Friday, November 14, 2014

A Feel-Good Friday Family Post!

I've got three families today I want to share about.  Please don't skip this post.  If you want a FEEL-GOOD Friday Miracle Working GOD post... then read on!!

Sutter's family
Remember him?

Remember that he was AGING OUT?
Remember that we yelled and screamed for him and raised money in his account and then a family stepped up and we cheered and cried only to have that fall through?  Remember the let-down and the discouragement?  Remember wondering WHO would go?
Well the Smith family is IN COUNTRY to adopt Sutter and along with Sutter they are also adopting another wee one.  A tiny little girl who is treated terribly at her institute.  They call her "witch girl." Break our hearts, Lord!

Today the family met Sutter. I am posting what was written about him by his new Mama so that you can cry along with me....

"Seeing the expression on his face when he realizes why you are here.
Watching him fight the tears and feelings of disbelief as he looks at pictures of your family and his new reality refreshes its impression on his young mind.
Seeing the tremor of excitement shake his body when each beloved caregiver passes by with a joyful smile and stops for a consensual hug.
The stunned look of, "Is this really real?" intertwined with pure happiness.
All the uncertainty of the past year falls away as a young boy is given hope and the love that he deserves." 
 Cry rivers, people.  Cry rivers.  Sutter finally finally finally has a family!
Sutter Ariel

And wee little Ariel.  To be loved, cherish, wanted ... there are just no words...

The Smiths are short on funding to bring both children home. 
Please please please can you help me fill up their cup??

The second family is just as special!
How in the world do I tell this story??  It has so many twists and turns and corners...
Back in the summer Jeff and Debbie very quietly committed to adopt two older boys.
 They didn't go public for personal reasons but Debbie did let me know and I have been praying my guts out for them ever since.  In July I had the privilege of meeting them at the Reece's Rainbow reunion.
They have 5 adopted treasures!

I was so privileged to get to meet them in person! Debbie is the sweetest, most gentle soul who loves the Lord passionately.  Jeff is a Warrior for his children. 
They committed to adopt Kiril and Dell.

Kiril 21030110845 Dell (2)
Kiril they met four years earlier and he never ever left their hearts.
Dell they loved the minute his picture was listed on Reece's Rainbow.
Soon after committing they found out that Kiril was in the same region where I had been last December and which has since become a war zone.
No way could they continue with that adoption.

Steel doors shut.
But Dell was free and clear so they moved ahead.
Dell just happened to be in the same region as another boy who a bunch of us were yelling over and storming heaven for - Gene. 
He was aging out.
In fact we threw in the towel on him.  We thought he was lost forever.
But Jeff and Debbie refused to surrender him to a lifetime of bench sitting so they added him to their family.
This is Dell (colorful plaid shirt) and Gene standing side by side.  Dell is 15.  Gene is almost 16.  Both boys are small but Gene is literally wasting away. 
Three boys.
One behind steel doors.
Two they crossed the ocean to get.
If that was the end of the story it would be sweet enough. 
But it's not the end.
You see one day while Jeff was at the institute one of the other boys at the institute came over and wrapped his little arms around Jeff's legs.  Jeff looked down at that sweet boy and his heart immediately was moved.  The Holy Spirit began to scream - SEE THIS ONE.  SEE HIM.
Just a stray. 
Just an incidental contact.
An unlisted child.
An unlisted child who just so happened to be AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.
And with a few miracles sprinkled in in terms of paperwork....
That sweet little stray was added on.
David.  Beloved. 
Four boys.
One behind steel doors.
Three they were working hard to get out.
And again - if that was all there is to the story it would be enough and amazing.
But I'm not finished.
Those steel doors.
They melted.
They seriously melted.
Kiril is home.
He's home.
In the United States.
Teeny tiny boy was wasting away behind those steel doors but God melted them down. 
While we had all given Kiril up for lost.... God was doing a Mighty Work. Behind the scenes. 
Kiril was NOT moved OUT of the war-torn area until after the adoption was complete.  Instead they were able to cross INTO the area and were able to have court and get his paperwork done and whisk him out of there.  His facilitators get a HUGE standing ovation from me for not giving up on him. What they did was groundbreaking! 
Kiril is the first child out who was locked behind the steel.
Hopefully the first of many.
Kiril is home.
Dell, Gene and David are still waiting for court. 
They would LOVE for you to pray for them.
They would also not mind at all if you would fill up their cup financially.  With all the twists and turns of this adoption... Jeff and Debbie are definitely short on funds. 
Two families.
Please give.
Before you do though I have one more family and some sweet pictures to share.
Lola and Charlie
I shared about them HERE. Remember?  Lola and Charlie were also behind the steel doors but they were able to be moved OUT and the government agreed to try to process their adoption even though their paperwork was still in the war-torn part of the country.
 Yesterday... Yesterday... The Boyers passed court!  They are orphans no more!
Can we shout an HALLELUJAH??
Three children are nestled safe in their families. Kiril. Charlie. Lola.
The steel that looked so impenetrable has melted down.
Other children in the same situation as these three now have hope.
If that isn't a FEEL-GOOD Friday Miracle Working GOD post I don't know what is!!
No go help the SMITHS and  JEFF AND DEBBIE
And if you want to sprinkle a bit more into the BOYERS account I know they are still not fully funded either!


  1. Thanks for some great updates Julia! I'm shocked at how small Gene is. He looked so much bigger in the RR picture. Thank goodness he has a family to provide him love and proper nourishment.

    Sue H.

  2. Thank You for sharing these beautiful stories!!!!

  3. What inspiring and beautiful families! Thank you, as always, for sharing.


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