020 — TRIP 2 to MEET EDWARD in JANUARY
In heartbreaking news, Silas passed away before his family was able to travel and meet him. They are continuing with the adoption to bring Patricia home, and plan to add another child to their adoption, in honor of Silas’s memory.
The Winslow family traveled in November to meet their lovely new daughter-to-be, Patricia.
Edward and Patricia have each received a $2000 grant!
Corey and Julie met in a department store thirty years ago. Julie was the clerk and Corey was shopping with a mutual friend. The story goes that the minute Corey laid eyes on Julie he knew she was the one. For Julie, she thought he was out of her league. He left the counter that day, tormented himself for a few hours of how to ask her out, and returned to courageously face the acceptance or rejection. Their first date was a disaster…Julie had an emergency appendectomy and Corey thought he was stood up. But that was thirty years ago. Before the birth of their five children, the loss of one, and the adoption of their little girl from China. For as long as Julie could remember, she always wanted to adopt; to make one less child an orphan…to be the mother of a child who needed one. Life isn’t about finding comfort for oneself, it’s about serving others, and our calling is to provide a home and loving family to a child in need.
Julie saw the picture of “Betty” on Rainbow Kids one month after returning home from China with their daughter. As you can imagine, Corey was a bit in shock of the timing. But when you see your daughter, it doesn’t matter that you just got off the roller coaster of adoption paperwork, immigration approvals, and a 20-hour flight. Julie wrote the adoption agency and asked if she was still available. Two months after that call their new home study was complete. They met their little girl, Matilda, in August and just as fate took Corey to that department store that day, they knew fate had flown them to her country and introduced themselves as her Mommy and Daddy. They hope to fly back and bring their little girl home in the next three months.
2/4/2020 — PASSED COURT; FINAL TRIP in FEB
*** Becky has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
You’ve guessed it… the Richardson Tribe is growing again! This time the Lord has lead them to 2 boys.
“Preston” is 9 and “Kaysen” is 15, both having cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Jaime and Chris are rushing to get paperwork done and get to the boys ASAP. Kaysen will be 16 in June however he weights less than 30 lbs and spends in life confined to a crib, receiving 300 calories of nutrition a day. He is wasting away. Preston on the other hand is thriving! He was on the brink of death before some missionaries were able to get him medical care and through a series of God sized events, he was able to enter a loving foster home. The government, however, is stating that he has to return to the orphanage where he almost died in June!
The Richardsons need to get to the boys as soon as possible and they are praying for God to open the situational and financial doors to do so quickly.
Kayson and Preston will be joining their 10 siblings, all adopted, and parents in Indiana, where they will have a wonderful church and local community to help support their growth and development.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support in getting these precious children into a family where they will be cherished and belong.
1/22/2020 — COURT PASSED for ALL THREE CHILDREN
Scout has received a $5040.56 Waiting Child Grant.
The McKenney Family is pursuing a child with Down Syndrome in Eastern Europe. Adoption can be a long process, but they and their six children (5 biological, 1 adopted from foster care) are so excited to walk in obedience and add a beautiful gift from God to their family.
Now we know that international adoption cane be daunting, but God has a heart for adoption! As they’ve been praying through this and seeking God in this – they’ve been so inspired by all the times in Scripture that God calls out His people into obedience – into things that seem daunting, a little scary – things that seem too big for them. And we’ve been challenged and comforted by the words of Jesus in Mark 10:27: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
If you feel called to support them in this process, then the first and most important thing they ask you for is prayer. Pray for their family during this process, pray for this little one as they wait for one another, and pray that God would continue to provide financially. The reality is that international adoption is very expensive – so if you feel God is calling you to financially support them in this process, then they would welcome your support!
They thank you for your prayers and financial support as they pursue this beautiful child that the Lord has placed on their heart!
11/25/2019 — FIRST TRIP NOV 29
Kyle and Holly are currently the parents to seven kids and are excited to welcome home Ana (Annie on Reese’s Rainbow). Holly first saw Ana’s picture and was immediately drawn to her and her story. God has continued to show them over and over that this is His plan for their lives and trust Him completely through this process.
Curren, Kyler, Macy, Myles, Jazlyn, Kaylin, and Tripp are all excited to have a new sister and already regularly talk about Ana. Kyle & Holly have a loving extended family and live in a supportive community. While adoption brings many unknowns, they are continuing to take steps of faith to bring home their daughter.
If you feel lead, please consider joining us in this journey. We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support.
11/20/2019 — TRIP ONE in DECEMBER
The Matthias family has also received a $2000 country-specific grant.
Brett and Jessica met 17 years ago while attending college in upstate New York. They currently live in Maryland with their 5 biological children. Clayton (13), Ava (11), Lyla (9), Allen (4) and Pierce (2), are the loves of their lives. Brett is a mechanical engineer and works as project developer at Ameresco Inc and Jessica owns an early intervention preschool for children diagnosed with Autism. They enjoy spending time as a family going for bike rides, playing board games and spending time outside. After Pierce was born they thought their family was complete, however God had other plans. In August 2017, Brett and Jessica started considering International Adoption. After working with children with special needs for over 15 years, Jessica knew that if they decided to adopt, they would adopt a waiting child with special needs.
Brett and Jessica believe that serving those who are the most vulnerable is one of life’s biggest blessings. When you pour love and compassion into those who need it the most, your dreams will start to come true. They are working hard and praying to raise enough money to bring their child home as soon as possible. The country requires 3 trips to finalize the adoption. Thank you for your support and prayers to help bring our precious child home.
7/30/2019 — AWAITING REFERRAL
Adam and Siri Caudill enjoy life in beautiful rural WA. They are blessed with a biological daughter, Pia, born in September 2016. She is a sweet, smart and delightful girl who loves dolls as much as dinosaurs and trucks. Adam is a stay-at-home father and Siri is a veterinarian. They had both long felt the call to adopt a child, Adam having an adopted sister. Their hearts were reminded of this in an unexpected way.
They were overjoyed to become pregnant with a second child, a boy named Riku, who they lost in the second trimester of pregnancy. Riku had Down syndrome. Siri and Adam were prepared to parent a child with special needs and were devastated by this loss. As a result, they were made aware of the need for international adoption of children with special needs. They are thrilled to be in the long process of welcoming a young boy (“Myrtie” on Reece’s Rainbow) into their family from Eastern Europe. They found his profile and immediately felt drawn to him. He has spina bifida and associated hydrocephalus. Even though he is unable to walk and does not yet have a wheelchair, he does not let this hold him back. His spirit has captured their hearts. His personality is often described as sunny and he exudes a great joy for life. As every child deserves a loving home, they long to give him the love and medical care that he needs to continue to be such a happy boy.
They are deeply appreciative of any support they receive in the efforts to bring their son home.
9/2/2019 — FIRST TRIP in SEPTEMBER
*** Myrtie has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
Nathan and Jennifer adopted their first child in 2012 from Pleven, Bulgaria after seeing the documentary “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. Nathan, Jennifer, and Jennifer’s mother all took shifts staying in Bulgaria for several months to ensure Daniel would be healthy enough to make the trip home. After he arrived home, a local physician remarked that it was “the most profound case of neglect he’d ever seen”. A few years later, they adopted Max from China. Among several other medical issues, Max had been born with a facial cleft and was left on the street, as happens with many of China’s orphans.
Recently, Nathan and Jennifer felt called to adopt from the most overlooked group and selected an older child with more acute needs from Eastern Europe. They committed to “Jackson”, but tragically, he passed away as their home study was being completed. With tremendous grief, they selected “Kayden” and recently made their first trip to meet him. They found that besides Kayden, there was only one other adoptable child at the institution. He is severely disabled and been passed over his whole life, so that he is now close to aging out. Nate and Jen are currently racing against the clock to bring this child home as well.
11/6/2019 — KAYDEN is HOME
+ COURT in DEC for AARON
Kayden has received a $3,709.40 grant.
Andrew and Michelle will celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary this year. They have had adoption on their hearts long before they were married. The desire to grow their family through adoption strengthened after their biological daughter was born in 2011. Andrew and Michelle brought their Deaf daughter home from the Philippines when their biological daughter was just two-years-old. They went on to adopt their other children in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 from Ethiopia, China and one domestic adoption. Andrew and Michelle currently have seven children at home. Five of their children are Deaf. One of their daughters has Down Syndrome and mild hearing loss. The family uses ASL as their main mode of communication at home.
Michelle and Andrew agree strongly with the popular adoption quote, “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.” Leaving children behind in an orphanage in the Philippines who were screaming out “Mommy! Daddy!” and gripping at their clothing is an experience that will be forever etched on the minds of both Andrew and Michelle. From that point on, the couple says, “We have never been the same.” Andrew and Michelle left the Philippines with their first adopted daughter with an even greater purpose and a calling that has been burning in their souls ever since.
They have welcomed six children into their family by way of adoption and have daily seen God’s miracles unfolding in and through their children. Psalm 68: 5-6 states that God is a Father to the fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Andrew and Michelle are confident that although expanding their family through adoption in quick succession has not always been easy emotionally or financially that God will continue to provide exactly what is needed to bring their two newest daughters home from Eastern Europe. They continue to stay open to whatever road God desires to take them down.
Andrew and Michelle’s oldest “daughter to be” is Deaf. The youngest is non-verbal and very frail. They are unsure of her hearing ability. It is important to them that they get to the girls as quickly as is possible. Michelle and Andrew mentioned that some have asked how they can assist in bringing home their newest girls. Andrew and Michelle were not planning on adopting at this time, it would be a huge blessing if they were able to raise the extra funds needed that adopting two children simultaneously adds to their adoption costs. They stressed that they do not want anyone to feel pressured into donating, but for those who have questioned, “How can we support adoption?” this is just one avenue that would tremendously bless their family. First and foremost, they covet your prayers for their daughters and their family as they walk this journey to bring their girls home.
12/6/2019 — COURT PASSED! AWAITING FINAL TRIP
Meet Heath, and Stacey Russell! They met 13 years ago and have been talking about adoption since their very first date! They both have a special place in their hearts for children. Together they are raising five boys who are beyond excited to have a sister to love and spoil!
In 2010 they were told that all the numbers pointed to their son having Down Syndrome. They were given the option to have an abortion. This was obviously not an option for them! During her pregnancy Stacey did a lot of research and was shocked to find out that the abortion rate for a prenatal diagnoses of Down Syndrome was 65% in America and up to 96% in other countries. She couldn’t believe how high those numbers were!
During her research Stacey ran across https://reecesrainbow.org. This is when she began advocating for the waiting children and participating at buddy walks. During this time it was clear that God was preparing their hearts for a child who may have special needs, but it wasn’t their son. The doctors were wrong.
This experience is what brought them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their daughter. (Clara L21 on Reece’s Rainbow) At birth, Clara was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot (a congenital heart condition presenting a combination of four defects in the structure of the heart).
This heart condition causes her heart to pump oxygen-poor blood into her body, which makes breathing difficult and any physical activity very hard on her little body. She is now 6 years old and is still in desperate need of medical care to help repair her heart.
It has now been two years since the Russell family started their adoption journey. Stacey and Heath jumped in with nothing but faith. They had no idea how they were going to accomplish this, but they knew that God would provide a way.
Now, Stacey and Heath are thrilled to say that their Dossier will soon be submitted to the Ministry! It took a lot of finances, a lot of prayer and a long time for them to get here and they couldn’t be more excited!
However, they aren’t done just yet. They are praying for a referral in the next 2-4 months. Once they get this, they will need to make 3 trips, one of which they both have to travel for 3-4 weeks! This seems difficult, but not impossible! Their girl has been in this orphanage for 6 years, she is very sick and desperately needs out! The Russell’s know if they can just get her here, they will love her and make sure she gets all the medical care and love she deserves!
If you feel led, I pray that you will please help the Russell family provide hope, love and a new future for this precious girl! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and any financial support as they prepare to bring her home!
9/12/2019 — FIRST TRIP SEPT 20
Bryan and Dana have searched for their son for five years, and they’ve [finally!] found him in Eastern Europe! The Lankfords began their journey in 2014 when they became dual licensed, foster to adopt parents in Dallas, Texas. They have loved on and provided stability to more than 20 children since opening their hearts and home, but the child they waited for eluded them.
During Thanksgiving 2017, Bryan and Dana saw a smiling, hopeful face on an international adoption website. They inquired and, less than a year later and after a whirlwind of paperwork and travel, they were overjoyed to become the proud parents of a happy, healthy, well-adjusted 16 year old Eastern European beauty who is the light of their lives. Yet there was an empty chair at the table.. the son who remained missing. They continued to search both domestically and internationally for him.
Mario is a 15-year-old Eastern European boy diagnosed with Epilepsy who will age out and become unadoptable in November, 2019. Mario has been listed on the international adoption register for the past six years. Six years of being passed over in favor of younger, healthier children; housed in an uncaring Bulgarian orphanage and then foster home in a remote, small town where his hopes and dreams fade alongside his chance of finding a loving family to call his own. Videos and photos show the light leaving his face as the years pass. Bryan and Dana have stepped forward for this precious child, confident that funds for his adoption can be raised before Mario ages out of the system and he loses his last chance for wholeness. Your donations are working miracles! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
1/9/2020 — AWAITING FINAL TRIP
In February, we felt a tug on our hearts that we were being called to pursue adoption. We immediately began praying and trying to determine which route of adoption was best for our family. After looking at all the opportunities available, we felt that international adoption was the best fit for our family.
At first, we felt that we were being called to pursue a child in China. We started researching and found that we would not be able to start the process until December because of China’s requirements regarding the age of your youngest child. However, we still felt that China was where we were meant to go, so we spent time praying and learning about what the future would hold for our family. During this time, we felt very strongly that we were being called to pursue a child with Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome in other parts of the world often face deplorable conditions and are institutionalized once they age out of the orphanage system.
At the end of May, Sarah received an email with a picture of a little boy who lives in Eastern Europe. We were immediately drawn to his big brown eyes and his sweet smile. We knew the decision to pursue him would totally turn our plan upside down, but we also had no doubt that he was meant to be our son. On June 4, we submitted our letter of commitment. On July 1, the foreign government approved our commitment application! Now, it’s time to work hard to get our sweet boy home! We have decided to name him Alek. “Alek” is part of his birth name, and we wanted him to have a connection to his heritage.
We do not personally know Alek yet. What we do know is this: He has never had a momma to snuggle with him the morning. He has never experienced having his daddy read him a bedtime story. He doesn’t know what it feels like to snuggle up next to his sisters during a family movie night. He doesn’t have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal that he takes with him everywhere he goes. He has never known the love of a family, and we cannot wait to share that with him!
2/19/2020 — AWAITING COURT
Deakyn has received a $2000 Grant.
Jim and Katya came from completely different worlds. Jim was born and raised in the Midwestern United States and he rarely traveled. Katya is from Russia and loved to travel. She spent the summer of 1998 working at a bed and breakfast in the U.S. She returned to Russia in the fall of 1998 to complete her degree not sure if she would ever come back. But, in the summer of 2000 she got the chance to return to the U.S. and that’s where things got interesting.
Jim and Katya met while taking a class at a local university in 2001, and have been together ever since. They married in 2003 and have six wonderful children ranging in age from 5 to 15. Their belief that children are a great blessing from God has led them to proceed with the adoption of Simon, a beautiful 3-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis and developmental delays.
When Simon arrives, he will find three brothers and three sisters who have been waiting anxiously to welcome him into a loving home. A home that has a strong faith in Jesus Christ. A home that has received many blessings and graces from the Lord and believes that it is their duty to share those blessings and graces with others.
Simon was the 6th pregnancy of his mother, and fittingly, will be the youngest of seven once he arrives home. And when he does, the Bukowski family will once again be very humbled and grateful for God’s continued blessings on them.
Jim and Katya ask that you pray for their family’s adoption, and for the health of Simon during this process and beyond as he desperately needs medical care that is inaccessible in his birth country. There will also be the high cost of ongoing medical care once he comes home. The Bukowski family will be eternally grateful for any prayers and assistance you can provide. May God continue to bless the entire Reece’s Rainbow community.
12/26/2019 — FIRST TRIP in LATE JANUARY
*** Simon has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
When Scott saw a post about hosting orphans he knew God wanted us to do it. I thought he was crazy, but I quickly got on board. In just 8 short weeks we were hosting 15 year old Lena for the summer. Before we even met her God confirmed that Scott and I would be adopting her and making her a permanent part of our family, so we filed the required paperwork the week before Lena came to America. It was just in time; we had file it before she turned 16, and she celebrated her Sweet 16 after her second week with us! Part of this process required us to ask Lena if she wanted to be adopted, hearing her say yes was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has become our daughter, and seeing us together shows our mutual love in a way that shocked even me. We adore her…and we are so glad we listened to God’s calling.
This past week, as we are waiting for the approval from USCIS for Lena, an urgent call went out for parents to say yes to adopting a little boy with unspecified brain damage and congenital cataracts. His advocacy name is Oakley and we had seen his profile before, but we figured he would have parents committed in no time—just look at that smile! However, no one has come forward yet. We knew when seeing the new post that God was once again speaking and saying we were meant to be his parents.
Oakley is being transferred at the end of the year to an adult institution for people with special needs, and Oakley, this precious boy, is only four. The urgent post we received said he was not likely to survive in the institution if and when he was transferred there. Scott and I talked and prayed over the matter through the week, and then with God’s prompting committed to being Oakley’s parents. Our hearts are overjoyed! However, with this added joy comes an added expense which we are fundraising for in an attempt to make all of this that God has laid on our hearts possible.
The total for both adoptions is estimated to be $55,000; to this point we have spent $17,635. Next, we urgently need $15,400 which is needed for the team in country. The expenses up to this point do not include travel, lodging, and all of the other expenses we will incur with lost time at work and the variables that come with along with that and international travel.
We have three required trips to Eastern Europe as part of the adoption process. We firmly believe that God has asked, and God will provide. All of this is giving you a picture of the process we are going through, and because of the expenses we ask that you would please consider making a tax deductible donation to bring Lena and Oakley home. No amount is too small and we ask that you give what you are comfortable with knowing that it is truly changing lives. Thank you so much for anything you can do, and may God bless you for caring.
2/15/2020 — APPT DATE RECEIVED
Luke and Kelly Grover are parents of four beautiful children. Three of which are biological. Their fourth, Zoey, was adopted from China in 2017. Even before their marriage Luke and Kelly knew they wanted a large family. After each of their children were born premature, their youngest child being born two months premature, they were advised by their doctor that having children biologically was a risk. While disappointed, they knew they would continue to grow their family another way. They wanted to find children who might have difficulty finding a forever family because of special needs. After bringing home Zoey, who has Down syndrome, and experiencing how much love and joy she brought to our family, they decided to try again. This time they were introduced to Holly, who also has Down syndrome, and absolutely fell in love. They are working through their dossier and immigration paperwork and hope to travel in early 2020. The entire Grover family is just excited to get our daughter home.
1/15/2020 — TRAVELING LATE JAN
The Grover family has met their $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!
Celebrating 21 years of marriage and nurturing 8 biological children, Jesse and Megan are excited to add another gift from God through adoption into their family. Megan was two years old when her brother with Down Syndrome died at age 5 in heart surgery. Even as a two year old, his death had a significant impact on her life. The soul-mate that she baby-talked with, took her first steps with, and raced to beat to the Wonder Rocking Horse had disappeared. Her sense of loss has given her a love and bond to children with Down Syndrome. Megan was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow by a friend over 10 years ago. Following and praying for families in their journey of adoption and praying for babies to find their adoptive parents through Reeces Rainbow, Jesse and Megan are taking that leap of faith that now is the time to fulfill the dream of being one of those families. After living as missionaries for 10 years over seas, in 2012, Jesse and Megan settled back home in Washington State onto their fifth generation family farm. The Pearsons also have a 12 years old niece and a 5 year old nephew that were both born with Down Syndrome living close by. This provides an instant support group and two like-minded cousins for their adopted child to grow up with.
12/31/2019 — FIRST TRIP in JANUARY
Jonathan and Erin are so excited about growing their family through the journey of adoption! The possibility of adoption first came about when Erin stumbled upon the Reece’s Rainbow Instagram page via a previous adoptive family. As she was scrolling through pictures of adoptable children, two adorable brothers caught her eye. After a few weeks of contemplation, she showed the brothers’ picture to Jonathan. He immediately felt the same way she did when he saw their picture. After much research, discussion and prayer, Erin and Jonathan decided to dive in to the adoption process head first! They feel strongly that there was a reason that the picture caught their eye in the beginning, and they have trusted in that reason throughout the whole process! Both Jonathan and Erin’s families are very excited and supportive of the couple’s decision to adopt.
Jonathan and Erin are in the process of finalizing their homestudy and are excited to keep moving forward throughout the process. Any help we receive will be so greatly appreciated! We are looking forward to sharing our story and joy throughout the adoption process.
2/17/2020 — APPT DATE RECEIVED
Twenty years ago, Elijah and Tiffany Jackson fell in love. Two years later, they got married and built a home on the century-old family farm. They started a family, having two wonderful little boys fairly close together. Five years later they were blessed with a little girl with Down syndrome, and oh, how her brothers loved her!! It didn’t take any of them very long to realize Down syndrome was not something to fear or avoid, but something to celebrate and cherish! The thought had come to them while their little girl was still a baby that they should think about adopting a child with Down syndrome, so they checked Reece’s Rainbow here and there, but didn’t know how to take the first steps of such a big journey! So, for a time, the idea was forgotten. 10 years later, Heavenly Father made it very obvious that it was still in His plan for the Jackson’s to add to their family through adoption! With the help of a good friend, they got right to work. They are so excited and ready to have little sister in their home and to be in their family forever!
1/13/2020 — TA RECEIVED
Matching Grant through RODS Racing has been met!
Kara and Christian met through mutual friends years ago, and each separately knew that the other was who they wanted to marry. Christian and Kara both work from home, so they are able to spend one on one time with their children, and devote the time needed to attend to every dance class, therapy and school function. An occasional date night sneaks in every so often too! Christian and Kara’s belief in God is a mutual one, and has been part of their marriage and family foundation their entire marriage with all life’s ups and downs. They know that it has been through Their belief in Him that they are where they are today. They have now been married 14 years and have 4 beautiful daughters, all of which are so excited to become big sisters, yet again!
After the birth of daughter number 3, who was born with Down syndrome, their families hearts became opened to a whole new world of love and learning. The thought of adoption had always been in the back of their minds, but didn’t think it would ever be possible.
This year every thing lined up perfectly, and God provided the way for the Barratt family to finally adopt. They knew for sure it was going to be another child with DS and that they were going to travel far to bring her home. They are so very excited to meet their little sweetheart and catch her up on the love and kisses she has been missing for so long. Prayers for their little one would be so appreciated, to keep her healthy and strong while they wait for that big day when she can come home!
2/6/2020 — REFERRAL ACCEPTED
Meet the Chilton family. We are Jason, Donna, Katy, Clark, Brody, Callie and coming soon “Anna” as we will call her. We have been married for 11 years. Jason works as a safety director and Donna homeschools the kids.
After having two biological kids, Jason and Donna felt the call to adopt. In 2014, they brought siblings Katy and Brody home from Ukraine. Katy has Spina Bifida along with other complications. After almost five years home, the Chiltons have felt the call to adopt again. They knew from the moment they saw Anna’s face that it was meant to be. She has Spina Bifida like Katy. They are so excited to add sweet little Anna to their family.
2/5/2020 — REFERRAL ACCEPTED
Greetings from the Wood Family! We are Brian, Kristen, Graysen, Emma Rae, and Blake and coming soon, a new daughter to be named Katie! We have been married for 10 wonderful years, and we have 3 amazing children. Brian is a student pastor at Point Harbor Church and Kristen is a Registered Nurse working in an elementary school.
Shortly after being married, we started talking about adoption and really felt a tug in our hearts early on specifically for China. About 4 years into our marriage, some friends of ours adopted their sweet girl from China and that started a ripple effect and we soon were surrounded with so many friends who said “YES” to their children in China. This only fueled our hearts more for China.
After we moved to VA, we were introduced to another family who has adopted 3 babies with Down Syndrome from China. Down Syndrome had never been on our radar, however, we fell absolutely in love with these amazing children. Although we always had a peace about China, God began to break our hearts specifically for children with Down Syndrome.
We were “introduced” to our daughter on Reece’s Rainbow site. Katie has Down Syndrome, CHD, and repaired VSD and PFO. She is an absolute doll and we cannot wait to have her in our arms. Katie will be 2 years old in July and we want to have her home as soon as we can. She has 3 siblings who are over the moon for her already and are so ready to have their sister home.
Please help our family to bring our daughter home! We plan to travel with our two oldest children, who are 11 and 9 yrs old. We greatly appreciate all prayers and financial support as we continue our adoption journey to complete our family!
1/3/2020 — TA RECEIVED; TRAVELING JAN 29
We are Danielle & Nick Muzzey. We love children and have 5 wonderful bio kids. We would have had more if God would have chose to continue to bless us, but that was not his plan so we accepted that our family was complete and was thankful for how blessed we truly were.
Somehow while on Facebook I stumbled across Reece’s Rainbow, and it soon become my favorite part of Facebook. I admired these families that so unselfishly gave so much to make a difference in the life of a child that others just discarded. I love to follow the stories and families and often thought wow they are such amazing people but I knew that there was no way that my family could ever pull this kind of thing together. We weren’t your typical adopting type of family. We don’t have 30k laying around, we don’t drive brand new vehicles, we don’t have a huge house, so I would sit, watch and pray from a distance. Until that day….that 1 video that caught my eye and melted my heart. Something about her, she was perfect. I prayed for that little one nightly that God would bring her a family and he did, but was soon relisted not just once or twice but a number of times. Why? Why does this child continue to be let down?
That’s it no more!! I had to do something, she was running out of time, a transfer to an adult institution is inevitable. That can not happen. Back to praying I went and the answer was soon very clear. All those other families fell through because she was meant to be our daughter. Hubby was not so sure he was more practical and thought that I may be going crazy. He had legitimate concerns. Where will the money come from? Can we handle her disability? Who will care for her when we are gone? It took about 2 months of praying that God would reach him and he did. God is Good.
We are going to follow by faith, pray and believe that God will provide. There is a princess waiting across the seas that deserves so much more then what life has handed her. She is already loved and does not even know it. She needs us as much as we need her.
Please pray that this process goes quickly and smoothly to bring our daughter home. If you feel led and are able to donate any amount will make a huge difference in our journey. Thank you and God bless.
2/25/2020 — COURT TRIP in LATE FEBRUARY
We are adopting. In those three little words, there is so much meaning. They are the words that send our hearts soaring — it’s so surreal, has been SO long on our hearts, and the journey we’ve taken to this place looks nothing like we originally intended. But so it is with God.
His panoramic view has smashed our Polaroid at every turn. We can see only what is in front of us—the virtual snapshot of the life I’m living—and yet in his gracious goodness, He sees it all and is not shaken by the tidal wave of any one moment. His plan has been perfected in the waiting, and it is with great thankfulness and JOY that we find ourselves back here, in this space….waiting on His timing.
We are adopting from Eastern Europe. We plan to name this little girl Saylor – a name that means ‘rope’ or ‘tether’. Her name has become a metaphor for this entire adoption journey. Our hearts are tethered to a tiny baby living half a world away. We’re tethered by the promise of what is to come, by the permanence God has already spoken over our family and the intention with which He’s chosen us for one another. God has anchored this little girl to our very souls and she is a part of us–even now. The need is great and the families are few, and we believe she is worthy. We desire to proclaim God’s gracious goodness and intention over her precious life. She is worthy of being wanted. We have chosen to pursue this little girl as our beloved daughter with deep, loving intention.
We have four kiddos, ages 7, 5, 3, and 1 – two boys and two girls. I am a public school kindergarten teacher and my husband works for our state government. We aren’t uniquely qualified in any way to pursue an international adoption, but we love Jesus with all we’ve got and our steadfast faith is in Him alone. We believe that He will light this path as we walk forward to bring our baby girl home!
We are stepping out in bold faith and brave love. International adoption is daunting, on so many fronts. The financial implications – especially for our big and blessed family of six – are substantial. We know this will stretch us, but we also know that God is so much bigger. We know He delights in bringing orphans into their forever families, and we raise our arms to Him knowing He will make a way for us in this season. He’ll light the path, and we’ll walk it in JOY as we bring our girl home.
I always tell my three year old, as he’s running around the house at lightning speed with his eyes on the floor, “LOOK UP! Look up, so you can see where you’re going” Friends, will you look up with us? Will you fix your eyes on the One who adopted us ALL into His family as orphans, and will you help us bring this precious baby girl home?
1/31/2020 — TRAVELING in FEB
The Breitenstein Family has met their matching grant from RODS Racing!
*** Naheeda has received a for a $2,000 Grant! ***
They are stepping again … This will be Dennis & Cindy’s 4th Adoption. In 2012 their first Adoption Journey was for their little Adalyn in Russia. They traveled in December, spent a week with their precious little one, while they were with Adalyn the threat of the Ban was circulating. The Judge was trying to get them back quickly for Court. But a week after their return home the Ban became law and Adoptions were stopped in Russia. They did everything they could, gathering with the other families that also had children behind the Orphanage Gates in Russia, meeting with our Government, Praying, Believing. Adalyn is now 8 years old still in an Orphanage, we still Believe for the day she will come through the Orphanage Gates & Home.
In 2014 God brought two little ones Abraham & Sarah. They knew the two little ones were their son & daughter and on January 7, 2014 they Committed to adopt two little ones in Ukraine, just 2 & 3 years old, biological siblings. A month after starting their Adoption the War broke out in Ukraine and the two little ones were in one of the 3 Cities where the War was. Dennis & Cindy still continued, Believing, listening to God, knowing He would bring their babies home. On May 7 their paperwork was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But soon were told they could not travel due to active bombing in their children’s city. God spoke through it all & they Believed, Prayed, clung to their Faith & never gave up. On Dec. 4, 2014 just as God had spoken, Abraham & Sarah took their first steps in America, their Home. God did Miracle after Miracle in protecting, bringing them out of a War zone and brought them Home just as He spoke & Promised… They will be Home for CHRISTmas, and they were.
In February of 2016 God brought another little one to Dennis & Cindy. Little Ayden … Ayden’s adoption was another Journey of Trusting God, watching, Trusting and seeing once again His perfect timing , Miracles. On December 7, 2017 little Ayden took his first steps on American soil.
When Dennis & Cindy were in Ayden’s adoption God brought a little 10 year into their Home through Hosting , little did they know then what God’s plan was. They Hosted this precious little boy now turning 13 in March 7 times in their Home. God is still unfolding His plan for this little boy in their family.
Then in October of 2018 God brought a little girl, Little “A” just 6 years old. While following another family’s Adoption Cindy saw on their page this little one, they were looking for a family to Host her for CHRISTmas… Little A was their Sarah, she could be Sarah’s Twin. When Cindy showed her video to Abraham, Sarah & Ayden they all thought it was Sarah. Cindy wrestled for a week trying to figure this one out. How could they possibly do this, they were already Hosting their little boy, this was another Hosting Agency, would involve raising funds, flying to another city to pick her up. After a week she went to Dennis & when she showed him her picture & video he too thought it was his daughter Sarah. So they stepped in faith seeing what God would do. In a day He provided all her funds for Hosting and then He provided all her flight fees. When she landed on Dec. 19 in Texas & Cindy saw this tiny little one come through the doors, frightened, looking all around, not knowing where she was with tears in her little eyes. She scooped her up and immediately she knew and her heart broke knowing in just a month she would have to send her back. Little “A” fit into our family from the minute she stepped into their lives. She was another CHRISTmas Miracle, a Gift from God and when Cindy asked God how can we do this again, how can we send her back. God told her. I brought her to you. You have to send her back so I can bring her Home. So here they are again after raising their 8 children to Adults, 9 Grandchildren, God opened their hearts, their Home & family to Adoption … They will continue to step & follow … Will you help them bring their Precious Little “A” Home?
1/22/2020 — APPT in FEB
Boy, born 2018
Other congenital malformations of cardiac septa
2/5/2020 — REFERRAL ACCEPTED
The Scotts are a family of 5 living in South Carolina. With 3 boys at home ages 5, 8, and 10, Dan and Abby always knew that someday they wanted to add a sweet girl into the mix. After joining Reece’s Rainbow’s Facebook group they saw a precious young girl being advocated for and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Through pursuing this adoption they have learned more about what it means to have special needs and how to care for their soon to be daughter who has moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy. What they used to see as a disability they now see as special abilities, she is so able and the special needs community has shown them that different abilities are something to be celebrated! They hope that their adoption will inspire others to step out in faith into the unknown and care for a child that will bring so much joy and open the mind of others to how capable special needs people really are. We hope that you join us on our journey in bringing our precious and wonderful daughter home!
1/30/2020 — TRAVELING LATE FEB
Shannon and her family live in Maryland. Shannon is mom to her son Alex and her daughter Chelsea. Chelsea was adopted at 11 years old and lived most of her life in an orphanage. Chelsea spent much of her life being considered blind and in a wheelchair. In a short few months home, she is flourishing, wearing glasses, learning, and there is much hope she will soon walk. She has brought so much joy to their family and is a true testament to what love can do for a child. Shannon has always intended to adopt again and is prayerfully hopeful that the child she has seen on Reece’s Rainbow will become her daughter. This family has stated they have always had a heart for adoption and bringing Chelsea home solidified the place adoption has in their life. Chelsea is a low vision child and the family hopes to adopt another low vision girl. Chelsea and Alex are both excited about the idea of a new sister. Reece’s Rainbow helped bring Chelsea home. The family is so grateful to work with Reece’s Rainbow again as they begin their journey to adopt their second daughter. Shannon and her children thank you for your kindness, support, and generosity in helping bring an child home to a loving forever family.
2/3/2020 — TRAVELING FEB 24
*** Honor has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant ***
Boy, born May 2014
Family traveling in January for Court
$3,883.39 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!