YES, you read that correctly: WE ARE ONLY $165.31 FROM BEING FULLY FUNDED!!!
GOD is sooooo good! He has proven Himself faithful once again in His promise to work out all of the details for our family as long as we remain obedient to His command. Although I am in no way surprised by His blessings, it still places me in a state of unbelievable awe that is just unexplainable. David and I cannot help but fall to our knees in reverence of this awe, fully knowing that we are unworthy. But, in our unworthiness, we are humbled through the very important reminder that HE IS WORTHY. His worthiness allows us to receive His grace and blessings.
As a result of His faithfulness, we were able to FULLY reveal all three children's names:
I am beyond thrilled to have their names revealed because, in my mind, it allows Greta, Felix, & Romeo to almost loose their orphan status ~ it allows the world to finally see their FOREVER NAMES given by their FOREVER FAMILY!! How beautiful is that?!? Oh, I cannot wait to be able to call them by their forever names in person!! And, once their adoptions are finalized ~ in a matter of just weeks ~ they will loose their orphan status FOREVER as the officially become Chesnie Grace, Bowen Titus, and Rawlen Bates!! WOW, simply wow!
AND, also because of His faithfulness, we have been able to draw for 15 prizes in the prize giveaway portion of our fundraiser with 3 more drawings left! In fact, because of this faithfulness, we were able to add 3 more gift cards to our drawings! We were so excited about that because it allowed us to award more prizes in an attempt to thank our donors. Now for the fun part ~ here are the winners and their prizes in the drawings we've had so far:
Once our RR FSP reads, $6,500.00, I will draw for the final three prizes: the last homemade baby quilt/blanket set, the homemade queen-sized quilt, and the Signing Time full DVD set. To make the homemade quilts extra special and meaningful, it is my plan to purchase the material for the quilts in-country during my first trip to Ukraine (I leave on 1/19 for Ukraine). This material will allow the quilts to serve as a constant & personal reminder that three special needs orphans from Ukraine were given a forever family as a result of the support from numerous people. It is my hope that each time the winners are physically warmed by the quilts, their hearts will be warmed that much more knowing that three Orphans No More are also warm and secure in their new found love!!
To enter the drawing for the three remaining prizes, please click on our RR FSP HERE to donate. Your donation is 100% tax deductible!! If you prefer to cut/paste the web address into your browser, here it is: http://reecesrainbow.org/72747/sponsorbarnett-2. For the remaining three prizes, each $10 donation will give you one entry. (Those of you who have previously donated to our FSP, us personally, bought t-shirts during those fundraisers, etc ARE STILL in the drawings as well!)
As a sidenote, we are praying to be fully funded by the time I leave for Ukraine on my first trip. As mentioned above, I will be leaving on Monday, January 19th. With the Grace of God, I will get to hold one of my precious babies in my arms by Friday, January 23rd!! Oh, this has been a long time coming!! PRAISE GOD that this is now only 2 1/2 weeks away!!!
David and I cannot even begin to thank all of you who have journeyed with us to bring Greta, Felix, & Romeo home enough. We are forever blessed and humbled by such an outpouring of love and support. We are so blessed to have friends and family who love and accept our children ~ those who have a heart for individuals with Down syndrome. Thank you for knowing that their lives matter and that they are worthy!
from The Song of Moses and Israel:
“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?” ~ Exodus 15:11, NASB