Sunday Collectives 7/21/14 – 7/27/14
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Reece’s Rainbow is to advocate and find families for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants and promoting awareness through an online community, media communications, and other events.
Greetings and welcome! My name is Andrea Roberts. I am the mother of a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome, and a passionate advocate for other children around the world who were born with that extra 21st chromosome.
Let me introduce you to a New Hampshire family whose mission field is adoption!
Residing on a small farm they have named Grace Abounding Farm, this family has 2 biological daughters and 6 adopted children. They take seriously God’s command in James 1:27which states..”Care for the orphans”.
I’ve been doing this for almost 8 years, non stop, 24/7 for the most part. I’ve been surrounded by the most incredible warriors, volunteers, and support staff I could have ever asked for. We all grieve for these children. Some days it’s the grief that fuels us. Some days it’s anger.
Some days it is hope. But most days it’s being able to look at 1300+ faces who are FOUND and SAFE that fuels us. Nothing beats seeing these kids home where they belong, even better, to meet them in person! There are no words to describe the feeling we all get when we can visit together at our annual family reunions. It’s knowing that if I walk away, if I shut down even for a little while, SOMEBODY goes unserved, unfound.
Jon and Carly Duvall have been married for 9 years, and have three wonderful children ages 7, 6, and 5. They met at the small Christian school they both attended and got married after 4 years of dating. They live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they were both born and raised.
The Duvall’s talked about their desire to adopt early on in their marriage, but ended up having three children very close together and were caught up in the busyness of raising a young family.
Because of the overwhelming need and because God directs us to do so in scripture:
There is no greater gift, one that goes 3 ways, than to adopt a child, with or without special needs. You honor God, you are blessed with an angel in your own life, and you change the course of a child’s life forever.
Matthew 17:20 “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”
The Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation was created on the principles of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus. His command to “defend the cause of the weak and fatherless” is our primary purpose and foundation. He also teaches us that prayer is a key part of our faith, that it is powerful and effective, and that our prayers are HEARD.