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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?

1/26/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

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

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

MICK for the Busler family — TN

Forrest and Valerie’s journey toward adopting a child with Down syndrome started in May of 2014, while they were at the beach with family. In a still, quiet moment, as the sun was setting and the waves were lapping at the seashore, a vague perception came to Valerie that she might someday adopt a child with special needs. Forrest and Valerie were not at the time ready to act on the “message”, but thinking it might be from God, they held the moment and tucked it away for safekeeping.

In the subsequent months, they became involved in the life of an adult friend who has an intellectual disability, has limited family support, and is full of great joy and the love of God. While caring for this friend, he began to refer to Valerie as his “play mom” and Forrest as his “play dad”. Becoming surrogate parents for this friend with special needs made Forrest and Valerie’s thoughts turn toward adoption, and, at the same time, they felt a tug on their hearts to learn more about Down syndrome.

Over the course of many months, they found books to read, watched movies, and gathered information from the internet pertaining to Down syndrome. In early 2016, they found Reece’s Rainbow and were excited to learn about an organization devoted to raising awareness of and grant money for adoptions of children with Down syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow, they found out about a then two year-old little boy, “Mick”, who loves music and enjoys dancing and riding his rocking horse; he touched their hearts powerfully.

Shortly thereafter, Forrest and Valerie committed to pursuing adoption of Mick. Forrest and Valerie traveled to Mick’s home country in July 2017 to register for his adoption and to meet their future son. That was a joyful event, and they eagerly hope to return to finalize the adoption and bring Mick home in late 2017 or early 2018.

10/9/2017 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE

$14.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mick has received a $627.75 Waiting Child Grant.

ADRIAN and ADRIANNA for the Canessa family — TN

Kayla and Gino have been happily married for 6 years and have been blessed with two biological children.

Adoption has been a long time dream for Kayla, often a topic of conversation with Gino, an open possibility. They were nervous about the whole process, but not enough to give up their mutual dream of having a big family. Kayla kept looking online, then, one day not long ago, she finally found two little siblings! Immediately sent their pictures to Gino. They were both amazed to see that these sweet little angels looked just like their bio kids… They fell in love!

Finding them was a wonderful surprise. Meaning that they didn’t quite have enough time to get ready. So now they are rushing to pay fees, gather a humongous amount of paperwork and raise the remaining amount of money fast enough.

Adoption is never easy peasy process, but they know in their hearts that this journey is gonna be one of the most important and rewarding things they could ever do. They keep working at it and counting the days until they can finally bring those sweet angels home!

1/22/2018 —  USCIS APPROVED

$131.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adrian and Adrianna have received a $87.25 Waiting Child Grant.

 

PHILIP and ARTHUR for the Compton family — TN

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog: lotsacomptonsplusmore.blogspot.com

PENNY (Stella) for the Gilbert Phillips family — TX

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mamaonawire.blogspot.com

 

 

 

NOAH for the Carmichael family — TN

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com

 

HALLIE and BROTHER for the Preciado family — TN

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beforeievenknewyou.blogspot.com

Preciado

GIANNA for the Gilbert Phillips family — TN

 

Gianna (2)

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  welcomingwinnie.blogspot.com

 

 

BOWEN and KATERINA for the Reynolds family — TN

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Andrew (Bowen) 2014

Andrew (Bowen) 2014

Katerina 2014

Katerina 2014

UKRAINE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ezraandkelly.blogspot.com

KAEL for the Saubers family — TN

Henry (Kael) 2013

Henry (Kael) 2013

LITHUANIA

 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at macnsweetpeas.blogspot.com

YULIA and ELAINE for the Middleton family — TN

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeytoreunitetwoangels.blogspot.com

 

ALEXANDER for the Pardue family — TN

2013

2013

Follow the Pardue family’s adoption journey on their blog at pardue-wearethebody.blogspot.com

 

XENIA for the Morse family — TN

1st day of school 2014

1st day of school 2014

RUSSIA

 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love–conquers–all.blogspot.com

 

 

CALISTA for the Tappan family — TN

Thea (Calista) 2015

Thea (Calista) 2015

UKRAINE

Follow the Tappan family’s adoption journey on their blog tappangirls.blogspot.com

ANDREY for the Carmichael family — TN

Ukraine

Follow the Carmichael family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com

 

CHLOE for the Simpson family — TN

2015

2015

RUSSIA

 

Follow the Simpson family’s adoption journey on their blog at thesimpsonsix.blogspot.com

GRACIE for the West family — TN

Anna Gray (Gracie) 2015

Anna Gray (Gracie) 2015

Ukraine

Follow the West family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.growingwests.blogspot.com

 

DILLON for the Walters family–TN

 

James (Dillon) 2013

James (Dillon) 2013

RUSSIA

 

Follow the Walters family’s adoption journey on their blog at

 wonderfullymadebyhim.blogspot.com

 

 

IVAN K for the Kramer family–TN

 

Samuel (Ivan) 2015

Samuel (Ivan) 2015

Russia

 

 

Follow the Kramer family’s journey on their blog at

 

thekramerfamilysite.blogspot.com

NICOLE for the Elliott family–TN

 Russia

 

Follow the Elliott family's adoption journey on their blog at www.elliottsfamilystory.blogspot.com

 

 

AURORA & LEIGHA for the Reynolds family–TN

 
 Ukraine
 
 

Follow the Reynolds family's adoption journey on their blog at www.ezraandkelly.blogspot.com

 

ANTON & DAVID for the Carmichael family–TN

Caden (David) 2013

Caden (David) 2013

UKRAINE

 

Follow the Carmichael family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com