My name is Gina. My husband Richard and I have been married for 21 years. Richard served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and since his retirement in January of 2008, he has been working as a D.O.D. Civilian at Ft. Benning, GA and in Hohenfels, Germany from 2011-2016. Since leaving Germany, he went back to work at Ft. Benning, GA. We live in Hamilton, GA and enjoy life out in the country. We all miss Germany terribly and talk about returning to it again one day, if even for just a visit. We attend Central Baptist Church in Columbus and love serving there. Together we have five children. Heather 31, Adam 29, they both live in Virginia Beach, VA and are from Richard’s first marriage. I call them my bonus children. Living at home we have Nathan 19, Kaylee 17, and Gabe 5. Yes, he was a surprise!
In the summer of 2015 we were visiting some friends in Alabama that were hosting two children from an orphanage in Ukraine. Through these friends we were introduced to the hosting organization Grace To Ukraine. We were living in Germany at the time and just in the States for vacation to visit family and friends. When we went back to Germany, I was looking through the pictures of children that were needing host homes and Richard and I decided we would like to host a sibling group. Unfortunately we were unable to do this because of living in Germany. The founder of Grace To Ukraine invited me to go with her and her team to Ukraine in early March to meet kids and help with what they were doing there. So, in March of 2016, I went. Upon arrival of the orphanage, I saw the three girls and I immediately felt a connection with them, like I had never felt before. I called my husband that evening and told him about the girls and we started praying about adoption. We felt God has led us to adopt these girls whose names and ages are Regita 15, Rubina 12, and Rita 10.
When we started talking about adoption in 2007, we definitely were not thinking three children, but God had a different plan for us. We were going to be moving back to the United States in August of 2016, so we decided once we got there and settled into our home we would start the paperwork process and get our home-study completed. Before we moved back to Georgia though, we had the opportunity to travel as a family to visit the girls at their host home in Italy. We got to spend a day with them and see how they interacted with our biological children. It was such a great day and Richard and the kids immediately felt a connection with them too. I wish I had a video camera going when Gabe met Rita and Rubina. They were staying at a separate host home and got there later in the day to Regita’s host home. Gabe was sleeping when they got there. They went in the room where he was with me and I whispered into his ear “Gabe, your sisters are here”, he immediately opened his eyes, stood up on the bed and ran to the other side of the bed where they were and hugged them. It was the most precious moment!! We had a great day of playing Uno, eating delicious Italian food and a nice walk in the evening. We all couldn’t wait to get to Georgia to start the process of bringing them home.
Richard and I have recently gotten home from Ukraine after having our first appointment in the adoption process. We have two more visits to make before we can bring the girls home, with our next trip looking to be in mid-August. As you likely know, adoption is not just a lengthy process, but it is a very expensive one as well. We are trying raise money for this, so that we do not have to take out any loans and go into debt to get the girls home. Some of the fees required are three airfare with short notice, embassy fees, medical, facilitator fees, and in country fees. God has shown up and shown out in SO many ways by providing most of the cost. We have recently been given a matching grant of $6,000 through Jeeah’s Hope & Lifesong For Orphans!! This is wonderful news for us! That means that every dollar donated to us up to $6,000.00 will be matched! We are currently $12,000 shy of our goal and with this matching grant that will take us to the finish line! We said at the beginning of this process that we did not want to go into debt to adopt the girls, and we are definitely seeing God provide in ways we never could’ve imagined!
We have received a lot of support and a lot of prayer during this process and we are very excited to be able to partner together with so many people like you to bring our girls home. Please keep us in prayers. We are so grateful!!
Here are some ways you can be praying for our family:
1.) For God to prepare the hearts of each of us as we wait for the adoption to be final.
2.) That He will continue to provide the funds we need and that we continue to trust Him.
3.) For our court date and that all paperwork will be finished in a timely manner.
4.) For the girls as they prepare to leave what has been home to them for the last seven years. The caregivers mean a lot to them and the other children in the orphanage are like family to them.
5.) That we see any spiritual attacks on our family as just that, and stand firm in our faith continually.
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