Jared and Emily have been married for 21 years and have been blessed with wonderful children. However, they would like to continue to add to their family through the adoption of a special needs child. Jared owns his own business and Emily stays home with their children. So, any child that they are blessed to add would have her undivided time and attention and be surrounded by love from their other children. Their home is a source of pride for both her and her husband; not because of its size or location but because of the opportunity Emily has had to redo it. Jared is a contractor and has put in countless hours remodeling, rebuilding, and helping her realize the various renovations that she felt made her house more of a home, as well as a better fit for their large, and still growing, family.
Emily has always had a fun loving, outgoing, creative, faithful spirit. She values her husband and her family but even more so her relationship with God. She takes her faith in her Heavenly Father to heart and because of this she tries to live out her faith through unconditionally loving everyone. This is one of the reasons she has such a passion for children in need of loving homes. Jared grew up in a large family and because his dad was adopted from an orphanage, he shares Emily’s passion and vision for how their family should be grown.
Jared and Emily currently have 6 children at home. Their youngest is a special needs baby that they have guardianship of; but they hope to adopt him before too long. Their oldest child is their daughter Jerica, then their son Jeremiah who they adopted from foster care as a special needs child. They then adopted their daughter Brinlee as a special needs infant from foster care. After a short breather and after their special needs children were older Jared and Emily took in and adopted two more children from the foster care system. They felt their hearts still pulled to give a family and home to another special needs child, which lead them to their baby Tye.
It could be said that Jared and Emily have done enough. They have fulfilled their part in helping others and lightening the worlds load. However, Emily and Jared cannot shake the intense feeling that their family is still missing one piece. Their hearts have felt the cries of special needs children in Eastern Europe and they are responding. After much prayer, thought, and conversations with their other children the Leonard’s have reached out to an orphanage and found a little girl with Down Syndrome. This precious baby is in desperate need of a forever home with a family that will love her and be able to care for her many needs. The Leonard family feels honored to step up, wrap her in their arms, and give her an otherwise unimaginable life; thus completing their family puzzle with this last missing piece.
11/26/2019 — REFERRAL ACCEPTED
Mike and Robin have been married for almost 8 years. They have 6 beautiful kiddos and another on the way. Mike works as a public servant for the beautiful state of Washington and is the worship leader at Lakewood Grace. Robin is a stay at home mom and wife, and homeschools their kids.
Adoption has been on Mike and Robin’s hearts for a few years now. They knew that God was specifically calling them to adopt children with disabilities. After much prayer, they felt that God was calling them to embark on their adoption right now instead of waiting until after their 7th baby was born. Their hearts were drawn to a little girl listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Despite her long list of medical needs, they knew that she was the one for their family. After more prayer and consideration, they decided to add one more little girl on this adoption journey. They were joyfully surprised to find out that another girl that they had on their hearts was available for adoption at the very same baby home.
The cost of adoption can seem daunting but Mike and Robin firmly believe that God has called them on this journey and He will provide. Any prayers, donations, and shares of their story are all deeply appreciated.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
11/19/2019 — REFERRALS ACCEPTED IN COUNTRY
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
11/26/2019 — REFERRAL ACCEPTED
Kurt and Rachel live in rural Oregon and are the parents of 7 children. Growing up overseas Rachel had many opportunities to volunteer at orphanages & adoption was always a passion of Rachel’s. After having 6 biological children they were overjoyed to adopt Nicole two years ago from Vietnam. She has been a joy to their family & opened their eyes to the beauty of adoption. They are excited to adopt again, this time a son from Eastern Europe. As a family they love to play board games, go camping & hiking in the summer & have dance parties in the kitchen all year long.
11/4/2019 — COURT PASSED
Boyd has received a waiting child grant of $1,945.76.
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.
11/21/2019 — APPT in MID-DECEMBER
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.
11/8/2019 — FIRST TRIP DATES RECEIVED
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.
11/15/2019 — TRIP ONE in NOVEMBER
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.
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.
10/17/2019 — AWAITING COURT
*** 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.
11/21/2019 — APPT in MID-DECEMBER
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
For those of you who know Jode and Kelley, you know they have felt for years that their family was not yet complete. Yes, they already have seven beautiful children at home, but when God laid it upon their hearts to once again adopt, they could not ignore the calling.
Inasmuch, they are pursuing a child (or two) from an Eastern European country – one which they have loved dearly and missed greatly. They look forward to going back and seeing those who have become like extended family.
Having completed five international adoption, they know that adoption can be expensive. However, they also know that God is faithful. Experience has proven that where He leads them, He will also supply all that they need. If you would like to support their efforts, please hit that donate button. Your generous financial gift is tax deductible and greatly appreciated.
The Robinsons will be adding updated posts to their blog as things progress. If you would like to come along on this journey, please follow their blog. As always, your fervent prayers are greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for coming along with us on this amazing journey!
11/6/2019 — COURT PASSED
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! ***
Sara and Ben are high school sweethearts, married since 2005, and had always hoped for a large family. In 2010, they were blessed to welcome their first child, Oliver, into their lives. Two years later in September of 2012, they were excitedly awaiting the arrival of their daughter Charlotte. Unfortunately Sara experienced complications during the delivery of Charlotte. Sara’s placenta ruptured and mistakes were made by the doctors and hospital in recognizing and responding. Their beautiful daughter Charlotte lived for 8 hours and then passed away in their arms. Sara lost nearly half her blood volume and they were told she was lucky to survive.
After that tragedy, they grew closer as a family, Oliver was their saving strength. A few years later they discussed growing their family again. Pregnancy for Sara was no longer an option and they were lucky to have a family friend offer to be a gestational carrier! It took some time and losses but their son Lincoln was born in April of 2015.
Today, they want to expand their family again and the thought of adoption gives their family excitement, hope and optimism. They are lucky to have a world class Children’s Hospital only a few minutes away, so they looked specifically for a child with medical needs that would otherwise fail to thrive in an orphanage. Their hopeful daughter has been diagnosed with heart disease, VSD, prematuring and an unspecified brain disorder. They plan a full evaluation once they get her home but they expect to spend quite a bit of time and money at the hospital and with potential heart surgeries. But again, they feel lucky to even have that ability to give her a chance here.
Their family is fun, they love each other and they spend their free time just being together hiking, cooking, playing board games. But they are all very excited about this opportunity to adopt. Their youngest son points at every airplane and asks if his new baby sister is on it yet. Their older son downloaded a language app and they have been practicing the language together (Brat = brother, so that one has been very popular around their house now). I know they will be blessed to add to their family through adoption, they already have been.
11/26/2019 — FINAL TRIP in DECEMBER
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.
11/26/2019 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE; AWAITING COURT DATE
His family is so excited to add this darling boy to their family! They’ve met him and are officially matched, and will be traveling back soon for his court date.
11/27/19 — FINAL TRIP in EARLY DEC
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
There are times in our life when God is calling us to step out on faith and trust in Him and no one could have given us a more profound love and help us have a greater faith and trust in our Lord than our precious second born son Jake. Born with a terminal illness that left him severely handicapped and medically fragile, Jake opened our eyes to a whole new world of special needs, chronic illnesses and medical fragility that we never knew existed. Yet through all the struggles, we found the true face of God, our Rock, our Redeemer, our great Comforter. Because of his pure and selfless love, having Jake as our son has completely transformed our lives and we are forever changed by God’s blessings and His goodness. He has blessed us in this life with 3 wonderful sons and although shortly after his 3rd birthday, we were stricken by life’s greatest tragedy in losing our precious and beloved Jake, we can’t help but be thankful that we have been chosen for such a treacherous journey because through the storms, our eyes have been opened to see the beauty of God’s precious orphans that are in need a mother and father to show them the love and comforts of a family.
Because of Jake, we have a heart for God’s special children living in orphanages that have been “thrown away” and otherwise forgotten. To others they may seem damaged but we see the true beauty that God sees in them and we know the full potential they possess if only given the chance. We feel that God is tugging at our hearts to adopt our 4th son whom we believe God has already chosen for us; a precious angel who was placed in a orphanage simply because he was born with Down Syndrome. What his birth mother saw as a burden, we know if a gift from God and we want to show him how worthy and loved he truly is but we need your help to make him ours. We are fully stepping out on faith and trusting God to make a way financially for us to bring our next child home. We trust in Him and know that He will provide for our needs. We want to thank you in advance for helping us bring our precious angel home and give him a wonderful family who will give him the life he deserves.
9/4/2019 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE
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.
8/19/2019 — FIRST TRIP EARLY SEPTEMBER
Matt and Christy Sellers have been married for 21 years. They have 6 children, 3 of which were adopted internationally and just happen to be rocking an extra chromosome. Their love for children and Down Syndrome has led them to pursue another sweet girl to add to their family — and she will soon be named Glory.
They love investing in the lives of children. Seeing each child grow and change has been one of their most exciting seasons of their marriage. It has grown them to be more like Christ.
Adoption finances are challenging, but so worth the work. If you would like to be a part of bringing their little girl home, please consider donating. They are trusting that God will provide the means to bring her home. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do!
11/20/2019 — AWAITING FINAL TRAVEL DATES
*** Tina has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
Life is a gift. This is something that we as a family cherish, and through such seek to return to God the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We are a quirky bunch who seek to enjoy the joys of life through a family rooted in Christian beliefs. We are bi-lingual, in that five of our nine children are deaf (we carry a recessive gene which causes Pendred Syndrome- progressive hearing loss). Our second child Ambrose passed at 25 months of age in 2006 from a pulmonary embolism after a surgical procedure.
The gift of his life is what brought Bernadette and I to seek out Foster Care for medically fragile and special needs children. We worked through a local Non-Denominal Agency called House of Samuel. We encountered an amazing group of people, especially the children. It was such a beautiful time that taught us so much, and we experienced God’s love in a whole new form. We stopped doing Foster Care once our family grew, and the needs of our biological children became apparent.
Bernadette and I met while serving as Missionaries for NET Ministries in St. Paul MN, we were on the same team for our year commitment. Both of us were committed to religious life and found fellowship in the support of each other’s calling. Towards the end of the year we both found a love for each other, however, not wanting to stand in each other’s way planned to go our separate ways. I was going to return to Canada, and my now wife to Ohio, however, it was apparent to us something was happening in the life of the other. I returned to Ohio with Bernadette and her family, and we found profound peace in the sense of Marriage and by His grace were marriage on May 31st 2004.
Christ is foremost in each of our lives, with me now working in Healthcare we remain active in ministry at our Parish through teaching: both youth and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes. We have been blessed with a beautiful marriage, and the joy of nine children: Josephina 15, Ambrose (past 2006), Augustine (deaf)11, Sebastian 9, Emilia(deaf) 7, Ignatius 6, Maximus(deaf)5, Juniper 2, Tiberius (deaf) 11mths, they are a lively bunch who continue to add great adventure in this journey.
Dima was brought to our lives by one of the Clinical Managers I work aside. She had heard of Dima and thought of us immediately because of his deafness. Other families had tried to adopt him but had backed out because the language barrier was too great of a hurdle for them. Our hearts were pierced by his story, the fact that he was deaf, our enduring thoughts and prayers led us to foster/adoption again, he is a gift from God. We prayed and know this was the road we had to walk, and time was of the essence. Orphans have until their sixteenth birthday for someone to apply for their adoption and Dima was one week shy of his sixteenth birthday. We answered the call and said yes!
The journey has been tiring at times, but the thought of him being left without a family, it is all that he has experienced in life that calms the awkward times and we press on. The children call him their brother, and he is lifted in our daily prayers, for peace, patience, and trust- we are coming. Dima already seems apart of us in many ways, we facetime and message daily. The remaining hurdles of finance will pass, and one day we will look back and smile at the lessons God taught us in this time.
We humbly ask for your support, to consider our family, and our choice of adoption, the reception of funds will ease some of the process ahead. Thank you for considering your partnership in our journey to bring Dima home.
10/31/2019 — COURT PASSED; FINAL TRIP in DECEMBER
Rachael and her daughter Shyna have been anticipating the day that they would bring home the child destined to join their family. As adoption can have so many turns, the Jacksons have taken each one of them. Towards the end of the 17 month process of the adoption of a little girl from an Eastern Europe country, the course took an unexpected stop. So many emotions that come with loving this child who has entered their hearts before entering their home. To lose this referral was heartbreaking, but they know that God’s plans are always perfect.
Rachael waited on Him, and a few months later received an email from her agency and a picture of a 2 year old beautiful boy from a different Eastern Europe country, who’s file was only with them for a few more days. His special needs are very similar to children Rachael closely works with in her nursing career, and she instantly felt she could be Maxton’s momma. It wasn’t long after seeking His approval, God clearly said move and she confidently took the step forward in seeking approval for the match of this precious boy. After a month of waiting, the answer arrived! It was a Yes! Rachael is now moving quickly to bring him home. As there are increased fees for this country, Rachael is working towards fundraising and saving. Your donations are truly a blessing. Thank you for helping this family come together!
12/2/2019 — FINAL TRIP in DEC
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
From four to seven all in a year. Only God can move mountains like the Kingsleys have seen. Some would call it a miracle. The completion of their family has been a marathon and a sprint all wrapped into one.
Their endurance fueled by love will carry them to the finish line, and bringing home sweet Wyatt will be their reward.
Aaron and Gretchen recently completed the Eastern European adoption of two older teenage sisters, Maliyah (16) and Mira (15) after God led their family to the girls through an orphan hosting program. Maliyah and Mira joined Natalie (11) and Nolan (9) and made their family six.
But God wasn’t finished with them yet. Just when they thought His plan was complete, God showed them a sweet boy from the other side of the world that tugged on their heartstrings.
Growing up with a brother who had special needs and is now her angel, Gretchen knew there was something special about Wyatt when she saw his sweet face. It rang deep within her, the need to bring him home.
Gretchen had been praying for months that Aaron’s heart would open to Wyatt, but she kept her desires quiet. If it was God’s will, she knew he would do the hard work. On the evening before her birthday, Aaron saw Wyatt for the first time and insisted he should be a Kingsley. God delivered on a miracle that was previously presumed to be out of reach. But isn’t that what He does! He was paving the way for this beautiful family!
Building a longer table and not a higher fence was their motto, but were they taking on too much, they wondered. Were they capable of raising one more? Was a child with Down syndrome out of their league? After much praying, it became clear they were not equipped, but that God had indeed called them, and so with their faith, they knew He would equip them!
Weeks later, the family committed to Wyatt on his fifth birthday and have been on a sprint ever since. Filling their days researching, completing paperwork, visiting GiGi’s Playhouse, and meeting with families of children with Down syndrome has been their new normal…and they are loving it!
The Kingsley family feels so blessed to have seen Wyatt and is so grateful to Reece’s Rainbow. With the recently completed adoption of their oldest daughters, they understand they will have to get creative with their fundraising. Any support through prayers, words of encouragement, or financial contributions will never be overlooked or forgotten. The family is forever grateful for your support. Please help them bring Wyatt home!
12/5/2019 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED
When she traveled in 2018 to adopt her son, Campbell, Sara had the opportunity to speak to the Director of her son’s Orphanage. Sara learned that of the approximately 500 children in Orphanage’s care, almost 1/5 of the children had Down Syndrome. Even more staggering was the revelation that her son was only the 7th child with Down Syndrome to be adopted from that Orphanage. After learning about these children, Sara committed to advocate and help them find their forever families.
Upon returning home with her son, Sara started to read a collection of folktales to him each night. One of these folktales, “Holding Up the Sky”, followed a little hummingbird that was determined to do her part to save the sky from falling. Her friend, the elephant, laughed at her attempt to hold up the sky with her little hummingbird legs, but the hummingbird was determined to do her part.
Sara was moved to tears by this tale and shared it with her older children, Elise and Luke. They saw themselves as the hummingbird and decided that they were ready to go beyond advocacy and do their part to bring home another child with Down Syndrome from Campbell’s Orphanage.
Sara, a Middle School Special Education Teacher, has already begun fundraising with bake sales, garage sales, auctions, and more to come. The Croasdaile family, Sara, Elise, Luke, and Cam, welcome other hummingbirds to join them in supporting the journey to bring home their beautiful treasure!
12/4/2019 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED