Our journey in life together has been a blend of hardship and blessing, a beautiful testimony of God’s grace, love, and power. Proverbs 24:16 says: “for though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again.” This has been our story; one of heartache and sickness, but also one of redemption and finding our ability to rise again. God has picked us up and molded us over and over as we have been obedient to His plans.

We have been married for almost 15 years now, and have fought to build our home on a solid foundation of love: Christ’s love for us as He helps us to love each other. A foundation that then spills over into love and nurture for our children. We feel so grateful that God has blessed us in so many ways. We may not have an abundance of money but in Christ we have become rich; rich with His love and mercy that He has so graciously given to us over and over again. It is this generous love that we desire to give to others.

The heart to adopt came to us over 15 years ago when we lived in uncertainty of being able to have our own children. I (Alicia) had some issues with getting pregnant and for a time, struggled to conceive. God’s plan did, in time, bless us with 2 amazing kids of our own. Joshua is 13 and Grace is age 10.

In June of 2019, a dream of mine (Alicia) came true. Financially I was fully supported to travel to Jamaica and serve at an orphanage there. I was so amazed at the support that my friends and family gave me. I was worried that we could not financially afford this trip. But of course God provided a way, like he always does, if we trust in him!

It was in Jamaica that I met an amazing girl named Abby. Abby is now 15 and since April 26th 2021 she is “our” little girl! We are just finalizing some more paperwork and making the finishing touches on her new room! (We have to show her every zoom call because she loves to see her room!) But as our eyes met that very 1st day, something inside of me burned with such love for this little girl. Abby is not without her own struggles as she has Down syndrome. I have always had a special place in my heart for kids with special needs, but especially those with Down syndrome. I love my job working with children with disabilities. It became evident to me, as well as our team members, that there was a strong connection between Abby and I. Abby would hang onto me, lean her head back and bury herself against my shoulder. You could just feel her body relax as she found comfort in my affection returned back to her.

As I traveled home, I continued to pray, asking God to speak to my heart and my husband’s heart about “My Abby.” And again, God did what God does best. He worked and moved in Jon’s heart. As God worked and moved in Jon’s heart, He also reached our two kids, growing inside them a desire to help and to make a difference. It is a shared desire we ALL now have, to be obedient to what the Lord is calling our family to do: to turn “My Abby” into “Our Abby.” So, we say ‘Yes’ to the call that God put on my heart while serving in Jamaica. We say ‘Yes’ to the day to day steps that He will lead us to and through. We say ‘Yes’ to keep on the long journey of overseas adoption. We say ‘Yes’ to having faith bigger than our fears and worries. We say ‘Yes’ to a forever ‘Yes’ and ‘Yes’ to bringing Abby home.

Now we are on the final steps! After a long 2 year journey. We are just awaiting the letter for Abby’s visa hearing appointment. It is likely that we will be traveling in September!


$5,200.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Meet the Effhauser Family! Matthew and Sarah live with their five children on a little farm in rural Minnesota along with their two dogs, two barn cats and too many chickens to count. They are high school sweethearts and started their family soon after being married; their children now range from 13 to 2.

A few years into marriage, their eyes were opened to children with special needs living in orphanages around the world. They began supporting families in process and donating to life-saving surgeries for little ones. Soon they realized that maybe they were being called to adoption, someday. The conversations and prayers around adoption began and as they added more children to their family, worked their way through job changes and renovated their 1913 farmhouse, they kept gently hearing the Lord say “not yet”, even when their hearts wished He would say yes.

Trusting in His timing and discerning that the time to adopt was hopefully nearing, Sarah resigned from her teaching position to stay home with their youngest children in preparation to be home with their adopted child someday as well. The Effhauser family participated in the Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign and were thrilled to share a sweet boy with the world and the work of Reece’s Rainbow. Maybe advocacy was only what they were called to do?

Over the years, the couple had shared many pictures of waiting children with one another until one summer day they saw the face of a young boy, just a few months younger than the baby of their family and they knew, now was the time! The entire family can’t wait for their little brother to be home!


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