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Chris and Melina Birkenfeld were longtime friends before they started dating the summer before her senior year.  It didn’t take long for each of them to realize that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.  Although Melina was young (just about to turn 19) when they got married, she was the oldest and only girl in her family of five children and she knew she was ready to get married and start a family. Chris was also from a big family of eight children. Both Chris and Melina knew that they wanted to have at least four children.  A couple of months after they got married, they were excited to find out that they were expecting.  Ten months later, Ella was born. When Melina was seven months pregnant with her second child Ian, the couple found out that Ella had a genetic condition called Angelman syndrome. There were so many unknowns for this young couple, but they devoted their time to making sure Ella received the therapies and things she needed to thrive.  About four years after the diagnosis, Chris and Melina talked about adding more children to their family. It didn’t take long, and Bensen, Liberty, and Lila were born into the family.

In July of 2020 Melina was browsing through Facebook and saw a fundraiser for a little girl with Angelman Syndrome. When she finally took the time to click on the link to see the little girl, it was like God was calling Melina to her! Long story short, the family was all on board to adopt this little one and on April 13th, 2021 Yaroslava (Yara) Faith Birkenfeld joined their family!

While compiling their dossier paperwork for Yara’s adoption, Melina fell in love with a special little boy! Originally, the couple had been approved for two but they had to be siblings. After Yara’s adoption Melina thought the adoption doors were closed as fundraising was a challenge the first time and so was the time it took to get a completed dossier.  God had other plans, and doors were opened for the couple to adopt this sweet little boy! Once again, Chris thought Melina was crazy lol! However he prayed and pondered and soon he was on board!

They have been amazed to see how much Yara has thrived with a family, and can’t wait to give this little boy the life he deserves! He will have parents and six siblings who will love him unconditionally!! They are extremely grateful for any help that is given to them as they work their hardest to get their little man home!! Much love and God Bless

8/28/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$1,005.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adoption of a child with special needs has been on my heart for over 15 years. After reading an article about Reece’s Rainbow and how kids were dying every day in other countries, simply because they had Down’s Syndrome, I was convinced that adoption was the plan for me. I struggled to understand how it could be that kids who were so loving and kind to others could just be tossed aside and left. It pierced my heart from that day on, but my husband was simply never on the same page as me. For years, I mourned the loss of a dream that I thought God had for me, and tried to understand why it didn’t happen.

Fast forward a few years, and now is the time!! My life has had some big changes and our family is finally ready to welcome a new sibling! This child is so loved already, and will be joining our crazy, fun hectic home with a big brother and 2 big sisters who are beyond excited to have a little one back in the house! We are absolutely thrilled to be in process, and can’t wait to meet our newest addition!

8/17/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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Meet the Jagge family from Texas – Theron, Kelci, Emma (10) and Hudson (2)! In 2020, Kelci came across an Instagram video that was posted by a Reece’s Rainbow family. Seeing how this family had drastically changed a life, the Jagges were drawn to do research on special needs orphans around the world. Reece’s Rainbow and other sources opened their eyes to the devastating reality that many of these precious children will likely never know the love of a family. The Jagge family had recently been considering becoming foster parents but they quickly realized that international adoption was the path that God had placed before them.

If you had met Theron and Kelci before 2020, you would probably be surprised to hear this. They were focused on themselves and their goals of a bigger house, full bank accounts and career advancement. Foster care and adoption were acts that they admired but had not considered for their family.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” Ephesians 2:4-5

God, in his merciful kindness, completely changed both of their hearts around the same time and saved them from a path of destruction. With that change of heart came a change of priorities and a desire to share the love of Christ with others. The specific burden of adoption has grown substantially since the fall of 2020 and God has opened doors indicating to them that it was time to act on these desires.

Theron and Kelci long to grow their family through international adoption, hopefully the first of several. Emma is excited about a new sibling and they are sure that Hudson will be thrilled also, when he is old enough to understand.

The Jagges have a specific boy that they are hoping to adopt but if he becomes unavailable, they know that God has already chosen a specific child who they cannot wait to meet!

9/11/2021 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$2,839.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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We are the Johnson family! Meet Dad, Kevin, and Mom Seana. Kevin raced motocross professionally for years before he retired and is now a realtor. Seana is a stay-at-home homeschool teacher to their 5 children. Our kids are Preslie (13), Gavin (10), Kenlie (8), Emmaline (5), and Everleigh (1 1/2). We are overjoyed to be adding a very special little one to our family through adoption! God has been working on our story for many years. We believe what the Bible says in James 1:27 ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.’ It is only through Him that we are able to open our home and our hearts to a precious child who needs a loving family. We are truly overjoyed to be starting this process and look forward with hope to the day we get to meet and bring home our new child!

10/22/2021 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

$1,182.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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In February of 2020 Amanda and Jerry were exploring the idea of adopting, this being Amanda’s lifelong dream to be an adoptive mother they felt they were finally at a point in their lives where this was possible. After having a home built with a growing family in mind, they moved towards finding the right organization to help them on their journey. Amanda was speaking to her sister Ashley who lives in San Antonio and she told her about Keisha Melton and Reece’s Rainbow who advocate for children all over the world.

It was in that moment they decided to explore international adoption. Amanda and Jerry were on Reece’s Rainbow looking at children all over the world, Ashley was also was searching and sending photos and stories of children. When they saw Izak listed on Reece’s Rainbow it was instant. Instant love, instant devotion, the I will stop at nothing feeling. After researching and finding where he was in the world, they realized they would need to start to fundraise to be able to bring Izak home.

Amanda started a power washing fundraiser skeptical if it would take off and be something big but turned out it was just the right fit to start the process. On Mother’s Day Jerry contacted Nancy and committed to Izak. It was in that moment Amanda felt the love and devotion Jerry had to the adoption. After two weeks of starting the adoption process Nancy reached out to let them in on a little surprise. Izak has two sisters. They were shocked; they started an adoption for one child, and now there are three children. They were given the options, petition to separate the children, adopt all 3 or find another child. There was only one right answer, God had led them to Izak he knew before they knew. They knew God had planned this all along and he showed them Izak to bring them together.

Jerry and Amanda have two children at home, Andrea who is 14 this year and Jeffrey who is 2 years old. Andrea is extremely excited to have more siblings. Andrea is big on gymnastics, has been in it for over a year, decided to take a break so that the family can use the funds to bring her siblings’ home. Her devotion to her siblings has shown her parents true love, she’s pressure washing on the weekends, making jewelry after school and cutting down on wants to insure this is possible. Jeffrey is still to young to fully understand the adoption, but he knows mommy and daddy are bringing home his brother and sisters. When asked if he’s ready he says YAAAAAA. Thank you for helping bring their new siblings home!

8/2/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$8,914.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Elizabeth, Chris, and their three kids are scooching a little closer to make room for a little more love in their family!

The couple met in 2016 while Elizabeth was in in the middle of her first adoption from Eastern Europe. As the saying goes, when you know, you know, and they certainly knew! After a whirlwind two months of dating, Chris and Elizabeth got engaged and hopped on a plane together to bring their tiny son, Worth, home. On New Year’s Eve, they made it official in a sweet little pop up wedding on a bridge overlooking their city.

Worth Allen is now thirteen and thriving. He is strong, stubborn, and so full of sunshine. The Graham fam added Cleo Brave, now eight, to the crew in 2018. She is smart, silly, and overflowing with unsolicited sass! Indy Luke, who will turn one in November, made a surprise appearance in 2019. He is the extra helping of sweetness they all needed.

As the Grahams grow together, so does their conviction that children belong in families. Elizabeth and Chris are thrilled about the privilege of bringing another little boy with extra special chromosomes out of an orphanage and into their family.

Follow the Graham fam’s fundraising project on Instagram at Instagram.com/thethreehundredstitchproject

7/28/2021 — AWAITING COURT

$6,565.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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We are the Rinehart family and we are adopting! This will be our third and final adoption from Asia. We have six grown children and multiple grandchildren. Our home and family are full of people and love. Our two youngest daughters (ages 8 & 6), adopted in 2017 and 2018, are eagerly awaiting their little sister! We began our adoption journey in 2016 after the Lord laid in on our hearts over a several year period to adopt. The journey was like chipping away at stone to reveal the diamond underneath. The first time we saw her picture we were hooked! Little did we know then that we would repeat the process two more times. Like her sisters before her, our newest little one has stolen our hearts and we know that she is our daughter! We hope to bring her home this fall. With all of the uncertainty in the world, we would appreciate your prayer. Please pray for our family to get through this process quickly and that travel would be safe and available when it comes time to travel. If the Holy Spirit moves you to donate, we would certainly appreciate that as well. Thank you!

12/22/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$6,212.58 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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We are Jaime and Gary and we hope that our story can help you understand why we have chosen the wonderful yet difficult path of adoption. We are the parents to three internationally adopted children from China, Shawn 8, Ryan 5, and Robin 3. We are often asked why we chose to adopt internationally rather than have our own biological children. We answer them how Vernon Pierce, a pastor and foster parent, does. He describes the mirrors between adoption and Gods love. He says “I like to tell people that we were the people in the back of the filing cabinet with the red stamp saying: Do not adopt. You look at the file on humanity and it says: Prone to rejection, prone to running away, prone to disobedience. There is no reason why God should have loved us and yet God did love us. He set his love upon us and it was a redemptive love to reconcile us to himself, to restore us to himself and restoring a people to himself. We were meant to be part of the family of God. We fell away and God still brings us back to himself”. When we adopt, we willing to choose the “red stamps” of life; those who are hurt, both physically and emotionally. We as parents set our love upon them and watch as Gods redemptive and restorative power work through us to directly change our children. It’s a truly powerful and miraculous thing to watch. It is also why we believe that the most profound thing we can impart to our children is the love of Christ. While we set our love upon our children we also disciple them with this message, that it is only Jesus who can save and change a heart from the inside.

In 2012 we started our journey with the adoption of a 2-year-old boy, Shawn, born with a cleft lip/palate. We followed his adoption up with two others in 2016 and 2017. Ryan was adopted at 3 and was diagnosed with Lamb-Shaffer Syndrome, a rare genetic deletion causing intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and ataxic muscle movements. Little Robin arrived home at the age of one. She was diagnosed with cleft lip/palate, a heart defect, and hearing loss. As with all institutionalized children, their early childhood trauma and fear manifests in various ways. We meet them where they are, set our love upon them and trust God to redeem and restore the broken, just as Christ does for us.

Each one of our children has their own individual stories. Yet, they all share a similar heritage and can relate to each other through their medical needs. While they recognize the others struggles or disabilities they don’t capitalize on them but overlook them; the abled helping the disabled, the better signer helping the non-verbal to communicate more effectively, playing as a sibling unit despite ability.

We are seeking to adopt Caleb, a 7-year-old with arthrogryposis. We had the privilege of speaking with Caleb’s American foster family and gaining insight into his personality. His foster parents describe Caleb as a peacemaker with a sweet personality. He tries to find ways to accomplish tasks on his own despite his physical disability. Caleb also lives with foster siblings that have a variety of needs, ranging from Trisomy 21, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Clefts. His foster parents feel that Caleb would thrive as a middle brother who could not only look up to his older brother but also be a helper to his younger siblings. Caleb is receiving excellent care at his healing home but cannot reach his full potential there. He has already had seven surgeries and will require several more to achieve greater range of motion in his extremities. We have a translated letter written by Caleb expressing his desire to be adopted. You can also hear the sadness in his voice as he feels overlooked while he watches all of his friends be adopted.

We are humbled that you have taken the time to read our profile and thank you as you consider donating to help us bring Caleb home!

10/13/2021 — AWAITING TRAVEL APPROVAL SINCE 2020

$5,097.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brandon and Jessica have been happily married for 13 years and reside in a small West Texas with their four sweet children Beckett (11), Blaire (9), Brooklynn (8), and Beau (3). They have always believed that adoption would be a part of their family story. Their family is very excited to have a new sibling and pray/talk about them on a daily basis.

The cost and process of international adoption can be intimidating but they know this is where God is calling their family and will provide.  If you feel called to support them in their adoption journey your prayers and donations would be greatly cherished! Thank you for your time, consideration, and prayers as they pursue their sweet child in China.

10/13/2021 — AWAITING TRAVEL APPROVAL

$597.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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