New sisters and fast!

photo by Amy Shepherd Photography

Those of you who know me are probably well aware that adoption is a topic that is very dear and near to my heart. In 2005 I had the privilege of traveling to Liberia for a couple of weeks and staying at a large orphanage where we were able to meet the 5 teenagers my parents were adopting, as well as hundreds of other children that were hoping and longing for their own forever family to pull them out of the crowd and say;

“You. . . You are special to me, and I want to love you and be there for you for the rest of your life. . . I will not leave you. You are mine.”

Through my family’s adoption, and the adoptions of families who are also very close to me, I have seen up close and personal the positive effect that adoption can have on a child’s life – and on a young teenager’s life.

These beautiful little girls in the picture, are my husband’s younger sisters. LilyMae (left) was adopted at 13 months old from an orphanage in China, and LucyMae (right) came home from China just last January at age 5. These girls have the sweetest relationship, and bring smiles to everyone they meet. =)

Well, my parents-in-law have decided to open their hearts and home again… This time not just to 1 child, but to 2 – and within days of applying, they have been matched with 2 beautiful girls who have been overlooked in the system for years. [Legally we have to hold off on posting photos of the girls, but they will hopefully be posted soon.]

Already 13 years old, it is just a matter of 3 months before these girls will age out of the orphanage and be forever un-adoptable. From there it is a near guarantee that these girls would be forced into lives of either prostitution, or working around the clock in underpaid factory positions. Adoption will change the direction of their lives, forever.

3 months is barely enough time to push the adoption paperwork through, in a country that usually takes years to fully process adoptions, much less for my in-laws, Jeff and Donna Dangler, to come up with the $40,000 necessary to bring these sweet children home.

But it’s not impossible.

I am posting this because first and foremost this entire process needs to be bathed in prayer. Please lift up the Dangler family as they fight to give these young girls a forever family and the love and security that comes with it.

Second, if you are able to give financially, your gift of any amount would be an incredible burden lifted off of their shoulders, as Jeff and Donna Dangler proceed.

If you would like to give toward this adoption, please send me a message here stating simply that, and I will put you in contact with Donna Dangler directly, or provide you with their mailing address if you would prefer to give anonymously.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for helping these young girls come home to their new forever family.

Your prayers and support can change their lives forever.

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