All From Asia #14…

allfromasia11_map_20140114This is our 14th All From Asia post. In these posts, we highlight wonderful families who are on an amazing journey to bring home their precious children (orphans). The aim of these posts is to allow as many as possible to read their stories and help and support in whatever capacity you may feel led to. These families need you to pray for them, to help share their needs and to give towards their adoption grants.

Thank you for your support to date and we humbly ask and pray for your continued support of these families.

Families Who Are Home:

The Lewis Family was amazingly fully funded just before they traveled to bring their lovely Abby-Kate home. Thank you. You can read about it here.

The Casebier Family is home with Brandy and Brielle.

The Cowan Family is home with Catherine.

Families Who Are Still On Their Journey:

The Wetherington Family is waiting on Travel Approval (TA), which means they have just weeks to get all the funds they need. Elliette is going to age out this summer, they have to get there before her birthday! And Henry is also waiting for them. They are working hard to meet their US$7000 matching grant. Please help them meet this matching grant – give here. They will put your name into a giveaway for the amazing prize of a Disney Vacation for 4 and an iPad Mini. Comment on this blog-post to enter after you have made your donation to their FSP. You can follow their journey here.

The Huhn Family is in country now. They have picked up Josie (Ava) and are finishing up paperwork before heading home with their new daughter. You can follow their journey here.

The Monier Family has their Article 5 picked up so TA will be arriving in about a week’s time. They still need US$9000 and have the following fundraising efforts running: Dove Discoveries – buy wonderful chocolate to support their adoption (check here for exact details which also has new photos of Channah – named Grace Anne), and you can buy lovely handmade jewelry from their Esty Shop. You can also shop at Channah’s Guardian Angel’s Esty shop with lovely sandwich bags and business card holders, please put in a note at checkout that you would like 50% to go to Channah. The brother-to-be are so excited they have pitched in to help and have issued a Mohawk Challenge which is running until Monday, 2 June. And they have a new t-shirt fundraiser here. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Aschoff Family is waiting on Matching Approval (MA) for Leo, which would then be followed by USCIS Approval and then Travel Approval. They are US$5062.44 from fully funded. They still have their Bravelet fundraiser here. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Rakoczy Family has booked their flights, they are leaving on June 12th to go pick Daniel up! Gotcha Day for Daniel is 16th June. They are still in need of US$2700. They have an Usborne Fundraiser here. Please help them meet this last funding need.  You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Fraley Family has just finished the US side of the paperwork, now they wait for Autumn’s and Abby’s home country to approve their adoptions.  They have fundraisers posted on this FB page. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Cassel Family is waiting for their paperwork to be processed through Shawna’s (Hannah) country’s adoption system. They are still hoping to be able to bring Shawna home late summer. They are fundraising through the sale of beautiful handmade pens – check them out  here. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.

The Duvall Family has completed their dossier and now need US$479 to get it to DTC (Dossier to Country). They still have 90 pieces from their Puzzle Fundraiser for Asher (Jimmy) – buy a piece and help them reach this next goal. Please help them get the remaining funds by shopping for lovely crochet items at their Esty Shop.  You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Anderson Family has a completed homestudy and is on a super-expedite route because Wayne is very ill and needs to come home ASAP for medical care. Please pray for Wayne’s health and for their paperwork to move at lightning speed. They are now waiting to be logged into the system in Danny’s and Wayne’s country. They still need about US$16,000 but have not been successful with fundraisers. Now due to the high-speed expedite, they have very very little time to get these funds. They are not giving up, they are working as hard as possible. Please help them! You can contribute to their adoption funds here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Smith Family has I800 Approval and they are fully funded! Praise the Lord! They are for prayers for mid-July travel, which would require a quick TA. You can follow their journey here and here.

The Maples Family has been stuck in limbo for a while now. Their first agency closed down suddenly and they scrambled to find another agency and now they are told they may have to change agencies yet again – no final word about this yet. Please please PRAY that they do not have any more delays and that their process will start moving along ASAP. They would like to bring Coral home asap. They still need at least US$5000 and may need more if they are forced to change agencies again.  They are still selling soft crochet scarves here to meet their funding needs. You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Settles Family has TA (Travel Approval). They are expecting to travel the first week in July to bring Hudson home.  You can keep updated via their FB page here. You can give directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The West Family is logged into the system in Nicholas’ country. They now wait for Travel Approval. They were hit by their agency closing but were able to transfer successfully. They are grateful for a wonderful social worker and ask for prayers for Nicholas’ health. Also pray for other families who have been affected who are not able to move forward.  You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Speelman Family is waiting for their Letter of Approval (LOA) which should be within the next week or so. They are taking pre-orders for a children’s CD which they will be recording as their next fundraiser. Please email ggill@kent.edu for details and orders. A sample CD will be available soon. They are hoping to travel in September. And ask for prayers for their travel, for Seth’s adjustment, for funding to come in, and for their 2 boys, one of who will be starting Kindergarten just a few days before they leave to pick Seth up.  You can give to  their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

Laurence’s Family is at the last stage of their homestudy. Do pray for quick completion of their homestudy. You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Lee Family is not new to adoption. They have experienced the joys of adoption twice over and have now embarked on this journey of international adoption. They have USCIS Approval and are waiting on one final document for their dossier to be complete. They will be bringing Phineas home. They are in the middle of this journey and need all the support they can get. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Stickley Family has just returned two months ago with Ava and they are now re-using their paperwork and going back for 2 more boys; Maddox and Amos! With adopting 2 kiddos, the estimated cost is US$65,000 – US$70,000! They are stretched with having just returned from an expedited international adoption. Please do pray for them as they go again on a leap of faith. They have an upcoming fundraiser with Origami Owl – stay tuned for details. Do support them. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Dubbs Family is well-experienced with adoption; they have adopted 9 daughters and are going back for their 10th and 11th daughters; Emma and Shailey! They are working on their dossier now and hope to be DTC (Dossier to Country) in a few weeks. They have the following fundraisers going on now: Young Living Essential Oils (ends June 4th) and Usborne Books (ends June 6th). Check them out and make a purchase. You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The King Family has just returned with 2 adopted daughter in February and has PA (pre-approval) to re-use their dossier for Leanne who will be turning 12 in June. Their blog link and FSP will be up soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, do pray for them as they start the long international adoption process again.

The Nap Family has been led by God to their son Lenny in most amazing ways – read here for the full story. They have now completed their homestudy and are working on getting the rest of their dossier together. They ask for prayers for Lenny, who doesn’t yet know that he has a family; pray that the Lord will bring him peace about being adopted and leaving all that he currently knows. Pray also for their 6 children who are all excited to be bringing a new brother home – there will adjustments for everyone to make. They will be bringing their 12-year-old with them but will have to leave the other 5 kiddos at home when they go to pick up Lenny – do pray for that situation. Pray that the Lord grant them good learning ability as they learn ASL (American Sign Language) to help Lenny who is deaf. Last but not least, pray for the Lord to provide funding and for paperwork to move smoothly. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Murray Family is well-equipped to handle special needs adoption; they already have 6 adopted special needs children. They will be bringing home Breck (Jonah). Gotcha Day is June 16th and only Daddy Murray will travel to bring Breck home, so they can save on expenses. They are grateful that this adoption journey has been moving faster than expected but it has left they with little time for fundraising. Do support them. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Goodwin Family has been dealing with issues of infertility and after 7 years of trying, God has led them to adopt. They will be bringing home 2 special needs boys; Elijah and Isaiah. They are currently working on their homestudy and waiting on PA (pre-approval) for their second boy. You can give towards their adoption grant here. You can follow their updates on that same link. They also have all their fundraisers and updates on this FB page.

3 families home – Praise the Lord!
7 new families – a total of 22 families needing your support and prayers. Please do give generously of your time and prayers as well as financially. Thank you.

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All From Asia #13…

physicalmapasia20140427This is our 13th post, highlighting families who are on the amazing journey of bringing home precious children and loving them just as they are. These families have answered a call so special, they can not travel this journey alone. But they are not alone, they have us – you, my dear readers – who continue to support them spiritually, emotional and financially. We thank you so much and ask that you continue to do so.

Families Who Are Home:

The Lanz Family is home with Issac (Peter) and he is adjusting well to life in a loving family. You can read more here.

The Smith Family is home with James (Steve). You can read more here.

The Reeds Family is home with Joel. You can read more here.

The Grady Family is home with Evie. Unfortunately, for privacy reasons, their blog is now closed.

Families Who Are Still On Their Journey:

The Lewis Family is in country now, completing the final steps to bring Abby-Kate home. The wait has been so very long but definitely worth it. Please continue to pray for a hassle-free trip and for Abby-Kate to be ready for a major life change. They would like to give praise to the Lord who provided every cent for this adoption. We can’t wait to see pictures of them as a family. Follow their journey here.

The Wetherington Family has received LOA (Letter of Approval), which means travel would be in 6 to 10 weeks to bring Elliette and Henry home. They are still in need of funds. They have a matching grant of US$7000 to meet. When their FSP reads $16001.28, they will receive the US$7000 which would put them super close to fully funded! Please help them meet this matching grant – give here. They will put your name into a giveaway for the amazing prize of a Disney Vacation for 4 and an iPad Mini. Comment on this blog-post to enter after you have made your donation to their FSP. You can follow their journey here.

The Huhn Family is waiting on Travel Dates to go bring Josie home.  You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Monier Family is waiting on I800 Approval and expect to travel in July.  They received more pictures of Channah – see here. And now she knows they are coming for her! They are still in need of funds. You can help by buying lovely handmade jewelry from their Esty Shop. You can also shop at Channah’s Guardian Angel’s Esty shop with lovely sandwich bags and business card holders, please put in a note at checkout that you would like 50% to go to Channah. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Aschoff Family is waiting for USCIS Approval, after which they expect to travel within 3 to 4 months to bring Leo home. They are about US$5000 from fully funded. They still have their Bravelet fundraiser here. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Rakoczy Family has LOA! Which means travel would be in June or July. They have had to update one of their son’s details on their homestudy as he just turned 18 and they need to get bio-metrics for him for the USCIS. Please pray that the process goes smoothly and quickly. They have asked for this process to  be expedited which means more expenses. They still need US$5600 to be fully funded. Please pray that their local fundraisers will be successful, that Daniel will be prepared for this major life-change and that paperwork will go smoothly and quickly. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Fraley Family has their USCIS Approval and are now working on their Article 5 and Visas. Please pray that they are able to travel in the summer to bring Autumn and Abby home. They have fundraisers posted on this FB page. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Cassel Family is DTC (Dossier to Country). They are still hoping to be able to bring Shawna home late summer. They are fundraising through the sale of beautiful handmade pens – check them out  here. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.

The Duvall Family has USCIS Approval and are now in the final stages of compiling their dossier. They are still hoping to travel in October. Please help them get the remaining funds by shopping for lovely crochet items at their Esty Shop and buying some Apparent Bracelets.  You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Anderson Family has completed their homestudy and are now waiting for I800 Approval. Please PRAY for their boys, Danny and Wayne, one of them (they can not say which one) is very ill. They are trying very hard to get their process expedited, please pray they can reach their boys asap! They still have funding needs – please support their latest fundraiser, Quilt Giveaway, details here. Pray also that their Project Sole Shoe Drive (local fundraiser) will do really well. You can contribute to their adoption funds here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Smith Family is hoping to receive their LOA this week and pray that they can travel in July to bring Barry home. Please pray that the travel dates will be issued soon. They are still in need of funds and are having a T-Shirt Fundraiser with a Giveaway tied-in! Check it out here and here.You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Casebier Family is in country now, picking Brandy and Brielle. However, they are still short on funding and we have just days more to help them meet the shortfall. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Maples Family is waiting for their LOA. They have had a major delay in the process because the adoption agency they were with closed down unexpectedly and they had to scramble to find another agency. Please pray that their process to bring Callie home will now continue without further delay. They are still selling soft crochet scarves here to meet their funding needs. You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Settles Family has LOA and now wait for Travel Approval so they can bring Hudson home. You can keep updated via their FB page here. You can give directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The West Family has their dossier en-route to Nicholas’ country. They, too, have suffered much delay with their process due to their first agency closing unexpectedly. They have found a second agency who is doing their best to push all their paperwork through as soon as possible and are still hoping to travel in July. Please pray for smooth expedited paperwork. They are offering photo sessions as their next fundraiser – check it out here.  You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Speelman Family has LID (Lock-In-Date), so Travel Approval would be next. They are busy applying for grants and holding yard sales. Please pray that all their efforts will be fruitful so they can bring Seth home asap. You can give to  their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Cowan Family has a great love for children, they have 9 wonderful children. And God has led them to bring home adorable Catherine, who has Down Syndrome. They have been quiet about their process and now they are in the final stages and need our support. They hope to have Travel Approval on Monday and hope to travel in the middle of May. Please give towards their adoption grant here.

Laurence’s Family has always had a big heart for orphans and have always worked towards being involved in orphan work. Now the Lord has led them to Laurence/Lance. They are in the beginning stages of doing up their homestudy. They have a wonderful Family Warrior/Advocate who is working hard to help them raise funds. They have an Avon fundraiser on now – click here to buy. They will receive all commission from all sales in April. And this amount will be DOUBLED by a grant from a local church. Isn’t that wonderful? So start shopping TODAY (fundraiser ends 30th April) and see your gift double! You can also give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

4 families home. 2 new families. 18 families needing your support emotionally, spiritually and financially. Please be generous with your time and resources. Thank you.

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All From Asia #12…

Language_families_of_AsiaOur #12 post highlighting Families Adopting From Asia. These families have answered the call to provide a loving home for special needs orphans, the ones who are most overlooked by society. They have chosen a very costly way to bless and show love. Please give them all the support they need – financial, emotional and spiritual. Thank you.

Families Who Are Home:

The Campbell Family is home with Ally Kate (Darcy) and she is doing well. Follow their journey here.

The Perry Family is home with Riley Mei (Vonnie). Follow their journey here.

The Stickley Family is home with Jada and trying to settle down. Follow their journey here. Their blog will be updated soon.

Families Who Are Still On Their Journeys:

The Lewis Family passed court and now they are waiting for Abby-Kate’s passport to be ready and then they can go get her. BUT they have been waiting for quite a while now. Please PRAY that the passport process will be fast and that they will hear good news ASAP. They are still short about US$1850 in travel expenses. Please help them meet this last funding need – give here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 20 March: They Have Travel Dates!! Praise the Lord! Details are still being worked out but they expect to travel just before Easter. Please do continue to pray for a hassle-free and safe pick-up trip. Pray for Abby-Kate as everything she knows is going to change.

The Wetherington Family is now waiting for LOA (Letter of Approval) from Eilliette’s and Henry’s country. They need about US$21500 to be fully funded for both adoptions. They have a NEW T-shirt Fundraiser – CHOSEN – it is a very lovely design and comes in a great variety of colours and sizes. Make your order here. They are also a part of a larger fundraising effort for 4 families – an Online Auction running from March 9-16. Check it out here. Give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Smith Family has received LOA and is now waiting for TA (Travel Approval). Then they travel to bring Steve home. They still need funding and have a number of fundraisers ongoing. Here’s their Amazon Link. If you sign up for Amazon Prime here, they receive some funds too. Shop at Ebates through this link and it will help them too. Shop at Just Love CoffeeAdoption Bug and Young Living (use number 1450122). Also shop at Play World Toys (please use the link here) and Ginger on a Mission (enter Smith family for Steve in the notes to seller). You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Huhn Family has received LOA and were able to send Josie a care package. Travel will be coming up real soon. You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Monier Family has their dossier logged in at Channah’s country and they are waiting on their LOA. Please PRAY that it will arrive ASAP. New lovely items are always up for purchase at their Esty Shop. You can also shop at Channah’s Guardian Angel’s Esty shop with lovely sandwich bags and business card holders, please put in a note at checkout that you would like 50% to go to Channah. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 13 March: They have a T-shirt Fundraiser going on now – check it out and make a purchase! 17 March: They have a fundraiser at Applebee’s – go eat at Applebee’s Inverness USA on 24th April and 10% goes to Channah – see details here!

The Aschoff Family is waiting on “Matching Approval” from Leo’s country. They have a number of different items on sale – any purchase would help them. They still have some Apparent Bracelets left to sell. Their new fundraiser is Bravelets. Check it out here. Their NEW T-shirt design is 3:21 in celebration of Down Syndrome Day. Details are here. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 13 March: Check out their list of fundraisers here.

The Rakoczy Family has their dossier logged in at Daniel’s country and is waiting for LOA. They are still needing US$10,000 in funding.  You can help by shopping through their Amazon Link. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Lanz Family has their Article 5 issued and is waiting for TA. Please pray that it will arrive soon from Peter’s country. In the meantime, they are working on getting things ready and packing for travel. They still need about US$15,700 in funding. You can help by taking part in the following fundraisers:  Amazon Link, Adoption Fundraiser Fair Trade Shop (use family code TOM12003) and Ginger On A Mission Esty Shop (mention “Peter and the Lanz Family” at checkout). You can see most of the fundraisers on this FB page. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 6th Mar: They have TA! Now needing $12,000. Please give here. 7th Mar: They have Gotcha Day date – 24th March! And they still need those funds! Please give here.

The Fraley Family is waiting on I-800 approval as well as for Autumn’s and Abby’s country to process their Non-Objection Clause (NOC). Please pray the process will be a fast one, they have been on this journey for almost 3 years now. They still need funding and you can help by purchasing Nuts and Weighted Blankets. They also have fundraisers posted on this FB page. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Cassel Family is waiting for USCIS Approval. They are hoping to travel late Summer this year to bring Shawana home . They are fundraising through the sale of handmade wooden pens. The pens are lovely – check them out here. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.

The Duvall Family has Homestudy Approval and is now working on compiling their dossier. They have calculated that they need US$12,000 to be fully funded. You can help by taking part in their Puzzle Fundraiser and buying some Apparent Bracelets. They also have an Esty Shop with lovely crochet items. They hope to travel to pick Jimmy up in about 6 months. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Anderson Family is working hard on finishing up their Homestudy. They got news a few weeks ago that Wayne isn’t doing well. Read details here. Please PRAY for Wayne’s health. Pray also for an expedited process so they can bring Wayne and Danny home ASAP. They have great fundraisers going on: Name A Character (only 3 names left), Envelope Fundraiser and Bumper Sticker Fundraiser. They are also taking part in an Online Auction with 3 other families, starting March 9-16. Check it out here. You can contribute to their adoption funds here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Smith Family (a different one) has sent their dossier to country (DTC). Please continue to pray for them as they move forward to adopt Barry. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.

The Casebier Family has their Article 5 dropped off and is waiting for TA. They are just a few weeks away from travelling to bring Brandy and Brielle home. They still need US$9500 in funding. They have a number of fundraisers going on: Envelope Fundraiser, Puzzle Fundraiser, Origami Owl Jewelry, The Greatest of These is Love Necklaces and Ginger On A Mission Esty Shop (state it’s for the Casebier family at checkout and they get 50%). They are also taking part in an Online Auction for 4 adopting families which runs from March 9-16, check it out here. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 20 March: Plesae PRAY for the Casebier family. Their boys’ bedroom is flooded from a broken pipe somewhere in their house. This will impact their savings which has been set aside for this adoption. Please consider encouraging them with a little bump in their adoption grant here.

The Maples Family has their dossier logged in at Callie’s country and is waiting for LOA. They have been offered a US$500 matching grant, which means they need to raise $500 to get that $500. Their FSP needs to read US$11611 to receive the matching. Please help by giving here today and have your giving doubled! Another channel to give (no matching grant) is through their YouCaring account. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 6th Mar: They are selling lovely soft scarves as their new fundraiser. Check out the pretty 17 colours they have here. You can order any of those colours and it will be made and shipping to you. 20 March: They have added more colours to their pretty scarves. See here.

The Reeds Family has been through a tough time. Their precious Sophia went to be with our Lord before they could reach her. We grieve with them. Do pray that the Lord bring them comfort. BUT we also rejoice with them as March 3rd (2 days ago) was Joel’s Gotcha Day! (They are also fully funded :D) They are now in country with Joel, processing final paperwork. Pray for a smooth and hassle process and a safe trip home. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 20 March: They are HOME! See here.

The Settles Family has their dossier logged in at Hudson’s country and is waiting  for LOA. They have an interesting Quarter Auction coming up on 15 March, Saturday – check out details here and here. You can keep updated via their FB page here. You can give directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Grady Family has TA, they will be travelling on March 13th to pick Hudson and Evie up. Please pray for a smooth, hassle-free final paperwork process and a safe trip. Their FSP is still open for donations. You can follow their journey here.

The West Family has always had adoption in mind. They were blessed with their eldest daughter before starting on their 1st 2 adoption journeys which brought them 2 more little girls and a boy. Now they are going to get Nicholas, who has a serious blood condition (Thalassemia) and needs this adoption to be expedited. They already have approval from the US side to expedite with USCIS approval already granted. Please pray that Nicholas’ country will also grant the expedited paperwork. They hope to travel in July. They have very wonderful yummy fundraisers happening: Cupcake Tuesdays – you will have to check their blog every Tuesday to see the flavours for that day and order. It is very limited and sell super fast so get in on the action early! Check out previous cupcake flavours here and here. Upcoming is a special event on March 22nd with a Pasta Bar, Silent Auction and a WOMAN-less beauty pageant – check details here and here. You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 20 March: Due to their adoption agency closing with immediate effect, the last couple of weeks has been hectic. They have found a new agency which they are comfortable with. But they have lost time. Although their new agency did not charge them for fees they already paid to the previous agency, so funding was not lost. Praise the Lord. Please pray that the rest of their process will be expedited so they can make up for lost time.

The Speelman Family is on their first adoption journey, bringing Seth (Simon) to join his 2 brothers, who are eagerly waiting for him to come home. They are now waiting on USCIS Approval. They hope to be DTC (Dossier to Country) by the end of March. They have a CD/Kids Songs Fundraiser coming up – so stay tuned. In the meantime, do encourage this family by giving towards their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

3 families home. 2 new families. 20 families needing your help, support and prayers. Please give generously in all aspects, spiritual, emotional and financial. Thank you.

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