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SEAN for the Langer family — WI

Mike and Cassie (Pronounced KC) were married in 1998 with the idea of a large family. 7 to be exact! But after having 7, Cassie knew she wanted more. The good Lord was willing, as they found themselves prego again!  It was another boy! A very special boy. Their little Mikey has Down Syndrome. He soon became the favorite in everyone’s heart. Not only the family, but the community and friends as well.

Everyone loves Mikey! He was perfectly healthy and conquered milestones quickly (except for talking. Oh well!) Mikey planted a seed. The family wanted more. They knew they wanted to have another Down Syndrome child in their family. But you can’t just order that, so they started checking into adoption. That’s when they found Sean. That was December 2016.  Sean is in an orphanage, where he has spent his whole life. Alone and waiting. He is 5 years old now and has Down Syndrome. He is tiny, malnouirished and sedated. He needs a forever home.  Everyone was very excited, but there were so many unknowns. Mike could make no rational sense of going so far to get a child they knew so little about. And the cost was WAY out of their budget. So they waited. They printed off all the pictures and have them all over our house and in frames on the wall. They prayed for him and prayed for a way that the adoption could actually happen.

One magical evening in December 2017, Mike and Cassie again had the discussion of adopting Sean. They talked about the serious threat that he may soon be transferred from the baby house to the institutions. This time Mike said “YES!”. They knew they were taking a huge leap of faith, but their Faith was strong. They know they have to get him out and they know God will help them save their little boy who sits waiting in an orphanage for someone to have and to hold him.

They are now in process of finalizing their home study and getting papers in order. Hopefully they will have their boy soon. Your prayers and support are what the family needs most right now. But the biggest, most necessary prayer is that Sean will not be transferred out of the baby house until the family can get to him, and save from this horrible place where he waits.

The Langers would like to thank you in advance for your financial support as well as your support in prayers and passing the word. THANK YOU!  Sincerely, Mike, Cassandra, Colton, Walker, Waylon, Haydon, Adeline, Porter, Weston, and Mikey

6/19/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Sean has received a $1544 Waiting Child Grant.

A CHILD for the Anderson family — MO

Dane and Misty met in high school and married shortly after. They always planned a big family, but had no idea that Gods idea of big was much bigger they ever imagined. In 2013 in the midst of raising their 9 biological children, Dane and Misty felt God calling them to adopt a child with special needs. They researched and prayed and researched some more. Each step they took they expected the doors to close, but instead they opened. December of 2013 saw two wee daughters added to the family! Catyah and Sofiah both have Down Syndrome, they fit right into the group and everyone fell in love with them! Shortly after coming home Misty saw a picture of a sweet 5 year old that was being transferred to an institution. She knew almost immediately that she was their daughter and they needed to get her home! Again after much prayer and discussion they jumped in with both feet and headed over the ocean! While meeting Vika, the tiny 5 years old, they got to meet and play with many other children in the institution. Misty and her oldest son spent many hours playing games and drawing with them. One young girl stuck out among them, her sweet demeanor and kind, motherly attitude pricked their hearts. When they flew home with Vika in early 2015, they felt they left a daughter behind. Upon returning home, life got pretty busy with 12 children all headed in different directions. Vikas diagnoses was cerebral palsy, but after many tests and appointments it was determined that she had suffered polio as a baby. She needed several surgeries but is always positive and doesn’t let anything get her down. In early 2016 Misty was feeling the tug to adopt again. Dane wasn’t so sure and they decided to just pray about it for a while. It wasn’t but a few months later that they found out the sweet little girl they had met in 2015 was suffering form kidney disease and wasn’t expected to live much longer. They felt they had their answer and once again stepped forward and the doors just kept opening, funding came and they were able to fly over and see Yannah. She was in rough shape as untreated kidney and bladder infections had cause irreversible kidney disease. They were able to bring her home in in the fall of 2016, and she was admitted to the hospital upon landing! Yannah is undergoing treatment for her kidney issues and is doing amazingly well.

And now it’s 2018 and the Andersons feel God calling them again. This time the children asked for a brother, and a baby would be great too, they said. They know the right child is out there waiting for them. They need a van, and heck the kitchen could use to be remodeled, but you know what? They believe giving a child a home is much more important than any of those things. So they are embarking on the long adoption journey again. There’s reams of paperwork and tons of appointments. There’s fundraisers to plan and bedrooms to get ready. It will be a busy time for the Andersons, well, it’s always busy at the their house! But it will be a joyful time of busyness. Like most families they don’t have $30,000 just sitting in a bank account waiting to be used on an adoption. But they know from lots of previous experience that HE will always provide. If you would like to be a part of helping this great big joyful family adopt again, you can donate below! Thank you!

6/6/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Hickey family — IL

Robert and Kelly Hickey are High School sweethearts who started dating at age 16 and have been inseparable ever since! They spent 8 years together prior to their marriage supporting one another as they developed their careers and built a home together. Robert is a hardworking, family man who works as a mechanic, lays concrete, and plows. He also spends much of his time working on their new home in which they will build their family in. Kelly is a passionate special educator who went on to pursue Behavior Analysis and spends her days working hard to advocate for those with disabilities. Although Kelly has her dream job, she knows her true purpose in life is Motherhood. While Robert and Kelly are still newly married, they have been highly anticipating the start of their new family. Since early on in their relationship, the couple had discussed growing their family through adoption, however, they didn’t know when would be the right time. The couple had decided they would start by pursuing foster care but one night as they were preparing to send the application, they had an overwhelming feeling that God was leading them to a specific adoption. Not long after, Kelly came across a photo of a beautiful little boy, and instantly knew that he was the one waiting for them. The couple is now working tirelessly to bring their son home from an orphanage to the love and family that he deserves.

The Hickeys, along with their families and friends, are beyond excited to bring their son home! The adoption process can be long and difficult but with everyone’s support they know God will make this possible for their growing family. Robert and Kelly are incredibly appreciative of any financial, emotional, or spiritual support that you can provide.

6/1/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SOPHIA for the Breakfield family — VA

After adopting two boys with Down Syndrome thru Reece’s Rainbow from Ukraine in 2013, our eyes were opened to the beauty of children with intellectual disabilities. We have the love, space, and heart for another extra special child but we are asking for your help in raising the money to bring her home!

We are currently a family of 9. Joey and Victoria were married in 2004 and our first son, Isaiah, was born in 2006. Followed by Hannah (2008), Meah (2010) and Jedidiah (2011). We thought our family was complete. But God! Early in 2013, we felt the pull to adoption, specifically international special needs adoption. We knew we could have biological children so we felt called to adopt an orphan, one that someone else might overlook. Children with Down Syndrome pulled at our hearts. We had lots of research and learning to do as this was all new to us. We came home with our new additions in December of 2013 and we have continued to learn. Jeremiah (age 9) and Nehemiah (age 5) are treasured sons, incredible blessings, and beautiful examples of the power of adoption. They were left in orphanages at birth just like the child we are seeking to adopt now. We don’t want anymore time to pass for this child without the love of a family, support of parents and siblings, security of a warm home, full belly, and knowledge that she will never be left alone again. We would love for you to come along side us as we race to bring her HOME.

5/31/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ethan for the Hornbuckle Family — GA

Larry and Angela met when Angela was still in high school and began dating several years later. Friendship blossomed into love and they married in 1993. Early on in their relationship they discussed their future plans for a family and decided that they would have at least one biological child but would also like to adopt at some point. They talked about the possibility of adopting a child with Down syndrome one day, since as a special education teacher Angela had always felt called to parent a child with special needs. Six years after getting married they had Holton, and for the next 9 years he was an only child. At that point, they realized that it was time to expand their family and they both agreed that it wasn’t important to them whether they brought any more children into the world, because there were plenty of kids who needed families and they would love them just as much whether or not they gave birth to them. In addition, they realized that there were many kids who were considered harder to place due to being older or having special needs. They wanted to provide a family for kids who may not otherwise have one. Their daughter Maili joined the family at the age of 4. She was born in China and was listed as having a congenital heart defect in addition to significant developmental delays due to hypoxia at birth. She brought a joy to their family that they had not even imagined possible, and two years later they returned to China to adopt another daughter. Callie was 6 years old at that time and only 8 months younger than Maili. She had a very rare heart condition but has thrived after having surgery. The girls quickly became inseparable and today these virtual twins are still the very best of friends. Now that the girls are almost teenagers, the Hornbuckles have decided that it is time to add to their joy once more by adopting a little boy with Down syndrome. The kids couldn’t be more excited about having a younger sibling to dote on, and Angela and Larry are ready to complete their family as they envisioned it almost 25 years ago. They feel particularly led to adopt a child with more significant medical and developmental disabilities who may have a harder time finding a family. In addition to Down Syndrome, Ethan has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (TOF) as well as tracheal and subglottic stenosis. He has a g tube and currently receives tube feedings 6 times per day.

Although they are both blessed to make decent salaries, there aren’t too many people fortunate enough to have an extra $30,000 sitting around for an adoption and this family is no exception. This time around, they have enough saved to start the adoption process and are cutting monthly expenses and working extra jobs in order to add to that savings. Due to Ethan’s extensive medical needs, there will be increased medical expenses once he arrives home and they are trying to make sure that they are allowing for that in the monthly budget. Although they have the resources needed to raise this child, they do not yet have all of the resources they need to bring him home. Therefore they will have to rely on the understanding of grant selection committees and generous donors to help them come up with the final $10,000 or so they will need in order to bring this sweet boy home to his forever family in Georgia. The Hornbuckles believe that every child deserves a family regardless of their disability, and this little guy is no exception. They also believe that where God guides, He provides and they ask that you find it in your hearts to help Ethan come home to his forever family because they can’t wait to meet him!

5/30/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROSE for the Hadsell family — TX

David and Ashley Hadsell are thrilled to be adopting sweet Rose, and to welcome her into their growing family. David and Ashley met in 2001, and were married less than a year later. Adoption has always been on their hearts, with a particularly strong calling to special needs adoption. After the births of their first two biological children, David and Ashley adopted their third child in 2012, an 8-year-old boy originally from Ukraine. The Hadsell’s were then surprised by two more biological sons, which brought their family to four boys and one girl. Over the years, the Hadsell’s have prayed over the children of Reece’s Rainbow, knowing that each little face is a unique reflection of God’s love, shining with their own unique light of Jesus, carefully knit into that one extra little chromosome. They do not believe that extra chromosome is a mistake; rather, it carries an extra measure of love and honesty, an extra measure of childlike innocence, an extra measure of pure joy. David and Ashley, along with their five children, are so very honored and blessed to be welcoming Rose into their family.

5/22/2018 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE
Please visit their blog to learn more about their family, and their adoption journey! https://OurRoseInBloom.blogspot.com

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CYRIL for the Ampe family — MI

Joe and Tiffany Ampe already know the joys (and challenges!) that children bring to a household. With eight children (ages two to 18), they have been blessed with an exceptionally jubilant and noisy home. For the past five years they have actively discussed adoption (even becoming a licensed foster home) and adding to their family. The couple has periodically perused Reece’s Rainbow and prayed for the waiting children and families actively working towards bringing them home. On one such evening Tiffany saw a picture of a sweet baby boy with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome seemed a natural fit, as they have a seven-year-old niece with an extra chromosome. When Tiffany shared the brief bio of “Cyril” with Joe, he retorted, “you don’t show me the picture of a baby needing a home and then close the laptop”. The same evening, they requested more information on the country he is in, requirements, costs and information on additional diagnoses.

The couple was excited to quickly receive a response with additional material. But they already had a list of which countries they were open to adopting from (all with solid reasons why: someone just might be Type A!), and “Cyril’s” country wasn’t on it. Joe wasn’t dissuaded but Tiffany felt disappointed and certain that they needed to keep looking for a child that “fit” the list. But that all changed within days as Tiffany reflected on a Podcast that examined how quickly the disciples followed Jesus. The priest exclaimed that, “delayed obedience is disobedience”. WOW! The same day Tiffany and Joe committed to “Cyril”.

The entire Ampe family, grandparents, friends and church are excited for this newest addition to come home. The adoption process has been significantly more trying than pregnancy and they remain deeply appreciative of the financial, emotional and spiritual help of all those that support them.

5/21/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$82.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARA for the Tomasetti family — PA

Adam and Emily met in college at Northern Arizona University. They started dating in March and were engaged by August. They got married and moved to Texas after that, where Adam graduated with his doctorate in chiropractic from Parker College of chiropractic. Much to their surprise and excitement they found out Emily was expecting right before they celebrated their first anniversary, Anna was born in March 2002 and Aryn Joy was born in March 2004. The foursome moved to Pennsylvania in May 2000 to start Adam’s chiropractic practice. Over the next five years they added three more children to their family. Alice in July 2006, Owen in February 2008 and Ethan in September 2009. The last three Tomasetti kiddos were very high-risk pregnancies, they decided not to add any more children to their family. For most of their married life they had talked and prayed about adopting. Having five biological kiddos in 7 1/2 years made the idea of adding anybody else to our crew feel overwhelming. Over the years, Emily has often looked through advocacy sites for adoption, praying and seeking the Lord, to see if any of those lovely faces belonged in their family.

On Sunday, March 4, during Elevation Church their prayers and conversations came together into an answer. Right before the service began Emily was prayerfully looking through Reece’s Rainbow’s waiting children page. During the worship set the band played “Break every chain”by Will Reagan. As the music played and they sang along, Adam prayed for Jesus to break the chains of the orphan. At that moment Emily saw the picture of Clara in her mind’s eye and started weeping. After church, Adam, Emily and the kids talked about why she was crying and before they were finished Aryn Joy ran over to the table to sketch the picture that she saw in her mind as they talked about Clara. It was just the confirmation they needed. Aryn had never seen her picture before. They are hoping to bring Clara home in the spring of 2019. It will be a Herculean effort to raise all the funds that are needed, but They know that God who has always been faithful, will continue to be. This is the sketch that Aryn Joy drew, above Clara’s picture from Reece’s Rainbow.

5/18/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$4,289.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMALINE for the Eilert family — KY

John and Amanda met in 2009 through a family member who worked with Amanda. Since John was at a military college, their relationship was over the phone, through emails and little visits when they could. The day after John graduated, they got married! They have been married for 7 years and were blessed with their son by their first anniversary. John was in the military for 5 years and then made the switch to law enforcement.

Years passed and after trying for 5 years to have more children, they went to a fertility specialist to find out that Amanda was blessed to even have had her son because there wasn’t much hope of her having another naturally. The next option they were given was IVF and rather than put their money in hopes of getting pregnant, they felt that God was leading them to adopt a child who needed a home already. John and Amanda were on the waiting list for a pair of twins with numerous special needs, but God had a different little girl who needed them more. John and Amanda fell in love with Emmaline – soon to be Temperance, through her jubilant smile!  Her big brother is so excited to have her home, he sleeps with her picture by his bed and prays for her every day.

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive in helping their family grow!

5/17/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,000.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADDISON and ADELAIDE for the Kimrey family — VA

Laurie and Travis met in High school. They became engaged quickly after they met. They will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary this year. Adoption has always been something they both talked about. That is why at the age of 21 and 22 they built their dream home extra large to accommodate all the children they prayed they would be blessed with. The Kimrey family adoption journey began when they became foster parents after having had their five children. Very quickly they received a call for micro preemie twins, one with extreme special needs and would they be willing to accept the placements? Well they said yes and their journey began. Haylee and Baylee became officially Kimreys in December 2014. Bio Mom and Dad had micro preemie twins again 11 months later. They also joined their family shortly after their birth. They became officially Kimerys in June 2015. Twins times two has been quite the wild ride. But they are darling precious children. Well in Nov 2015 while they were browsing Reeces Rainbow and saw picture come up of a little boy in Bulgaria he suffered the same condition as our first twin Haylee, Hydrocephalus. Only his case was untreated. He had been left in a box locked away for six years, his head had grown so large he could not even hold it up. Yet, in all the orpanage reports it spoke of his wonderful, loving demeanor. It was at that moment that God spoke to Laurie’s heart and said, “There in that broken body, trapped there was a little boy” They knew he would be their son. Nathaniel came home and join their family in December 2015. Laurie and Travis did find out once in Amercia that he suffers from Dandy Walker Syndrome and he is actually missing parts of his brain. So he is like a baby but the sweetest little guy. He has changed their lives and how they see every minute of everyday. To know him is to be changed forever. Now here they find theirselves again, God has called the Kimreys back they feel to two more precious little souls. Both medically fragile and in need of urgent placement. The orphanages they are placed in are neglectful of the children and they need rescuing as soon as possible. The fees are upwards of 30,000. While that is quite a large sum it pales in comparison to the lives that will be saved. Your donations will equip this family with the funds they will need to get these kids out of there forever and into a loving home where they will be orphans no more. Expected travel should be Metcha trip around August/September and their Gotcha trip should be January/February of 2019. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

5/7/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$134.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BLAINE for the Woertman family — NC

Frederick and Candy Woertman are looking for monetary assistance to adopt their third child from Asia. Grace was our first adoption. We adopted her at the age of 3. Grace has cerebral palsy and limited use of the left side of her body. When she started school at age 4 she was measured to have a cognitive ability of 6 months. With the help of many professionals, Grace has learned to use a gait trainer, feeds herself, climbs up and down stairs, can do math, volunteers for the smart board, and now has a cognitive ability of 23 months. This is 4 years makes me excited for the growth in the next 4 years and beyond. Joy was our second adoption. We adopted her last year at the age of 7. Joy has Down syndrome. Joy had never been to school but was thrust into Kindergarten upon her arrival. This year she is about to complete first grade in a mainstreamed classroom. She has learned a lot of English and continues to astound us with her understanding of the language. She likes to swim, jump on trampolines, ride her bike/scooter/skateboard, and watch Peppa Pig. With the support of many, we are just as excited to see what the future holds for our little Joy dynamo. We are now looking to provide a home for another. We feel that we are blessed to provide a home to kids that need a home. Watching the growth physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually of our children is where we draw our excitement. We are looking to adopt a boy with Down syndrome this time. Join with us in providing support to get us to Asia and bring this boy home.

6/11/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$10,788.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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4 Siblings for the Henriksen family — KS

Jennifer and Ryan have been hosting children from Eastern Europe, and are now on a journey to add these siblings to their family.   With a 5 month old baby and busy 7 year old they started on their adoption adventure!

The children they are adopting are a part of a larger sibling group.  They were hoping to adopt all 7 children, but at this time they are only able to adopt 4 of the children.

5/18/2018 — COURT PASSED

$1,408.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Bradley Family — FL

Shannon and Elizabeth always expected that adoption would one day be a part of how their family grew. They just weren’t sure exactly what it would look like or when. Shannon was adopted into a loving home at 17 days old and adoption plays a big role in Elizabeth’s family too. The oldest of 4 girls, all 3 of Elizabeth’s younger sisters and their husbands have adopted children. The number of grandchildren on that side of the family currently number 14… with 8 having been adopted through a combination of international, US domestic, and foster-to-adopt. It was through Elizabeth’s youngest sister and brother-in-law that the Bradleys were first introduced to and older girl when she was hosted by them in the summer of 2016. After that summer hosting, Elizabeth found herself regularly thinking about and praying for this girl. In time, she and Shannon began praying about adopting her. Their adoption journey has been one of multiple twists and turns involving lots of research, education, and talking with other adoptive families (especially who had adopted older girls). In July 2017 the Bradleys enjoyed meeting and spending time with her when she was hosted again by Elizabeth’s sister and brother-in-law. Now Shannon and Elizabeth and their 5 year old daughter are excited to be adding a “big sister” to their family.

5/19/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SAMANTHA for the Rawe family — KY

Scot and Jackie are lucky to be true High School sweethearts. They met a month into their Freshman year of High School and have been together ever since. They got married shortly after Scot graduated college in 2009. Scot and Jackie always knew they wanted to adopt, but were first blessed with two amazing boys. The boys are now 7 and 4. After struggling with multiple miscarriages, they have decided it is time to take the leap of faith and pursue the adoption they dreamed of since before getting married.

Jackie has followed the Reece’s Rainbow page since before they got married. She has always had a passion for children with Down Syndrome, ever since her first mission trip to Camp Echoing Hills when she was in middle school. One day while scrolling through the photo listings, she came across a little girl who stole her heart. After deep thought and prayer, Scot and Jackie knew it was time to start their adoption journey to bring their daughter home. Their 2 boys are so excited to become big brothers!

Scot and Jackie appreciate all the love and support they’ve been shown since announcing their decision to adopt. They also appreciate any help that will be given in the future to help them bring their little girl home.

5/29/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$600.43 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Samantha has received a $15,067.50 Waiting Child Grant.

3 Siblings for the Perron family — MD

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. One afternoon Jessica called an adoption agency to inquire about a little girl who was diagnosed with multiple medical needs. The agency told her that she had already been matched but there was a sibling group that was available for hosting and adoption. When Brett and Jessica received pictures of the siblings, they immediately fell in love. The ages of the siblings were 7, 5 and 4. They had been in the orphanage for 2 years.

After hosting the older 2 siblings this past Christmas, Brett and Jessica knew that their story didn’t end there. After the children returned to their orphanage in January they started the journey to adopt all 3. All children, regardless of life circumstances, medical needs and disabilities deserve to grow up in a loving and stable family. The 3 siblings that Brett and Jessica are adopting are amazing. They are smart, loving and full of joy despite the circumstances that they have been through. The youngest needs medical care, medical evaluations and proper therapy for her to develop to her fullest potential.

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. Over the 3 weeks that they hosted the children, they taught us more about the goodness of God than we ever thought possible. They were given hundreds of hugs and kisses and they can’t wait to give them more. They did more for Brett and Jessica during their 3 weeks stay than they could ever do in a lifetime. They are working hard and praying to raise enough money to bring the children home as soon as possible. The fees associated with adopting 3 children at once are extremely high.  Their country also requires 3 trips to finalize the adoption. Thank you for your support and prayers to help bring our 3 precious children home.

6/22/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$769.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BO for the Wingfield family — TX

Jared and Debbie have been married for 20 years and in that time they have grown their family in a very exceptional way. They both knew they wanted to have a large family, but through multiple IVF cycles, IUI’s, and miscarriages were still unable to have the large family they wanted. These challenges brought them closer to one another and in time helped them realize the plan God had for them. In 2008 they were finally able to conceive and carry a baby to term. In 2009 their first son and only biological child was born. He was really a miracle and special for so many reasons. Carter was born with Down Syndrome and through him, Jared and Debbie, began to see the world through a different lens. The experience and joy that came from having a child with Down Syndrome motivated them to be more involved and educated. It also inspired the conversation to adopt and provide a home for children like their sweet Carter. That is where their connection with Reece’s Rainbow started and their adoption journey began. Since 2012 the Wingfield’s have adopted children from multiple countries with different needs and abilities. They are excited to be on this journey and over the years have received so much needed support and prayers from friends and family. They feel, though, that they are not done and have room in their home and in their hearts for one more special child.

When Jared and Debbie began the process of adoption again they came across “Bo” and absolutely fell in love with him. He has the kindest and sweetest smile and they know he will be the perfect addition to their family. Due to his urgent medical needs, the Wingfield’s are working quickly to get him home and get him the specialized care that he requires. They know that the greatest healer of all, though, is the love of a family. Jared and Debbie appreciate any and all the thoughts, prayers, and support they can receive.

“We think sometimes that poverty is being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”– Mother Teresa

“It is our duty to love the unloved, help the helpless, and bring hope back to the hopeless” -Anthony Douglas.

5/18/2018 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$6,815.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HARPER GRACE for the Price Family — GA

Evan and Hope are high school sweethearts who have been together for 13 years and married for 7. Evan has been with the same company in sales since college and Hope is an Athletic Trainer at a local High School.

Hope always told Evan that she had dreamed of adopting a little girl from China since she was a young girl herself, but they never actually thought it would happen. Fast forward to 2013 and they were faced with the fact that they would not have biological children. They immediately knew that God was telling them Adoption was where He was taking them. Fast forward another 2 years and in May of 2015 they brought home their little girl Chandler through domestic adoption.

Hope found Reece’s Rainbow in 2016 and told Evan about the organization. She was always showing him children she saw listed and researched different countries and their adoption process. She told Evan she thought God was trying to tell her that this was the route they should take for their next child. Evan didn’t feel the same way to begin with. He had many worries and reservations about international adoption, but eventually he couldn’t deny God’s calling either and agreed that this was His plan. Hope came across Harper Grace’s file and immediately knew this was he child. It just so happens Chandler’s middle name is Grace as well so the Price’s knew it was meant to be.

The Price’s are so excited to bring this precious little girl home and watch her grow and thrive. Chandler is so excited to have a sister and tells everyone all about her and where she lives now.

5/18/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,928.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAVY for the Peters family — WA

Joe and Ronda fell in love while in high school where they met one night during a high school football game. A couple of years after graduation they were married and soon started their sweet family. They have been married and best friends for 23 years and have four beautiful children. Ronda has been a stay at home mom enjoying raising their children and Joe has worked for the phone company for the last 21 years. They enjoy their family time getting outdoors and hiking together. Family is very important to them, always putting their kids first and being involved in all their activities. Though the years as their family was growing they experienced the loss of two babies due to miscarriage which then started the conversations of adoption. They then had two rainbow babies three years apart, their youngest being born with Down syndrome. The beautiful experience of love and joy from their son being born with an extra chromosome inspired more conversations of adoption and in particular a child with Down syndrome. Ronda came across a photo of Davy from a fellow mom of two children with Down syndrome, one that they had adopted, who was advocating for Davy on Instagram. Ronda said she read the words “Be sure to show Davy’s picture and pray for him and for a family to adopt him…… Maybe that family is you?” Ronda felt a wave of emotions come over her and as she looked at Davy’s photo she knew in her heart that she was his mommy. Joe and Ronda soon after started the adoption process knowing Davy would complete their loving family. They are very excited to be on this journey and are trusting in the Lord as he leads them through this adoption. Joe and Ronda would love the support of prayers and the generosity of donations to raise funds to help bring their son Davy home.

5/23/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE & IN TRANSIT

$2,033.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AJ for the Kurtz family — NY

Hi everyone! This may be one of the most humbling things Alex and I have had to do. We are asking for your help to bring our sweet boy home. Baby AJ is 1 year old and he is a beautiful boy with down syndrome. Due to his medical needs, the sooner we can get him home, the sooner we can provide him with resources he is now lacking. As you may know, this adoption will cost 20-30 thousand dollars.

A (not so) quick background:  Those that know me, know that adoption has always been a calling of mine. It had nothing to do with my baby making ability, my desire to have my own children or anything else of that nature. It has always just been something in my heart that I knew I would pursue. Children are constantly on my mind. Alex and I have talked all about having babies, adopting babies and everything in between. Luckily, my husband is the kindest man I have ever known. He has always stood by my passions even when they sounded like pure madness. When I expressed my feelings on adopting to him very early in our relationship, he was with me 100 percent. We prolonged adding to our family when I was diagnosed with lupus. Afterwards, I had no idea when the right time for anything was. I prayed to God every night and asked him to guide me in the right path.  I prayed that I would somehow know what I was supposed to do, and that I would be accepting of that regardless of what it was.

Why ?: So everyone has reasons for what they choose to do, especially in adoption. While I knew I would adopt, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I knew I was supposed to adopt a special needs child. I wont get into the details (research if you would like) but our country is very fortunate to have the resources, medical advances and programs that we do. I knew that if we adopted a beautiful child with needs, we could offer them so much. Who wouldn’t want to change a child’s life like that? Why wouldn’t I chose a child who needed me just a little bit more? To me, when I learned of hardships other countries face in dealing with special needs children, its a no brainer.

How did I know it was THIS baby:  We have researched this process forever. Alex and I have visited the idea and revisited the idea numerous times. We just never felt like it was the right time. I felt like I was too sick. I didn’t know when I wanted be pregnant. We had to many medical bills and student loans. Funny fact, you will NEVER have the timing right for something like this.

We were at dinner one night and I ran into a woman I knew from my old job. The last time I saw her, she was in the process of adopting a beautiful baby boy. Alex and I went out to dinner one night and she was there with her lovely family. I looked up and there she is holding this precious little man, with his little blue glasses and denim overalls. My heart sank and I just grabbed him to snuggle. I remember tearing up in the moment. I told her again to keep us updated as she knew we were interested in adopting. She told me she was fundraising for another little boy who was a year old with Down syndrome. We chatted and she told me again about the little boy. I didn’t think much about it, but we exchanged numbers so I could see his photo. As soon as my phone went off and I saw him, again I teared right up. Alex said “no…I know that look Caitlin”. But he was smiling just as big. Needless to say…that is how we were introduced to this baby boy. I went home and continued to pray. I prayed hard and I prayed a lot. By the end of the week, he was already ours.

International adoptions are insanely expensive. I decided that day, that I would do whatever I had to do to bring this baby home to be with his family. After talking with many strong and amazing women, I learned that adopting a special needs child can be made easier by the number of grants out there. I learned that adoption has been possible for many because of grants and fundraising. I figured if they could do it, why couldn’t we. So this is where we are at. In the whirlwind of a process called adoption. Fighting and praying for our beautiful baby boy every single day.

5/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$3,472.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FYNN for the Cooke family — TX

Jimmie and Rhonda Cooke are excited to adopt their third child from Eastern Europe. The couple adopted two kids almost a year ago. They have four kids ranging from 17 to 5 years old. They would love to add one more to the family. A friend of the Cooke’s opened their eyes to adoption and it completely changed their lives forever. Jimmie works as a production foreman for an oil company in Texas, and Rhonda is a stay-at-home mother. With many prayers, God has lead them to adopting another child with Down syndrome. One of the children they adopted prior to this adoption had Down syndrome. He has completely changed their lives for the best. He has taught them to love with no strings and to be everyone’s friend. They eagerly await for the day they can call this child her son.

5/18/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$364.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MOLLY for the Hilton Family — UT

Cassidy and Amanda have always had a special place in their hearts for adoptive families, and have discussed “what could be” since they were dating. they’ve always marveled at the idea of providing love, structure, safety and opportunity for a child whose story may not have involved these precious and sacred things.

When they were pregnant with Jane (3yo, their youngest) they decided that due to Amanda’s consistent health related pregnancy difficulties, and the evident worsening circumstances with Jane’s complications, they were done having babies — they were at peace with this! However, the lord had other ideas.. Just minutes after Jane was born, as the NICU team was trying to stabilize her, Amanda had the strongest impression that their family simply was not complete. She even partially expressed these thoughts to Cassidy, literally as Jane was trying to find her first breaths.

Since that day, they’ve wrestled with the idea of expanding their family. How? …Amanda’s body cannot hold up? What? …these promptings and impressions would come and go, but their persistence was ever so consistent. Who? …they’ve always slightly toyed with the idea of adopting an infant … When? …they’re getting older, and lives are hectic! At long last, they decided this past year that they needed to ponder deeply, pray with great intent, and finally come to a final decision..

In going through this process over several months, they experienced some of the most unforseen experiences they ever could have imagined. The process began with a half hearted decision to be finished having babies, but it became clear that they needed to put much more effort into finding answers, as they were still emotionally unsettled. As they continued to navigate the pursuit of answers, they were seemingly being blessed with new knowledge and new people in their lives which allowed for broadened perspective and realities.

Cassidy and Amanda are in the process of adopting the most precious little girl. She currently resides (in wait) in an orphanage. She is 3 years old, and she has Down Syndrome. She was born in June of 2014, and matter of factly, the same month they lost (what would have been) their third child. They “committed” to her the week of Thanksgiving, and received Pre-Approval to move forward with the adoption on December 1st. they already have a connection with her that is undeniable and quite prominent in their home.  They have a goal to bring her home to her forever family before Christmas of 2018 and appreciate everyone’s support from the bottom of their hearts!

“I don’t care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are, man LOVE conquers all.” -Dabo Sweeney

3/5/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$10,495.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LUCILLE for the Johnston family — NC

The Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the third time, working quickly to bring home a little girl in need of a family.

God graciously introduced them to the blessing of special needs when their son Isaac was born in 2010, and it was through his birth and young life that they learned about the plight of orphans with special needs.

They have since welcomed their daughter Providence (with Down syndrome) home in 2014, and most recently, their son Slavik (who spent 15 years in an institution) who came home this past September. They are both doing well and enjoying the friendships that naturally come with large families.

The Johnstons are uniquely blessed with a community of friends and family who celebrate and value life and are grateful for others they continue to meet through organizations like Reece’s Rainbow.

4/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$5,970.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lucille has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

 

3 Siblings for the Adamson Family

John and Traci Adamson are the parents of 9 children, 3 of whom were adopted through Reece’s Rainbow between 2009 and 2010. They learned about “Slava,” a young boy with Down Syndrome, in 2008, and that discovery of their son (now named Sean) would forever change their lives. Originally intending to adopt “Lacy” (also with Down Syndrome) at the same time and from the same orphanage, they were to discover that she was not available while in country to adopt Sean. Not to be deterred, the Adamson kids set their sights on getting her, too, and shortly after Sean got home, the fundraising and paperwork began again. The next year, they returned to the country to adopt “Lacy” (now Lily), and also brought home Joshua (formerly Taras, suffering a deletion of part of his 14th chromosome)!

These children changed their lives forever, as they saw them thrive with the love of a family and knowing what would have happened to them if they had gone to an institution. God gave them greater understanding of the value of every life and had special hearts for orphans with disabilities who are unvalued by much of the world but are precious in His sight.

After 8 years of advocating for other orphans and families, the Adamsons unexpectedly began another adoption journey. Their daughter Naomi (who shared often with her parents about waiting children) told them of an older orphan sibling pair who urgently needed a host family, because their original hosts had fallen through. The Adamsons’ hearts went out to them, and they prayerfully as a family decided that they could welcome a 14-year-old boy (V) and his 10-year-old sister (V) into their home for Christmas time. They were excited to share the love of Christ with them and it was the best Christmas ever.

These kids fit right into their family and thrived in their busy home full of love. Their family prayerfully and unanimously decided that God would have them bring V and V home forever, along with their little sister (L) whom these kids have never seen and likely has greater special needs due to in-utero stress (they have developmental delays & challenges from life in an orphanage).

The Adamsons can not wait for the older 2 to come to visit them again in the summer with the hosting program and are praying that soon after that they will be able to travel and begin the process of giving all 3 the gift of a forever family who loves them greatly.

5/18/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
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$3,424.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for GRACELYN

Gracelyn is a beautiful little girl who has Down syndrome, West syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.  She has a wonderful family working to bring her home.  They are experienced adopters, and can not wait for her to join her family!

 

5/18/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$1,474.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SYDNEY and REAGAN for the Eby family — MI

The Eby family has been involved with adoption for more than 11 years. So you would think they’d know that saying they were done growing their family through adoption wasn’t a wise thing to do. After Kaitlyn and Kathryn came home in 2015, they felt ready to settle in and enjoy the family they had been given. Laura was still advocating for children and through those groups saw two little girls. Twins. One an typical two year old, the other her very delayed sister.

But… Laura thought, they were done. She watched as family after family asked to see the girls’ files hoping one of the families would choose them. Curious after a while, Laura asked to see the files. Beautiful little girls. One with significant needs, needs they already had experience with.

But they were done building their family.

Sydney has complex needs. Her file says esotropia and agenesis of the corpus callosum. She had a seizure when she was younger and was put on seizure meds. She has significant delays and feeding issues.

Reagan is healthy and doing well.

Keeping these girls together is very important.  But…

The files were asked for and returned again and again. Laura finally told Ron about these little girls and found him surprisingly open to adding them to their family.

But… they were done building their family.

“If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans”

After careful thought and consideration they decided (what they really already knew) that Sydney and Reagan were their daughters.

The Eby family is happy and excited to announce that WE will be Sydney and Reagan’s family!

And then, we are done building our family……. 😉

6/19/2018 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,109.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZADOCK for the Clark family — UT

Nicole and Jeremy are excited to announce the adoption of their fourth son from Bulgaria! Alex (7) came home from Bulgaria in July 2014. Then, in August 2016, they brought Jon (6) and David (5) home. Soon they will get to add their youngest (4) to the pack. Nicole stays home with the boys while Jeremy works as a Middle School teacher, swim coach and CrossFit coach.

The Clarks are adopting, not because it’s an especially convenient time or because they are looking for more to fill their plate. They’re adopting because when they happened to see this little guy’s profile on an adoption site, and recognized him from their son David’s orphanage, they simply couldn’t turn away. Adoption, when it’s a little bit of a stretch, is such a vivid picture of the way God loves and rescues his children. Nicole and Jeremy are humbled to get to show off God’s lavish love in their own small way.

Of course, they cannot do it alone! They are so grateful for the support they’ve received in the past and even now through the love and generosity of others. As they prepare their home and hearts for their fourth, consider giving to help get him here as soon as possible!

5/18/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$4,720.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GABRIEL for the Kladder family — MI

Ben and Holly are not new to the adoption world, nor to special needs adoption, having adopted all four of their children (now ages 15, 11, 7, and 6), three of whom were once waiting children with special medical needs. Ellie came home from S. Korea in 2006 and Bereket came home from Ethiopia in 2008. Ezra was adopted as an infant domestically in 2011, and XuBin came home from China in 2014. When they arrived home from China in 2014, they both assumed that their family was complete. Holly had been the “pusher” when it came to adding children to the family and she made a vow to God and to Ben that she wasn’t going to push anymore. It wasn’t fair to Ben for Holly to always be leading the charge toward another child and it wasn’t fair to Holly either, as she wasn’t allowing herself to trust God to lead Ben through His spirit, to trust Him with His timing, and ultimately to trust in His plans for their family. She kept her promise.

Holly began advocating for Gabriel, a little boy who had captured her heart back in 2013. She advocated through social media and in person whenever she conversed with someone who she thought might be interested. She told God that she didn’t need to be Gabriel’s mother, she just needed someone to be. Someone needed to love this little boy that she loved. She prayed that his family would find him. She began donating a small monthly amount to his Reeces Rainbow account so that when his adoptive family found him, they would have a grant to use toward their adoption.

Life went on. They were happily raising 4 kids and working full time. Their hearts and hands were full.

Imagine Holly’s shock when Ben told her one day in November that he was 100% positive that they were supposed to adopt Gabriel! The message was clear: they were his family and this little love was waiting for them this whole time. Ben and Holly look forward to welcoming Gabriel into their family in August or September 2018.

5/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED 4/17

$3,547.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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INGA for the Duncan family — TN

146066781485749-7Jody and Michelle Duncan have been married for almost 24 years and have four beautiful daughters, ages 19 to 7.  For several years they have had a burden for orphan care.  After walking with their friends through an adoption journey, they learned of the staggering number of orphans in the world and the dire state in which so many of these children live.  As Christians they felt the scriptures that instruct believers to care for the orphan were spoken in a very personal way to them, but they often made excuses of why they could not adopt.  These included the fact that they could not afford it, were busy with their own children, and not equipped to deal with the special needs an adopted child would have.

On two different occasions the family hosted orphans in their home for the Christmas holidays.  The Duncans were open to adopt the hosted children but for various reasons those children could not be adopted. However, after the last hosting experience, they were ready to finally act and move forward with being obedient to what God was calling them to do. The Duncans desire to adopt an older child because these children have a small chance of being chosen.  After praying as a family, they chose to seek to adopt an eleven year old girl from Eastern Europe. Inga has been in the orphanage for about three years.  Her mother past away when Inga was two and her father had his parental rights removed for his improper care of Inga. Sadly, Inga has health concerns that further minimize her chances for being adopted.  Because they live very near St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Memphis, TN, a hospital with a special division for the care of children who suffer from Inga’s illness, they felt it would be a great place for Inga to live.  Currently, their letter of intent to adopt Inga has been approved; their dossier is in country and awaiting ministry approval.

The Duncans are not wealthy nor do they have many financial assets.  However, they do have a longing to offer a home to a child who has none.  Psalm 68:5-6 tells us that God is a Father to the Fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Even though they have been blessed with four biological daughters, they know that there is room in their hearts to love and care for another child.  They want to be a family to Inga and by God’s grace offer her a safe, secure life with the opportunity to grow up and experience joy and love.  Will you help them be that family to Inga?

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$494.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Inga has received a $7,500 Older Child Grant.

Augustine for the Creyer family — PA

Meet the Creyers! Casey and Michael met online in December of 2013. They were shocked to find out that they only lived a mile from each other in their small town. Michael was Casey’s restoration in faith, as she had just gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship. They were married in front of their friends and family in April of 2016, and closed on their first home a month later.

They struggled to conceive for a year, after Casey’s diagnosis of PCOS. Adoption was always part of the plan, because Casey’s brother was adopted, and she wanted to adopt too. She discussed her plans with Michael, and because of her relationship with her brother, he was on board too. The plan was to continue to try to conceive, but begin to look at local agencies and try to get some paperwork out of the way. They went to a local agency for an information seminar, where the presenter was advocating for this little guy in Albania. Once the presentation was over, they asked to see the little guy she was advocating for. It was love at first sight. Both Casey and Michael fell in love with this little boy with Down syndrome, and knew that he was supposed to be their son. They then jumped right into the adoption process. They had no plans on adopting a child with special needs, but after seeing him it didn’t matter. He was their boy. Michael was a little hesitant and nervous, but knew they could do it. Casey was a special education teacher and had a lot of tricks up her sleeves.

While they were trying to get their home study finished, they were told there was another family interested in Augustine. They were crushed. Luckily, the agency was letting both families write a letter of intent to express their interest, and plead their case. It was the longest 2 weeks ever, but they eventually got the call that they had been chosen! Casey cried happy tears, and Michael wore the biggest smile. Now, they are working on immigration and getting their dossier together to go and bring their son home!

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$525.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMSON and SLAVIC for the Oden family — OK

The Oden family was changed when they found Reece’s Rainbow a few years ago. They already had one adopted child (so they knew the joys and trials of adoption), and one child with a disability (so they knew the joys and trials of raising a child with a disability). When they learned that children with disabilities are institutionalized all over the world, they knew they had to act. God’s call on them was clear – they needed to adopt a child with a disability who was currently institutionalized. One day, while researching adoption, the Odens saw a precious face on Reece’s Rainbow, and knew that call wasn’t “some day”, but “now”. That precious face became their beloved daughter in January 2016.

After seeing an orphanage and the effects of institutionalization first hand, the Odens returned home with an even bigger passion for waiting children. They have often felt like they were impatiently biding their time until God said “go” again. They are excited to be adopting again, and also that this time, God said “TWO.” The Oden family currently has six children, and are excited to bring home two more. However, adoption is costly, and this is their third adoption in 6 years, so they cannot do it without help! All donations toward bringing these children home is greatly appreciated.

5/25/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4,426.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAWN and DANIEL for the Wilde Family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngShannon first discovered international adoption – and Reece’s Rainbow – in 2008 after a heartbreaking miscarriage. She instantly knew adopting internationally was something she wanted to do, but Troy wasn’t so sure. After serving as missionaries in Haiti (Troy) and Paraguay (Shannon), they knew first -hand the difference that good medical care, good nutrition and love made in the lives of children – but Troy felt they were busy enough with their 4 children and worried about the cost and risks involved. Two more miscarriages and finally their surprise baby boy followed over the next 8 years, but the dream of adopting a child in need never left Shannon’s heart – and the reluctance to adopt never left Troy’s!

In the fall of 2016, Troy saw the photo of a newly listed little girl, Carrie, and felt something in his heart he’d never felt before. They hurried to get all the paperwork together to adopt her, but were heartbroken when she went into foster care the same week they received the final document. Loving Carrie opened Troy’s heart to adoption, and they decided to wait and watch for another little one to touch their hearts in the same way Carrie had.

Meanwhile, in the spring of 2016, Shannon first saw Dawn’s photo on an advocacy website in her country and fell in love, but she was not then legally free for adoption. After losing Carrie, she inquired about Dawn and was told she was still not available and they did not know if or when she would be. Shannon kept watching and hoping that when the time was right, Dawn would become available, and 18 months after Shannon first saw her photo, she did! When Shannon showed Dawn’s photo to Troy, he felt the same connection she had felt, and they knew it was time to move forward again. Shannon waited 2,434 days for Troy’s “yes” –and all along he was just waiting for the right little ones to come along!

Update:  Dawn has a younger brother, and the Wilde family is planning on bringing Daniel home, too!

5/8/18 —USCIS APPROVED

$933.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNABETH for the Jackson family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pngRachael and her daughter Shyna are a family small in size but big in love and heart! Rachael is a nurse and for the past year and a half has worked one on one with children with special needs. From the first day of working with a child with Down Syndrome Rachael immediately understood how uniquely amazing these children are. She thought that day to herself, what a blessing it would be to have a child with Down Syndrome! She never imagined at that time, the plans that were in store. When God placed adoption on her heart, both she and her daughter were overflowing with excitement of meeting the one that God had destined for their family. Through a path of perfect unexpected turns, uncomfortable bumps and hard dead ends, it all strategically led to that destined door which held Annabeth… the one!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Funding for the remainder of Annabeth’s adoption is still needed and any donation amount is very much appreciated. Thank you for supporting this family’s amazing journey!

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,499.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Rohats family — NC

We have a very long story. We started hosting this young man years ago. We hosted him and his younger sister first initially. We actually started the adoption process for the both of them before hosting them on blind faith. Our hosting went fairly well, but we learned quickly his sister did not want to be adopted. She was very happy with her foster mom and she didn’t want to leave Eastern Europe. So, the adoption stopped as they had to be adopted together since they were a sibling group. We hosted Daniils again the following hosting season and his sister did not come with him this time. We had 3 straight years of hosting him off and on during Christmas & then in the summer. Our girls literally grew up with him. During this time period we moved my husband’s parents into our home with us so we could care for them as they were both terminally ill. They both sadly passed away within four months of each other and we were able to care for them for a year.

One day I was driving down the road and the adoption agency called me and asked me to brace myself that Daniils had worked to get himself legally separated so we could indeed adopt him as this is what he truly wanted. We quickly started the adoption process back up and by winter we were traveling for trip one. We were in country for 3 weeks with our daughters to bring him home. On the third visit with the social worker he said “no” to the adoption. We were shocked and devastated. We never saw that coming. We sadly had no translator support in country and at this point Daniils would no longer speak English to us. We left, crushed and confused as you can imagine. There was no word for this loss at the time as I knew his future would be very bleak. Three months went by and his sister called me. She asked if I would like to speak to Daniils. I of course wanted to and it was so great to hear his voice. The first thing he said to me was. “Mom, I am so sorry”! Those words rung in my head and it was like ripping a band aid off. He also told me, ‘he made a huge mistake and he tried to come back to us the day after he left us but they told him we had already left the country”. It was all so hard. About five months after Daniils said no to the adoption his foster mom had the court place him in an orphanage as she could no longer handle him.

About 6 months went by and God placed on our hearts to adopt again and China was placed in our hearts. We locked in a little boy and we were very excited. Then two days later I found another little boy through advocacy. We like to say that, “God obviously thinks we can handle much more than we think we can”. We traveled in the summer of 2016 to China to bring them home. They have adjusted so well and are a true blessing.

I have always continued to stay in touch with Daniils. He was always so happy for his new brothers and never bitter. We would facetime and send messages back and forth via facebook. We talk every other day currently. Our relationship continued to blossom and a few months ago it hit me like a ton of bricks the reality that he was aging out in March. My son would no longer be adoptable and would forever be classified as an orphan. I thought to myself that I have made so many mistakes in my life as a young adult and I always had my family to fall back on. We spent about 3 weeks asking Daniils questions about what he wanted. We openly talked about our feeling with the adoption loss with him, that we truly loved him, that he had always been our son and always would be no matter what. He never once brought up us coming back to adopt him. We decided to ask him if he would want this and he sobbed. He told us that he wanted this more than anything and that he was so sorry for saying no. We of course spent a long time talking to him about making sure he truly knew in his heart that, “yes” was the only answer for him because our family could not handle that kind of heartbreak again. My son is gypsy and has a very rough go at life in Eastern Europe.

We heard a sermon this summer and the visiting pastor spoke of “living uncomfortably” and asked were we doing all that we have been called to do? So, this will be number 4 adoption in two years. We used our savings for the first adoption in Eastern Europe. No funds from that adoption were returned to us. We took out a home equity line of credit on our home for our boys from China and we honestly don’t have the money to adopt our son in Eastern Europe. My dear friends had an online “square buying fundraiser” a few weeks ago and that paid for our first large fee with our adoption agency. We just had two huge yard sales and raised money doing that. I have sold all designer anything I have to make money at the women’s consignment sale. I’m doing a shirt fundraiser currently and a Mud Love fundraiser currently. I am starting to put together an online auction to fundraise now. I literally am doing everything I can to make this happen and I’m still coming up short. My son ages out in March so we are in a rush to get all approvals and funds raised as soon as possible.

We believe in forgiveness, we believe in second chances and we believe in redemption! Please, I ask for your consideration for help! We would be forever grateful!

5/22/2018 — TRIP 2, JULY 21-24

$3,643.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Logan for the Ford family — GA

Chet and Nicole have been married for 20 years. They struggled through infertility for several years and then suffered the loss of their pregnancy of twin boys, Will & Ches. They now have 5 biological children. Jordan (25), Liam (15), Gavin (13), Caris (11) and Wurth (7). Chet & Nicole had a niece born in 2014 with Down Syndrome. They started running for RODS Racing after that. Nicole saw Logan’s picture needing his forever home. She knew he was perfect for their family. Chet and Nicole both work as Nurse Practitioners. They travel on mission trips at least once a year and are very familiar with what life looks like in an orphanage. They are very excited about bringing Logan home to his forever family.

5/14/2018 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$518.73 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Logan has received a $14,321 Waiting Child Grant.

 

KELLAN for the Jolly-Lee family — DC

Tierra and Rusty first met in 2007, as Teach for America corps members in post-Katrina New Orleans. Though their paths often crossed, they didn’t become friends until 2009, when a chance teacher happy hour commiseration over breakups and homesickness sparked a lasting friendship. Both returned home for graduate school and married other people, but they stayed in touch, always able to ask each other for the kind of advice most folks are too polite to give.

When their first marriages ended, they again turned to each other to commiserate. Emails became text messages, which led to phone calls of increasing frequency. On one of those calls, Tierra suggested that they find a way to spend time together over their spring break off from teaching. Rusty agreed, and drove up to D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival. Then he came back the next weekend, and the next weekend, then for the summer, then forever.

In 2017, they finally married each other, and soon after welcomed their beautiful daughter Rocket into the world. Born with the perfect button nose and rocking an extra 21st chromosome, Rocket changed their lives. Rusty and Tierra learned everything they could about Down syndrome, early intervention and IEPs, and about the defect in Rocket’s heart. But none of their research prepared them to lose their four month old baby girl to complications following open heart surgery.

Even in heartbreak, Rusty and Tierra knew they wanted to continue growing their family, but couldn’t shake the feeling that their experience with Down syndrome wasn’t – and shouldn’t be – over yet. After discovering Reece’s Rainbow, they began to discuss adoption. Then Tierra saw one of the most perfect little faces she’d ever seen and instantly knew in her heart that this tiny, precious boy was their son. Rusty agreed, and here they are – grateful that you’ve found your way to this page and are willing to help them bring sweet Kellan — soon to be named Max! — home.

6/15/2018 — APPOINTMENT DATE JUNE 25

$11,698.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BREE for the Carlson family — KY

We are the Carlson family and sweet Bree will be our third adoption from Asia. With an accessible home and the desire in our hearts to welcome another child, we searched for an older girl with mobility needs to add to our crew. One look at her beaming smile and we were hooked! Bree was found at age 3 and has waited many years for a forever home. We look forward to introducing her to the love and joy of our family, friends and community.

4/24/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED (4/2), USCIS APPROVED

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bree has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

CAMPBELL for the Croasdaile Family —

Sara is a single mother of two teenaged children with special needs.  She is also a Special Education Teacher and is passionate about her roles as a mother and educator.

Sara’s Aunt Vicki was born with Down Syndrome, but unfortunately passed due to complications from heart surgery before Sara was born.  Sara’s Grandparents, upon the birth of Vicki, were pressured by doctors to institutionalize her.  Of course, Sara’s Grandparents did not listen to their doctors and brought Vicki home to love and grow.  Since learning about Vicki as a child, Sara started dreaming that one day she would save a child from the future that Vicki might have had if her Grandparents had listened to the doctors.

Sara and her children officially started their journey during National Adoption Month 2017.  After looking into the files of waiting children, they found their Campbell Reilly (who was briefly listed on RR as Kai) and cannot wait to bring him HOME!

6/16/2018 — LOA RECEIVED; AWAITING TRAVEL APPROVAL

$3,716.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Newby family — NC

We are the Newby family from North Carolina. Our journey into adoption began with the birth of our son, Nathan, who was our surprise blessing after 17 years of infertility. Our Nathan was born with Down syndrome in 2015. He brought us into a world of acceptance and love like we had never known. We knew we wanted to grow our family again, but another pregnancy was not an option.

We began looking at the profiles children who were available for adoption and checking into programs that our family could qualify for. It seemed like an impossible dream, but when you hear God calling you to go, you simply go! It is a roller coaster of emotions. The paperwork, the home checks, medical reports, your whole life is examined.

Our family spent eight months fundraising and writing for grants. And finally in October of 2017 travel dates had arrived and I was off to meet our future children.

Nicholas and Elizabeth were adopted in November of 2017.

The one thing you can never prepare for is seeing all the children who desperately want a family. You know that some of those children will never have a life outside the orphanage walls. You feel like you are doing so little. Those faces are forever ingrained in your memory. My family will continue to support adoption after ours is completed.

Our family knew we would return again for one more little Newby and we started the process immediately after returning home.  We expected things to go much smoother, but unfortunately that was not the case.

It has been another roller coaster of changes that included age range approvals in our homestudy and a new agency to oversee our adoption.  After many delays we have finally completed our dossier and hope to be traveling soon.

We have been told the child we had our hearts set on may not be available and this time we may be go on a blind referral for our next little Newby. Many prayers are needed and appreciated. We are working on a short time frame and could use your help in giving another precious child a home.

As travel time is drawing near we have reflected back on the birth of our little boy who wasn’t suppose to be possibility, yet he is here ! And he has led our family down the path of adoption for the most vulnerable of children. The miracle of adopting not one, not two, but three children is the greatest legacy we can possibly leave. It is truly God working and seeing His hand working in our adoption process. We will continue to walk in faith to complete this final adoption.

We welcome you to join our journey in bringing home our last little Newby

6/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4,861.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for Finley and Fern

Let me tell you a story about a little boy known as Finley. He is four years old and he has spent every one of those years living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. I remember the day his profile was first listed on Reece’s Rainbow. I was sure a baby so young would be adopted quickly. But he wasn’t. Over the years his baby photo with the little bonnet and the feeding tube snaking out of his nose was finally updated with the picture of a beautiful little boy who had learned to walk in spite of his special needs. And I thought, surely now a family will claim him. But no one did. Then one day he was joined in the orphanage by a baby brother, and I knew a family would be unable to resist such a darling duo. But they still waited. And then I heard the news that even though he was still just a little boy, he would soon be transferred to a very hard place, a very rough place, where no one cares about little boys and no one protects them. A place where if a little boy is disliked he likely won’t survive his first year there. And my heart was filled with fear for him. And even though it’s not the perfect time for our family to adopt, and even though we don’t have all of the funds to pay for another international adoption, I couldn’t stop thinking of a little boy who has waited and waited for it to be a good time for someone, anyone, to adopt him. A little boy who doesn’t have any more time to wait. And we had to move forward for this little boy because we couldn’t not. Because there is a little boy named Finley who has waited all of his life to be claimed by a family and we are finally coming. Can you please help us give Finley and Fern a family at last?

You can follow our family’s adoption on our YouTube channel Amerikrainian Tribe.
5/18/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$6,711.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A FAMILY FOR SAVANNAH

Pete and Kim have been married for 19 years. The have dealt with the pain and sorrow of miscarriages and have also gotten to experience the exquisite joy and blessing of three precious children by birth. They knew that the pain and sorrow they’d experienced was not meaningless. It was a catalyst for love. God had burdened their hearts for children who were experiencing a pain and sorrow far worse; one they should never, ever have to endure. A life without a family.

Two years ago, Pete and Kim adopted their two youngest children from Asia. What they saw and experienced in the orphanages they visited there changed them forever. There were so many children. Too many. As they adjusted to life as a family of seven and helped their newly adopted children settle in, Kim was advocating for some of the children left behind. Face after face, vying for attention, all in desperate need. In April 2017, Peter returned to Asia to spend time with some of those children in a care center where their youngest daughter had once lived. There he met many children, but one stood out: a 5-year-old little girl with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and the brightest smile you’ve ever seen, one of the children Kim had been advocating for over the past several months. He knew right away that she should join their family, but he didn’t want Kim to hear that from him. He wanted Kim to know that for herself. So he returned home and decided to pray about it. He asked God to make it clear. If they were to adopt this little girl, that Kim would not be able to stop thinking about her and, specifically, that Kim would be the one to bring up the possibility of adopting her. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Kim could not get the little girl with the sunshine smile out of her mind. She thought about her so frequently that, frankly, it was getting ridiculous! So she called their old adoption agency and asked if her file was still available. It was, and she had it in her email inbox in under ten minutes. She read it and the tears started to flow. This was their daughter!!! She found Pete in the barn and told him what she had done. He smiled and told her about his prayer. They formally began Little Miss Sunshine’s adoption process that night.

Pete and Kim are very excited to welcome home their Sunshine girl, Savannah! As their family travels this journey, they invite you to partner with them in prayer and support of the children who wait. Because no one should face life alone.

6/12/2018 — AWAITING TRAVEL APPROVAL

$5,241.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RYAN and AIDEN for the Jast family — OH

The Jast Family is made of John, Kelsey, and their 6 children. After having 3 biological children, they adopted their youngest domestically almost 3 years ago. That started an incredible journey for them that they know God had planned from the beginning. While navigating all the medical things their newly adopted daughter needed, they learned about the great need for families for kids who have special needs. They soon found Reece’s Rainbow and adopted 2 older boys from Eastern Europe. The boys have been an incredible addition and are settling nicely into family life. They are a joy to not only their family but to the entire community of people they have been placed in! While adopting them, the Jast family knew they would be going back because the need is too great and they have more room at their table. They believe each of these kids, no matter their need, deserve a family of their own. They are ready and excited to bring another child into their family and see how God is going to provide yet again. With adopting for the 3rd time in 3 years, they know it will be tough but they also know when God calls you to act, he always provides exactly what you need right when you need it. They are so grateful to everyone who has come alongside them the last few years and look forward to sharing this journey with you yet again!

3/21/2018 — APPT RECEIVED; APRIL 23

$12,272.92 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DARIA for the Petrich family — VA

Their first experience with orphans came through a mutual friendship with two amazing people. David and Jane Daulton, heroes in the faith who have been serving orphans overseas forever. (not to mention adopting as many children as they can get their hands on) They invited both Kurt, Cyndi and Christella to join them on a missions trip to serve special needs orphans in the summer of 2015.

Kurt and Cyndi fell in love on the mission field. Both were widows. Cyndi and her daughter Christella took a giant leap of faith by saying yes to a mission’s trip to serve orphans overseas.They were not there 48 hours and they both knew God was calling them to the orphans.

Kurt was planning a trip to Nepal, to serve disabled orphans when God changed his plans and rerouted him to join the same missions trip with David and Jane. The three of their paths crossed (Kurt, Cyndi, and Christella) and they immediately bonded with each other, and their hearts were on one accord for these precious lost children.

Kurt and Cyndi were married October 2015 and in the two years since, they have made 5 trips back to the mission field to minister to the orphan children. They are presently working to help these beautiful children find forever loving family’s and to help forge a new plan that would end institutionalized care for them in this country.

During their journey they met a sweet brown eyed little girl who stole their hearts. This beautiful child desperately needs American medicine and a whole lot of love. We can’t wait for the Lord to bring her home and make her a forever part of our family.

6/19/2018 — APPT DATE of JUNE 26

$2,006.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAXIM for the Ashlock family — KY

Ben and Darrci have been married for 14 years this December. By their second date they were already discussing their shared interests in adoption. Fourteen years, 11 children (biological and adopted domestically) later, they are ready for their first venture in international adoption!

The second the Ashlocks saw Maxims face they knew he was theirs. They have a busy and fun family ready to take on this new journey!

6/21/2018 — COURT PASSED!

$669.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Maxim has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

VIJAY and ATHENS for the Pohl family — SD

Vijay

Athens

Jenny and Randall met online 21 years ago, in the olden days, when the Internet was in it’s infancy. The only problem – Randall was in the US, and Jenny was in England. They didn’t let that stop them, though – they got married a year later (in England), and Jenny moved across the ocean to South Dakota. They have one son, 14 year old Nathaniel – also known as Newt – a soccer loving teen who was born just before his mom turned 40.

As a child, Randall’s family moved around quite a lot, as his dad was in the military. Jenny’s family stayed in one place. Randall has worked for the same company for 35 years. Jenny has worked for over 30 years with disabled children, in many settings, including residential schools, a summer camp, as a nanny,and as a daycare provider. She is currently employed as a personal education assistant in an elementary school.

After discovering Reece’s Rainbow about 7 years ago, Jenny has done her best to advocate for and help fundraise for the children and adoptive families. About 4 years ago she became a “Guardian Angel” for Sealey, pledging to raise his adoption grant and try to find his family. One year she was his “Angel Tree” warrior. While advocating for him, it did cross her mind that she could be his mom, but a conversation with Randall several years prior led her to believe that adoption was not to be for their family.

Sealey

This summer, Randall, too, started advocating for Sealey, believing that there was a family out there for him somewhere. Then, one day, out of the blue, he said the magic words – “what if WE adopted him”? He was still hesitant, and wanted to wait a while longer, to see if another, younger family stepped forward. However, about a month later, he realized that Sealey shouldn’t have to wait any longer, and that HIS was the family Sealey needed.

However, just as they received USCIS approval to adopt, the unthinkable happened – word came from across the ocean that Sealey had passed away.  Despite being heartbroken, Randall and Jenny knew that they had to carry on, and choose another child.

Once child stood out to them,  and they are excited to now bring Vijay home – Sealey will forever be the son of their hearts,  and thanks to him, Vijay will also soon be a beloved son and brother.

6/12/2018 — APPT DATE JULY 3
Follow along on the family’s journey on their blog:  rtkop.blogspot.com

$7,202.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vijay has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Athens has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

TATE for the Wilkinson family — KS

The Wilkinsons have been in the process to adopt for a little over a year. Jeremy is enlisted in the US Army and Elizabeth works PRN as an occupational therapy assistant. Through the week, Elizabeth homeschools their children and Jeremy has formerly coached the girls’ soccer team and helped with their son’s football team. Through the process they have felt called to adopt a child with down syndrome. They have 2 daughters, ages 6 & 7, and a son who is 14. When things weren’t proceeding through domestic/foster care, they decided to look into international adoption. They received a profile on their little guy but decided to hold off until funds were available. Finally, they were able to move forward and found his file on Reece’s Rainbow! Their entire family is over-joyed at the thought of bringing him home as soon as possible!!

3/1/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$5,363.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tate has received a $3,995.28 Waiting Child Grant.

 

PIPER for the Sandry family — CA

Chad and Melanie have been married for 10 years and have five children; two biological and three from China. Their two oldest, both boys, came home from China during 2014 at ages 6 1/2 and 10. During 2016, they returned to China and brought home a daughter with only weeks to spare before (according to the file) what would have been her 14th birthday. They’ve decided to return to China one last time and bring home a 4 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The Sandrys would love your prayers and support as they work to bring their daughter home to her forever family.

4/9/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$6,339.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MICAH for the Edwards family — TX

The email with his file came and there he was, this little guy with a repaired cleft lip scar and those beautiful Asian eyes and I thought he looked like an Edwards.  Even at that, I had my list of why we couldn’t adopt and I gave that list to God.  Well, God had His own plans (of course) and here we are.
This is our second adoption process.  I can hardly believe that I’m typing that!  He’s in the same orphanage that our “Crystal” once lived in and was born just 3 weeks after we left Taiwan with her.  We spent 3 days in that orphanage with the kids in her group, but leaving with her on that final day was so bittersweet.  We were so thrilled to finally have our Gotcha Day, but so sad that there were still little faces in that room behind her.  I never actually imagined that we’d be going back to bring another one home, but I’m in awe that God is calling us back to amazing and beautiful.  Given, it isn’t always beautiful because adoption is hard, but it’s one of the best beauty from ashes stories I’ve ever been allowed to be part of.

5/18/2018 — COURT TRIP in JUNE
Please follow along on their blog at:  shinelikethenoondaysun.blogspot.com

$320.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DERRICK for the Schlittenhart Family — AR

In the fall of 2014 Tasha saw Derrick’s photo for the first time, and instantly fell in love. She felt in her heart that he was their son. At the time, adoption wasn’t an option due to the traveling component of Jeff’s job, but Tasha began praying.

A year later the Schlittenharts began the process to bring their daughter home from China, but Tasha never stopped loving and praying for Derrick to find a family, either theirs or someone else’s.  After Norah came home, they discovered she had a life threatening heart defect and secondary lung condition, and they spent the last year and a half getting her through open heart surgery and other life saving procedures. Thankfully, Norah is now healthy and doing well, and the Schlittenharts feel the time has finally come to bring Derrick home after 3 long years of loving and praying for him!

6/7/2018 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED

$2,713.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Derrick has received a $177.30 Waiting Child Grant.

 

JAZ for the Mason family — VA

For thirteen years the Masons have experienced the added blessing of having a child with “a little something extra!” Back in 2004 their first child was born with Down syndrome.  Life with him has been sometimes challenging but always full of lots of love and fun!   Since then they have added two other children to the family as well, another biological son as well as a beautiful little girl who they adopted in 2009 from Ethiopia.  Recently they have been feeling those familiar tugs placed on their hearts to add another child to their family, so when they saw the sweetest little pictures of Jaz and her bright smile, they began to pray and ask God if this was the child that was supposed to join their family. They felt clearly that this child was meant to be in their family and they have been excitedly pursuing her ever since.

5/18/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$12,971.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jaz has received a $49.50 Waiting Child Grant.

TESIA for the Bearce family — MA

 photo fwbutton150.pngMy name is Heather: Steve and I have been together for 7 years! We have a biological daughter, Zee, who is almost 4 and an adopted daughter from China, Mal, (listed here on Reeces Rainbow as Adeline) that is 5. I have always wanted to adopt a child and after a bit of convincing, Steve got on board and we came home with Mal in June of 2015. We knew when we came home from China with Mal that we would adopt again!

Our family is happy to announce we are adopting another beautiful little girl, and Mal and Zee are thrilled to have a new sister. The girls are already making a list of toys to share with her and arguing who will sleep in the top bunk! Tesia (we haven’t decided on a new name yet) will get all the love and care she needs here with us and we are hoping that our 1 in a million girl will love us as much as we already love her!

5/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,305.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tesia has received a $3065.96 Waiting Child Grant.

 

ELORA for the Joy family — FL

Kevin and Marta have been married for 15 and are blessed with 3 amazing kids – Greyson (16), Kasia (13) and our youngest, Mila (3) who was adopted from China about a year ago. God had opened their hearts during their 1st adoption process to Down Syndrome and Mila became part of their family in 2016.

They had been sponsoring multiple children with heart defects, one of whom was Elora and they fell absolutely in love. They hoped there was a chance she would someday be theirs. Despite the doctors saying Elora was too old and that she was inoperable — thousands prayed and fought for this girl! Elora’s surgery was a great success.

The next hurdle would be getting her orphanage to write her file. Elora’s agency fought for a year to get her file to be written. They waited and waited and finally their family sent in a photo of with Mila to show the orphanage that children with Down Syndrome are loved, wanted and cherished dearly. After 9 months of pleading and prayer they received a phone call — Elora’s file has indeed been prepared! They are so very excited to welcome Elora Meredith Joy home!

They are beyond excited and are doing everything they can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into their home. If you’re reading this, then you’re likely thinking about helping them bring their Elora home. For that, they are forever grateful and want to thank you for partnering with them in this amazing new adventure! They don’t take your support for granted, no matter how big or small the donation. Thank you in advance!

4/30/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$4,600.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRENNA for the Hourigan family — MD

Michael Patrick & Sarah Hourigan were high school sweethearts and have been married for 10 years. They have been blessed with four biological children: Weston (8), Nellie (6), Trevor (5) and Collin (almost 2). Pat works in Biotech Manufacturing and Sarah is a full-time homeschooling mother.

Pat & Sarah have always wanted to adopt and desire a large family. Sarah’s first experience in international adoption was as a teenager, when a close friend’s family brought home a baby girl from Asia. Sarah decided back then that adoption would be in her future and she particularly hoped to have a girl from Asia one day. Pat is a family man and truly enjoys young children. He has said that he hopes to always have little kids in his life.

While scrolling through Facebook one day, Sarah came across a video about a family who had adopted children with Down Syndrome. It piqued her interest and she found herself googling more about Down Syndrome adoption and feeling pulled strongly in that direction. She shared her feelings with Pat, who was supportive. In early June, it was Brenna’s precious face that sealed the deal. Sarah fell in love with her instantly, and Pat’s heart soon followed. There were many tears and desperate prayers and lots of joy as they began the process to welcome Brenna into their family.

God has already provided miraculously for the Hourigan’s adoption. They are trusting Him to provide and equip them for the rest of the journey.

5/1/2018 — TRAVELING in MAY

$7,062.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brenna has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

JACOB for the Lehman family — MD

Tobin and Jen Lehman have been married for 11 years and have been blessed with three amazing kids; Rhys (8), Kathryn (5), and Elisabeth (2). Tobin runs an missions-minded marketing firm and Jen has been grateful for the opportunity to stay home and homeschool these three children.

Although Tobin and Jen have been aware of God’s heart for orphaned children and even participated in an orphan hosting program in 2014, adoption was not on their radar. But this spring they felt that God was preparing their hearts for the addition of a new child through adoption. Specifically, they felt that they were being specially equipped to welcome a child with special needs. As they thought and prayed about this, they felt that God was continually confirming this as a calling for their family.

Then, they saw a picture of Jacob and they immediately felt the desire to welcome him into their hearts and home. Jacob is six months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down Syndrome and mild heart defects.

Every step of the process has been met with support from their family and confirmation of this decision as provision for the adoption has been made as they have walked through the steps to bring this sweet boy home and show him that he is precious and loved.

They have already paid for and completed their application and home study and are now trusting God to help provide for the next steps. They hope to be able to bring Jacob home in the first part of the new year. They are thankful for the prayers and support of their family and community as they pursue the prize of bringing Jacob to his forever home.

5/1/2018 — TRAVELING in MAY

FULLY FUNDED!!!

Jacob has received a $209 Waiting Child Grant.

TANNER for the MacDonald family — MN

Laurie was raised in a large family, in a small town near the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. There were eight children in the family including Laurie and her identical twin sister. With many cousins growing up in nearby towns, crowds were always expected during holidays or weekend getaways at the family cabin. Eventually, children grew up and moved away to school or jobs as far away as Alaska and Indonesia. Nieces and nephews joined the family and Laurie settled in central Minnesota. While working at a group home there she became licensed to do foster care and soon a four year old boy moved into her home. Three years later Laurie adopted him. When her son was eight years old the little family moved to Minneapolis and Laurie attended school, graduated and moved back to the northeastern part of the state. She began working as a Educational Sign Language Interpreter in the public school system and has been doing that for the past 28 years.

While browsing on line one day, Laurie came upon Reece’s Rainbow and was immediately drawn in, looking at children’s photos and reading family adoption stories. Children with a variety of needs were of special interest ever since high school when Laurie developed a friendship with student who had Down syndrome. Laurie was also involved in the Special Olympics, both while working at group homes and while raising her own son. The picture of one child on the Reece’s Rainbow site caused Laurie to return to the site again and again. She began advocating for that child, posting information about Reece’s Rainbow on social media and donating to families. That did not seem as though it were enough and after eight years that child who had caused her to return to the site so many times, was aging out. This meant he would lead a life without a great deal of learning and opportunity. Sooooo … Laurie is stepping into the world of adoption once again after 30 years! Let’s see where this journey takes her!

5/23/2018 — WAITING FOR COURT

$15,580.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tanner has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

LEEZA for the D’Angelo family — WA

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

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

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

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

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$767.48 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

MARIAN for the Higdon family — PA

Jonathan and Angela had been married for several years, and had four beautiful biological daughters when Angela came across an advocacy website for orphans with special needs. It was Reece’s Rainbow! After much prayer and talking with their daughters, the family decided to move forward to adopt Lily (listed on RR as “Flora”) from Eastern Europe. Lily has now been home for over a year and is doing wonderfully! She has cerebral palsy and having a family, along with good nutrition, medical care, and lots of therapy, she has come so far and continues to progress each day. The five sisters are a perfect team and you would never know Lily hasn’t been with the family from day one. About a year after Lily came home, the family felt like they had room at their table for one more…like maybe someone was missing. Marian is also in Eastern Europe and has been waiting for a family for seven years. The Higdons are incredibly excited to welcome her into their forever family and hope to bring her home in the Spring of 2018.

5/25/2018 — FIRST TRIP JUNE 23-30

$4,322.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Lafreniere family — MI

Don and Erin Lafreniere met on amateur radio when they were in high school and began an international on-the-air romance (Don lived in Canada and Erin in the United States). These high school sweethearts celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in January 2018. Erin, a former teacher, is now the stay-at-home/homeschooling mom of 13-year-old Peter, 6-year-old Simon, and 1-year-old Clara. The Lafreniere family has lived in both the US and Canada but now lives in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a wonderful place to raise a family. They enjoy visiting Lake Superior beaches, hiking in the woods, and visiting waterfalls together.

After years of Erin being interested in adoption and Don feeling reluctant about it, Erin saw 10-year-old “Valentine” in a summer hosting photolisting and recognized him as a child listed years earlier on Reece’s Rainbow. Knowing that being hosted would significantly increase his chances of being adopted, she convinced Don to host him in the summer of 2017. Once they started hosting, the whole Lafreniere family fell in love with Valentine and Don saw how desperately Valentine needed a family. Seeing his joy in simple things like seeing wildlife, jumping on the trampoline, and running through the sprinkler on a hot day, his pride in learning new skills like riding a bike, playing card games, and telling time, and his obvious desire to belong, and knowing the bleak future that awaited him in his country if he was not adopted, Don and Erin decided to pursue their first international adoption to make him a permanent member of their family. They embarked on the grueling process of preparing and submitting their dossier, dreaming of the day they would welcome Valentine back to their home to stay permanently.

However, in March 2018, just after receiving an invitation to travel to Valentine’s country, Don and Erin learned that Valentine had been adopted by a family in his country just weeks before. Although shocked and distraught, they decided not to let all the work they had done go to waste; they chose to travel anyhow and seek a referral for another child. They continued to face obstacles in their path, as the first child they met was not ready to agree to be adopted, even after almost a week of daily visits. After losing Valentine and not being successful with their first referral, they were filled with trepidation as they faced their appointment for a second referral. Happily, the second child they met was excited about the prospect of being adopted, and they hit it off immediately.

The Lafreniere family is eager to welcome this 10-year-old girl to their home and share their love with her. They are humbly asking for financial support to make this adoption possible.

5/24/2018 — COURT PASSED MAY 10; in 30 DAY WAIT PERIOD
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at burckeri.wordpress.com

$4,279.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROMAN for the Kronenberger family — PA

Tim and JoLynne have been married for 9 years. They were high school sweethearts and married two years after graduation. They have four beautiful children- Dexter (6), Beatrix (5), Martina (3), and Simon (2). They adopted Martina from Bulgaria in November of 2016 and knew they weren’t done with adoption- or more accurately, they knew God wasn’t done growing their family in this special way. They weren’t planning on adopting again so soon, but that’s the thing about orphans- once you know their names and see their faces- you don’t forget. And recently, JoLynne and Timmy have realized they have room at their table for “one” more, they have room in their hearts for “one” more, and they are hoping their friends and family will support them as they work toward bring their “one” more home.

5/13/2018 — COURT MAY 22
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at writteninyourbook.blogspot.com

$18,812.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VANCE for the Fish family — CO

vance-2016The Fish’s have been married for 24 years. They were high school sweethearts and married 1 year after school. They have three beautiful children, one of whom has an extra “LOVE” chromosome (Down syndrome). Since becoming born again, they never truly obeyed James 1:27 until now. Their ministry work often takes them to the sidewalk of abortion buildings, where they offer to adopt those unwanted pre-born babies. It occurred to them that while doing this ministry, they had not taken serious the work they were doing. In order to obey God’s word, they needed to have a home study just in case a Mom & Dad wanted to chose life and have them adopt their baby. They are almost finished with their home study and no one has taken them up on the adoption offer. They have now found Vance. Vance was abandoned by his birth parents. He is about to age out of the system in his country. Since Vance has an extra “LOVE” chromosome, he will fit in perfectly in their family. Thank you for considering a donation to help them bring home Vance. The family covets your prayers for them and for Vance and is thankful for your monetary gifts!

6/4/18 — DOSSIER in COUNTRY

$749.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vance has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

JENNA for the Mondano-Shevchenko family — NY

JennaDaria and Joe met in 2012, fell in love, and were married in 2014. Joe works as a paralegal for a city agency and Daria works as a vision teacher in a school for children with traumatic brain injuries and multiple disabilities. They have wanted children ever since they were first married. Sadly, while they were able to get pregnant, Daria suffered a miscarriage. Unfortunately while mourning the loss of their child, their doctor told them they would be unable to have another child. Feeling hopeless and lost; they were still overwhelmed with the desire to become parents. Daria and Joe soon looked into adoption.

Daria always advocated for international adoption. One day, while inquiring about the necessary paperwork, their agency asked her to check the profile of a little girl in Eastern Europe, who was waiting for her forever family. When Daria and Joe saw photos and video of “Jenna”, they fell in love with her almost instantly. They found their daughter. As an infant, “Jenna” was born very prematurely. Due to receiving life-saving oxygen, she has retinopathy of prematurity, resulting in almost total blindness. Due to a brain hemorrhage, “Jenna” has developmental delays, and a possibility of Cerebral Palsy. She also has hydrocephaly as a result, but this has been stabilized. Her mother soon abandoned her and “Jenna” was moved to an orphanage upon her improved health. That was over three years ago. She has never known what it’s like to be in a loving family. Nevertheless, she is learning to walk, and is a very curious little girl.

“Jenna” is described as lively and loving by those that meet her, and Daria and Joe think she will be the perfect addition to complete their family. Won’t you help Daria and Joe bring her home by making a donation? Daria and Joe want to bring their daughter home. Your generosity will change three lives, and will be truly appreciated.

5/24/2018 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE; AWAITING COURT

$3,362.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CODY for the Nowrey family — NJ

Billy and Catrina have been married for 9 years, and are both deaf.  They struggled with pregnancy, but failed twice. Catrina’s dream has always been to adopt a child from China. God gave them a beautiful plan! They have a beautiful daughter from China, named Ramona, and she is deaf like her parents. Ramona is 6 years old, was adopted last year in May 2016. Ramona is learning sign language so quickly!

They want to adopt another child but were waiting until the right time. Ramona learned about families at school, and one days she came home and told us that she wants a sister or brother! They agreed that Ramona is ready to have a sibling, and they searched for a few months. Finally, God gave them another plan, to have a SON! They are honored to give him the name of Cody. Cody is 5 years old and deaf. Ramona is very excited and can’t wait to play with her new brother sometime next year. Billy and Catrina can’t wait to have another child in their arms and together forever!

4/23/2018 — AWAITING LOA
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at: https://nowrey.wixsite.com/growingto4

$6,050.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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