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for such a time as this.

As we walked the journey to bring home our son from China this past year we began to feel that God had another child waiting for us. In February we started praying whether we should adopt two children at once or if we should do a recurrent adoption after we bring Duo home. We felt very clearly that God had a second child waiting for us in China but that we were to focus our heart on bringing our son home first. The adoption of our son was a beautiful and miraculous journey. However, we couldn’t shake the feeling that another child was in China waiting for us. When we arrived home from China we decided that we would pray through children on the waiting child list and see what God would do. We kept our hearts open to older and younger children, boys and girls, and all special needs. Within a couple weeks we began to feel drawn to older girls on the waiting list, continuing to pray and wait, we decided that we would name our future daughter Esther. Two days later we saw a photo of a nine year old girl on an waiting child advocacy site. The name her foster family had given her… Esther. We felt like the whole world stopped when we saw her photo. We looked over her file and immediately knew she was our daughter. After much prayer we decided to move forward with her adoption, however, her adoption file suddenly went missing and there was nothing we could do. Our agency could not find her file nor could dozens of other agencies we spoke with. That meant either another family started the process to adopt her or she was no longer adoptable for some reason. A week went by and we prayed like crazy, feeling firm conviction that she was meant to be our daughter. Adoption advocates and families prayed and networked to help us find her file. One morning we received a phone call from another adoption agency saying that her adoption file was just listed back on the ‘shared list’ and that she was adoptable! After crying tears of joy and praising God for His faithfulness we immediately had our adoption agency lock her file for us and started the paperwork to adopt her.

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We are reusing our dossier paperwork which means this adoption can be completed quicker. She very much wants to be adopted and have many siblings. Her foster mother told her “Esther, Jesus has finally brought your family to you!” Glory to God. She has been waiting a very long time for a family, too long. We are moving quickly to bring her home and cannot wait for this precious soul to become our daughter.

We so appreciate all your support and encouragement as we step out in faith to bring this child from orphan to daughter. She is valued and created for such a time as this. God has mighty plans for her life and we are excited to be her biggest fans.

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Esther has asked for a photo album of our family because she wants to learn every one’s names and she wants to see photos of her new room. She said that Evy is going to be her best friend and they can do arts & crafts together. Sweet Esther is so ready to come home. She turns 10 years old this fall and has waited her entire life for a family. She is very excited to come to America and finally get the medical treatment she so desperately needs. She has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and severe vision impairment due to the fluid on her brain. She so much wants to be able to see and begin to read but cannot until she gets the medical treatment that is available here in the United States. 

We are beginning the fundraising process to bring Esther home and would be honored if you would be a part of her story. We are working so hard to provide for the adoption but will need much help in the expenses and in prayer. We ask for prayer regarding spiritual warfare because it has been heavy this past two months and we know that satan is fighting this adoption. Please pray for Esther’s sweet heart as she waits… a day can feel like a year to a child. Please pray for our fundraising as we begin the journey of watching God provide for His calling. Pray for our children as we are adjusting to the new normal of life with a new family member, a new church, and a new city – all of which are AMAZING – but there is always adjustment. If you want to be a part of Esther’s journey home you may give here: http://www.youcaring.com/esther-raney-391926
If you want to give with a tax-deductible gift please message me and I’ll give you the link. Thank you all for being our prayer warriors!!!

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