It's been 10.5 years since we met our beautiful little Gabriela! She was 6 months old, weighed just 9 pounds, and was suffering from malnutrition and lung ailments when God put us together in Guatemala. Her mother had died in childbirth, and Gabby miraculously survived her first 24 weeks of life in a stick and mud hut in the primitive and extremely poor village of Pinalito.
Since our first days together in November of 2008, we've been fighting an uphill battle to bring our sweet girl forever into our family through adoption. In the meantime, we became missionaries in Zacapa, Guatemala. Our mission is Life of Promise Ministries. www.lifeofpromise.org
On July 24, 2018, we finally received our Certificate of Suitability to adopt from the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (National Adoption Council of Guatemala)!! On May 17, 2019, we finally received our final resolution from the court in Zacapa which declares that the adoption has been fully approved by the Guatemalan government! Now all that's left is to change Gabby's legal name and apply for her passport and visa. We hope to be able to travel in July for Gabby's first visit to the USA!!
There have been many expenses along the way for both Gabby (left in photo) and her sister Mae Mae, whom we adopted from China in 2012. These sisters are inseparable, and support to help all of us become family would mean the world to us.
The funds we need will cover legal fees, adoption fees, multi-night trips (to Guatemala City from our mission house in Zacapa) for adoption meetings and interviews, and plane tickets for our family to bring Gabby to the United States for her first time ever.
Funds are needed by the end of June. The two things Gabby wants to see most on her first visit to the states are New York City, the ocean, and winter snow!! She is a very special girl and we love her with ALL our hearts. God has a great plan for her life, and we would be so incredibly grateful if you would help us make our 10.5-year dream come true.
God bless you!
Tom and Arlene Richmond