We are Heather and Ronald Rhoads. So many of you know us and know our story. For those of you who don't, we will fill you in! We have been married for almost 11 years, and for 9 of them, we have been desperately trying to start a family. We have grieved through the pain of infertility, and then through the losses of 5 sweet babies because I was unable to carry them to full term. Throughout these past 9 years of sorrow, God placed a spark inside of us to adopt. You see, we have traveled the globe, 55 countries to help take care of the children of the world. We have done 41 Soccer Salvation Camps to reach children in very poor areas of their county. Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Canary Islands, Thailand, the list goes on and on. Everywhere we go, we see the same need-children who are in desperate need of love, care, hope, nourishment, stability, and the simple joy of being allowed to be a kid and enjoy their childhood, because so many are forced to grow up so quickly. We know that it is a true honor to care for the children of the world, and we take that mandate from God very seriously. We know that our heartbreaking struggle to start a family will not be the end of our story, but rather the beginning of the story that God has been trying to write in us all along. All this time, we have known that we are called to adopt a child in order to become a family, but it has taken a lot of pain, suffering, and deep sadness to bring us to this place. This place of being completely surrendered to God's will. To being so incredibly excited and honored to be potentially given the greatest gift someone could give to us. The opportunity to parent a child who wasn't birthed from us, but birthed in us. Our hearts ache for our sweet baby to be. We have started the process to adopt with Nightlight Adoptions out of South Carolina. In order to continue, we have to raise an incredible amount of money to become a family. We have increment payments that consist of several thousands that we will owe for each step of the adoption process. Before we can bring home our baby, we will have to be able to pay almost $30,000.00 If we are unable to pay, we are unable to move forward. We know that on our own we can't do this, but we do know that God is making a way! We refuse to give in to fear and failure, and choose to keep our eyes on the hope in front of us! We trust Him. We have prayed for so many years, and so many of you have prayed with us, cried with us, and believed with us. You've held us up when we felt like the dream was too far gone. Thank you so very much for your generosity. Each and every one of you will become a special part of our family because you've helped to make our dream a reality. We will spend the rest of our lives telling our child how big the love of Jesus is, how He used so many of Momma and Daddy's friends to bring us all together. You all will always be a part of our child's life through your love, your prayers, generosity and support to bring our little sweet boy or girl home. Thats a whole lot of Auntie's and Uncles! Above all else, we thank you. We are truly humbled that you would make a donation, and pray that God will bless you richly in return. Thank you for helping to make me a Momma-the biggest desire of my heart, and Ronald a Daddy. We know that one day our arms will be no longer empty, and our house no longer quiet! We won't only have to wait until Heaven to be parents together, but will be able to take family photos, make precious memories, love unconditionally, and have our hearts healed in a way that can only come from the love of God and the love of a child. We can't wait for that day. Please share this campaign, so that we can continue the dream of bringing our child home. THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! WE LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you."
We're coming, sweet baby, we love you so much. God has you safe in His arms! We will one day have to dream of you no longer!