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Building a Home
While our efforts to help families adopt have been very rewarding, we wanted to do more work for more orphans. The adoption process involves lots of red tape and can be lengthly, regardless of how much funding has been raised. All the meanwhile, children across the world are still living under harsh conditions as they go day to day.
We decided it was time to get involved. In March of 2016, we initiated Project Stork House. Our goal is to fund the construction of orphan homes across the world, as well as help fund the sponsorships of the orphans living within. Our 1st official home is currently in the planning stages in Haiti.
Partnership for the CAUSE
Partnership Established March, 2016
In His Hands Orphan Outreach is committed to creating systemic change in the world's most impoverished regions by creating, building, and supporting sustainable communities for orphans, surrounding them with the love, care, and guidance they need to succeed. We originally heard about the great work this non-profit was doing from some of the previous families we were working with. In the end, we believe God's timing had this collaboration in mind already.
As a team, Fashion Stork is providing In His Hands Orphan Outreach with strategic funding specifically to build out the home and amentities needed for orphaned children in Haiti. In His Hands will be incharge of all logistics and delegation in executing this project. We are all very excited!
24 Orphans Sheltered!
The homes we are building will house 24 children (12 boys, 12 girls) and the care givers who will watch over them. To get involved in the sponsorship of these children, visit www.InHisHandsOrphans.Org
Blue Collar Love
David and Margaret (Maggie) Weik are just two ordinary people who believe "God has used in an extraordinary way". They were both raised in blue collar homes and continue to live with those same values and lifestyle. David and Maggie feel LOVE is what these children need more than anything. Here's what David and Maggie had to say about their thoughts on their reasons for adopting:
"Twenty years ago we left our comfortable, care free, Yupplie lifestyle to embark on a remarkable journey, which can only be explained as God's call to create family through adoption and to keep taking steps to make some small difference in the number of 167 million orphans who were waiting. We became broken to the fatherless. We have adopted 9 daughters from China... At some point we had to die to ourselves and that's where God begins."
- David and Maggie Weik
Zhao and XuMan were united with their new parents David and Maggie on February 17th, 2016. Maggie updated us shortly a week after:
"Zhao and Xu Man are doing really well, considering everything they've ever known was taken away. Zhao is so sweet and kind. He loves electronics, cars, and dogs. Xu Man is adorable, but has quite the sassy side. She loves her stroller, candy, and anything her bother has. Love them both and can't wait to get them home!"
What Goes Around Comes Around
There are many reasons to adopt, whether it’s to fulfill a higher spiritual purpose, or a need to extend love to another child, adoption is an eternal gift to both the parents and the child. Cathy and Cecil Worrell have been married for 13 ½ years and currently reside in St. Louis. Adoption has been a part of their family from the very beginning as Cathy is also an adopted child. “We are strong in our faith.” says Cathy. Currently, the Worrell's have adopted 4 children from China. All of them needing extensive surgery or special care which Cecil and Cathy have been on top of. They are all in good health and are very happy. In celebration to their success story, they were happy to add Ceilie as a new addition to their family.
Ceilie Xiao Me, 7
Ceilie was six years old when the Worrell's initally started getting funding from our program. On March 14th, 2016 She was united with her family. Ceilie is now 7 years old! As charming as she is, Ceilie has mild cerebral palsy and will be needing extra care. The Worrell's will be her loving family and provide Ceilie with all the love and medical help she will need.
We got room for one more!
It is always a heartwarming story when a family wants extend their love to another child. The Johnson's is a great example of this. Clayton and Connie are parents to 2 biological children and 8 adopted children. Clayton is a self-employed farmer, while Connie does freelance work as a court reporter for the last 25 years. The couple believes they have a great calling for the "justice of the orphan" and determined to help the children as much as they could. With their humble roots, Clayton and Connie’s pride stems from raising their family of 10. With their bustling family, Clayton and Connie’s calendar is filled with their children's school activities and sporting events. Till today, Clayton and Connie thinks that adoption is their purest form of help and wants to extend their family to one more!
Kohlby is one of the many young boys out there that needs a family. To bring him home, the Kohlby's asked Fashion Stork to help this child get the family it deserves. With our members’ help, we raised $19,000+ to bring Kohlby home! We're thankful as a company to our loyal club members who have helped make this adoption come sooner than later.
A Truly Loving Family
Gary and Karen tried to fulfill their destiny not just with one child, but with 5, having a total of 8 children! Jillian (28), Terris (26) and Hannah (14) are the couple's biological children while Cameron (11), Ryleigh (11), Maximus (5) and Gabriel (4) were adopted from China and finally, Sarah (6) was adopted domestically from the state of Louisiana. All of their adopted children were diagnosed with special needs.
Now the loving Rubensteins continue to fulfill their destiny by adding 2 more members to the family, and our members made sure funds did not stand in the way of their family being complete all under one household!
United January 9th, 2014
The Rubensteins adopted Ella Kate, 7 (Pan Xin Yu) and Natalie Rose, 2 (Cen Xin Li). Both were born with birth defects and was required to undergo multiple extensive surgeries when they arrived home. Ella has ptosis, tongue-tie and a heart defect while Natalie had 3rd degree cleft lip/ cleft palate. Despite their health issues they smile everyday. They waited a very long time to be adopted and the Rubenstein's welcomed them with open arms! Now they have a loving family of their own with plenty of brothers and sisters! We are proud of our members in helping make that happen!
A letter from the Harriss Family
Here is a picture of the Harriss' when we were all reunited at the St. Louis airport on May 7. We had an amazing trip to the Philippines!!! My Father’s House was so hospitable and helpful to us throughout our journey to Lyza and Ezra!!! The entrustment ceremony on April 25 was one we will never forget. Our emotions were all over the place as we said goodbye to the sweet sweet staff and friends who had loved on Lyza and Ezra the past four years!! They are Amazing people!! We didn't waste anytime telling Lyza and Ezra their new names. Thankfully they were very excited and were very happy with them! Ezra at church the next Sunday couldn't wait to tell his friends that he was NOT Francisco anymore he was Ezra. It was so cute!! We really liked getting a better understanding of Filipino culture and could not be more excited about our children's country of heritage!!! Leaving was hard but we were very anxious to get back home to the ones we left behind!! THANK YOU Fashion Stork for helping get us there!!!! We are so very grateful for your help and feel as if God placed you in our path!!!! We have felt your light and you will always have our gratitude!!! We are so in Love with our newest family members and we can't imagine life without them!!!!!
Again Thank You!!!!
United May 7th, 2014 - Liza & Ezra
THANK YOU Fashion Stork for helping get us there!!!! We are so very grateful for your help and feel as if God placed you in our path!!!! We have felt your light and you will always have our gratitude!!! We are so in Love with our newest family members and we can't imagine life without them!!!!!
It’s Never Too Late
Kathleen and Wayne had no intentions of adopting. They already have two lovely daughters, the older one has graduated from college and the younger one is expected to graduate in 2016 at the age of twenty. At this point, most parents would feel that they had fulfilled their duties, but Kathleen and Wayne felt they had a higher calling. “God had been tenderizing our hearts to the need for older orphans to find homes before they age out…” recalls Kathleen. So when the Belchers were approached to have them adopt this shy 12 year old boy named Xi, their prayers where answered in agreeance to their spiritual calling. Their strong resolve were irrelevant to their age and even though they they have exceeded the age limit for adoptive parents, they were pre-approved within 24 hours.
Xi Bao Bao’an, 13
Xi Bao, 12 at the time, visited the US in July 2014 through an orphan hosting program from China but did not find a family who wanted to adopt him. Xi would’ve been considered adoptable when he turns 14 in 2016 but the Belcher's came in just in time. “We had always desired a son to complete our family, but had given up hope as the years went by. We believe this shy youth will be a good fit for our family and that we are equipped to help him…” says Kathleen. They is still currently in China and is being processed to join the Belcher’s family soon.
Two Generations of Love
If you're a parent, there are countless moments of highs and lows, from tired sleepless nights, to the joy of having to see your child stand and walk for the first time. From what seems like a never ending journey, the moment your child moves out to have their own is the milestone many parents long for. It's during this time where our major work as a parent is done and if you put your best efforts to raising your kids, it is now time to enjoy the fruits of your labor outside your home. For Terry and Brad however, they decided to go for round 2.
The parents to 3 biological children--who are all now "launched and living with their spouses and families"-- decided to extend their roles as parents by adopting. In the last decade the loving couple has adopted 3 children, and is currently attempting to add a very special 4th to the Fithian family sequel--so to speak.
Elizabeth is a beautiful girl from China. She has Beta Thalessemia Major, and requires monthly blood transfusions. Unfortunately, the orphanage in China is lacking resources to help her live and overcome the obstacles she would have to endure due to this disorder. Understanding the difficulty of adopting Elizabeth did not discourage the Fithian family from having their 4th daughter. Instead it made Terry and Brad even more determined, knowing that Elizabeth’s life could be at stake. Having $18,000 raised, Fashion Stork is also determined to help this family take Elizabeth home.